Florida State took the practice field for the first time Tuesday, and everything positive our insiders told us seemed to have been confirmed. Mario Edwards, Jr. does indeed look great, as does Demarcus Walker. Kelvin Benjamin is leaner and more agile. Wilson Bell doesn't look like a freshman offensive tackle. Demonte McAllister doesn't look noticeably smaller after the shoulder surgery. And on and on. Oh, and we are on Mario Pender grade watch.
Update on Pender, I think first reported by Warchant: He's good to go.
Also, Jimbo Fisher spoke with us for about an hour yesterday in his presser to kick off the season. Make sure to watch that in its entirety here.
Schoffel column: Two QBs, two styles, one excited coach | Nolesports.com | Tallahassee.com
"They're both from Alabama. They're both built as if they were born to be NFL quarterbacks. They both have strong arms and exceptional athleticism, and Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher is convinced either could lead the 2013 Seminoles to a big season."
Winston is very laid back, and to outsiders, his demeanor might seem immature or non-caring. Coker is extremely intense, and looking to prove something. He clearly believes he can win the job. Good article this morning by Ira Schoffel.
Here's Alan Mundy and a few other Tomahawk contributors bantering back and forth this morning on Twitter.
Interesting in Jimbo's post-practice interview from yesterday when asked about Jameis joking around during practice.— Alan Mundy (@idontwan2know) August 7, 2013
Basically said that as long as the guy is making the right decisions, he's not going to try and change his nature.— Alan Mundy (@idontwan2know) August 7, 2013
Have heard in the past that Jimbo babies Jameis somewhat…interesting contrast with the narrative about the relationship with EJ.— Alan Mundy (@idontwan2know) August 7, 2013
@jasonstaples Agreed, but Jameis is able to put his decisions into action so much faster once he makes them.— Alan Mundy (@idontwan2know) August 7, 2013
@jasonstaples Yes…I thought Coker made good decisions…just some bad throws.— Alan Mundy (@idontwan2know) August 7, 2013
ACC Preview with Chip Patterson (8/5) — The Solid Verbal: Living College Football
Ty and Dan talk with Chip Patterson from CBSSports.com and discuss the impact of Jameis Winston at Florida State, the trajectory of Virginia Tech, North Carolina’s expectations, Maryland’s sneaky-goodness, Georgia Tech’s ceiling, potential Clemsonings and much more.
2013 Maryland football's 10 things to know: Forget last year ever happened - SBNation.com
No team should have to go through what Maryland went through last year from an injuries standpoint. But through the travails, a ridiculously young Terrapins squad gave reason for hope.
2013 Wake Forest football's 10 things to know: Do the Deacs have the pieces to bounce back again? - SBNation.com
Injuries, youth, and a small margin for error conspired against Wake Forest in 2012. Can offensive tweaks and defensive health lead to another bounce back for Jim Grobe and his Demon Deacons?
Good Touch, Bad Touch: Are Coaches Overstepping Their Boundaries? - Mid-Major Madness
Mid-Major Madness' Nicolas Lewis spent a good number of months researching and preparing for this piece, a heavy but solidly executed look at sexual abuse in college and preparatory sports. It's far from light hearted and easy to consume.
Study Hall: College Football, Its Stats and Its Stories is now for sale - Football Study Hall
This is an awesome book. Buy it now, and tell your friends. Seriously.
Alabama's 3-4: Impact Plays via the Zone Blitz | The Key Play
Good stuff here on the types of blitzes Florida State will eventually run. How much will be run in 2013, or rather how much variation, is as of yet undetermined.