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Florida State football, recruiting news: Multiple 'Noles on ESPN's All-ACC team

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- ESPN's David Hale released his preseason All-ACC team yesterday and four Seminoles are included, with Dalvin Cook listed as a likely fifth player had he been cleared before the list was released.

- David Hale had a busy day as he also dropped his piece highlighting the biggest ACC comeback stories for the upcoming season and Nile Lawrence-Stample was included. On a defensive line unit that will have to replace multiple key players, Lawrence-Stample will likely need to rise to the occasion both as a leader and stalwart defender.

It's hard to pinpoint one major problem with Florida State's defense last season because a lot went wrong. The loss of stars like Timmy Jernigan, Lamarcus Joyner and Telvin Smith was huge. The injuries to the linebacking corps proved problematic. The secondary underperformed, and the freshmen didn't emerge quite as quickly as coach Jimbo Fisher might've hoped. But for all of those concerns, the one glaring hole that should be able to be fixed this year is the return of Lawrence-Stample to the middle of the defensive line. He was set to fill Jernigan's role in 2014, but tore a pectoral muscle in FSU's third game and didn't return. Not coincidentally, the Seminoles recorded a dismal 1.2 sacks per game (118th nationally) and allowed a half-yard more per rush than they had a year earlier.

- Tom D'Angelo of the Palm Beach Post details Roberto Aguayo's pursuit of being the best college kicker of all time.

- Cameron Underwood, a writer for State of the U, predicted Miami's depth chart for the upcoming season. The Hurricanes lost a lot of talent to last year's draft but return a few impressive skill position players including QB Brad Kaaya and WR Stacy Coley.

- Benjamin Tankersley of From the Rumble Seat released his ACC Coastal preview on Monday, placing GT and Pitt in a tie atop the division at 6-2 with the Yellow Jackets holding the tiebreaker.

- 2016 4-star CB Nigel Knott announced yesterday on Twitter that he will be making his commitment decision on September 23rd. Included on his list of possible schools are FSU, Alabama, Ole Miss, Oregon, and Tennessee.