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
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?
In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc is joined by Josh Newberg of Noles247.com to give an early update of the 2014 recruiting class. Florida State currently has 10 commitments; with a projected class size of at least 27, there are plenty of spots left to fill. With the uncertainty surrounding Jacob Coker, Jimbo Fisher may decide to take another QB in addition to JJ Cosentino. Expect FSU to take as many as 8 offensive linemen if the right group of guys want to sign. Qualification issues may have FSU looking to add another linebacker to this class.
In part 1 we discuss the offense. As the presumed starter, is Jameis Winston ready to take the next step in his leadership? What will Mario Pender’s role be in the offense? Has Bobby Hart cemented his spot as the starting right tackle? How much more will the tight ends be involved in the passing game? We also discuss what the ACC Grant of Rights agreement means for FSU going forward. In part 2 we discuss the defense, special teams and coaching We expect a role reversal on the defensive line with the defensive tackles generating pressure and the defensive ends containing/controlling the line of scrimmage. We also expect the linebackers to be much more active and make more impact plays. There’s an embarrassment of riches in the secondary and we expect a myriad of personnel packages from Jeremy Pruitt. We feel confident about our kicker, still concerned about the punting situation.
Following Saturday’s spring game the hype surrounding Jameis Winston was high. Now that Clint Trickett is transferring, the hype is sure to explode. At the same time, Seminoles fans are anxiously waiting to see if Jacob Coker decides to stay and continue to compete for the starting QB job or decides to transfer also. There is some serious concern with the defensive end play following the spring game but Herc thinks FSU fans may be overreacting some. What we’re seeing is a change in technique and philosophy and not necessarily a lack of talent.
Jimbo Fisher labeled the impromptu goal line showdown between the starters as a bloodbath. Should we take anything from the fact that Jameis Winston was the quarterback during the entire goal line showdown? As we look ahead to the spring game, there are a lot of questions but with drafted teams, injuries and lack of depth we’re not expecting many answers. The QB battle will continue well into fall practice. The defense is still a work in progress and several key players are missing. However, we’re excited to see certain players get a bunch of reps and we’re excited to see the framework of the new defense.
In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap week 2 of spring practice which included the first scrimmage. Here’s what we know so far: Clint Trickett has been the most impressive quarterback Greg Dent has been the most impressive wide receiver All 3 running backs have been impressive The Seminoles defense will bring pressure from everywhere…..with everyone
In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai discuss the things we learned and confirmed in the first week of spring practice. Rick Trickett received a two year contract extension which has caused a meltdown among the FSU fanbase. Jeremy Pruitt, Sal Sunseri, Charles Kelly and Randy Sanders spoke to the FSU media for the first time. All 4 FSU quarterbacks spoke about the ongoing battle for the starting spot. Lamarcus Joyner, Christian Jones, Telvin Smith and Karlos Williams are excited to play in Jeremy Pruitt’s more aggressive scheme.
In this episode of the Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai take a look at 4 under the radar storylines as spring practice begins tomorrow. 1. Can Christian Green and/or Willie Haulstead work their way back into wide receiver rotation? 2. What’s plan B for the offensive line if something happens to Cam Erving? 3. How much of an impact will Chad Abram have in the offense? 4. Which defensive tackle will join Eddie Goldman in the 2nd team rotation? We also recap Jimbo Fisher’s press conference
The results are in and in the eyes of Seminoles’ fans, the most important player for the 2013 season is none other than left tackle Cameron Erving. 1. Cameron Erving | 2. Mario Edwards | 3. Lamarcus Joyner | 4. Christian Jones | 5. Bryan Stork 6. Timmy Jernigan | 7. Josue Matias | 8. Jameis Winston | 9. Tre Jackson | 10. James Wilder 11. Rashad Greene | 12. Roberto Aguayo | 13. Chris Casher | 14. Devonta Freeman | 15. Telvin Smith 16. Karlos Williams | 17. Bobby Hart | 18. Terrence Brooks | 19. Ronald Darby | 20. Nick O'Leary 21. Cason Beatty | 22. Jacob Coker | 23. Kelvin Benjamin | 24. Demonte McAllister | 25. Tyler Hunter Click the link for other statistical breakdowns. Thanks to everyone who participated.
In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai take an in depth look at how the 2013 defensive identity will begin to take shape starting on March 20th when spring practice begins. Jeremy Pruitt comes from Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama to take over for Mark Stoops as defensive coordinator. How much of Saban’s defensive system will he bring with him? How much more pressure will FSU bring? How much 3-4 should we expect to see this season? What are the key factors that’ll make Pruitt’s defense different from Stoops’ defense? We also discuss the latest news surrounding the program.
Had a talk with a friend of mine who’s a NFL position coach and he said something that I thought was very interesting: successful seasons are often defined by the play and health of your most important players not always your best players. Unique ability or lack of depth behind a player could make him more important to the team’s success than a player who would be considered better. ie Cam Erving is probably more important than Rashad Green, even though most would consider Rashad the better player. So here’s the question: who are our 25 most important players for the 2013 season. Click the link below to rank your top 25 players. I’ll post the results right before spring practice starts. In August, as things take shape in fall practice we’ll rank again; then in January we’ll rank the 25 best players of the 2013 season. If the players deemed most important, get hurt or don’t play up to par that could affect the team’s success. On the flipside, if the players deemed most important turn out to be our best players that too will affect the team’s success. My top 10 are: 10. Nick O'Leary 9. Mario Edwards 8. Devonta Freeman 7. James Wilder 6. Bryan Stork 5. Rashad Greene 4. Timmy Jernigan 3. Lamarcus Joyner 2. Cam Erving 1. Christian Jones Curious to see how everyone ranks the players. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1sxXYvSu5HfRF5jIQrq20UipVgC6i-llej7S0jsZr3lc/viewform Thanks in advance to those who participate
In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai take an in depth look at how the 2013 offensive identity will begin to take shape starting on March 20th when spring practice begins. With the departure of EJ Manuel, Lonnie Pryor and Chris Thompson what aspects of the offense will change? Will we see more singleback formations? More H-Back? Will the TE position become more involved in the passing game? What’s the best way to take advantage of the depth at wide receiver? Will the offensive line allow Jimbo to get more creative and open his playbook up more? We also discuss the latest news surrounding the program.
The game of musical chairs for the FSU coaching staff is almost over…. hopefully. Billy Napier left to take a job at Alabama. Jay Graham leaves Tennessee to join the Seminoles’ staff and it’s rumored that Tim Brewster will be hired as the tight end coach. In this episode of the Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai discuss the coaching changes, position changes and 2013 schedule. Lamarcus Joyner is moving back to corner and Dan Hicks is moving back to defensive end. How will these moves impact the defense? Who will be the starting secondary? The 2013 schedule was released on Monday. With a bye week before Clemson, Idaho before Florida and no back to back road games; what’s the minimum win/loss total for this season to be considered a success?
Between the coaching changes and recruiting, it has been a very eventful off season for the Seminoles football program. In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai discuss all the changes and give an early preview of spring practice. Some of the things we discuss include: From an X’s & O’s standpoint will the 2013 staff be better than the 2012 staff? What will impact will the new staff have on recruiting? Is it time to get a better recruiter as the offensive line coach? How will the spring position battles play out?
Many FSU fans were shocked to learn that Jeremy Pruitt would be the next defensive coordinator for the Seminoles. Pruitt has no experience as a college coordinator and only 3 years as a college coach. However, like Jimbo Fisher he is a "Saban Disciple" so that undoubtedly played a role in the hire. In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai discuss what the addition of Jeremy Pruitt and Sal Sunseri will mean for the defense. Should Jeremy Pruitt have even been considered for this position given his lack of experience?
FSU won it’s first ACC title since 2005 by defeating Georgia Tech 21-15. It was the culmination of an emotional week that saw Tank Carradine diagnosed with a torn ACL and Mark Stoops being hired as Kentucky’s head coach. In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap the victory over the Yellow Jackets, the impact of Stoops leaving, who will replace him and the impact of other coaches potentially leaving. We also speculate on who’ll be the opponent in the Orange Bowl. Click the play button above to listen
It was the one thing the Seminoles couldn't afford to do against the Gators and they did it 5 times: turn the ball over. EJ Manuel accounted for 4 of those turnovers in the 37-26 loss to Florida. Defensively, the Seminoles' had an uncharacteristic poor showing. Mark Stoops' unit allowed the Gators to rush for 244 yards and maintain a 13 minute advantage in time of possession. In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap the loss to Florida. We wonder aloud if this team can rebound emotionally and beat Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship Game. We also discuss the injury to Tank Carradine and the impact his loss will have going forward.
The FSU Seminoles cliched a birth in the ACC Championship Game with a 41-14 victory over Maryland. The Noles jumped out to an early 14-0 lead and never looked back. In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap the victory over Maryland, discuss possible ACC Championship Game opponents and preview this week’s showdown against Florida.
It wasn’t pretty and at times it was flat out ugly; but ultimately FSU made just enough plays to escape with a 28-22 victory over Virginia Tech. EJ Manuel threw for 326 yards, 3TDs and 1 Int. Rashad Greene had 6 catches for 125 yards and 2 TDs. The running game was non existent, tallying negative 15 yards total. Defensively, Tank Carradine had 11 total tackles and Tyler Hunter’s 2nd interception sealed the victory for the Seminoles. In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap the victory over Virginia Tech and preview this week’s game against Maryland.
After 9 games in 9 weeks, FSU finally gets a much needed bye week. It comes after a dominant, but at times sloppy 48 – 7 victory over the Duke Blue Devils. EJ Manuel connected on several big plays, tallying 282 yards on only 8 completions. The running game accounted for 261 yards on 41 carries. Defensively it was business as usual. Duke was only able to muster 232 yards of total offense. Christian Jones set the tone early 8 tackles and 3 tackles for loss in the 1st quarter. The Blue Devils leading receiver Connar Vernon was held to 3 catches for 12 yards. In this podcast, Herc & Nolebra recap the victory over Duke.
Despite 5 fumbles (2 lost) and 12 penalties for 121 yards, the Seminoles defeated Miami 33-20. A balanced offensive attack coupled with depth and athleticism on defense proved to be too much for the Hurricanes to handle. FSU passed for 229 yards and ran for 218 yards whereas Miami was only able to muster 258 yards of total offense. In this podcast, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap the victory over the Canes and preview this week’s game against Duke
Jimbo Fisher and Mark Stoops were both more aggressive in their play calling and the Seminoles responded with a 51-7 victory over Boston College. EJ Manuel threw for 439 yards and 2 touchdowns to lead the offense. Defensively, pressure was applied from virtually every angle and the Eagles’ quarterbacks were only able to complete 49% of their passes. In this podcast, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap the bounce back victory over BC and preview this week’s rivalry game against Miami. Will Stephen Morris play? How effective will he be if he does play? Miami’s defense is one of the worst in the nation, how will Jimbo choose to attack them?
After leading 16-0 at halftime, the Seminoles were shut out 17-0 by NCState in the 2nd half and as a result they saw their National Championship hopes fade away. Both Jimbo Fisher and Mark Stoops should be criticized for their conservative play calls. Jimbo Fisher refers to EJ Manuel as a "hunting dog" as opposed to a "show dog" but last night he made sure to keep his quarterback on a leash. In this podcast, Herc & Nolebra Kai discuss the loss to the Wolfpack. We also wonder aloud does Jimbo Fisher really trust his team.
In what can be called a "Sloppy Victory", FSU defeated the USF Bulls 30-17. Despite never really finding a rhythm, EJ Manuel led the offense to 425 yards of total offense. The defense gave up 144 yards in the 1st quarter, but held USF to 124 the rest of the game. That included holding the Bulls to 17 total yards in the 2nd and 3rd quarters combined. In this podcast, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap the victory over USF and preview this week’s primetime matchup against the NCState Wolfpack.
EJ Manuel was finally "unleashed" and he turned in the type of performance that many critics didn't think he was capable of. That performance consisted of 380 yards passing, 102 yards rushing and zero turnovers. Chris Thompson added 182 all purpose yards and James Wilder, Jr. punished Clemson defenders on his 65 rushing yards. Chad Morris and the Tigers' offense kept the Seminoles defense on it's heels for part of the game with a bunch of misdirection and trick plays. However, during the 35-3 run by FSU to take control of the game, Mark Stoops' put together 5 dominant series where they forced four 3 & outs and an interception. In this episode of the Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap the victory over Clemson and preview this Saturday's matchup against South Florida.
FSU’s 52 – 0 shutout of Wake Forest may have been the most complete came during Jimbo Fisher’s tenure as head coach. The offense was led by Chris Thompson who rushed for 197 yards on 9 carries. It was also a measure of revenge against the team that ended his 2011 season. Defensively, the Noles held Wake Forest to 126 total yards, had 4 sacks and 11 tackles for loss. The special teams featured another punt return for a touchdown by Rashad Greene and Cason Beatty routinely pinning the Demon Deacons deep in their own territory with his punts. In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap the Noles’ destruction of the Demon Deacons. We also preview Saturday’s primetime showdown against the Clemson Tigers.
After 2 "preseason" games, the Seminoles turn their attention to the Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons handed FSU their 3rd straight loss last season by a score of 35-30. This season Wake is lead by quarterback Tanner Price (65.2% completion percentage) and wide receiver Michael Campanaro (22 rec. 260 yards 1TD). In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap the Savannah State game and preview the Wake Forest game. Will Jimbo Fisher look to establish the run to wear down an undersized Demon Deacon defensive line or will he choose to deploy 4-5 receiver sets to take advantage of a thin Wake Forest secondary?
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