The first day of the new semester at Florida State is in the books meaning fall is here — though the heat doesn’t make it feel that way. But believe it or not, we’re less than two weeks away from the return of Seminoles football with one of the marquee matchups of Week 1.
No. 9 Notre Dame vs. Florida State in Doak Campbell Stadium in primetime on ABC is going to be an awesome way to spend Labor Day Sunday.
And on the call will be one of ESPN’s top announce team trios.
Pumped to join @JoeTessESPN and @GregMcElroy Week 1 in Tallahassee! https://t.co/4Kl2WPiw0C— Katie George (@Katie_George05) August 23, 2021
Many of the unanswered questions are coming into focus, but the big unknown for the Noles is who will start under center.
Redshirt sophomore Jordan Travis is the returning starter but McKenzie Milton comes with plenty of accolades from his time at UCF. The redshirt senior has logged plenty of time in school and he was feeling a little old on his first day of the semester.
S/o to all my super seniors on their last first day of school who I gotta talk to for another year of eligibility??— McKenzie Milton (@McKenzieMil10) August 23, 2021
That experience is a big plus, but we all know he’s been on the shelf recovering from a gruesome leg injury a few seasons ago. He’s been on the road to recovery and — despite rumors that he wasn’t ready to go — has looked great so far in camp.
How well that leg holds up is still uncertain. Milton though has faith and so does his orthopedic surgeon. The Orlando Sentinel interviewed the doctor from the Mayo Clinic about the injury and recovery.
Like you said doc…it’s in God’s hands https://t.co/Fl67x9DMuw— McKenzie Milton (@McKenzieMil10) August 23, 2021
It also helps that the program has a new director of sports medicine who brings a ton of experience from the NFL. The Tallahassee Democrat chronicled Scott Trulock’s journey to campus.
#FSU's new director of sports medicine Scott Trulock has spent 18 of the last 25 years in the NFL.— Curt Weiler (@CurtMWeiler) August 23, 2021
He brings that expertise, as well as understanding of the differences of working with college athletes and the importance of mental health to his new role.https://t.co/gZCipznF1r
Regardless of who gets the start against Notre Dame, taking care of the ball will be paramount. The turnover battle is huge especially in college football. Ending up on the wrong end is a pretty sure fire way to end up with an extra tick in the loss column. But oddly enough, winning the turnover margin hasn’t had the opposite result for the Seminoles lately.
Record last 2 seasons when even/ahead in TO margin:— ️♈️ (@ADavidHaleJoint) August 23, 2021
When losing TO margin:
One of the other marquee opening week matchups for the ACC is the Miami Hurricanes taking on the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Miami is currently a three score underdog in the contest — not exactly unexpected against the greatest college football program of the past 10 years. But in typical Canes fashion, they’re pressing forward with unearned confidence about it, mainly because of their superstar QB D’Eriq King.
"@DeriqKing_ is not a question at all. … You would not know that he was injured. … Our QB going into Alabama is Mr. Conviction because he’s playing with conviction right now."@canesvoice says @CanesFootball's QB1 is ready for Alabama pic.twitter.com/ARrAUrLBEF— ACC Network (@accnetwork) August 23, 2021
King has been one of the top earners of the NCAA’s new NIL rules, cashing in at seemingly every turn. And why not? He’s one of the best players in the sport and is one of the few names known around the country.
Amari Gainer isn’t quite to that level, but he’s nabbed a few deals himself this offseason. The latest one coming in a partnership with Jerry Rice’s G.O.A.T. Fuel energy drink company.
Florida State linebacker Amari Gainer has agreed to multiple NIL deals ahead of the 2021 season including partnering with #NFL #HOF Jerry Rice's G.O.A.T. Fuel. @AmariGainer #FSU— Andre Fernandez (@FernandezAndreC) August 23, 2021
Don’t look now but the Florida State version of Jameis Winston might be back and, if you’re a New Orleans Saints like yours truly, that is great news.
Though no announcement has been made just yet, Winston’s outing in Monday night’s preseason game on ESPN made it clear that he will be QB1 for the black and gold this season, edging out Taysom Hill for the position.
He was efficient with the ball, made no turnovers and delivered a couple of really nice touchdown passes.
OH MY! @jaboowins connects with @CallawayMarquez on a long TD.— NFL (@NFL) August 24, 2021
: #JAXvsNO on ESPN
: https://t.co/vn5yMVzP48 pic.twitter.com/J7LDG0R60N
Jameis Winston's first Pass TD to Marquez Callaway traveled 53.3 yards in the air.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 24, 2021
That's the most air distance on a Saints Pass TD since 2016 (preseason, regular season or playoffs). @NextGenStats pic.twitter.com/Joh9E5pYR9
While we wait on the football season, the FSU Soccer team is off to a hot start. Two wins in two games and one brilliant shot landing them in the Sportscenter top 10.
We cannot get enough of @mariamiguel81's goal from yesterday and neither can the rest of the country as it comes in at number 5️⃣ on the #SCTop10 pic.twitter.com/Q51EDVARpU— FSU Soccer (@FSUSoccer) August 23, 2021
A big happy birthday is in order for former Seminole, now San Antonio Spurs forward Devin Vassell as he made 21 on Monday.
Happy birthday, @Yvngdevo! pic.twitter.com/WWStcUc2rX— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) August 23, 2021
His former Florida State teammate Terrance Mann became a household name for his blow up performance in the NBA playoffs for the Los Angeles Clippers. This offseason he’s putting in the work to take his game to the next level.
Terance Mann stands at 6’5 with ability to play & guard multiple positions. Winners just get the job done. @terance_mann has winning ingredients. PASS DRIBBLE SHOOT with plus athleticism! The hardwork we have put in during off season came to light on biggest stage. #JuVSandbox pic.twitter.com/AynmkVPnjS— Julius V. (@JuliusVElite0) August 23, 2021
A huge congratulations to FSU golfer and All-American Matilda Castren who has been chosen to play on the European squad at this year’s Solheim Cup,
Congratulations to #FSU All-American @CastrenMatilda who has been named to the European Team for the 2021 Solheim Cup (Sept. 4-6, Toledo, Ohio) pic.twitter.com/z9hnoVM9BS— FSU Golf (@FSUGolf) August 23, 2021