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Florida State’s Jacques Patrick taking reigns as lead running back

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Jacques Patrick spent the past two years observing and learning from Dalvin Cook at Florida State. With Cook leaving for the NFL, Patrick is looking to put those lessons to good use. Patrick has shown during the first two weeks of preseason practices that he’s ready to take over as the Seminoles’ lead running back, despite two other highly-touted recruits pressing for playing time.

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Florida State LB Matthew Thomas starting to live up to potential

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No one on Florida State’s roster knows more about bouncing back after getting knocked down more than Matthew Thomas. For the first time in four years, the junior linebacker is living up to the potential many saw when he was recruited in 2013. Thomas leads the 13th-ranked Seminoles in tackles going into Saturday’s game at South Florida. Florida State (2-1) is trying to bounce back after a 43-point loss last Saturday at Louisville. Considering that during the past three-plus seasons…

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Five AP voters think FSU is the best team in the country

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Five guys. If they were fingers, you could make a fist. Five. A quintet. A basketball team. A rock and roll band. Five. That’s how many voters think FSU is the best team in the country. Oh, it isn’t enough. Alabama got 33 No. 1 votes, and Clemson got 16. Oklahoma got four, even though it did have enough to take the No. 3 spot in the poll ahead of Jimbo Fisher‘s Seminoles. Still, five people believe. It’s a start. Five…

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Florida St. O-line has experience but wants consistency

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Offensive line coach Rick Trickett has a bounty of linemen to work with as Florida State goes through preseason practices. Finding the right combination for the Sept. 5 opener in Orlando against Mississippi might be a tougher task. “It is going to be the five guys that work the best together. It won’t always be the five most talented,” Trickett said. “They’re all good guys. I don’t have a problem with any of them. Just are they ready yet?” Besides…

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Best foot forward: Could kicker Roberto Aguayo go in second round?

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Roberto Aguayo has tried not to buy into the speculation that he might be the first kicker in 11 years to be selected in the first three rounds of the NFL draft. But with the draft less than two weeks away, everything is lining up well for the former Florida State kicker. Because of rules changes the past two years and many considering Aguayo to be the most complete kicker to be in the draft in a while, it was…

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Late commitments headline Florida State’s recruiting class

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Jimbo Fisher and his coaching staff were able to fill a variety of needs for Florida State with the biggest gains coming on the offensive and defensive lines. Florida State added five offensive linemen and five defensive linemen among its 25-man class. Three of those additions on the line — offensive linemen Landon Dickerson and Jauan Williams along with defensive linemen Brian Burns and Shevar Manuel — were last-minute commitments. All four are composite four-star prospects. “When you got a…

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