Noles News 08.03.11: Winston Wednesday

Tons of FSU news coming in the next few days, so stay tuned.

Jimbo Fisher seems to be writing "How to have the top recruiting class in America despite taking less than 25 commitments for dummies."  Today's chapter is QB Jameis Winston of Alabama (top dual threat QB in America) will decide today between FSU, Alabama, and LSU.  We expect FSU.  Check back in for coverage starting around 1PM (announcement at 3PM).

FSU sees promise in JUCO transfer Fahrenkrug
Once a 400-pound 'couch potato,' Jacob Fahrenkrug developed into the nation's top JUCO offensive lineman.

Q & A With Blue Devil Nation 
Onebarrelrum sits down with Patrick from Duke blog Blue Devil Nation to catch him up with the state of FSU football and what the Blue Devils can expect when they host FSU October 15th.

The Least Watchable College Football Teams In Recent Memory: A Loathing Compendium -
Some teams are bad. Some teams are unwatchable. But when they're both bad and unwatchable, you get Spencer Hall's collection of the six teams best forgotten for all time.

Sizing up the ACC: Without Bowers, Clemson d-line still strong in the conference ranks "
FSU rates as the best defensive line, which I think is fine (either FSU or UNC). Miami behind UVA is just lunacy.

Another day, another hurdle for Seantrel Henderson: ‘Cane behemoth facing preseason surgery - Dr. Saturday - NCAAF Blog - Yahoo! Sports
-Was not going to be a starter. -Is very talented -Has battled weight issues -Miami moved all-conference guard Brandon Washington over to tackle to compete with two other guys who were competing against Henderson. -He was not going to block Brandon Jenkins because he plays right tackle (Bunche is the new starter at left tackle). -Why wait so long for surgery?

Chat: Chat with Heather Dinich - SportsNation - ESPN
Mike D. (Lake Wales Fl) Do you think Jimbo seems just a little too confident about this season? Heather Dinich  (1:47 PM): Interesting question. I have been kind of surprised by how confident he has been, but at the same time, I think it's genuine and he has reason to be. He doesn't seem like the kind of guy to sugarcoat.

Fall Camp Preview: RBs and DTs
Leading up to the start of football's fall camp on Aug. 8, Senior Writer Brandon Mellor continues the week-long feature previewing two positions per day. Up next, the running backs and defensive tackles. I didn't learn anything new from this, but I am interested to see what Brandon says tomorrow about the offensive linemen.

Maryland Terrapins Roundtable - Looking Back on the Craziness of the Last Twelve Months - Testudo Times
The writers at Testudo Times look back on the crazy events of the last 12 months that resulted in a new AD, football and men's basketball coach.

Manuel ready to lead Seminoles back to top

If you ask Manuel, he’s ready to check both of those responsibilities off the list of things to improve.

"I take my time; I don’t rush anymore," said Manuel, who has completed 134 of 199 pass attempts for 1,678 yards and six touchdowns in his career. "That’s something I used to do. . . . I know if I hang on for a half-second more, they (receivers) come open." Fisher couldn’t ask for much better news from any part of his team. Florida State has the talent around Manuel to make a push for the ACC championship. That was once a given, but it would be the program’s first since 2005. And with Oklahoma heading to Tallahassee on Sept. 17 and a conference slate that isn’t so daunting, it’s conceivable the Seminoles could be unbeaten going into the ACC championship game in Charlotte, N.C., in December. But that will only happen if Manuel turns in an All-ACC-caliber season. "I’m going to be a different player this year," Manuel recently said, before being asked about his 288-yard performance in a loss to Virginia Tech in last year’s ACC title game. "I was at the point in that game where it really slowed down for me. I started seeing things a lot (quicker), like pre-snap, and that’s how this season’s going to be."

The Biggest Gainer: The 2011 Boston College Football Team Bulks Up - BC Interruption
Comparing listed weights from the Boston College Eagles' 2010 and 2011 fall depth charts to determine who is the biggest gainer on this year's two-deep. BC's two defensive tackles bulked up a lot.

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