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Florida State running back Dalvin Cook declares for NFL draft

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Florida State running back Dalvin Cook has announced he will enter the NFL draft, less than 24 hours after the Seminoles defeated Michigan in the Orange Bowl. Cook, who is expected to be a first-round pick, made the announcement Saturday via video on Instagram. He says he made the decision after much consideration but was doing it after discussions with his family. The Miami native wrapped up his collegiate career by being named Orange Bowl MVP after rushing for 145…

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FSU’s DeMarcus Walker expects old school, physical game vs. Michigan

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Florida State’s DeMarcus Walker has prepared for plenty of different offensive schemes during his four years in Tallahassee, but facing Michigan in the Orange Bowl is one that has piqued his interest the most. “It is going to be an old school game — Dick Butkus, Jack Lambert type of football,” said Walker on Friday after the 10th-ranked Seminoles completed another practice in preparation for the Dec. 30 game. “You see a lot of spread and zone read from different…

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Seminoles favored in Saturday matchup with North Carolina

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North Carolina (3-1, 1-0 ACC) at No. 12 Florida State (3-1, 0-1), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN) Line: Florida State by 11. Series Record: Florida State leads 15-2-1. WHAT’S AT STAKE Both teams look to keep pace in their respective divisions as they face each other for the first time since 2010 (UNC won 37-35). The Tar Heels are tied with Virginia Tech atop the Coastal Division while the Seminoles, who dropped their conference opener to Louisville on Sept. 17, need a…

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Dalvin Cook emerges as receiving threat for No. 3 Seminoles

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Defensive coordinators game-planning for Florida State are going to have to expand their strategy on containing Dalvin Cook now that the running back has added another element to his game that will add to their headaches. The junior now is a receiving threat out of the backfield. Cook is the first Seminoles running back in nearly 10 years to be coming off a 100-yard receiving game. Lorenzo Booker had 117 yards in the 2006 Emerald Bowl against UCLA. “If that’s…

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Florida State receiver gives jersey to autistic friend

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Florida State wide receiver Travis Rudolph reunited with Bo Paske on Monday before the fourth-ranked Seminoles face No. 11 Mississippi. Rudolph surprised Paske and his mother, Leah, by giving Bo a personalized Florida State jersey during an interview on ESPN at the team’s hotel. Rudolph befriended Paske, a sixth-grader with autism, during a visit last Tuesday to Tallahassee’s Montford Middle School when he ate lunch with Paske, who was sitting alone. A photo was taken by a school resource officer…

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Freshman QBs could get the call to kick off college season

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Freshmen quarterbacks have shown they can play significant roles on national championship teams and there will be at least one under center — and maybe more — when the college football season kicks off this week. Florida State’s Jameis Winston stepped into the spotlight in 2013. He became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy as he led the Seminoles to a 14-0 season and the school’s third title. The following year, Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett went 11-1 as…

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Grand Opening: College football begins with marquee games

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Now this is the way to start the college football season. The usual steady stream of games from Thursday through Monday night this year includes four matchups of ranked teams and six more ranked teams facing Power Five opposition, four of those away from home. In some cases, regardless of the quality of the competition, the names alone scream big-time college football game. Alabama vs. USC. Texas vs. Notre Dame. Since the NFL moved the start of its season to…

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