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FSU’s Deondre Francois named first Sunshine State winner

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Even on the morning after, Deondre Francois was impressive. Even in hindsight, it was fairly impressive when a redshirt freshman was thrust into the starting role and led FSU to the largest comeback (22 points) in its history. Even upon reflection, it was starting that he threw 52 times for 419 yards against the No. 11 team in the country. After all of that, it seems like slam-dunk that Francois would be the first Sunshine Player of the Week. Other…

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Quarterback Deondre Francoise is a star as FSU rallies to win

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On a late night in Orlando, with the scoreboard reading the wrong way, a star was born. This is his team now. This is his huddle. There is no waiting his turn. There is no riding in the sidecar. As of now, Deondre Francois is in charge of the Florida State Seminoles. Francois led FSU to a comeback from 22-points down against Ole Miss in one the most memorable comebacks in FSU history, 45-34. Oh, perhaps you thought it would…

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FSU needs to avert disaster in its opener against Ole Miss

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For Florida State, the important thing is that it should not, for a moment, be Oklahoma. Or LSU. Or Notre Dame. Or Southern Cal. Or any of the other first-week disappointments around the country. When the Seminoles open their season tonight, that’s the main thing. Avoid disaster. Stay out of the way of trouble. Ole Miss, the opponent of the Seminoles, is a dangerous team with quarterback Chad Kelly. Don’t lose. FSU is favored in tonight’s game because it is…

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Seminoles to open their season with a tougher test in 2016

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This year, there will be no easing into the college football season for FSU. This year doesn’t start with an outmanned directional school. This year, the Seminoles sweat. This year, they have a game, and all the risks that come with it. This year, they have Ole Miss, which is expected to be a top 10 school again. For the Seminoles of coach Jimbo Fisher, the game against the Rebels — and quarterback Chad Kelly — is ahead on Sept.…

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Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil plummets after video surfaces

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UCLA linebacker Myles Jack fell, but you can blame an injury for that. Notre Dame’s Jaylon Smith fell, but you can blame an injury for that one, too. Shaq Lawson and LaQuon Treadwell fell, but you can blame draft grades and team fits for those. The troubles of Laremy Tunsil, however, seemed self-inflicted on the first day of the NFL draft. Tunsil, at one time projected as the No. 1 pick in the country, fell to 13th to Miami after…

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College flashback: A loss to Ole Miss becomes Florida’s edge

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In failure, greatness was born. Pretty much, that’s the story of the Florida–Ole Miss football rivalry. Consider they are both in the SEC, the Gators and Rebels don’t play that often. But they played in 2008, and the Rebels came off with a 31-30 stunner over a Florida team that had Tim Tebow, Percey Harvin, Riley Cooper and Aaron Hernandez. Who would have thought it? Florida came in ranked No. 4 in the nation. The Rebels were 2-2, and they had…

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In Florida, high school football goes pro

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Depending on who you ask, American high school football is a religion, a venerable rite of passage or a dangerous haven for violence. But along Florida’s Suncoast — where tennis stars like Andre Agassi and Maria Sharapova were groomed for the big time starting well before puberty — it is becoming something else entirely, writes Jeré Longman in The New York Times: a booming new industry. Bradenton has been home to high-pressure incubators for junior athletes since the mid-1970s when Nick Bolletieri pioneered the sector with his famous Bolletieri…

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