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Can the FSU offensive line protect Deondre Francois in Spring Game?

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Five things to ponder while watching the FSU spring game. 1. The kids are all right: A lot of eyes will be on freshman running back Cam Akers as he tries to relieve much of the loss of all-everything Dalvin Cook. Akers is one of several Seminoles who have enrolled early, giving a chance for immediate help. Can Akers, a high school quarterback, be an instant success? Isn’t that the best kind? 2. The James Gang rides again: Safety Derwin…

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FSU quarterback Deondre Francois hopes to play well in spring game

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A year ago, he was the new kid in the huddle. This year, he’s the leader of it. FSU quarterback Deondre Francois is the proven commodity to the Seminoles’ offense after a year in which he threw for 3,350 yards and 20 touchdowns. But three of his receivers have graduated, and Dalvin Cook is no longer in the backfield. That means Francois will need help. “The year he had, this guy is a big-time player,” FSU coach Jimbo Fisher told…

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FSU comes from behind to beat Michigan in Orange Bowl

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FSU had blown it. They had the game won, and they had let it slip away. It was going to be a lousy finish for the Seminoles. And then it wasn’t. The Seminoles charged from behind with a memorable comeback to beat Michigan, 33-32, in Friday night’s Orange Bowl. FSU fell from ahead, then came from behind to win. Quarterback Deondre Francois, who had one of his roughest nights, hit Nyquan Murray for 12 yards and the winning touchdown with…

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Could FSU ride its momentum to win in Orange Bowl game?

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Before you convince yourself how big a favorite sixth-ranked Michigan is over FSU in Friday night’s Orange Bowl, perhaps you should re-consider the last month. You know, when FSU was 4-0. You know, when Michigan was 2-2. Perhaps more things than momentum will matter when the two clash. But FSU has played its best football, especially on defense. Michigan has played well, too, especially in a double-overtime loss to Ohio State, but still, the Wolverines have lost two games in…

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Michigan looks for another holiday in Florida in Orange Bowl

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A year ago, Michigan took out its frustrations on a Florida team in a Florida Bowl. Might it happen again? The Wolverines are a touchdown favorite to beat FSU in this season’s Orange Bowl. A year ago, Michigan won an easy game against Florida, 41-7, in the Citrus Bowl. The game could end up being a game of chase-the-quarterback. FSU leads in the nation in sacks, and Michigan is fourth. If you consider sacks-per-game, Michigan is second. The Wolverines are…

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FSU’s Deondre Francois named ACC Rookie of the Year

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You can remember this past season. Or you can think about the future. Both are among the reasons that FSU quarterback Deondre Francois was named ACC Rookie of the Year. Francois ended the season with 3,138 yards passing – the fourth highest total ever for a freshman quarterback. He had 18 touchdowns to six interceptions. He also ran for 189 yards and four more scores. Francois received 25 votes, far outdistancing Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence and Duke quarterback Daniel…

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One more time: Dalvin Cook leads FSU past Florida in rivalry

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The replay board at Doak-Campbell Stadium summed it up perfectly. “Thank you, Dalvin.” Behind Dalvin Cook, again, the FSU Seminoles beat the Florida Gators, again. This time, it was 30-14, and once again, Cook led the way. In three games, Cook has rushed for 480 yards against the Gators who, presumably, are all in favor of Cook jumping to the NFL. “You’re blessed to coach certain guys in your career,” FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said. “What a dad gum great football player.”…

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