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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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Rookie Noah Spence could replace George Johnson on Bucs

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Goodbye, George Johnson. Hello, Noah Spence? The Tampa Bay Bucs lost Johnson to a hip injury he suffered Thursday, and he has been placed on injured reserve. It was a blow to Tampa Bay’s depth, because coach Dirk Koetter says that Johnson was playing well. However, rookie defensive end Noah Spence continues to impress, which may soften the loss. “Solid every day,” Koetter said. “Every day the kid flashes. For a rookie, he hasn’t hit any slump days so to…

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Tampa Bay linebacker Kwon Alexander didn’t have a great debut, either

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The rookie of the Tampa Bay Bucs wasn’t good enough, either. Not in his first game. His coaches had hoped he would arrive fully prepared. They were hoping he would make an impact. They would hope his play-calls would be the right ones. No, the subject is not quarterback Jameis Winston. It’s middle linebacker Kwon Alexander. Alexander struggled, too, in his first day in the NFL. Despite all the high hopes, despite the skill set, he was not as good…

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Bucs are impressed with how quickly Jameis Winston picks up things

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He is big enough to play. He is strong enough to play. He throws the ball well enough to play. Evidently, Jameis Winston is also smart enough to play. Although Winston threw another interception in Friday’s practice, Tampa Bay Bucs head coach Lovie Smith praised the mental sharpness of his quarterback. For a team that didn’t always play especially smart last year, that’s welcome news. “He gets it,” coach Lovie Smith said. “Since him coming out, we’ve talked a lot…

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