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Recruiting

For the second year in a row, Florida State commit Jake Weinberg was named as the best kicker in Palm Beach — per MaxPreps, the No.1 kicker in the country was 26/26 on extra points this season and 5/9 on field goals (long of 51), alongside handling kickoff and punting duties (average 43.8, long of 65):

Florida State offered 2026 defensive back Dorian Barney out of Suwanee, Georgia on Tuesday — the four-star prospect is listed at 6-foot-1, 170 pounds and also holds offers from the LSU Tigers, South Carolina Gamecocks, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Florida Gators and UCF Knights, among others:

FSU also offered 2026 defensive back Jontavius Wyman, who is currently unranked but holds offers from the Arkansas Razorbacks, Kentucky Wildcats, Michigan Wolverines, Texas Longhorns, Florida Gators and Pitt Panthers, amongst others:

Class of 2024 commitments

QUARTERBACK: 4 star Luke Kromenhoek (GA)

RUNNING BACK: 4 star Kam Davis (GA)

RUNNING BACK: 4 star Micahi Danzy (FL)

WIDE RECEIVER: 4 star Camdon Frier (FL)

WIDE RECEIVER: 4 star Lawayne McCoy (FL)

WIDE RECEIVER: 4 star BJ Gibson (GA)

WIDE RECEIVER: 4 star Elijah Moore (MD)

TIGHT END: 5 star Landen Thomas (GA)

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN: 4 star Jonathan Daniels (FL)

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN: 3 star Tye Hylton (FL)

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN: 4 star Manasse Itete (CA)

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN: 3 star Jayden Todd (GA)

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN: 5 star Armondo Blount

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN: 4 star DD Holmes (DC)

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN: 3 star Jamorie Flagg (FL)

LINEBACKER: 3 star Jayden Parrish (FL)

LINEBACKER: 3 star Timir Hickman-Collins (SC)

DEFENSIVE BACK: 5 star KJ Bolden (GA)

DEFENSIVE BACK: 5 star Charles Lester III (FL)

DEFENSIVE BACK: 4 star Jamari Howard (FL)

DEFENSIVE BACK: 4 star Ricky Knight III (FL)

DEFENSIVE BACK: 4 star Cai Bates (FL)

KICKER: 3 star Jake Weinberg (FL)

Football

A well-deserved honor for FSU head coach Mike Norvell, who was announced as one of 12 finalists for the 2023 Eddie Robinson Award Coach of the Year Award alongside David Braun (Northwestern Wildcats), Jamey Chadwell (Liberty Flames), Kalen DeBoer (Washington Huskies), Eliah Drinkwitz (Missouri Tigers), Jedd Fisch (Arizona Wildcats), Rhett Lashlee (SMU Mustangs), Chuck Martin (Miami (Ohio) RedHawks), Barry Odom (UNLV Rebels), Nick Saban (Alabama Crimson Tide), Steve Sarkisian (Texas Longhorns), and Jon Sumrall (Troy Trojans).

Norvell produced the seventh unbeaten regular season in program history and only the third 13-win season, joining the 2013 national championship team and the 2014 College Football Playoff semifinalists. Norvell is the sixth different ACC coach to lead his team to an undefeated record in conference play since 2000.

The Seminoles have eight wins this season over bowl-eligible Power 5 conference teams, the most in the country, and also are tied for the national lead with four wins in games it trailed by at least 10 points. FSU was the only team that produced a stretch in which it outscored its opponent by at least 17 points in every regular-season game in 2023, and its eight games with a plus-24 scoring run ranked second.

Norvell’s team placed a program-record 25 selections on the All-ACC teams announced, including at least one at every position and led by Player of the Year quarterback Jordan Travis. FSU’s eight first-team selections led the conference, and it also topped the ACC in second-team and third-team honorees.

Speaking of awards, quarterback Jordan Travis added another to his 2023 collection with his selection as the Associated Press ACC offensive player of the year, with Keon Coleman earning Newcomer of the Year and Norvell being named Coach of the Year:

Travis’ selection in voting by 14 media members who cover the conference headlined a haul of honors for the fourth-ranked Seminoles. That included Mike Norvell as coach of the year, Michigan State transfer receiver Keon Coleman as the league’s top newcomer and FSU claiming 13 positions on the AP’s All-ACC first and second teams.

Travis — who accounted for 27 touchdowns — was joined by Wilson, North Carolina running back Omarion Hampton and Virginia receiver Malik Washington as unanimous first-team picks. Wilson ranked fifth in the Bowl Subdivision with 11.5 tackles per game, Hampton was No. 5 in rushing (120.2 yards) and Washington was No. 2 in receiving (118.8).

FSU’s 13 All-ACC picks, including Coleman being voted at both receiver and as an all-purpose player, were more than twice the totals by UNC and Miami (six each) as the next-closest teams.

Offense

u_QB — Jordan Travis, Florida State, 6-1, 212, R-Sr., West Palm Beach, Florida

u_RB — Omarion Hampton, North Carolina, 6-0, 220, So., Clayton, North Carolina

RB — Jawhar Jordan, Louisville, 5-10, 185, R-Jr., Long Island, New York

u_WR — Malik Washington, Virginia, 5-8, 194, grad., Lawrenceville, Georgia

WR — Keon Coleman, Florida State, 6-4, 215, Jr., Opelousas, Louisiana

TE — Bryson Nesbit, North Carolina, 6-5, 235, Jr., Charlotte, North Carolina

OT — Darius Washington, Florida State, 6-4, 306, R-Jr., Pensacola, Florida

OT — Graham Barton, Duke, 6-5, 314, Sr., Brentwood, Tennessee

OG — D’Mitri Emmanuel, Florida State, 6-2, 309, R-Sr., Charlotte, North Carolina

OG — Christian Mahogany, Boston College, 6-3, 322, grad., Elmwood Park, New Jersey

C — Bryan Hudson, Louisville, 6-5, 305, R-Sr., Georgetown, Kentucky

PK — Andres Borregales, Miami, 5-11, 170, Jr., Miami

All-purpose — Keon Coleman, Florida State, 6-4, 215, Jr., Opelousas, Louisiana

Defense

DE — Ashton Gillotte, Louisville, 6-3, 270, Jr., Boca Raton, Florida

DE — Antwaun Powell-Ryland, Virginia Tech, 6-3, 244, Jr., Portsmouth, Virginia

DT — Tyler Davis, Clemson, 6-2, 300, Sr., Apopka, Florida

DT — DeWayne Carter, Duke, 6-3, 305, R-Sr., Pickerington, Ohio

u_LB — Payton Wilson, North Carolina State, 6-4, 238, grad., Hillsborough, North Carolina

LB — Jeremiah Trotter Jr., Clemson, 6-0, 230, Jr., Hainesport, New Jersey

LB — Cedric Gray, North Carolina, 6-2, 235, Sr., Charlotte, North Carolina

CB — Elijah Jones, Boston College, 6-2, 184, grad., Harlem, New York

CB — Nate Wiggins, Clemson, 6-2, 185, Jr., Atlanta

S — Kamren Kinchens, Miami, 6-0, 205, Jr., Miami

S — Jonas Sanker, Virginia, 6-1, 210, Jr., Charlottesville, Virginia

P — Porter Wilson, Duke, 6-5, 231, grad., Akron, Ohio

Second team

Offense

QB — Drake Maye, North Carolina, 6-4, 230, So., Huntersville, North Carolina

RB — Trey Benson, Florida State, 6-1, 223, R-Jr., Greenville, Mississippi

RB — LeQuint Allen, Syracuse, 6-0, 195, So., Millville, New Jersey

WR — Xavier Restrepo, Miami, 5-10, 198, Jr., Coconut Creek, Florida

WR — Jamari Thrash, Louisville, 6-1, 185, R-Jr., LaGrange, Georgia

TE — Jaheim Bell, Florida State, 6-3, 239, R-Jr., Lake City, Florida

OT — Ozzy Trapilo, Boston College, 6-8, 313, R-Jr., Norwell, Massachusetts

OT — Jalen Rivers, Miami, 6-5, 325, R-So., Jacksonville, Florida

OG — Michael Jurgens, Wake Forest, 6-4, 311, R-Sr., Damascus, Maryland

OG — Jacob Monk, Duke, 6-3, 320, grad., Clayton, North Carolina

C — Matt Lee, Miami, 6-4, 295, R-Jr., Oviedo, Florida

PK — Noah Burnette, North Carolina, 5-10, 175, Jr., Raleigh, North Carolina

All-purpose — Kevin “KC” Concepcion, North Carolina State, 5-11, 187, Fr., Charlotte, North Carolina

Defense

DE — Jared Verse, Florida State, 6-4, 260, R-Jr., Dayton, Ohio

DE — Kaimon Rucker, North Carolina, 6-1, 265, Sr., Hartwell, Georgia

DT — Braden Fiske, Florida State, 6-5, 297, R-Sr., Michigan City, Indiana

DT — Joshua Farmer, Florida State, 6-3, 311, R-So., Port St. Joe, Florida

LB — Kalen DeLoach, Florida State, 6-1, 212, R-Sr., Savannah, Georgia

LB — Marlowe Wax, Syracuse, 6-1, 230, Jr., Baltimore

LB — Francisco Mauigoa, Miami, 6-3, 230, Jr., Ili’ili, American Samoa

CB — M.J. Devonshire, Pittsburgh, 5-11, 190, R-Sr., Aliquippa, Pennsylvania

CB — Renardo Green, Florida State, 6-0, 186, R-Sr., Orlando, Florida

S — Malik Mustapha, Wake Forest, 5-11, 207, Jr., Charlotte, North Carolina

S — Jaylon King, Georgia Tech, 6-1, 193, R-Sr., La Vergne, Tennessee

P — Alex Mastromanno, Florida State, 6-1, 235, R-Jr., Melbourne, Australia

Coach of the Year — Mike Norvell, Florida State

Offensive Player of the Year — Jordan Travis, Florida State

Defensive Player of the Year — Payton Wilson, N.C. State

Newcomer of the Year — Keon Coleman, Florida State

The transfer portal cuts both ways — 2022 ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year and 2023 All-ACC Honorable Mention member defensive end Pat Payton announced Tuesday evening that he intends to enter the transfer portal, so far the biggest potential blow to the Florida State roster:

He was one of several players who announced intentions to explore other options yesterday, alongside Ayobami Tifase, Qae’shon Sapp and Daughtry Richardson.

In case you were feeling slightly over Sunday’s snubbing, here’s a rundown of how quickly everybody flip-flopped on Florida State making the playoffs as an undefeated team:

That anger has turned into action for a swarth of Florida State fans, with NIL collective The Battle’s End bringing in plenty of donors behind the organization’s call to action:

What happened this weekend was jarring, cowardly, and wrong. Wrong to a degree that is difficult to adequately articulate. A group of adults could not make the tough decision with which they were willingly tasked. They decided to use injury as a scapegoat and, in the process, taught a nation of athletes and fans that perfection means nothing. These young men, this perfect team, were robbed of opportunities they earned through countless hours of work on and off the field. They deserved a chance to compete for a National Championship.

While we are still numb and heartbroken by the Playoff Committee’s farcical decision, we salute the FSU fan base for their response. In the last two days, we have been thrilled to welcome more than 900 new TBE members!

It shows the resolve and unconquered spirit of the FSU faithful and is a reflection of the joy this perfect team brought back to every one of us. The Battle’s End is proud of the role we have played in the success of the 2023 team but our work has only begun.

With your support we are going to build a juggernaut.

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Three members of Florida State volleyball — Audrey Koenig, Khori Louis and Kiari Robey — earned AVCA East All-Region honors:

Koenig, AVCA East All-Region Team, had an outstanding season guiding the Seminoles to their first ACC Co-Championship since 2012. Koenig set career season highs with 374 kills, 3.37 kills per set, .300 hitting percentage, 306 digs, and 416 points. Koenig had career match highs with 24 kills at Miami on Oct. 4, 21 digs vs TCU on Dec. 1, six blocks at Wake Forest on Sept. 24, and .833 hitting percentage vs North Florida on Sept. 19. Koenig was awarded ACC Co-Player of the Year and All-ACC First Team.

Louis, AVCA East All-Region Team, played a major role in Florida State’s success this season. The athletic middle blocker set career season highs with 271 kills, 2.47 kills per set, .432 hitting percentage, and 323 points. Louis had career match highs with eight blocks at North Carolina on Nov. 19 and .875 hitting percentage vs Western Carolina on Aug. 25. Louis was named to the All-ACC First Team last week.

Robey, AVCA East All-Region Honorable Mention, shined in her first season with the Seminoles. A defensive standout, Robey set career season highs with 238 kills, 2.03 kills per set, 28 service aces, 65 digs, 149 blocks, 1.27 blocks per set, and 347.5 points. Robey had career match highs with 14 kills vs Duke on Oct. 1, three service aces vs Western Carolina on Aug. 25, eight digs at Miami on Oct. 4, and 12 blocks at Virginia on Sept. 22 and against Pittsburgh on Nov. 3. Robey was awarded All-ACC Second Team.