Favorite Sport – Football
Favorite Teams – Florida State Seminoles, North Carolina Tar Heels, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Lakers, Atlanta Braves
Most Hated Rivals – Florida Gators, Miami Hurricanes
Favorite Sports Quote – "Sometimes you have to respect an opponent so much that you show them no respect at all" – Pat Riley
Favorite Movies – The Godfather, Shawshank Redemption, Braveheart
Favorite Musicians – Outkast, Scarface, Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys
A quiet spring turned into an uproar when the new FSU logo was leaked. In addition to the new logo, it was announced that FSU will be unveiling new uniforms as well.
On the field, the offensive linemen continue to cross train and some are wondering if Kareem Are will be a starter in the fall. Nick O’Leary was indeed in another bike accident and will miss the remainder of the spring. Karlos Williams and Rashad Greene will, at minimum, wear green non-contact jerseys for the remainder of the spring.
With several position battles still ongoing, Saturday’s spring game will be meaningful despite the fact some key players will not be participating.
We also disagree on whether or not the team is still suffering from championship hangover and have allowed complacency to set in.
As expected, Jimbo Fisher wasn’t pleased with the first scrimmage of the spring. He cited physicality and consistency as the biggest areas that needed to improve.
One segment that better get more consistent are the wide receivers. With the departure of Kelvin Benjamin and Kenny Shaw, there’s an opportunity for players to earn Jimbo’s trust and work their way into the rotation. If they don’t take advantage of it, there’s a talented group of freshmen coming in who’ll gladly take those reps.
Injuries are beginning to mount for the team with the addition of Ryan Green and Reggie Northrup to a growing list of Seminoles who have missed practices this spring. Fortunately, none of these injuries are considered serious and everyone should be healthy by the summer.
Yesterday, I pulled the audio from one of Blunt's YouTube videos for a guy on Warchant:
Last night I took it a step further and compiled some of the speeches from this season:
The first week of spring practice was uneventful and that's not necessarily a bad thing. When you're the National Champions, nothing is more welcomed than a low key spring where Jimbo Fisher can refocus the team to make a run at another title.
With that being said, there are still some developments that need to be discussed:
•Dalvin Cook is out for spring practice with a torn labrum
•Karlos Williams has been limited in practice though Jimbo insists that he isn't injured
•Backup center Sterling Lovelady decided to give up football to focus on academics
•Jalen Ramsey will be the primary nickel back replacing Lamarcus Joyner
•Reggie Northrup and Marcus Eligwe appear to be battling for the starting linebacker spot next to Terrance Smith
With spring practice beginning on March 19, we turn our attention to previewing the 2014 Seminoles defense. FSU loses a lot of talent, experience and leadership with the departures of Timmy Jernigan, Christian Jones, Telvin Smith, Lamarcus Joyner and Terrence Brooks.
The general feeling is with the exception of Jernigan, FSU is poised to replace those departures with a player equally, if not more talented.
Despite the returning talent, there are still questions that need to be answered this spring
- After Goldman and Lawrence-Stample, how will the defensive tackle rotation shake out?
- Will Charles Kelly opt for size or speed in replacing Telvin Smith and Christian Jones?
- Where will Tyler Hunter, Jalen Ramsey, Nate Andrews and the rest of the defensive backs line up?
- Which players will fill the leadership void left by the departing players?
In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai preview the spring practice storylines for the 2014 offense. As spring practice begins on March 19, FSU feels comfortable about the known commodities on offense: Jameis Winston, Rashad Greene, Nick O'Leary, Cam Erving, Josue Matias, Tre Jackson and Bobby Hart. The answers to the unknown will determine if the Seminoles have a chance to repeat as National Champions. Those unknowns include: - Who will be the backup quarterback: Sean Maguire or John Franklin III? - How will the running back rotation shake out? - Which wide receivers will become reliable 2nd and 3rd options? - How will the 2014 offensive philosophy change from last season? - Is Austin Barron ready to be the full time center?
In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc is joined by Josh Newberg of Noles247 to discuss FSU's 2014 recruiting class. When Noles247 released their 2014 Recruiting Class Predictions, FSU fans applauded and rival fans immediately made accusations of homerism. After analyzing the predictions, several questions arose and Josh joined the podcast to answer those questions. Some of the things we discussed include: - Josh's process of assigning a percentage or making a crystal ball prediction for a recruit - Will JC Jackson visit FSU this weekend? - What impact will Malachi Dupre's commitment to either FSU or LSU have on Travis Rudolph, Ermon Lane and Javon Harrison? - Has FSU done a good job of meeting their needs with this recruiting class?
In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap the Noles 34-31 victory over Auburn. After falling behind 21-3 in the first half, FSU went on a 31-10 run to capture their 3rd National Title in program history. The thrilling comeback featured several plays that will never be forgotten by FSU fans: the fake punt, Kermit’s kickoff return, Rashad Greene’s 49 yard reception and Kelvin Benjamin’s game winning touchdown catch. Those plays provided the style but the substance of the comeback was on both lines of scrimmage; Timmy Jernigan and Mario Edwards, Jr. controlling the line of scrimmage to neutralize Auburn’s second half running game along with FSU’s offensive line doing a better job of blitz pickup allowed the offense to make just enough plays to secure the win. We also discuss the juniors leaving early for the NFL draft and what impact it’ll have on the 2014 season.
In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai preview the BCS National Championship Game against Auburn. You've seen the headlines: The Team Of Dominance vs. The Team Of Destiny. You've heard the main talking points: How will the Seminoles stop Auburn's potent rushing attack? Will the Tigers be able to generate enough pressure to disrupt Jameis Winston? What will it take for Florida State to secure their third National Title? Besides the obvious, who are some players who will help determine the outcome of this game? What are some elements of the offensive and defensive gameplan we expect to see? In addition to previewing the game, we also discuss Jimbo Fisher's new contract and the Seminoles' success on the recruiting trail.
In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap the Seminoles' 45-7 victory over Duke. It was an eventful week for the FSU football program to say the least: the Jameis Winston investigation concluded with no charges filed, Jimbo Fisher received a contract extension with a raise and the Noles beat Duke to win another ACC Championship; all while punching their ticket to Pasadena to play Auburn for the National Title. The spotlight on the program should continue this week as attention turns to the Heisman Trophy where Jameis Winston is the clear favorite.
In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap the Noles victory over the Gators and preview Saturday's ACC Championship game against Duke. Jameis Winston threw three touchdown passes to Kelvin Benjamin as FSU completed their perfect regular season with a 37-7 victory against Florida. The victory also means the Noles will play for a National Championship if they defeat Duke in the ACC Championship game. We also discuss Jimbo Fisher’s arrogance when it comes to Kelvin Benjamin and talk about the latest developments in the Jameis Winston investigation and how it may affect his Heisman campaign.
In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc and Nolebra Kai recap the Noles victory over Idaho, preview Saturday's game against Florida and discuss the impact of the senior class. It what could best described as a sloppy stat stuffer, FSU defeated Idaho 80-14. The defense tallied 7 sacks, 4 interceptions and 2 touchdowns but there were still several missed tackles and blown assignments. Offensively, there were missed blocks and missed reads that had Jameis Winston taking more hits than he should have considering the opponent. Despite the hits, Jameis still threw 4 touchdowns and the offense accounted for 645 total yards. Next up is a high noon showdown against the Florida Gators in the Swamp. Despite being 4-7 and inept on offense, we expect this game to still be physical and closer than expected.
In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap the Seminoles’ 59-3 victory over Syracuse. There was never a question of who the better team was or who would win the game; the question was would the team come out focused after a week of "clutter" surrounding Jameis Winston and the sexual assault investigation. The answer was a resounding yes. Jameis Winston completed his first 10 passes for 170 yards and a TD as FSU raced out to a 28-0 first quarter lead. With lowly Idaho on the horizon, attention turns to the States Attorney’s office as FSU anxiously awaits a decision on whether or not they will charge Jameis Winston. If charged with a felony, Winston will be automatically suspended per FSU bylaws. That suspension will last until either the case is resolved or the charges are reduced to a misdemeanor offense.
In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc and Nolebra Kai recap the Seminoles’ 59-3 blowout victory over Wake Forest. The FSU defense intercepted 6 passes, forced 7 turnovers total and scored 14 points. Statistically, the Seminoles’ offense had a pedestrian day, only accounting for 296 total yards. That’s not to say they struggled; but rather defensive touchdowns and short fields contributed to them never really getting into rhythm. With the victory over the Demon Deacons, FSU clinched their 2nd straight ACC Atlantic Division title. With Oregon’s loss to Stanford on Thursday night, FSU is firmly cemented as the second ranked team in the country and will play for the National Title if they win out.
In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap the Noles 41-14 victory of Miami. FSU had the better team, better coaching staff and home field advantage so there was no reason to expect the Hurricanes to win the game. However, when it comes to FSU vs. Miami history tells us to expect the unexpected. We didn’t expect Jameis Winston to throw two 1st half interceptions. We didn’t expect Stephen Morris to throw two 1st half touchdowns. We certainly didn’t expect the Noles to be leading by only 7 points at halftime. Our expectations were realized during a stretch of the 3rd quarter where FSU ran 19 plays to Miami’s 1 and scored 14 points to push the lead to 35-21. Devonta Freeman was undoubtedly the player of game. He led the team in both rushing and receiving. He also scored 3 total touchdowns.
In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap the Noles quick dismissal of NCState and preview this week’s showdown against Miami. Shortly after Bobby Bowden planted the spear at midfield, the Seminoles proceeded to figuratively plant their cleats on the necks of the Wolfpack by scoring 35 first quarter points and quickly putting an end to all the trap game talk. Next up for FSU is the Miami Hurricanes. FSU is clearly the better team, but Miami has enough good players to pull the upset if the Seminoles don’t come out focused. We’re also joined by Hurricane Alley host BG1906 to get a Canes perspective on Saturday’s showdown.
In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap the Seminoles’ 51-14 dismantling of Clemson. Destruction, domination or dismantling are all accurate words to describe FSU’s 51 -14 victory over Clemson last night. Led by Jameis Winston’s 444 yards passing and 4 total touchdowns, the Seminoles’ offense systematically picked apart the Tiger’s defense with a myriad of formations and personnel packages. Jeremy Pruitt’s more aggressive defensive scheme kept Clemson off balance all night and never allowed Tajh Boyd and the Tigers’ offense to find it’s rhythm. FSU had 4 sacks, 7 tackles for loss and forced 4 turnovers. Lamarcus Joyner led the way with 8 total tackles, 1 sack, 2 forced fumbles and an interception. Up next is the revenge game against NCState and Bobby Bowden’s return to Doak Campbell Stadium
In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai preview Saturday's showdown between FSU and Clemson. It's the game that some are calling the biggest in ACC history: #5 FSU travels to Death Valley to face #3/#4 Clemson. Jimbo Fisher, Jameis Winston and co. will face an improved Tiger's defense. FSU will have to account for Clemson's pass rushing specialist, Vic Beasley. Clemson's offense features Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins, but the key to the Seminoles' success will be shutting down the Tiger's rushing attack.
In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap the Noles 63-0 victory over Maryland A week after allowing Boston College to rush for 200 yards, FSU's defense bounced back with a dominant performance against the Terrapins. Jeremy Pruitt's unit held Maryland to 234 total yards. The Noles' physicality, pursuit, speed and athleticism simply overwhelmed the Terps. Offensively, Jameis Winston continues to amaze. Facing what many called the best defense he's faced this year, he finished 23-32, 393 yards, 5 TD's, 0 Ints. Kelvin Benjamin and Nick O'Leary each caught 2 touchdowns.
In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap the Noles 48-34 victory over Boston College. With a first time defensive coordinator bringing in a new defensive scheme, growing pains were expected. However, after Jeremy Pruitt's defense allowed Boston College to score 34 points, Nolebra Kai finds himself missing Mark Stoops more than ever before. While concerned, Herc doesn't share the same level of frustration and anger. It was the type of game that FSU probably would've lost in years past, instead the offense was able to overcome poor play by the defense and special teams to secure the victory. Jameis Winston threw for 330 yards, 4 TDs and 1 Int. He also rushed for 96 yards, although yardage lost on sacks brought his official total down to 67.
In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap the Noles 54-6 victory over Bethune Cookman Despite the lopsided score, FSU was sloppy on both sides of the ball. Offensively, Jameis Winston overthrew some open receivers, failed to check the ball down a couple of times and didn't properly slide protection on a few occasions. Rashad Greene and Kenny Shaw both dropped sure touchdown passes and James Wilder, Jr. fumbled in the redzone. The defense failed to force an opening drive 3 & out for the third straight game and they continue to allow teams to have early success running the ball. Yesterday the open field tackling was sub par at best. How does the defense adjust if Tyler Hunter is lost for any length of time? We also wonder aloud if it's time for Marcus Eligwe or Chris Casher to replace Dan Hicks in the starting lineup.
In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap the Seminoles 62-7 victory over Nevada.
After starting 2-5 with an interception, Jameis Winston completed his next 13 passes for 184 yards and 2 touchdowns. However, the offensive storyline of the game was the FSU rushing attack. Devonta Freeman and Karlos Williams both rushed for over 100 yards as the Noles combined to rush for 377 yards and 6 touchdowns.
The defense struggled against the run in the first quarter but made the necessary adjustments and held Nevada to 214 yards for the entire game.
In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai discuss the Seminoles’ victory over Pitt and preview Saturday’s home opener versus Nevada. It’s not an overstatement to say that Jameis Winston exceeded all the offseason hype with his performance against Pitt on Labor Day. Despite that success, there is still room for improvement and has to be exciting for Seminoles’ fans. As the focus turns to Nevada, a new challenge is presented with the Wolfpack’s hurry up pistol attack. The defense must correct some of the alignment and assignment issues they had against Pitt.
In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai preview tomorrow’s season opener against Pitt. Six new assistant coaches, a redshirt freshman starting at quarterback and a new defensive scheme are the main question marks for the 2013 season. Those questions begin to get answered tomorrow night when FSU takes the field against Pitt. With a big offensive line and a stingy front seven on defense, Pitt will look to neutralize the Seminole’s speed and athleticism by establishing the run to shorten the game. We also give our game by game predictions for the 2013 season.
In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap the final week of fall camp and discuss the 25 most important Seminoles for 2013. The final week of fall camp concluded with Jimbo Fisher announcing that redshirt freshman, Jameis Winston will be the starting quarterback for the 2013 season. While this announcement doesn’t come as a shock, most fans don’t realize just how close the battle between Winston and Coker really was. We also discuss more aspects of Coach Pruitt’s defensive scheme. Although the word multiple has been thrown around since 2010, this season will be the first time that all aspects (fronts, coverages and personnel) of the defense will truly be multiple. Lastly, we discuss the 25 Most Important Seminoles for 2013. Defensive end, Dan Hick had the biggest jump moving up 24 spots from the spring rankings. Surprisingly, Jameis Winston was voted as the most important player this season.
In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap week 2 of fall camp. Another week, another pass catcher lost for the season. Senior wide receiver Jared "Scooter" Haggins will miss the season with a stress fracture in his knee. On the offensive line, Cam Erving sat out most of the week resting his sore hamstring. Jacob Farhenkrug took reps at starting left tackle in his absence. The Seminoles held their first scrimmage of the fall this week. In an effort to closely examine some freshmen and to protect his primary skill position players, Jimbo Fisher decided to place Rashad Greene, Kenny Shaw, Kelvin Benjamin, James Wilder Jr. and Devonta Freeman in green jerseys. This meant they weren't allowed to be taken to the ground on a tackle. Defensively, pressure was brought from everywhere... with everyone . With players being asked to learn 2 and sometimes 3 positions on the defense, coach Pruitt has a myriad of personnel packages to experiment with to see which ones work and which ones done. That process continued in the scrimmage. Ronald Darby got fully healthy at the right time as a nagging injury to PJ Williams has limited him in practice; thus allowing Darby to take first team reps at corner.
In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap the first week of fall camp. As fall camp opened on Tuesday, the first thing we noticed was the size and physical development of this team. Coach Viloria, his staff and the players really worked hard this summer. Injuries on the offensive line have thinned out an already thin unit. Fortunately, the starters avoided the most severe of those injuries. Several players were interviewed this week and the highlights include: Jacobbi McDaniel will be playing some fullback. Georgio Newberry says he has natural hands and Karlos Williams mentions the "Jack" linebacker; which further confirms we’ll be seeing some 3 man fronts from the defense this season. The week concluded with media day. Jameis Winston stole the show with his interview and personality.
Once again it’s time to rank the 25 Most Important Seminoles For The 2013 Season. In the spring practice rankings, Cam Erving was ranked as the most important player. How will Clint Trickett’s transfer, Greg Dent’s legal situation and Kevin Haplea’s injury affect the pre-season rankings? Unique ability or lack of depth behind a player could make a player more important to the team’s success than a player who would be considered better.
In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai discuss the 4 keys to a successful fall camp for the 2013 Seminoles. 1. Develop an offensive identity that suits BOTH Jameis Winston and Jacob Coker Last season was the first time since Jimbo Fisher arrived at FSU in 2007 that that starting quarterback started every game of the season. In those seasons where the backup quarterback was forced to play, Jimbo was forced to tweak the offense because the skill set of the backup didn’t mirror that of the starter. That will not be the case this season. 2. Defense – Know Your Personnel One of Herm Edward’s (former NFL head coach) favorite sayings is "KYP – Know Your Personnel" With the various personnel packages in Jeremy Pruitt’s defensive scheme it’s imperative that he establishes roles for each of the players he expects to be in the defensive rotation. More importantly, he must determine which players are physically and mentally capable of playing multiple positions. ----- The pre-season vote for the 25 Most Important Players For 2013 is also up on the site.
In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap the off season as the team prepares for fall camp beginning on August 6th. Despite having 6 players on the 1st team preseason All ACC team, FSU was picked to finish second in the Atlantic division to Clemson. Lamarcus Joyner and Rashad Greene didn’t seem phased or concerned by the prediction. With the release of the media guide, several depth chart listings caught our attention. Most notably, Kelvin Benjamin being listed as the starting Z receiver. Is he finally poised to live up the hype and potential?
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