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truenole87

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Entering final semester at Florida State University, lifelong supporter of the university. My father is an alum and I grew up on the glory days of the 90's but understand that things move in cycles. FSU is making a triumphant return and I will be with them for every step of the journey. Fair weather fans, go grab an umbrella and meet me at Doak this fall! The storm isn't over but the clouds are moving swiftly!!

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A look back at Florida State's 2009 signing class

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Next up is the class of 2009. The team that we see in 2011 is running high on 2009 magic. Every class has a unique footprint left on helping build the program, but it is my opinion that the 2009 group is the most important because of the momentum it was able to generate once arriving on campus and contributing. 13 out of the 21 player inked are significant contributors.

A look back at Florida State's 2008 signing class

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I thought it would be fun to take a look back at the principle signing classes that make up the 2011 roster this week, so I'll be starting with the 2008 class. This was the beginning of a recruiting tear that would get progressively better and as we know, is still in full swing.

Freshman Fridays: OT Bobby Hart

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Bobby Hart is one of the most intriguing players in the 2011 class because of both his upside and his age. He will be one that is fun to watch develop in his time at Florida State, especially with offensive line recruitment improving.

Florida State Football ready to play with the big boys

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Everyone here is far too familiar with how size impacts a football team thanks to Tomahawknation, but here's a piece I did to further spread the message and put Florida State's strides in this department in perspective when compared to the ACC and the most recent National Champions.

Bjoern Werner could be X-Factor for FSU defense in 2011

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We are all aware of how loaded FSU looks to be in 2011 on the defensive side of the ball. But I feel that Bjoern Werner will have one of the largest impacts on this unit's play this year, especially in the early going when Brandon Jenkins is the main focus along the defensive line.

Freshman Fridays: OL Jacob Fahrenkrug

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As he continues to work on his pass protection skills, Jacob Fahrenkrug will be a crucial piece to the Florida State offensive line this fall.

The time has come for FSU receivers

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I think we all agree that Florida State receivers should be much better/more consistent this season. But we're also reluctant to claim that they will be for a fact. In my opinion, the time is now and the mix of talent and experience dictates that they step up.

Florida State Football Pre-Fall Camp thoughts

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The Noles finally suit up to start practice today. These are just a few thoughts and speculations in regards to what's expected of the team and commentary on different position battles and players to watch for. Get excited Noles!!

Freshman Fridays: OL Tre Jackson

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One of my personal favorites in the class. I think long term Jackson has serious potential.

Florida State Football blurring conference lines

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Jameis Winston's commitment continues to ruffle the feathers of SEC football fans as it further proves that FSU's brand is strong enough to go toe to toe with elite programs for top-tier talent.

Freshman Fridays: RB Eric Beverly

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Often overshadowed by the two big name RB recruits in the class and even the one in the class behind him, Eric Beverly will fight to make a name for himself at FSU. I'm of the belief that if groomed to do so, he would do well in Lonnie Pryor's role after Pryor has moved on.

Freshman Fridays: DT Derrick Mitchell

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Mitchell has undeniable talent, but he is quite raw. My guess is that his impact will be most felt in 2013 and beyond.

Freshman Fridays: DE Tank Carradine

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Carradine provides immediate help and much needed depth at DE for the Seminoles. I think it will be interesting to see just how quickly he'll be able to have an impact if he is as good as expected.

Freshman Fridays: LB Arrington Jenkins

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One of my personal favorites from the 2011 class, I feel Jenkins will provide some immediate depth for FSU at LB and have a chance to shine on kickoff coverage.

Freshman Fridays: OT Josue Matias

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Matias is undoubtedly the most physically impressive offensive line prospect to hit FSU in quite sometime. Apparently weighing in at 320 lbs this past week. Could we be looking at Zebrie Sanders replacement in 2012?

The future of Boone High School star Marvin Bracy

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With so many major programs fighting for the services of Marvin Bracy at the next level, he continues to become a more intriguing story as his star in track and field continues to rise. He extended his undefeated season yesterday with a 10.05 (wind aided) 100M time. Questions: Is he a football player with sprinter's speed or a track star that plays football? If he comes to FSU, would you want him to focus on one sport or compete in both?

Freshman Fridays: TE Nick O'Leary

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I think Nick O'Leary stands to be a valuable piece of the FSU offense in 2011 and due to circumstances will be one of the more likely true freshman to receive major snaps this season.

Freshman Fridays: LB Terrance Smith

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Terrance Smith is one of the more underrated players in the 2011 class in my opinion. His impact on defense this season probably won't be terribly significant, but he can leave an imprint on special teams and in certain situations much like Telvin Smith did in 2010.

Freshman Fridays: RB James Wilder Jr.

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As we all know, Wilder is one of the more intriguing members of the '11 class and the subject of much debate. The opinions and projections range from "he'll end up on defense before he's a sophomore" to he'll take snaps away from veteran running backs. I think he has a solid chance of being a good back for FSU and it will be interesting to see how he's used as a true freshman.

Talking ACC Football with Kevin McGuire

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Posted a couple of days ago, but Kevin McGuire covers all of college football for Examiner and will be covering the ACC this week. In support of that effort he reached out to get feedback on each team and how they play into the conference in 2011. This is a set of questions he posed about the conference in general and specific to FSU along with my responses. Kevin does a great job and will have more to come on our ACC opponents throughout the week.

Freshman Fridays: WR Rashad Greene

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Rashad Greene is the most complete receiver we've recruited in a while. I compare him to Kenny Shaw, but more explosive. Likely a little better at gaining weight than Shaw as they both weigh about the same right now and Greene has yet to hit campus.

Freshman Fridays: S Karlos Williams

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I think we all know we have a special one on our hands with Karlos, he is going to be fun to watch for sure. The question will be how soon he's able or is needed to step into a major role. Terrance Parks looked much better in the Spring than he did last Fall and Lamarcus Joyner seems to have a spot locked down for the time being.

Point/Counterpoint: Protecting EJ Manuel

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I think it is reasonable to say that this is an argument that splits a lot of people. Chantrant.com takes the stance that Jimbo Fisher should dial back the amount of designed run plays for EJ Manuel in order to protect him from injury. I take the opposing stance, based on the fact that I do not believe Manuel to be an injury prone athlete, despite his history and that his designed runs are too valuable to the overall flow of the offense to be scaled back greatly.

Freshman Fridays: WR Kelvin Benjamin

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I think Benjamin is one of the more intriguing prospects in the class because he draws mixed reviews from a lot of people due to his age and the idea that he relies solely on physical dominance to be successful. I think he's going to be a very solid receiver for FSU and has a chance to see the field as a freshman.

Gauging Expectations: How Good is EJ Manuel?

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A piece discussing what we should expect from EJ Manuel in 2011. I've heard everything from Heisman trophy winner (some of our fans) to FSU has serious QB concerns (casual CFB fans that may not follow FSU closely at all).

Freshman Fridays: DB Tyler Hunter

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In my opinion, Tyler Hunter is one of the most underrated prospects in our 2011 class. Understandably so, a lot of his recruitment was impacted by his back injury, but after watching him live last season and hearing several positive opinions, I don't think it will be a concern. Hunter's biggest challenge will be the talented players he'll have to battle for playing time.

Freshman Fridays: DT Tim Jernigan

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Tim Jernigan has an opportunity to be a valuable contributor to the FSU defensive line as a freshman. Even if he doesn't deliver eye popping stats, I believe he'll be used situationally to take the pressure off of guys ahead of him on the depth chart. Jernigan's talent is tremendous and as long as he stays motivated I think both he and the rest of us will be very happy.

Freshman Fridays: QB Jacob Coker

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This week's freshman is Jacob Coker. I think it's safe to say a lot of people are still undecided on how happy they are with Jacob Coker as a potential successor to EJ Manuel a couple of years down the road. Personally I think he'll be a worthy candidate but would love to have another legit talent push and compete with him to see who wins out. Coker has incredible physical tools and athleticism, along with brains. It's kinda tough to imagine him not being relevant.

FSU 2011 Spring Football Recap

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Overall I have to say that this Spring was a step in a positive direction. Obviously things were not perfect, but there was a lot to be gained for many individual players on both sides of the ball and for each unit as a whole. I included how my five goals for the Spring were met as well as a couple of other notes.

Freshman Fridays: RB Devonta Freeman

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Obviously there has been plenty said about Devonta Freeman to this point and there will likely be a lot more. He's been a favorite of many in the 2011 class, especially coming in as an early enrollee, which is why he's the second to be featured in the Freshman Fridays series.

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