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Florida State football, recruiting news: Is FSU’s finish to 2016 season leading into strong 2017?

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Football

Dalvin Cook was one of four FSU players named to the All-ACC first team, going along with Florida State’s two members of the second team, one on the third team, and five who received honorable mentions.

Speaking of Cook, Andre Smith, a North Carolina Tar Heel, took to Twitter to praise the Florida State running back.

Former FSU Senior Associate Director of Athletics Monk Bonasorte’s life was celebrated inside Doak Campbell Stadium on Monday afternoon. As part of the ceremony, a number of current and former Florida State figures spoke on Bonasorte’s behalf.

Jimbo Fisher’s decision to pass on the LSU for the second straight year shows that he seems intent on staying at Florida State for quite awhile.

ESPN’s Jared Shanker points out that the 2016 Seminoles may not have lived up to expectations, but their legacy could be laying the groundwork for a special 2017 team.

Tomahawk Nation released its final edition of the ACC football power rankings on Monday.

Recruiting

Bud Elliott and our staff photographer, onebarrelrum, worked together on an impressive gallery of recruits who were in attendance at last Saturday’s FSU/UF game.

On the basketball side of things, FSU landed a big 2017 recruit on Monday when Ikechukwe Obiagu, the No. 4 center and No. 47 overall player in the 2017 class, committed to the Seminoles.

Alumni

Stephen Ruiz of For the Win vouches for former Seminole Jameis Winston as the best young quarterback in the NFL right now.

Winston has always been a playmaker, but the knocks against him have been his low completion percentage and high turnover numbers. In order to properly interpret those numbers, you have to take into account what the Buccaneers are asking him to do.

In short, Tampa is asking a lot of its young quarterback, in terms of both volume and degree of difficulty. Winston has attempted near 200 more passes than Mariota has through two seasons. Coming into the weekend, he led the league in average pass length, according to the NFL’s in-house stat keeping. At the same time, only Luck has been pressured on a higher percentage of dropbacks than Winston, per Football Outsiders.

Other Sports

The Florida State basketball team stayed undefeated at home after a second-half rally disposed of the visiting Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Michael Rogner, TN’s head basketball writer, put together an in-depth look at what contributed to FSU blowing an 18-point lead in the Thanksgiving Day loss to Temple.