As you probably know, FSU plays Arkansas at Noon today at Dick Howser Stadium in Tallahassee. The game is on ESPN, not espn2 or espn360, but ESPN. If you're in town, skip work and go to the game. Let's take a look at some of the previews.
- Out of 8 B12 teams that played in the regionals, 1 is left. Arky beat Oklahoma. Impressive? Maybe.
- We will throw Gilmartin, then BB, then McGee.
- Arkansas was very highly ranked at one point this year, but as a semi-young team, they took their lumps late.
- This Super Regional will come down to our #2 & #3 starters, Mike Martin letting this team score runs and not bunting at silly times, and out 6-9 hitters seeing a lot of pitches, running up counts, and winning the game of attrition over three games. Also, Marshall should not close, he is a mess right now. I think these teams are close enough to be called "evenly matched"
NCAA Baseball Tallahassee Super Regional Preview - FLORIDA STATE OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
A really thorough preview of the Super Regional with lots of historical notes.
- Arkansas Razorbacks Names To Watch · ScalpEm.com
What they’re saying about Arkansas: "I actually like Arkansas’s pitching staff with ace pitcher Dallas Keuchel one of the more impressive pitchers I’ve seen this season. He’s just a very good left-handed arm. Mike Bolsinger out of the bullpen is very solid, too. The pitching staff as a whole is solid, but they have several common arms out there. Not many special arms. Offense is very balanced across the board. You can’t let them get in a running game and get confidence on the base paths. Andy Wilkins was hot last week and definitely is a big-time power producer to contain. But I’ll say this, I think a pitcher with good velocity beats them. When we played them, they really couldn’t get the bats going when we challenged them with fastballs. If a marginal velocity guy pitches against them, it could be a recipe for trouble. They make a lot of contact and force the issue on the bases."
What they’re saying about Florida State: "The Seminoles have played way above their ability this season. For me, their coaching staff should be commended for getting as much out of their talent this season as any coaching staff in the country. Starting pitcher Sean Gilmartin is very legit and he has done a fantastic job in series openers. After Gilmartin, though, I think the starting pitching is just OK, as in the fact I don’t think the No. 2 and No. 3 pitchers are going to consistently get good hitters out. Closer Jimmy Marshall is good but not great. Reliever Geoff Parker is a good strikeout guy and has a very good slider, but other than him I don’t think FSU has a deep bullpen. Offensively, I think FSU’s first five hitters are excellent. Tyler Holt sets the table for everyone, Stephen Cardullo and Mike McGee have had great campaigns and Jason Stidham has always been a very good player. Achilles heel for the ‘Noles would be if a team has a very good left-handed pitcher to throw at them. I think a lefty makes them a lineup of five hitters. Defensively, FSU is pretty average and definitely behind the plate."
Football and Recruiting
- A friend of mine, Mike Davis, has a new radio show in South Georgia. I'll have details soon. For now, here's a list of players he likes from that region (Valdosta). Several FSU targets on the list. South Georgia Region 1-AAAAA Players to Watch- The Mike Davis Blog
- Make Note! UNC lineman to forego final year of eligibility - ACC - ESPN University of North Carolina offensive lineman Aaron Stahl has decided to forego his final year of eligibility due to offseason injury issues. Carolina is deep on the offensive line, but Stahl had 21 career starts and had 47 knockdowns in '07 before being semi-banged up last year. He was projected to start.
FSU receivers ready for redemption - ACC - ESPN It's only June, but Florida State's wide receivers are working with a sense of urgency and purpose not usually detected until August. Dinich talks with Bert Reed.
Orlando Sentinel - Early-season ACC football schedule set by
Sept. 7 – Miami at Florida State, 8 p.m., ESPN Sept. 12 – Jacksonville State at Florida State, 6 p.m., ESPN 360.com Sept. 19 – Florida State at BYU, 7 p.m., Versus
Will Furlong takes some shots at Rick Trickett "I had some problems with him (Trickett), with the way he treated me and the way he talked to me," Furlong said. "I didn't have a good relationship with him, but I don't think it's possible to have a good relationship with him." After his foot healed, Furlong thought he might be able to stick it out. But a concussion suffered at the end of spring practice this April set him back again, and his mind again wandered. Finally, in late April, Furlong decided to transfer. He quit the football team. Furlong said his problems at Florida State began after the coaches who initially recruited him to FSU were fired back in 2007, and several new assistants, including Trickett, were brought in. Trickett, through an FSU spokesman, declined comment. "I think the philosophy was different than what I thought I was getting into," Furlong said. "It just wasn't something I was comfortable with, and I think a lot of other guys there felt the same way." My Take? Furlong was a bad player. He was a starter by default because there were literally no other options. He weighed less than 260lbs and there were rumors he has some sort of metabolic/ blood condition that prevented him from gaining weight. He got destroyed in the Wake Forest game. There is no place for a 260lb guard in big boy football. Of course, this paper isn't going to say bad things about Will. Trickett did the classy thing and declined comment. Furlong was part of the Failed 2007 Recruiting Class, a group of guys cobbled together by an undermanned and underqualified lame duck coaching staff. He should consider it an absolute gift that he was ever able to wear the Florida State uniform. The writing was on the wall. David Spurlock was taking his spot, broken foot or not. Finally, as to the relationship with Trickett, I think Will should ammend his comment that most of the guys from the '05-'07 classes that Trickett ran off weren't comfortable with his style. The guys who Trickett recruited, however, do like it. That's why they came here. I've been told that the hate our good lineman have for Trickett is a good hate. They hate the way he pushes them, but they love him for doing so because they know he helps them achieve their full potential and demands that they give 100% on every snap- something that's much easier said than done. Past Trickett linemen have said they hated playing for him at the time but looking back they wouldn't have wanted to play for anyone else.
- Steve Ellis with a really nice piece on 2008 5* QB Recruit E.J. Manuel. Manuel will really push Christian ponder for the starting job this season, though I suspect his missed spring (compound fracture of the middle finger) will give Ponder the edge. We do know that Jimbo holds open competitions and does not favor senority. "We're starting to do that right now [Watch Film]. I only have one [summer] class so once I finish class I come over here and work out and watch film. We really don't have anything else to do but to watch film or work out."