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FSU’s brings home the national’s number one offensive line

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An impressive recruiting season went over the top for the FSU Seminoles Wednesday. The Seminoles flirted with the No. 1 ranking, and finished second, in the 247sports.com recruiting website after a day in which tackle Landon Dickerson and linebacker Dontavious Jackson announced live for the Seminoles on ESPN. Add those two to tackle Jauan Williams, tackle Mike Arnold and center Baveon Johnson and the Seminoles had a great day on the offensive line. It was the nation’s top offensive line haul.…

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Do Gators have enough offense to complete with Alabama?

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For the University of Florida, it has been a turnaround season. It has been a defensive season. It has been an overachieving season. But can it be a championship season? After all is said and done, do the Gators have enough offense to get past a powerful University of Alabama football team in Saturday’s SEC title game? For a month, the Gators’ offense been stuck in the mud. Granted, the defense has played well, but on its own, defenses wear…

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College Roundup: Stubborn FSU defense leads a win over Gators

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A sluggish offense finally caught up to the University of Florida Saturday night. The FSU defense made sure that it did. The Seminoles defense won a muscle contest with Florida Saturday night, giving up only a safety in a 27-2 victory. Dalvin Cook’s two fourth-quarter touchdowns – 15 and 29 yards – made the final score much bigger than the differences between the teams on the field. Florida had struggled for most of November on offense, barely beating Vandy, South…

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College roundup: USF wins the biggest game of Taggart’s era

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Perhaps it wasn’t Willie Taggart’s signature victory. On the other hand, it will do until a better one comes along. Taggart, who was talking about being on the hot seat earlier as his team got off to a 1-3 start, now has a team that is bowl eligible. The USF Bulls upset Temple, the nation’s 22nd ranked team, with a complete effort Friday night. The Bulls won 44-23 behind the Three Amigos, there three headed attack of running back Marlon…

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Bucs’ linebacker Kwon Alexander has fitting memorial for brother

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To many onlookers, rookie linebacker Kwon Alexander may have been saying hello. In reality, he was saying goodbye. A day after younger brother Broderick Taylor was shot and killed back home in Alabama, Alexander led the Bucs to an upset win over Atlanta, only their third victory of the season and their fifth during the past two seasons. Afterward, in a moving scene in the team’s locker room, teammate Logan Mankins presented Alexander with a game ball. “I thought what you…

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FSU’s Warrick Dunn joins ACC, SEC legends of the game

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The Heisman Trophies all went to quarterbacks. But it was running backs who led the way when the ACC and SEC annnounced their 2015 Legends Classes. FSU running back Warrick Dunn was honored. So were Florida’s Fred Taylor and Miami’s Clinton Portis. Dunn is FSU’s career rushing leader with 3,959 yards and leader with 49 touchdowns. He is the only FSU back with more than one 1,000 yard season. Taylor gained 1,292 yards as a senior and scored 13 touchdowns.…

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Lightning names ex-NBC voice Brian Engblom as its new TV analyst

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One of the most consistent performers in the history of the Tampa Bay Lightning was Bobby “the Chief” Taylor, the longtime television analyst for the team. Now, that role will be taken by Brian Engblom. The Lightning announced Tuesday that Engblom will work alongside play-by-play announcer Rick Peckham in the game’s telecasts. Taylor, who retired after last season, had been the team’s analyst since the 1993-94 season, and during that time, his voice was a familiar one to Lightning fans.…

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