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Florida State Seminoles news and updates

Recruiting

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Football

Freshman defensive back Kevin Knowles II spoke to the media after Wednesday’s practice. Knowles II has developed a great relationship with the coaching staff and his work ethic is unmatched on the field. “ I definitely can’t stay away from football... I stay in the film room, I stay on the field. I have to get better everyday, that person across the country he’s working, he’s getting better than me so I have to work everyday,” said Knowles II.

FSU is currently on their bye week and will use this week to recuperate and hopefully continue to their win streak after beating Syracuse and North Carolina in their two previous matchups.

Defensive star Jermaine Johnson II has turned into one of the nation top defenders, leading the ’Noles with six and a half sacks and 44 tackles. He was recently named as the 12th player for the Lombardi Award finalists, which honors the best lineman or linebacker in college football.

NFL Alumni

The ’Noles have continued to produce some of the NFL’s best defenders in recent years. Star defensive end Josh Sweat had his best game of the season in Week 5 against the Carolina Panthers finishing the ball game with one sack, one QB hit, one tackle for loss and four total tackles.

Chargers safety Derwin James is already making history just five games back from a meniscus injury on his right knee. The fourth year superstar is the first player in the last 15 seasons with 14 tackles in a single half.

To read more on FSU alumni in the NFL make sure to checkout ’Noles in the Pros every week on Tuesday.

Basketball

Head coach Leonard Hamilton was in attendance at the annual ACC media day with veteran players Anthony Polite and Malik Osbourne. The ’Noles, along with all of the other ACC teams were in Charlotte, North Carolina to kickoff their first interviews and photoshoots for the 2021-22 season.

Women’s basketball head coach Sue Semrau and seniors Morgan Jones and Kourtney Weber were also in attendance at the ACC media day, getting prepped for another shot at the ACC title.

NBA Alumni

Scottie Barnes has continued to showcase why he’s one of the the top rookies in the NBA, carving a Swiss Army knife role for the Toronto Raptors. Barnes concluded the final game of the preseason with nine points, seven assists, and one block in 25 minutes on the floor.

Soccer

FSU soccer currently leads the nation with a 13-0 record, garnering some of the best scorers in the NCAA. Redshirt senior Gianna Mitchell has been an incredible boost for the Seminoles off the bench, scoring a goal in every 35 minutes of game action.

Golf

The Seminoles are currently prepping for the Jackson T. Stephens Cup as they look to compete with some of the best returning players in the nation in Cole Anderson and Brett Roberts.

FSU alumni Brooks Koepka will be teeing up at the CJ Cup on Thursday and Friday as a part of the PGA Tour.