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Florida State football, recruiting news 08/20

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Jeff Gammons

-ESPN's Jared Shanker writes about Mario Edwards Jr.'s role for the 2014 Seminole squad. I think Edwards Jr. is in for a big time junior season. He is one of FSU's most important players and should silence his doubters this season. Edwards does a fantastic job setting the edge and controlling his lineman, amongst other things, allowing the FSU defense to bring pressure from all edges onto the quarterback. You could even argue that he is FSU's best overall defensive player.

-More from Shanker as he and Bobby Bowden chatted with fans on a variety of topics. Some pretty interesting comments from the legendary coach are included, check it out.

-Natalie Pierre of the Tallahassee Democrat writes that the Seminole receivers improved in the second scrimmage of fall camp. This is an important position to keep an eye on as Florida State looks to replace Kelvin Benjamin and Kenny Shaw from the productive 2013 unit.

-Shakin the Southland gives its pre-season ACC power rankings. No surprises near the top of the list, what do you all agree or disagree with?

-ESPN debates who will have the better season between the Miami Hurricanes and Florida Gators in 2014. Who's your pick and why?

-By now you have heard that Notre Dame suspended four starters indefinitely while an academic fraud investigation takes place. But what does these losses mean for the Irish? One Foot Down examines the potential impact of these suspensions.

-Miami picked up Jaquan Johnson, a four-star safety who had legit offers from Florida State, Florida, etc. This was expected by most. Miami now has 23 commitments, five of which are rated four-stars or better. Johnson is notable for being the first of those five who is not a running back. Miami has 22 percent of its recruits rated four-stars or better, which is not better than what it has had in previous years.

-Orlando Sentinel asks if FSU could still win a title if it lost Jameis Winston? I'd say no, but backup Sean Maguire is impressing people.

-A look at Virginia Tech's gameplan for Ohio State pre-Braxton Miller.

-Oklahoma State has an ongoing QB battle, as apparently J.W. Walsh has been unable to pull away.