Have you taken the time to check out the latest updates in our recruiting thread?
Temperatures might be dropping but the next step of the transfer portal season heating up — according to ESPN’s Pete Thamel, Oregon State transfer quarterback DJ Uiagalelei is deciding between Florida State and entering the NFL Draft.
Florida State has also offered Colorado State defensive lineman Grady Kelly, listed at 6’2 285 pounds:
This season, he made 35 tackles (25 solo), including 6.5 tackles for loss (1.5 sacks).
Since entering the transfer portal, Kelly has received offers from the Arizona State Sun Devils, Boston College Eagles, Indiana Hoosiers, Kansas Jayhawks, Maryland Terrapins, Michigan State Spartans, Minnesota Golden Gophers, North Carolina Tar Heels, and Texas A&M Aggies, among others.
FSU defensive backs coach Patrick Surtain was named the 2023 FootballScoop Defensive Backs Coach of the Year presented by AstroTurf, selected by previous winners of the award:
Undefeated through the ACC Championship, the Seminoles officially boasted the nation’s stingiest pass defense, leading the nation in passing efficiency.
Opposing passers completed only 181-of-387 attempts for 2,215 yards with eight touchdowns against 10 interceptions through the end of the regular season. That completion percentage (46.8) not only led the country, it was the best by any FBS team since 2016, and nearly five points better than any in the nation this season. The corresponding 5.7 yards per attempt average placed Florida State fifth nationally, and the eight touchdowns tied for third fewest. Florida State was one of seven pass defenses to have a positive INT-to-TD ratio.
At one point in the season, Florida State went four straight games without allowing a touchdown pass, and only two opponents tossed more than one scoring strike.
Our 2013 retrospective series is underway — yesterday, NoleThruandThru took a look back at the starters from that squad and where they ended up:
From Prince Akeem Joeffer:
Ta’Niya Latson led the Seminoles with 30 points. O’Mariah Gordon chipped in 12 while Makayla Timpson had another double-double with 11 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks.
FSU had 15 turnovers which is about four more than they average and they only shot 28.6% from deep which is lower than the 36.7% that they average. However, the Noles were able to overcome these deficiencies by winning the rebounding battle and dominating at the free throw line. Once again Florida State made more free throws (21) than their opponent attempted (14). That is the formula for success for the Seminoles.
Of course Latson’s brilliance down the stretch was huge. Fifteen of her 30 points came in the fourth quarter.
Florida State has now won four straight games after the loss to UCLA. However, the Seminoles will be tested in their next game as they face another top five opponent in NC State.
It was another struggle-fest for FSU men’s hoops, who fell short 78-75 in a comeback attempt to the Lipscomb Bisons.