'Noles News 01.13.11

Florida State Football Recruiting: 'Noles Make Final Push With Big Weekend - SBNation.com
Florida State is welcoming a big crop of uncommitted recruits this weekend. Find out who will be visiting.

Top 50 for 2012.
3. (23) Florida State (9-4, 5-3) Commence the bashing, but Seminoles will break through. FSU plays 4 in the top 25.

Coming to ESPN’s “GameDay” taping at FSU? Here’s an FAQ – Chopping Block – Seminoles Blog – Orlando Sentinel

Video: FSU's offseason focus - ACC Blog - ESPN

The Top 100 Games Of The 2011 College Football Season, 100 Through 71 - SBNation.com
Bill put together an amazing writeup. This needs to be read by you.

96. Champs Sports Bowl: Florida State 18, Notre Dame 14 (Dec. 29). Big-boy football on the same day as the Baylor-Washington track meet.

88. Wake Forest 35, Florida State 30 (Oct. 8). Sure, it took countless injuries and five turnovers, but the Deacs pull the shocker and hand the Seminoles a jarring third straight loss.

84. Clemson 35, Florida State 30 (Sept. 24). Oh, Clemson. You sure did own September.

73. Virginia 14, Florida State 13 (Nov. 19). Florida State is saved by replay, then blows a shot at a game-winning field goal.

7. Oklahoma 23, Florida State 13 (Sept. 17). As with Georgia-South Carolina, this is another "if we knew then what we know now" game. Both of these teams would be decimated by injuries, and each would lose three more games the rest of the way. But with the stakes that we thought this game held at the time, this was perhaps the most exciting, dramatic example of big boy football in the 2011 season. Doak Campbell Stadium was rocking, both teams were delivering body blows, and when backup quarterback Clint Trickett (in for the injured E.J. Manuel) found Rashad Greene for an incredible, game-tying catch-and-run with 9:32 remaining...

... things got crazy. That Oklahoma was able to lock things down and win going away was a major achievement and a display of mental strength the Sooners would struggle to duplicate the rest of the way.

ACC's 2011 ACC All-Bowl team - ACC Blog - ESPN

WR: Rashad Greene, Florida State: He had five catches for 99 yards and a touchdown in the 18-14 win against Notre Dame, and was named the MVP of the Champs Sports Bowl. His 18-yard touchdown catch with just over 13 minutes to play gave the Noles the 15-14 lead.

OT: Zebrie Sanders, Florida State: He was the lone senior on an offensive line that started four freshmen. He posted a career-high grade of 94 percent in his final game at left tackle.

G: Josue Matias, Florida State: As one of four true freshman starters on the Noles’ line, Matias posted a grade of 82 percent from the left guard position in his first career start.

DE: Brandon Jenkins, Florida State: He finished with two tackles (2 solos), including one sack for minus-10 yards. His sack in the third quarter took Notre Dame out of field goal range.

LB: Nigel Bradham, Florida State: He closed out his career with a team-high nine tackles (eight solo) against Notre Dame, finishing the season with a team-leading 86. He was the first FSU player to lead the team in tackles for three consecutive years since All-American Marvin Jones (1990-92). Bradham also added his third career interception in the win.

DB: Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State: With Notre Dame inside the five-yard line, Joyner intercepted his team-best fourth pass of the season. His 77-yard kick-off return after Notre Dame went up 14-0 was the longest kickoff return by a Seminole this year. It was also the third-longest in FSU bowl and Champs Sports Bowl history.

Special teams: P: Shawn Powell, Florida State: He punted 8 times for 378 yards and a 47.2 average. He had three punts over 50 yards, and two inside the 20-yard line. His performance sealed his title as the nation’s leader in punting.

College Football Recruiting: A Primer For The Layperson - SBNation.com
What is recruiting? Does it matter? How does it work? Is everyone cheating? With national signing day not even three weeks away, it's time to get some answers. Yes, of course everyone's cheating.

Hurricanes coach Al Golden talks recruiting, underclassmen, QBs etc. | 'Canes Watch blog: Miami Hurricanes | The Palm Beach Post

About his reaction to five underclassmen leaving the program for the NFL: "Generally, I was surprised – surprised by the expediency of it, surprised by the fact they didn’t wait for their draft advisory reports to come back. In 15 years of coaching, I’ve never seen that. That was certainly surprising. Ultimately, it’s not my decision. We try to give them all the facts, we try to teach them the process and what’s important. I was surprised by how quickly they decided. It was a month in advance of the deadline. It’s a function of what the young person is listening to. If they’re listening to agents or draft experts, there’s many instances where kids are on a draft board somewhere as the 18th pick in the draft and then they go number 60 or 75 in the draft. That’s about a $7 million mistake. I can’t explain that. If you’re a student-athlete and you have the talent to be a first-round pick, then you should cultivate your talent."

LOL

ITB Podcast: Bomani Jones Tackles College Football
Bomani Jones stops by the podcast to talk about players' rights vs a playoff for college football plus a nice little jaunt through the entire CFB landscape.

Kevin Steele Forced Out at Clemson - Shakin The Southland

We have heard several disturbing things about Steele's possible psychological breakdown during the Orange Bowl game. Multiple sources have said that he was calling plays from his days with the Panthers, which aren't in the Clemson playbook, and as such the players were totally confused. It reportedly happened during the Auburn game as well. I do not know if that is true, and frankly think it a bit farfetched, but I do know that Steele has a reputation for being a nervous wreck on gamedays. I'm sure most of you recall that he passed out on the sidelines during a game, and I have heard many times that he requires an IV for fluids because he's such a wreck and won't eat at all on gameday. Hopefully he can get these things corrected for his own health.
This seems like a serious health issue and I hope he gets better.

Can we still call it Beamerball? - Gobbler Country
Considering VT had special teams ranked in the 80s this year, uh, no.

Bradford Officially Out as Defensive Coordinator at Maryland - Testudo Times
The guys at TT want Randy Shannon. So does Jimbo, I bet.

Terps' Locksley guaranteed $500K annually - Washington Times
New Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley will receive $500,000 in guaranteed compensation annually and be eligible for bonuses based on the Terrapins' recruiting rankings. LOL

Boston College Football 2012: Offseason Storylines, Defense Edition - BC Interruption
Very well done article here worth the read.

Who Replaces Luke Kuechly?
How Will The Secondary Look in 2012?
What Does BC Do With Kaleb Ramsey?
Who replaces Ryan Quigley?
Can Nate Freese Overcome a Rough 2011?

Eagle in Atlanta -- atleagle.com: What was Max Holloway thinking?
BC is going to be decent next year because the Eagles return everything, but one defensive end left early and isn't likely to be drafted.

230 Things to Occupy 230 Long Days

NCAA formally closes the ‘Cecil Newton Loophole,’ 13 months too late | Dr. Saturday - Yahoo! Sports

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