Florida State football news 08.12.13

Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Rick Leonard, a defensive end out of Maryland, will commit tomorrow. He is choosing between the Seminoles and the Clemson Tigers. Florida State is very high on Leonard, and he recently visited.

We wrote about Willie Haulstead's plight dealing with his concussion here last week, after he failed out of school. Now Coley Harvey has a follow up from Lamarcus Joyner.

Florida State's Lamarcus Joyner still bugged by hit that gave Willie Haulstead concussion - OrlandoSentinel.com

"I was young, trying to prove a point, trying to earn stripes around here," he said. "Ever since that day, I've been a different player. I've been a different practice player, a different teammate."

At the exact moment Joyner saw the pass released and started racing across the middle of the end zone, he caught a glimpse of Haulstead streaking across the field toward him from the other side. Joyner thought quickly to himself: "When the pass touches Haulstead's hands, I'm going to blow him up and get all kinds of respect from my defensive teammates."

That's not exactly what happened.

Joyner blew Haulstead up alright, with a tackle that still shakes the defensive back to his core to this day. But the respect didn't come. The praise from the coaches didn't, either.

Nick O'Leary's first chance to speak with the media after his horrifying motorcycle crash (exclusive Tomahawk Nation video here) was Sunday at Media Day. I think the best quotes are in this democrat story.

FSU's O'Leary opens up about scary wreck | Nolesports.com | Tallahassee.com

“I was just going, not thinking the car was going to pull out,” O’Leary said. “It pulled out and just stopped in the middle of the road. I thought it was going to keep going real quick or back up. As you can see in the video, I was going to the left a little bit to see if I could get between the bus and the car. But (the car) was too far out, so I just turned back into it so I wouldn’t go under the bus.
“I made the choice to hit the car.”

Tom Lang of the Jeff Cameron show has some nice interviews from Media Day.

Winston wants to be elite, relishes Fisher's criticism

TL: And it’s your goal to get the other guys in the offense to respond the same way to the criticism?
JW: Of course. Like, they don’t get it worse than me. That’s what I tell them, ‘y’all don’t get it worse than us! We’ve got to sit in the meeting room with him and he’s ripping us in film for throwing touchdowns because we made the wrong read.’

McAllister playing tackle and end

My job is a tad different because I’m playing the tackle in one package, then I’m playing the end in another package,” McAllister said. “So I mean responsibility is key, because if you don’t do your job, you can really mess up for people blitzing off the edges… If you don’t stuff (the gaps) the right way, it can mess up a lot of things. There’s a lot of responsibility, especially on the line.”

Opponents

Excellent preview of Miami. I think most of the issues that were a result of inexperience and depth last season should be fixed, but I do question Miami's overall talent level. With 20 starters back, and a schedule that brings Virginia Tech to Miami for the second-consecutive season, I think the Hurricanes can easily go 9-3.

Florida could add four four/five-star commitments in the next 24 hours (Chris Lammons, Ermon Lane, Quincy Wilson, Davonte Lambert). Of those, I think they have the best shot at Lane and Wilson.

Notes from First Scrimmage and Practices - Shakin The Southland
Clemson held their first scrimmage this weekend and we caution that you cannot take much at all from their statistics, since it always seems like everyone averages 6 yards per carry and every QB...

FAQ: ACC football's bowl game lineup for 2014 and beyond - SBNation.com
The ACC has finalized its bowl lineup for 2014. Here's a handy set of frequently asked questions to try to ease some of the confusion.

Other injuries

I see FSU fans bellyaching about injuries a lot, and though I should remind them of how every team in college football experiences injuries to some extent.

Joel Hasley has Left the TCU Football Team - Frogs O' War
The walk-on turned scholarship player has decided to walk away from football.

Indiana Hoosiers Football Roster Already Fighting an Uphill Battle - The Crimson Quarry: Indiana has lost two starters already and we're not even a week into the season. What kind of impact will it have on the roster long term?

TCU football loses third former starter in the last week - SBNation.com
The thin get thinner. TCU already had depth issues at offensive line and linebacker, and have already lost a starting offensive tackle, a starting linebacker and now another lineman with starting experience, less than a week into camp.

Shadrach Thornton Suspended For Louisiana Tech Game - Backing The Pack
Shadrach Thornton won't play against Louisiana Tech.

OU Football 2013 | Bob Stoops Reveals The Loss Of Two Defensive Ends on Consecutive Days - Crimson And Cream Machine
UPDATE: Well you can make that two OU defensive ends who have gone down, or at least publicly acknowledged to have gone down, in consecutive days.

Eric Finney Carted Off Field During Practice - The Champaign Room

Andre Debose tears ACL and will miss entire 2013 season - Alligator Army
The Gators' senior wideout will miss the entire year after tearing his ACL in last night's practice.

Pitt linebacker Todd Thomas leaving the team - SBNation.com

Yet another Pitt player is transferring, this time linebacker Todd Thomas. He was not listed as a starter, but did start seven games in 2012.

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