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Year in Review: FSU Seminoes don’t meet their high standards in 2015

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For most schools, it would have been a terrific season.

A 10-2 record. A star running back. A great defense.

But for FSU, the 2015 season will be one of disappointment. After winning a national title and reaching the college football playoffs in the two previous seasons, the Florida State Seminoles showed a bit of slippage this year.

Part of the reason is that transfer quarterback Everett Golson didn’t match the hype, and eventually, he was replaced by Sean McGuire. The FSU passing attack never really clicked as it has in most seasons.

Ah, but the Seminoles could run. Led by Dalvin Cook, who led the nation in yards per gain despite troubling hamstring injuries, FSU was always a threat. And let’s face it: Any year in which FSU beats Florida isn’t all bad. Still, a blocked field goal led to a loss against Georgia Tech, and FSU lost its annual game against Clemson.

This year, Cook is scheduled to come back if he doesn’t go the NFL. McGuire is scheduled to come back. Yes, it should be another good year.

But will it be a great one?

We’ll see.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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