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In focus: Dalvin Cook knows he’s big key to Florida State’s season

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Dalvin Cook was one of the college football’s most explosive players last season. But as the Florida State running back prepares for the upcoming season, he wants to be just as potent without the ball. “The game plan is going to come in, they are going to want to stop Dalvin,” Cook said. “I can still influence the defense and draw more 1-on-1 coverages if I have the ball or not. I have to be more fluid and move around…

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Florida schools well represented in AP Top 25 pre-season poll

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The college football season is clearly just around the corner with the release of AP’s pre-season top 25 poll. To the surprise of no one, Alabama leads the pack, followed by Clemson, Oklahoma, Florida State, and LSU. Florida came in at No. 25 while Miami just missed at the 26th spot. The South Florida Bulls earned some votes to receive honorable mention. Coach Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide had 33 first-place votes while Clemson garnered 16, Oklahoma had four, Florida State collected five,…

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Florida State’s QB Deondre Francois focused on himself, not Jameis Winston

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Deondre Francois realizes he isn’t going to escape comparisons to Jameis Winston. But as Florida State wraps up its first week of preseason practices, Francois is trying to gauge his progress by the expectations he has set. “If people want to compare me to Jameis they can do that. I’m not comparing myself to anyone,” Francois on Sunday. “I’m just trying to go out there and do the best that I can.” With Sean Maguire out four weeks due to…

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Jimbo Fisher has no timetable for selecting Florida St. QB

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Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher has a quarterback competition for the third time in four years. But as the Seminoles began practice on Tuesday, he isn’t in a rush to select a starter. Three years ago, Fisher announced Jameis Winston won the job 10 days before the opener. Last year, he cut it a little closer, waiting until the Monday before the opener in deciding on Everett Golson. When it comes to deciding between Sean Maguire and Deondre Francois, Fisher doesn’t have a set timeframe leading into the…

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Jimbo Fisher thinks Florida State’s best still ahead after 10-3 season

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After two seasons as one of the nation’s top teams, Florida State was largely out of the spotlight in 2015. The 10-3 record was what most expected but the ninth-ranked Seminoles did surprise many by making a New Year’s Six bowl game. Despite Thursday’s 38-24 loss to No. 13 Houston in the Peach Bowl, Jimbo Fisher felt like his team was able to make progress in each game. “I’m very happy for what they’ve been able to accomplish and the…

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FSU overwhelmed as Houston stops Dalvin Cook cold

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The University of Houston overwhelmed Florida State in Atlanta Thursday afternoon, winning the Peach Bowl going away. The Cougars, clearly more fired up about playing in the Peach than FSU, won 38-24 for their 13th win of the year (13-1). Houston took a 21-3 first-half lead, then held off the Seminoles for the win. FSU, which won a national title two years ago and reached the playoffs last year, was never able to figure out the Houston defense. Houston’s rushing…

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Alabama’s Jake Coker will do what’s needed to win

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Alabama quarterback Jake Coker has seen a lot since he left St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Mobile, Alabama. He was not heavily recruited, but received a scholarship offer from Florida State University after Jimbo Fisher saw his skills. Though Alabama finally offered Coker a scholarship late in the recruiting process, he enrolled at FSU. Coker saw a lot of the bench during his two years in Tallahassee. Other quarterbacks either on the roster or redshirting were E.J. Manuel, Clint Trickett,…

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