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Florida State football, recruiting news: Renewed defensive effort pays dividends early

While it was only Texas State it's hard to argue there's a stark difference between the '14 and '15 defenses.

Ryan Izzo lines up for the first time for Florida State
Ryan Izzo lines up for the first time for Florida State

- Over at the Orlando Sentinel, Brendan Sonnone writes how Giorgio Newberry has found a niche for himself on FSU's defense after 4 years in the program. Fisher has been very complimentary of Newberry in both the pre-season and after the Texas State game. Fisher is also quick to point out that players like Newberry give reason to keep under performing players around.

-Safid Deen sat down with Ryan Izzo to talk about the RS Freshmen's first action as a Seminole. Izzo played well not only as a receiver but also with a few blocks to help out in the run game as our film crew noted. With a young and inexperienced offense Izzo could be a major contributor for FSU in both the run and pass game.

- Injuries? The ACC has them, reports Tim Reynolds.

- Even still Bud notes it was a pretty good weekend for the ACC.

- ESPN's Jared Shanker talks about Jalen Ramsey wearing Charlie Ward's number and the respect the young DB has for FSU's first Heisman winner.

- Back to Sonnone as he reports on FSU's renewed fire on defense:

It was just one game and it was against an outmatched opponent, but FSU’s defense undoubtedly looked better against Texas State. Fingers weren’t being pointed when an assignment was blown and a host of tacklers were often near if one player missed a ball carrier.

Aesthetically, it was just different. So much so that coach Jimbo Fisher echoed Ramsey’s sentiment that the defensive chemistry appears better than last year.

"I sense they're hungry, there's a chip on their shoulder," Fisher said. "A lot of guys want to prove a lot of things."

Recruiting: 5-star cornerback Trayvon Mullen and 2017 5-star Cornerback Stanford Samuels III will be visiting this weekend according to ($). Mullen's mother and little brother visited over the summer. LSU and Florida are considered the main competition for Mullen.