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Football

Florida State opened spring practice on Monday with Jimbo Fisher holding a press conference for the media ahead of the first practice session.

Over the course of the day, a large amount of information surrounding the program was unveiled, beginning with an unveiling of the 2017 early enrollees’ numbers they will be wearing.

Then, it was announced that Florida State offensive lineman Wilson Bell will transfer elsewhere to play his final year of college football.

Finally, a surprise appearance by former FSU assistant Dameyune Craig at practice led to the discovery that he is back in Tallahassee as a quality control coach.

The opening press conference also provided a look at the health of the team entering the spring.

Alumni

Jason Kirk of SB Nation breaks down the numerous stunts, feats, and stories from FSU alum Deion Sanders’ 1989 trip to the NFL Combine.

One of the greatest early combine stories came courtesy of Florida State’s Deion Sanders in 1989. There was talk pre-combine that Sanders wouldn’t run the 40 at all; he later said he would take his medicals, run his 40 and go home.

“Deion gets up to the line and runs his first 40 and everyone has him at 4.3. We figured he was done. He gets up and runs another one, and he runs even faster,” said Gettleman, then a scout for the Bills. “Some people had him at 4.25 [officially a 4.27]. And the funniest damn thing about it was he finishes the 40, continues to run, waves to everybody, goes right through the tunnel and we don’t see him again. We all got up and gave him a standing ovation because so many of those guys wouldn’t run.”

Other Sports

After a 1-1 week to close out the regular season, the FSU basketball team dropped one spot in this week’s AP poll. Still, the Seminoles wrapped up the No. 2 seed in this week’s ACC Tournament and will not have to play until the quarterfinals on Thursday.

At this week’s ACC Tournament in Brooklyn, scouts from all 30 NBA teams are expected to be in attendance to watch a stacked ACC which includes multiple prospects from FSU.

For even more on the ACC Tournament, KenPom breaks down how likely each team is to make it to each stage of the tourney in his forecast.

The Florida State baseball team holds strong at No. 3 in D1Baseball’s rankings after a 4-0 week. The Seminoles kick off a two-game set at UCF Tuesday evening.

Wayne McGahee III of the Tallahassee Democrat brought Tyler Holton onto his Dadgum Podcast to talk to the Seminoles’ breakout star on what has made the beginning of his sophomore season so strong.

Speaking of Holton, he was named the ACC pitcher of the week for the second consecutive week on Monday.

Shakayla Thomas of the FSU women’s basketball team was also honored on Monday when she was announced as the coaches’ selection for ACC Player of the Year.