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FSU’s Dalvin Cook hopes his Pro Day will help him be drafted higher

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Former FSU running back Dalvin Cook, for once, has been going in the wrong direction. He’d like to reverse his field, if you don’t mind. If you believe the consensus, Cook has been dropping in draft expectations since having a poor Combine last month. He hopes that his Pro Day will help establish himself as “today’s” back. Cook, who is widely considered a first-round prospect, ran the 40-yard dash and performed numerous position drills and simulations during Florida State’s pro day…

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FSU coach Jimbo Fisher says his football team lacks leadership

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FSU coach Jimbo Fisher says his team needs leadership. Soon would be good. After the Seminoles first scrimmage of the spring, Fisher talked about the lack of leadership from his squad. “We need more of it,” Fisher said. “I’m not mad about it. It’s just kind of the personality of this team. It’s needs more of that. We’ve got a bunch of good guys. They’re good kids. They really are. They need to be more exuberant and dominant personalities and…

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FSU running back Jacques Patrick a bridge between star runners

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He stands between the Best One and the Next One. For FSU running back Jacques Patrick, it’s a special place to be. A year ago, he supported record-setting Dalvin Cook for the Seminoles. Now, he is grooming Cook’s eventual replacement in Cam Akers. For now, however, the job belongs to Patrick. “It gets you excited and gives you a rush, knowing a guy like that is going to be a first-round pick in the [NFL] draft, and he’s blocking for…

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FSU defensive end Josh Sweat has learned his lesson for Seminoles

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For Josh Sweat, there wasn’t enough sweat. Sweat, the defensive end of the FSU Seminoles, looks back at a year ago and remembers being called out for loafing in a loss to North Carolina. He seems determined that it will not happen again. “Everyone knows I had that one bad game,” Sweat told the Tallahassee Democrat. “I’m not going to let it bother me anymore. I felt like my last six games after that, I definitely turned it around. I’m…

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FSU Safety Derwin James comes back strong from knee injury

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For so long, he watched. He waited. FSU safety Derwin James had become a memory. The former star for the Seminoles, perhaps one of their best defensive players, waited for 176 days – and 11 games – as his left knee healed. Now, James is back. And, yeah, it was worth the wait. “I remember the long days, it was like an everyday thing, where they would tell me, ’no no no, just take it day by day’” James told the…

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ESPN’s football bracket has Alabama beating FSU for championship

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Consider it a wee bit of fun here in March. The folks at ESPN, not content to just fill out their basketball brackets, decided to also fill out a 64-team college football bracket for the fall. Of course, the college football playoffs are only four teams deep, so there is quite a bit of whimsy in the brackets. But they’re interesting to discuss. For instance, ESPN had Nick Saban’s Alabama team beating Jimbo Fisher’s FSU squad, 35-31, for the national…

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Deondre Francois now in charge of the FSU football team

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In Year Two, the kid has grown up. This FSU offense now belongs to quarterback Deondre Francois. Now, we see how far he can carry it. Francois, who starred as a redshirt freshman a year ago, is now the Seminoles’ undisputed leader. With a schedule that includes Alabama, Clemson, Miami and Florida, the expectations are on his shoulder. “He’s been out there when the scoreboard mattered,” coach Jimbo Fisher told the Orlando Sentinel. “He’s been in big games, almost four…

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