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Florida State football, recruiting news: Fifth-year seniors leading defense

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- Great read from ESPN's David Hale as he explains an aspect of the success that Florida State's defense has been achieving: the fifth-year seniors' contributions.

Right now, Lawrence-Stample is pivot point for a defensive line that held Miami to just 20 yards rushing in last week’s win, Brutus is coming into his own at safety, and Giorgio Newberry is leading the charge off the edge -- including a crucial pass-breakup in the fourth quarter against the Hurricanes.

- Brendan Sonnone, FSU writer for the Orlando Sentinel, puts Dalvin Cook's incredible first five games of the season in perspective through the use of various statistics. Want me to sum it up? The man is unbelievably good.

Cook is on pace to run for1,900 yards in the regular season alone, which would shatter Warrick Dunn’s previous record of 1,242 yards set in 1995.

- With his sudden retirement just announced, Alex Scarborough highlights some of the best quotes from Steve Spurrier,  one of the coaches most willing to throw shade, warranted or unwarranted, at rivals, including some jabs at the Seminoles.

On a fire at the Auburn library that destroyed 20 books: "The real tragedy was that 15 hadn't been colored yet."

- More on Spurrier as Tom D'Angelo of the Palm Beach Post talked to Bobby Bowden about what Spurrier brought to the game of football and how it was to coach against him.

- Nole Digest's Wayne McGahee points out Jimbo Fisher's incredible record in games decided by one score or less.

Recruiting: In case you missed it, here's the TN photo gallery of recruits from last weekend's FSU/UM game.