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
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?
It’s easy to dismiss the Seminoles 69-3 victory over Murray State as FSU simply doing what they’re supposed to do. However, when you think back to last season’s offensive line issues, 104th ranked rushing attacked, 41 sacks allowed; simply doing what they’re supposed to do was an improvement. In this episode of the Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap the victory over Murray State. EJ Manuel had a solid day statistically, but mentally he was even better. The rushing attack was lead by James Wilder Jr. who ran for over 100 yards and scored 2 TD’s. Defensively, Bjoern Werner led the way with 4 sacks and 6 tackles for loss.
In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai give their win / loss prediction for each game this season. We also give several statistical predictions such as: How many 300 yard passing games will EJ Manuel have? Who will lead the team in sacks? How many games will the Seminoles have a 100 yard rusher? We also discuss the effect Hurricane Isaac will have on this week’s game preparation and why the potential for several missed practices is exactly why you don’t schedule tough games to kick off your season.
The Seminoles have completed their 2nd week of fall camp and the injuries have started to add up. Luckily, the injuries to key players are only minor and everyone should be ready to play at the start of the season. In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap week 2 of fall practice. In addition, we discuss the change is Jimbo Fisher’s demeanor this season. We wonder aloud is it because of the confidence he has in this year’s team or is it because he’s looking at football from a different perspective due to the illness his son is trying to overcome. Lastly, we discuss the strategic advantages that can be gained if the Seminoles ran more bunch packages on offense and implemented a NASCAR package on defense.
An eventful 1st week of fall practice concluded with Media Day yesterday. There were 5:30 am practices, offensive line shuffling and an injury to a defensive starter among. In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & special guest host BG1906 recap the 1st week of fall practice. Some other things we discuss in detail are: The continued hype around Kelvin Benjamin Chris Thompson being the 1st team running back Ronald Darby potentially being the starting cornerback The use of technology in the strength and conditioning program
Is this FINALLY the season? The season that FSU returns to national prominence and reclaims the ACC title for the first time since 2005. With a dominant defense, 5th year senior at quarterback and a deep & versatile group of wide receivers, expectations are extremely high. In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai discuss some of the fall camp storylines: The health and depth at running back How can Jimbo fully take advantage of the depth at wide receiver The perceived lack of depth at linebacker Replacing Greg Reid
'The Longest Spring Game Ever" provided a myriad talking points heading into summer. First and foremost people are talking about EJ Manuel; should he still be this inconsistent as a 5th year senior or was it just a case or bad offensive line play and him not being able to really use his mobility? Just how much has the offensive line improved? Will the rushing attack improve this season? Is Kelvin Benjamin really the next Randy Moss? The Garnet team defeated the Gold team 35-20 but despite the high score it was a game that was mostly controlled by the defense. Demonte McCallister's performance solidified his role in the 2 deep rotation. Was Saturday the last time we'll see Jeff Luc in a Seminoles' uniform? In this episode of The Renegade Report Herc & guest host Tony Blaze discuss all these talking points and much more.
After a sloppy 2nd scrimmage of the spring, the focus now turns to this Saturday’s spring game. There are a myriad of things to look forward to in this year’s spring game: How much has the offensive line developed? Just how good is Kelvin Benjamin? Can Jacob Coker really challenge Clint Trickett for the backup QB position? Is Mario Pender ready to contribute at running back? How will Christian Jones look at the Will linebacker position? Nick Moody at Sam? and many more. In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai preview Saturday’s spring game. We also discuss the latest developments from within the program involving James Wilder Jr., Vince Williams and Jeff Luc
Toughness. That’s the new buzz word around Tallahassee as week 2 of spring practice culminated with the first scrimmage of the spring. That’s not to say the Seminoles lack toughness, but Jimbo wants to see the kind of mental and physical toughness that truly dominant teams have. The type of toughness that allows a team to impose their will on the opponent regardless of the down, distance or score. In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai discuss the latest developments from week 2 of spring practice: - Could Bryan Stork unseat Bobby Hart as the starting right tackle? - Is it possible that Bobby Hart could redshirt this season? - Just how many 2TE sets will we see in the fall? - Kelvin Benjamin’s 2 TD performance in the scrimmage and much more
The first week of spring practice is in the books and as expected there are plenty of talking points. - An increased role in the offense for Rashad Green and Nick O’Leary - Jimbo’s new emphasis on identifying playmakers and making sure he gets the ball in their hands - Cam Erving at left tackle seems to be more than just an experiment - Mario Pender has a golden opportunity to impress the coaches and secure playing time for the fall - The impact of Tim Jernigan’s injury - Christian Jones’ move to Will linebacker - Keelin Smith starting at boundary corner with Xavier Rhodes being out In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai discuss these things and much more
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?
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