Football season continues to inch closer and the Noles open it with one of the biggest games of the weekend — Notre Dame at Doak. TIckets for the game, Miami and the rest of the home slate go on sale next week.
Mark your ️. Single-game ️go on sale Monday! pic.twitter.com/4gvmH3HeVS— FSU Football (@FSUFootball) July 6, 2021
So which game are you most excited for you?
The Notre Dame could be a tone setter for Mike Norvell’s second season with the program and getting the Irish early in the year could also give FSU an advantage. Brian Kelly’s group has the fourth-least production returning to campus for this year. The Noles check-in at No. 62 — just above the national average.
Alright, I've officially scrubbed all the rosters, and I think I'm up to date on the portal, so...— Bill Connelly (@ESPN_BillC) July 6, 2021
2021 RETURNING PRODUCTION RANKINGS AS OF JULY 6.
* Typical national avg: 62.6%
* 2021 avg: 76.7%
Only 14 teams below the typical national avg this year. Crazy. pic.twitter.com/nam8od5Z6V
One of the players who isn’t part of that returning production is quarterback McKenzie Milton but he’s ready to make his mark in garnet and gold.
Many of you probably spent the day locked in to FSU’s ACC Network Takeover, reliving some of the school’s best wins over the last year. And you weren’t alone. The UNC replay left Jalen Ramsey remembering the atmosphere in Tallahassee.
While Ramsey is known as one of the best at what he does, Jameis Winston is hoping to get his chance to prove he is the same. But to get that opportunity, he’ll have to beat out Taysom Hill. So how does Hall of Famer Kurt Warner see Nola’s battle for QB1 playing out?
1 of biggest questions leading into the NFL season is the @Saints QB situation & who becomes heir apparent to @drewbrees? Here’s a look at the 2 guys who will battle for that spot @Jaboowins @T_Hill4 in my #StudyBall series @QBConfidential https://t.co/O5OlmkQEbp— Kurt Warner (@kurt13warner) July 6, 2021
While one alum is hunting a new starting job, another is getting praise as one of the most underrated players in the league.
And another is hoping to get his feet back in the door — this time in the CFL.
Former Dr. Phillips and FSU star Kenny Shaw, 29, hopes to make comeback in CFL https://t.co/tDRkvvohQS— Sentinel Sports (@orlandosports) July 5, 2021
One of the most recent Seminoles, Marvin Wilson, is hosting a free football camp in Tallahassee for elementary and middle school kids.
Attention all elementary and middle school kids of Tallahassee Florida. Marvin’s Movement will have a free football camp on July 16th at St. John Paul II CHS. Registration starts at 6, I encourage everyone to come out and have fun let’s get better ! pic.twitter.com/OxrlxNSKds— Marvin Wilson (@marvinwilson21) July 4, 2021
The recruiting trail has been on fire this summer and Thursday could add another to the class. Four-star linebacker DeMario Tolan will announce his choice between LSU, Miami, Clemson, Tennessee and Florida State.
FSU’s road back to the top of the ACC got a little tougher this week as Miami’s All-ACC guard Isaiah Wong pulled his name from the draft to play another year in Coral Gables.
Isaiah Wong, an All-ACC player last season, will withdraw his name from the 2021 NBA draft and return to Miami for his junior season, he told ESPN. https://t.co/Mnv9Csace8— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) July 6, 2021
FSU Alum David Nichols is getting set for his third year of pro ball in Europe.
Summer leagues for college baseball players are in full swing. The top of the food chain is the Cape Cod League and lately Noles starter Bryce Hubbart has been rolling.
Bryce Hubbart (@FSUBaseball) earned the win, working 5 shutout innings, gave up just 4 hits, walked none and struck out 6 as @WhitecapsCCBL topped Orleans 5-2. Hubbart hasn't allowed a run while striking out 17 and walking 3 over his last 11.2 innings.— CodBall (@codball) July 6, 2021
Fresh off their runner-up finish at the College World Series, FSU Softball has added a two-way star to the squad. Mack Leonard excelled in the circle and at the dish for Illinois State. Assistant Coach Travis Wilson expects her to make an impact in both facets immediately.
Noles softball had no shortage of great moments and, for my money — Twitter is free but you get the point — the play of the year. My pick and the pick of most of the poll-takers as I write this goes to Josie Muffley. But what do you think?
Another FSU alum making noise in his professional circuit is Hank Lebioda. He’s gone back-to-back tournaments with finishes in the top-5. He’ll try to make it three straight at this week’s John Deere Classic with a 3:11pm Thursday tee time.