Noles News 08.21.11

FSU practiced yesterday, and Fisher was somewhat talkative.

Quick Saturday afternoon practice notes (Ty Jones edition) – Chopping Block – Seminoles Blog – Orlando Sentinel

Saturday afternoon, Rashad Greene, Nick O’Leary and Jacobbi McDaniel joined the ever-expanding group of Seminoles to miss practices. Zebrie Sanders, Henry Orelus, Gerald Demps, Holmes Onwukaife, Trey Pettis and Tre’ Jackson all continued to sit out.

Lots and lots of rumors that Holmes might elect not to have a second shoulder reconstruction surgery in as many semesters. Sad for him, but shoulders are very tricky. If he does elect to hang 'em up, he will still be very successful as he is a smart kid who cares about the classroom.

I am not at all concerned about guys like Datko or Sanders missing time, as long as it is precautionary. These guys know how to play the game.

As for running backs missing, I previously wrote that Devonta Freeman is the best runner. Will he understand the offense and pass pro well enough to start? We'll see. The praise for Ty Jones is nice to see.

Fisher also praised the receivers (yes, the receivers!) a bunch yesterday. Said they were the best they had been since he has been in Tallahassee. This was the worst part of a very good offense last year, and if Fisher's words hold true, that will mean a lot for EJ Manuel.

Going over FSU tape now...I agree that the best senior OT prospect goes to #FloridaState, but I think it's Sanders over Datko #NFLDRAFTless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Both will play in the NFL.

Football Recruiting: Florida State's Return | AthlonSports.com

Davidson coach impressed with Birmingham News Super Senior Chris Casher | al.com
Florida State commitment trying to get waiver to OK his transfer from Faith Academy to Davidson. Excellent article.

Top 25 player countdown: No. 7 - ACC Blog - ESPN

No. 7. Andrew Datko, LT, Florida State

2010 stats: He allowed just one sack in 11 games (all starts) last season, and held off heralded pass rushers from Oklahoma, Miami, Clemson, Florida and Virginia Tech. He was penalized just three times and had five missed assignments in 691 snaps. Datko's season average grade of 87 percent was second on the team only to Rodney Hudson.

Previously ranked: Not ranked.

Making the case for Datko: The veteran left tackle has 36 career starts, but his accomplishments have been overshadowed by his predecessors, Hudson and Ryan McMahon. Datko bulked up this offseason, despite missing spring practices with a shoulder injury. He’s a smart player (he earned the Matt Schmauch Academic Award at the end of spring practice, which is given to the player who is dedicated to getting a degree), and he is a candidate for both the Lombardi and Outland trophies. He has excelled in protecting the quarterback’s blind side, and that will be critical this fall with first-year starter EJ Manuel

 

Rivals 

Eagle in Atlanta -- atleagle.com: Criticism of ACC misguided
Nails it. FSU is the biggest reason why the ACC is perceived as down. Va Tech cannot carry a conference. It is a solid B+ potential program, but not an A. FSU must put the "A" in ACC.

2011 Season Preview: The Virginia Tech Hokies And Doing The Evolution - SBNation.com
A look at the 2011 Virginia Tech Hokies football team. Frank Beamer's Hokies have mastered the art of playing like an elite team and disappearing from view at the same time. That might become more difficult in 2011 with an improved defense and soft schedule.

Summary and Projection Factors

Below is a small handful of projection and change factors most pertinent to the Football Outsiders' preseason projections you will find in the Football Outsiders Almanac 2011.

Four-Year F/+ Rk 8
Five-Year Recruiting Rk 21
TO Margin/Adj. TO Margin**** +19 / +20.0
Approx. Ret. Starters (Off. / Def.) 13 (6, 7)
Yds/Pt Margin***** -5.7

 

No pressure, Logan Thomas. You've got some excellent skill position options around you, a solid line, a fantastic secondary, an improved front seven/eight, and one of the most manageable schedules of any top BCS team. Oh, and Phil Steele has named you a darkhorse Heisman candidate and Cam Newton clone. What could possibly go wrong, eh?

If Thomas is somewhere between competent and solid, look out for Tech. Here's their road slate: Georgia Tech (2011 proj. F/+ ranking: 50th), East Carolina (65th), Virginia (66th), Wake Forest (77th), Duke (79th) and Marshall (94th). Clemson, Miami, Boston College and North Carolina all come to Blacksburg. For a team that wins double-digit games against solid schedules, how many are they capable of winning against an easy one? Like Pearl Jam, Frank Beamer's Hokies have mastered the art of playing at an elite level while simultaneously disappearing from view; it might be difficult to avoid the trappings of pop superstardom this fall, at least as long as Thomas comes through. Again, no pressure.

Be sure to purchase your Football Outsiders Almanac 2011 today! The college portion is available for just $5, and if you pre-order the entire book, you can download the college portion instantly.

I am really interested in that defensive trendline, which has regressed ever so slightly each of the last four years.

Scrimmage Two Analysis and 2011 Outlook | The Key Play

Debriefing: For Oklahoma, title No. 8 will arrive by air - Dr. Saturday - NCAAF Blog - Yahoo! Sports
Complete College Football news, scores, standings

Maryland defensive coordinator Todd Bradford breaks down defense - Terrapins Insider - The Washington Post

How Will Montel Harris' Injury Affect Boston College's 2011 Season? - BC Interruption

Miami scandal is symptom of NCAA flaws - Investigations - Yahoo! Sports
School president Donna Shalala and her NCAA cohorts are to blame for the scandal that has rocked Miami. - Investigations news

Eye on the U | Al Golden mum on out clause in contract should NCAA come down hard on UM

It doesn't look like the competition at middle linebacker is going very well for senior Jordan Futch, who has been passed up on the second team by freshman Gionni Paul. Although Golden said the competition for the starting job "is very good," sophomore Jimmy Gaines continues to be one of the few players on defense still wearing a black jersey along with senior Sean Spence.

Interesting there.

Marlyand Minute 8.18.11 - Leach Awkwardly Interviews Edsall on Radio, Not as Exciting As You'd Think - Testudo Times

"Are you gonna turn Gary [Crowton] loose and let Gary be as wide open as Gary is inclined to be?" Leach asked about the Terps’ new offensive coordinator.

"No question," Edsall replied. "Gary and I are on the same page. Gary and I worked together at Boston College and that’s why I hired him. I knew what Gary was like as an offensive coordinator, and when he can do the things that he wants to do. I’m all in with that and we’re all on the same page. We’re gonna be wide-open and full-throttle."

"Because that LSU stuff wasn’t Gary Crowton stuff, you know what I mean?" Leach continued.

"Not at all," Edsall agreed. "You’re exactly right."

Golden says these freshmen are ready 2 contribute: Chickillo, Scott, Dorsett, Paul, Johnson, Perryman, Armbrister, Pierre and Finnieless than a minute ago via UberSocial Favorite Retweet Reply

If Miami is relying on these guys to do anything more than special teams they are really in trouble. 

Two Weeks In, Here are My General Thoughts - Shakin The Southland
Clemson thoughts. Good post.

General CFB

Debriefing: Another year, another chance for Mizzou to make its move - Dr. Saturday - NCAAF Blog - Yahoo! Sports

Debriefing: Oklahoma State breaks out its biggest guns yet - Dr. Saturday - NCAAF Blog - Yahoo! Sports

Projected starter at corner for UNC to undergo hand surgery | CollegeFootballTalk
Already thin in the secondary to begin with, North Carolina could soon find themselves down yet another cornerback by the time the regular season rolls around. In a release, UNC announced that sophomore cornerback Jabari Price injured a tendon in his left hand during a practice session Tuesday. Could be out for up to six weeks.

Debriefing: Decade of dominance in the rearview, Texas takes it from the top - Dr. Saturday - NCAAF Blog - Yahoo! Sports

Pre-Snap Read: #14- South Carolina

Let’s wrap up the SEC East with South Carolina, the clear favorite in the lesser of this power conference’s two divisions. Yes, it’s not a stretch to say that part of the reason behind South Carolina’s recent climb to the top of the East has been the decline in play seen in Gainesville and Athens, but that’s rather dismissive of all that Spurrier and the Gamecocks have achieved over the last few seasons. Isn’t it? This team stands above the rest of the SEC East thanks to what we find on the field, not what’s missing at Florida and Georgia: U.S.C. has an identity on offense, athleticism to burn on defense and the sort of confidence that stems solely from last season’s success. Don’t underestimate the latter. After years of bursting out of the gate but stumbling over the second half, U.S.C. took an enormous step forward by closing out last year’s regular season with three straight wins, including road wins at U.F. and Clemson. When taking that into account, the Gamecocks are locked, loaded and ready to roll in 2011. Right in their corner is a program-defining back like Lattimore; though only a freshman, he gave last year’s team its physical attitude. Garcia might be a question mark off the field, but there’s reason to believe his final season in Columbia will be his best — and it doesn’t hurt to have an all-American talent like Jeffery at receiver. The issues defensively lie right up the middle: at tackle and linebacker. Settle those and the sky is the limit. Can South Carolina win the SEC? It’ll come down to a December affair with Alabama, L.S.U. or Arkansas, but here’s guessing the Gamecocks are already at least 9-3 at that point, if not a win better. That’s the word of the day: better. As good as last year’s team was, this version is better.
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