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Florida State football, recruiting news: What is FSU's best/worst case scenario in 2016?

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ESPN’s Matt Fortuna shared his best and worst case scenarios for the Florida State football team in 2016.

Best case

Deondre Francois — or Sean Maguire, for that matter — runs away with the starting quarterback job in fall camp, making Jimbo Fisher’s life a whole lot easier without a controversy. Fully healthy and behind a much better offensive line, Dalvin Cook surpasses last year’s numbers and becomes FSU’s second Heisman winner in the last four years. DeMarcus Walker is one of the best pass-rushers in the country, Derwin James looks every bit like Jalen Ramsey before him, and the Noles’ defense complements its more seasoned offense perfectly. FSU makes an opening night statement against Ole Miss, beats Louisville and Miami again later on, and then takes care of Clemson in a matchup of unbeatens (though we won’t go so far as to say a 51-14 margin is likely). FSU makes the playoff for the second time in three years and finishes the job this time, winning it all for the fourth time in school history.

More from ESPN as Andrea Adelson includes one Seminole in her list of ACC defensive ends who have the best chance at attaining double-digit sacks in 2016.

DeMarcus Walker, Florida State -- Walker "quietly" posted 10.5 sacks for Florida State last season, emerging as one of the top defensive ends in the league with little fanfare. He also turned down a chance to enter the NFL draft to anchor what should be one of the best defensive lines in the ACC.

Brian Hamilton of Sports Illustrated compiled a list of the most impactful players from each conference on the 2016 College Football Playoff race. The ACC’s player selection is familiar, yet still unknown, to Florida State fans.

Player: Florida State’s next starting quarterback. Deshaun Watson may be the league’s best player, but the Seminoles’ starter will either be good enough to do enough to lift a playoff-caliber roster into contention … or Clemson won’t face much to derail it from a second straight trip to the final four.


Florida State earned a new commitment on Tuesday, landing a pledge from 2018 four-star cornerback Isaiah Bolden.

Our own Bud Elliott compiled a list of high-profile recruits who he expects to see at this week’s Jimbo Fisher Football Camp, which begins on Wednesday. For full coverage of the camp all the way through Saturday’s Big Man Camp, stay tuned to Tomahawk Nation.


Just two weeks after undergoing surgery to repair his torn meniscus, former Seminole Jalen Ramsey was running at a recent Jaguars training camp.

In less flattering FSU alumni news, Buffalo Bills running back Karlos Williams showed up to minicamp overweight and had a lackluster explanation for the weight issue.

Other Sports

Florida State baseball coach Mike Martin has reportedly received a one-year extension on his current contract, locking him up through the 2018 season. With Martin trailing Augie Garrido, the all-time college baseball wins leader, by about 60 wins, it would seem this is a tactical move to help Martin overtake the top spot before he finishes up his illustrious career.

FSU basketball legacy and 2017 five-star forward Kevin Knox II was named a member of USA Basketball’s squad for this summer’s U17 World Championships on Tuesday.