2022 blue-chip quarterback and Florida State Seminoles football commit AJ Duffy continued with his blog series with Sports Illustrated:
A paragraph of interest:
We’ve got a bunch of new players. A couple of new linemen, got a new receiver who I know pretty well — Jaleel Skinner. He’s a big target for me for FSU so it was cool to get him here to build that relationship. I know Skinner from Cam Newton workouts out in Georgia, 7-on-7 stuff. I met him and I know what he brings to the table. I was just real fired up when he came here. He’s as good as advertised. He’s big, long, fast, catches everything so it will be a lot of fun to use him. We’ll use him all over the field this year.
With a guy like Skinner, I’m trying to tell him we have the opportunity to try to build what FSU had before. With him being a fan of FSU already, it helps a lot, too. Then with the class we are building, I tell him to come be a part of something great with a bunch of guys he’s cool with and close with. He’s real cool with Travis Hunter, he’s building a relationship with me and he knows a bunch of the guys in the class already.
It’s really dope to build the class because me being from Cali, shoot we have guys from all over. From Georgia, my guy big Lou (Aliou Bah), whose at IMG but originally from Memphis, Tennessee. So there’s a bunch of different flavors but we all kinda mold together and we’re all cool with each other. I can hang out with anyone in the class and it’s cool.
An important part of Bobby Bowden's legacy to me is how his Florida State carried itself. Those teams were unapologetically black in a way Florida wouldn't be and Miami couldn't be. Talked about it on this week's @splitzoneduo. pic.twitter.com/fy82F49QXG— Richard Johnson (@RJ_Writes) August 11, 2021
Our Tommy Mire was at yesterday’s practice in Tallahassee — check out his observations here.
As for interviews from practice, you can check those out here.
FSU is in Jacksonville today as part of a multi-day trip to DUUUUUUUUUVALLLLLLL — we have Brett Nevitt in attendance.
Steve Wood is returning to the Florida State swimming and diving staff as an assistant coach after serving three seasons at UNLV.
Here’s Athlon Sports’ ACC soccer preview, with this to say about the Seminoles:
Jaelin Howell talked about getting some “redemption” for Florida State following the first day of training last week in Tallahassee. The MAC Hermann Trophy winner and reigning ACC Midfielder of the Year wants to win the NCAA Division I National Championship in 2021. The Seminoles return almost the whole team from the group that was in the title game last year, which will make them an early season favorite and a target for any team looking to make a name for themselves. Florida State has a challenging opening fixture against Texas A&M in Tallahassee.
The National Science Foundation awarded Peter Beerli, a professor with the Department of Scientific Computing in the FSU College of Arts and Sciences, a $410,000 grant to create a software tool designed to help scientists make more accurate predictions regarding populations of endangered or commercially exploited animal species.