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Florida State football, recruiting news: Back in, Blackman

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I’ve been too long, I’m glad to be back

North Carolina State v Florida State Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images

Football:

Willie Taggart announced that James Blackman has been named the starter for Clemson, though Alex Hornibrook will play.

Willie Taggart also spoke at his press conference yesterday about the possibility of left tackle Jauan Williams playing against the Tigers, that punter Logan Tyler has left the program, his thoughts on playing an opponent like Clemson, the progress the culture has had since last season, and much more.

FSU opened as huge underdogs to Clemson. So you’re telling me there’s a chance?

Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables was asked about the Seminoles’ offense, and his answer was pretty interesting...

Clemson’s co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott also previewed the matchup with FSU.

FSU radio stalwart Gene Deckerhoff will pull a semi-doubleheader this weekend in similar fashion to his 2011 jaunt:

Kirk Herbstreit made some waves last weekend on College Gameday when he voiced his opinion that FSU is the most disappointing team so far in college football this season. But what if FSU wasn’t even among the top ten most disappointing teams?

Not to look ahead, but the kickoff time for FSU at Wake Forest has been announced.

Buck Lake Elementary students sent the football team words of encouragement, and these Seminoles responded by paying those kids a visit to say thank you:

Former ’Nole commit Malik Henry will make his first FBS start this weekend:

Is there already panic in Coral Gables?

Recruiting:

FSU QB commit Jeff Sims insists he’s a stone cold lock to FSU, but he puts cheese on his hot dog — are we sure we want him???

Watch FSU OL commit Zane Herring hand out some punishment.

Other Sports:

FSU’s No. 23 Volleyball team missed opportunities to pull the upset.

Georgia Tech’s SB Nation blog From the Rumble Seat took a crack at previewing FSU’s Men’s basketball team. Speaking of the Men’s team, they are short on experience.

Two members of FSU’s men’s tennis team advanced to the singles qualifying draw of the ITA All-American Championships. Two members of the Women’s tennis team also began qualifying competition at the ITA.

The Women’s cross country team is again No. 1 in the South Region.

Two Men’s golf players went up against Duke in match play and came out unblemished.

Alumni:

Three football alumni caught their first professional scores this past weekend — NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month Brian Burns, along with Ryan Izzo and Auden Tate. But FSU has put an incredible amount of talent into the NFL, so check out our updates on Dalvin Cook, Jameis Winston, and many more.

But there’s several former ’Noles who will enter the XFL draft pool, including two former running backs.