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Football

- Jeff Dooley of Pro Football Focus argues that Leonard Fournette is marginally better than Dalvin Cook when measuring the nation's greatest pure runner.  The experts are split across the board between a number of contenders when asked who the best collegiate running back will be in 2016 and, for a variety of reasons, it's hard to determine a singular answer at this point in time given the elite group of running backs in the 2017 draft class.

- FSU has two top-ten games on SB Nation's Peter Berkes' list of the top 25 non-conference games in 2016.

4. Florida State vs. Ole Miss (Orlando), Week 1

The Rebels will face a tough test right out of the gates after losing three players to the first round of the NFL Draft. Florida State returns tons of people, and this has all the makings of a banger.

9. Florida at Florida State, Week 13

Everywhere I go this year, everyone asks me the same question: Will Florida score more than two points this year? Folks, I don't know.

Recruiting

- FSU offered 2018 four-star cornerback Houston Griffith on Sunday.

- Defensive tackle Marvin Wilson, the No. 3 player in the 2017 recruiting class and one of Florida State's main remaining targets, took to Twitter to share that he will be releasing news, likely about his recruitment, in the near future.

NFL

- Over the weekend, the new offensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Todd Monken, admitted that the impression he had of quarterback Jameis Winston before meeting him was "dead wrong".

"It's who he is, how he's wired," Monken said, via the Tampa Bay Times. "I think that's one thing that's a misnomer. I think from the outside you would've looked at it with all the things that were publicized in the past about him and who he is. I was dead wrong. He wants to win as much as we do. He's a competitive joker, man, he's smart, he's intelligent ... you can win a lot of games with guys like that."

- One Florida State alum finds himself on SB Nation's list of six second-year pros looking to avoid being labelled as busts, compiled by Jon Benne.

Cameron Erving, C, Cleveland Browns

Why he was disappointing: Erving played center in his senior year at Florida State, but with Alex Mack entrenched at the position, the Browns tried him out at guard in his rookie season. The transition didn't go smoothly -- Erving was a huge liability at both guard positions, grading out 80th out of all guards on Pro Football Focus.

Reasons for optimism: With Mack now with the Atlanta Falcons, Erving is moving back to his more natural center position. He's not guaranteed a starting job yet, as new head coach Hue Jackson hinted to the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

"I think, obviously, Cam has some ability and some characteristics that we love and we're going to continue to coach him and get him better. ... I think it's way too early to worry about those things but I think all of our players understand, to be a part of this organization, this football team, you've got to compete and you've got to become the best that you can become at your position."

Erving has an uphill battle with a new coaching regime that didn't draft him, but the Browns didn't add much competition at the center position this offseason, so he could get the first crack at replacing Mack in training camp. His rookie year could become a minor footnote before all is said and done.

- Jason Licht, the GM of the Buccaneers, who was with the Patriots organization when they drafted kicker Stephen Gostkowski, shared that the Gostkowski pick inspired the Bucs trading up to select Roberto Aguayo in the second round of the draft.

- Jalen Ramsey officially signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars over the weekend.

Ramsey will seek a second opinion on his partially torn meniscus this week but the Jags fully believe that he will be back by week one of the regular season.

Other Sports

- The Florida State softball team swept through its regional over the weekend, clinching a home super regional next weekend against unseeded Utah who upset Kentucky in the Lexington Regional.

- The Florida State baseball team split its two games with Miami on Saturday, coming up short in a comeback bid in the first game and walking off in extra innings in the regular series finale.

- With the regular season over, we learned on Sunday that the Seminoles were the fourth-seeded team in this week's ACC Tournament and the schedule for pool play was released on Sunday.