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
The FSU Seminoles begin spring practice next week and with its arrival comes many expectations and storylines. Will the Offensive Line bounce back from a disappointing season? How will the players that switched positions adjust to their new positions? How will injuries impact spring practice? In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai preview spring practice and discuss the storylines. They also talk about all the developments in the program since the Champs Sports Bowl victory over Notre Dame.
The Florida State Seminoles concluded their season with an 18-14 victory over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Champs Sports Bowl. Many journalists have labeled it as a "gutsy" win for the Seminoles. When you consider FSU started the game with a banged up quarterback, 4 true freshmen offensive linemen, a true freshman running back, lost both starting cornerbacks to injury, fell down 14-0 and still found a way to win the game; gutsy is the perfect word to describe that victory. Despite the victory, a myriad of questions still remain for the 2012 Seminoles: Just how good will the offensive line be? Will EJ Manuel take the next step in his development? Can the defense really be elite? In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc and Nolebra Kai recap the Champs Sports Bowl and attempt to answer some of these questions.
The Florida State Seminoles will face the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Champs Sports Bowl on December 29th. It’s a matchup that’s tough to predict because of the inconsistency both teams have displayed this season. Most Seminole fans feel like game will be won or loss based on the play of the offensive line; an offensive line that may very well feature 4 true freshmen as starters. For the FSU defense, success depends on their ability to stop Michael Floyd. Should Mark Stoops put Xavier Rhodes on Floyd all game or should Stoops let Rhodes shut down Notre Dame’s #2 receiver and double team Floyd with Greg Reid / Mike Harris and a safety? The one clear cut advantage the Seminoles have over Notre Dame is in Special Teams. The kicking and return game should give FSU the field position advantage throughout the game. In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai preview the Champs Sports Bowl against Notre Dame and give our score predictions.
In part 3 of our 4 part season recap, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap the victories over Maryland, NC State and Boston College. EJ Manuel was the healthiest he had been since the Oklahoma game and it showed. The running game finally started to click and the defense started forcing turnovers at a high rate. We also discuss Mark Stoops decision to stay at FSU and Avis Commack's arrest. In case you missed the other parts of our season preview: In Part 1 of our season recap, we talked about how in hindsight some trends of the season were evident early in the season. In Part 2, we discussed how untimely penalties and lack of discipline by the defense cost the Seminoles in losses to Clemson and Wake Forest.
In part 2 of our 4 part season recap, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap the losses to Clemson and Wake Forest. They also discuss the victory over Duke. With EJ Manuel’s injury against Oklahoma, redshirt freshman Clint Trickett was forced to start the next 2 games. It was widely assumed that the defense would be able to carry the team to victory. Untimely penalties and lack of discipline led to Mark Stoops’ unit giving up 35 points in back to back games; both Seminoles losses.
A season of high expectations became a disappointment after the Seminoles finished the regular season with an 8-4 record. In part 1 of a 4 part season recap, Herc & Nolebra Kai revisit the victories over Louisiana Monroe and Charleston Southern; as well as the loss to Oklahoma. We didn’t know it at the time but some trends that would be evident throughout the season were first discovered in the 1st quarter of the season: The offensive line woefully under performed and the defense was unable to get off the field at the most critical times.
The Seminoles' Defense & Special Teams bailed out the offense in a 21-7 victory over the Florida Gators. Mark Stoops' unit tallied 4 interceptions, 1 touchdown, 13 tackles for loss and 2 sacks. Before knocking Gators' quarterback John Brantley out of the game, FSU picked him off 3 times. Those interceptions led to the first 14 points of the game. Terrance Parks sealed the game with a pick 6 off a Jacoby Brissett pass. The offense was offensive and could only muster 95 total yards. It became clear early in the game that the offensive line couldn't block the Gators' front 7. EJ Manuel was flustered and rushed his reads and throws. Jimbo Fisher ultimately swallowed his pride, ran the ball, chewed up clock and let his defense / special teams win the game instead of letting his offense lose it. In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap the victory over the Gators. They also give their thoughts on why the offense has struggled so much this season.
The Jimbo Fisher critics are out in full force today and deservedly so. The Seminoles suffered an unacceptable 14-13 loss to Virginia. EJ Manuel played his worse game as a starter; accuracy was an issue all night and several times he failed to either check the offense into the right play or make the correct read after the snap. The offensive line continues to be a liability. The inability to convert in short yardage situations was magnified once again last night. Couple that with the penalties and pressure on the quarterback, it's easy to understand why fans are calling for Rick Trickett's job. Even though the defense played a good overall game, once again they weren't able to get off the field when it mattered most. Now the Seminoles must pick themselves up and prepare for a night game in The Swamp against the Florida Gators. In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai discuss the loss to Virginia, Jimbo Fisher's tenure thusfar and preview Saturday's game against the Gators.
The Seminoles were able to overcome a disjointed offensive performance, a motivated Miami Hurricanes team and healthy dose of ACC officiating to win their 5th straight game. Without a doubt, the Special Teams were there most impressive segment yesterday. Greg Reid's punt return will make all the highlights but Shawn Powell's punting and Dustin Hopkins making 3 field goals cannot be overlooked. Weird things typically happen in a rivalry game but one thing that can't be disputed is for the 2nd straight year the FSU Seminoles were much more physical than the Miami Hurricanes. Nigel Bradham's hit on Laron Byrd was the culmination of what Nick Moody referred to as "Organized Violence" In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap the victory over Miami and preview Saturday's game against Virginia.
In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai briefly recap the victory over Boston College but the majority of this podcast is dedicated to previewing Saturday’s game against Miami. Offensively, FSU should look to exploit Miami’s lack of depth on the defensive line. In addition, the Hurricane’s secondary play has left a lot to be desired. Expect Jimbo Fisher to attack the defense both horizontally and vertically with numerous personnel groupings. Defensively, the ability to slow down Lamar Miller and the Miami running attack with the front 4 is the key to success. Jacory Harris has quietly put together a very good senior season and loves to attack defensive through play action. Being able to drop 7 into coverage and disguise the looks will be imperative.
It's not an overstatement or exaggeration to say the Seminoles defense was dominant in their 34-0 victory over North Carolina State. Mark Stoops' unit forced 3 turnovers, had 4 sacks and 6 pass breakups. In addition, they held the Wolfpack to 166 total yards (130 passing, 36 rushing). What's more impressive is the defense tallied these stats with relatively quiet days from Brandon Jenkins and Bjoern Werner. Offensively, some Seminole fans feel like EJ Manuel played his most complete game as a starting quarterback. He threw for 321 yards and 2 touchdowns. More importantly, he seemed to have complete command of the offense; making the correct pre-snap reads and checking into the right plays. In this episode, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap the victory over NC State and preview Thursday night's game against Boston College.
EJ Manuel threw for 264 yards. Devonta Freeman, Jermaine Thomas and James Wilder, Jr combined to rush for 214 yards. The Seminoles defense tallied 6 sacks. When you put it all together, you got a 41-16 victory over Maryland. In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai discuss the victory. We discuss the return of seniors Jermaine Thomas and Bert Reed. True Freshmen Devonta Freeman and Tim Jernigan each got their first career start. Herc was disappointed by the lack of killer instinct the team displayed after jumping out to a 14-0 lead.
EJ Manuel accounted for 4 touchdowns in the Seminoles' 41-16 victory over Duke. In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai discuss the victory over the Blue Devils. We wonder aloud if Devonta Freeman has earned the starting running back job. We also discuss how EJ Manuel at quarterback helps the running game even when he doesn't carry the ball. Defensively, we discuss Mark Stoops' decision to bring more pressure and play more man to man against Duke. Nolebra Kai wants to see the blitzes timed better, Herc wants to see more of Telvin Smith against Maryland to spy on CJ Brown, the Terps dual threat quarterback.
It's official, the 2011 FSU Seminoles are the most disappointing team in the country. Turnovers and lack of discipline lead to the Seminoles losing their 3 straight game of the season. Injuries are a factor but they only tell part of the story and should not be used as an excuse. For the second straight week the defense turned in a lackluster performance. In this episode, Herc and Nolebra Kai recap the loss to Wake Forest and take a hard look at the Jimbo Fisher's tenure as head coach thusfar. In addition, we talk about the goals of the team going forward. Is it time to give some young guys more reps and start playing for 2012?
11 penalties for 124 yards; Clemson converted 9 of 17 third downs and tallied 455 yards. It was a game that FSU fans thought the defense would have to bail out the Clint Trickett led offense. Obviously, the defense didn’t hold up their end of the bargain. In this episode of the Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai discuss the defense’s lackluster performance. We also put out an APB for the Noles running game and have a message for all the fans selling their FSU stock.
Despite losing a game that the Seminoles had a chance to win, Herc & Nolebra Kai left Doak Campbell Stadium feeling encouraged about the direction the program is going. Seemingly everything that could've gone wrong for the Seminoles did. EJ Manuel gets injured, questionable calls by the Big 12 officials and turnovers worked against the Noles. Despite all of that, the score was 13-13 midway through the 4th quarter. With encouragement comes disappointment. Nolebra Kai was extremely disappointed in the play of the offensive line and feels like it's time to hold Rick Trickett more accountable. Herc was disappointed by the lack of discipline by some of the veterans.
It’s Finally Here! Oklahoma Week. It’s been talked about since the Chick Fil A Bowl; can the Seminoles avenge the 30 point loss in Norman last season? What type of offensive gameplan will best work against the Sooner’s defense? How can FSU slow down Landry Jones, Ryan Broyles and the rest of that high powered offense? In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap the 62-10 victory over Charleston Southern and we also preview Saturday’s showdown with Oklahoma.
Even though Louisiana Monroe is a D1 team, they weren’t expected to be a match for the FSU Seminoles and that turned out to be the case. The Seminoles defense tallied 4 sacks, 10 1/2 tackles for loss and an interception in the opening day shut out victory over the Warhawks. Offensively, there were some sloppy moments: EJ Manual missed some open receivers, running backs missed some holes and the receivers dropped some passes. The offensive line didn’t run block as well as some would’ve thought. Despite all of that, there were times that the offense looked crisp and explosive. In this episode, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap the victory over ULM. We discuss what we liked, what we didn’t like and our overall impressions of the game. We also preview this week’s game versus Charleston Southern.
In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai give their season predictions How many regular season games will the Seminoles win? Will EJ Manuel pass for over 3,000 yards in 2011? Who will lead the team in rushing? Who will lead the team in tackles? Will Lamarcus Joyner have more than 5 interceptions this season? Listen to us answer these questions and many more. Have a comment on what you’ve heard? Leave a comment on our Facebook Wall
If the Seminoles practice this week was a movie, it would be titled, "The Walking Wounded". Several players missed time this week due to various nagging injuries. Those players include: Andrew Datko, Zebrie Sanders, Chris Thompson, Jacobi McDaniel and Nick O'Leary. Are these injuries a cause for concern or are they sitting as a precaution to ensure they're 100% when the season starts? Herc & Nolebra Kai also discuss the expectations surrounding the team this season. FSU is ranked #5 in the coaches poll and #6 in the AP poll. What can Jimbo Fisher do to ensure the team stays focused on each game and not get caught looking ahead to Charlotte or even New Orleans?
The first week of the Seminoles’ fall camp has been an eventful one. Freshmen Tim Jernigan and Nick O’Leary have been impressive. Running Backs Chris Thompson and Jermaine Thomas have miss practice time. The wide receivers are proving to be more consistent. Terrence Parks and Nick Moody are battling for the starting free safety spot. Vince Williams and Telvin Smith are fighting for the starting middle linebacker spot. Late in the week, rumors of FSU to the SEC started to run rampant. Shortly after those rumors started to build steam, word came down that the Indoor Practice Facility could see construction begin as early as January of 2012. In this episode, Herc & Swamp Talk co-host Wil discuss all that transpired this week.
The players have reported to fall camp. Practice starts tomorrow and the storylines are endless. Before we get into those, we take a look back at the developments since spring practice concluded. There has been 10 new recruits since spring practice. All of the freshmen arrived on campus and have been impressive with their focus and work ethic. The ACC media picked FSU to win the ACC this year. Herc & Nolebra Kai touch on all these storylines and much more.
I know Bud and the guys had the probability win poll up a few weeks ago. Now that we're in August, I'm curious to see how fans feel about which games we'll win and lose. Has any of the offseason developments made you more or less confident on certain games? Are you still afraid of the road Thursday night game?? Simply pick W or L for each game. Click HERE to predict the Gators Wins & Losses Click HERE to predict the Canes Wins & Losses
The 2011 College Football Season kicks of in just over a month. For all of our site visitors, twitter followers and facebook fans it’s time to put your season predictions on record. Predict the 2011 Florida Gators record by filling out a simple form.
Hurricane Alley is back with a 4 part series to get you geared up for fall camp. In part 1, BG1906 breaks down an eventful off season for the Canes. Some of the topics he touches on include: underachieving last season, recruiting philosophy, team unity and modified strength & conditioning.
This week Herc & Nolebra Kai spotlight 2 players in the trenches: Zebrie Sanders and Everett Dawkins. Zebrie Sanders is a four year starter at right tackle who’s often overlooked. When you look at his resume you’ll see that he doesn’t miss games and he’s held his own against several top flight defensive ends. Everett Dawkins is probably the quickest defensive tackle on the roster. His ability to shoot gaps causes problems for the offensive line. Now that he’s up to 300lbs, Herc has some lofty expectations for him this season.
They were all on Tony Barnhart's radio show at ACC Media Day. Scroll down and you'll find all of their interviews
This week Herc & Nolebra Kai spotlight 2 players who we feel are the glue of their respective side of the ball: Lonnie Pryor & Mike Harris. Even though Mike Harris isn’t technically a starter, in crucial situations it’s a safe bet he’ll be on the field. If he’s on the field, it’s also a safe bet that he’ll be in the right place at the right time and make the play that needs to be made: tackle, forced fumble, interception, etc. Lonnie Pryor is the glue of the offense. He runs well, blocks well and catches well. When you look at the big plays from last season, find #24 and more than likely he played a vital role in that play’s success.
330 people voted overall. 74% of the vote came from Noles fans Obviously, some of the closer votes would’ve went another way had there been more Gators & Canes participation. There were some position battles that all fan bases pretty much agreed on. Thanks to all who took the time to vote.
Last week almost 300 people voted on the Offensive Starters, now it’s time to turn our attention to defense and special teams The idea is simple: Hypothetically, the Noles, Canes & Gators have combined teams for the 2011 Season. Select the player at each position that should be the starter in September.
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