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Florida State football, recruiting news: Seminoles prepare for ACC Kickoff showing

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Florida State’s media guide was released at this week’s ACC Kickoff and, with it, we got a look at FSU’s tentative preseason depth chart, with a major emphasis on tentative.

ACC Kickoff also brought the official announcement of the linear ACC Network set to debut in 2019.

The linear ACC Network will replace the current regional coverage of the Atlantic Coast Conference by Raycom Sports in 2019 and will broadcast 450 live events per year at the time of the launch including 40 regular-season football games and more than 150 men’s and women’s basketball games.

With representatives from the Florida State football team preparing to address the media today, Tim Linafelt of Seminoles.com previews five storylines regarding the Seminoles at ACC Kickoff.

3. Establishing expectations in the ACC

Florida State enters the 2016 season with national-title aspirations and a Heisman hopeful at running back. And yet the Seminoles might not even be picked to win their own division when the media’s preseason poll is released. That’s just life these days in the ACC Atlantic, where FSU and Clemson fight for real estate as two of college football’s premier programs. In quarterback Deshaun Watson, the Tigers have a Heisman contender of their own. And Clemson came just short of a national championship of its own last season. All told, FSU and Clemson have combined for two national title game appearances and an additional College Football Playoff appearance in the last three years. And the winner of the FSU-Clemson game has gone on to win the Atlantic for each of the last six years. So maybe this year voters will be allowed to just write “FSU-Clemson winner” at the top of their preseason polls.

Christy Cabrera Chirinos, a Miami beat writer for the South Florida Sun Sentinel, talks on how Mark Richt seems quite prepared for his first season as the head coach of the Hurricanes.

Recruiting

Our own Bud Elliott put together a compilation of his tweets from the final day of July’s Jimbo Fisher Camp.

One of the most impressive recruits at this camp session was top-ten linebacker Leonard Watson, who talked with Tomahawk Nation after Thursday’s camp.

Alumni

Kevin Pollak of NFL.com compared old and current pictures of Tampa Bay QB Jameis Winston to showcase his weight loss over the offseason.

Other Sports

The Associated Press put together a great story on FSU basketball’s Xavier Rathan-Mayes finally embracing his role on the Seminoles roster.