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September 26, 2012

Kelvin Benjamin Coming Into his Own

A couple weeks ago when Kelvin Benjamin reeled in two scores it went unnoticed by many outside the FSU fanbase. Amongst Seminoles fans KB has practically been anointed as the next "great" Florida State receiver (which can be a dubious distinction), but around the country the 6-5 240-lb receiver was still largely unknown.

That changed last Saturday night when at a key moment Benjamin grabbed a shovel pass and hoofed it 64 yards to set up the Florida State score. It was a huge play at a big moment and it was hard not to notice such a massive receiver make a guy miss and then fly down the field.

"Oh definitely [it felt good], that atmosphere was like times ten," said Benjamin. "But it felt real good."

Being labeled the Seminoles' next big receiver by the fanbase can be straining. It also seems to be a cursed distinction. Going all the way back to Randy Moss' ill-fated tenure at Florida State and continuing with a line of receivers that includes Fred Rouse and Corey Surrency, many of the "it" guys fail to deliver on the massive promise they are built up to have when they arrive in Tallahassee.

Benjamin seems poised to buck that trend, and big plays in key spots like on Saturday are evidence of it. Immediately after going down 28-14, Benjamin caught his shovel pass on the first play of the ensuing Seminole drive and brought the crowd and the Florida State offense roaring back into the game. 

To be honest, KB thought he was going to score on the play, I asked him if he felt the linebacker catching up on him towards the end.

"Nah, not really," admitted Benjamin. "Normally, you can kind of feel when someone is on your back, I knew he was back there though, they have a real fast defense.

"I thought I was going to [be able to finish]. Boy, I don't see how Chris Thompson does it. I got up and I went and saluted him like, 'I don't know how you do it.'"

Regardless though, as the season progresses and the redshirt freshman continues to find a bigger role in the offense Seminoles fans should see plenty more opportunities to see him break long plays. They should also see him making plenty of blocks down the field and helping on special teams if they look close enough.

"I just want to do anything I can to help the team," said Benjamin. 

Last Saturday night he did that in a big way.

September 25, 2012

Seminole Baseball Earns Top-25 Recruiting Class

A little bit of baseball for you this evening before we head back to the regularly scheduled football content. Florida State's baseball team has recruited the 19th rated class in college baseball according to Collegiate Baseball magazine.

The Seminoles bring in 15 new players, nine freshman and six juco guys. The class is made up of five pitchers (including two left handers), four infielders, four outfielders, one catcher and one utility player (listed on the roster at two or more positions including pitcher and catcher).

The Seminoles have a ton to replace, starting with their captain James Ramsey and continuing with most of their infield (Sherman Johnson, Jayce Boyd, Devon Travis)  as well as their closer (Robert Benincasa). Last season FSU swept through regional and super-regional play and made a run in Omaha before being knocked from the CWS. 

“We brought in a large group of junior college players that I am very pleased with and I am excited to see how they will contribute to the team this year,” said FSU manager Mike Martin through a release.

“The 2012 class is a good mixture of position players and arms that will help fill our needs out in the field and on the mound.  Although, we have the core of our starting rotation back from last year, we want to sure up our bullpen with solid middle relief and a closer. This year's class has the arms to help us in those areas.  We also feel that this group will help us fill the void in the batting order which lost the top five hitters in the line-up a year ago.”

Florida State would have had a better class, but like many other programs, lost recruits to the MLB draft.

Around the state, Florida had the 7th rated class, Miami 9th, Stetson 29th and UCF 40th. Clemson had the highest ACC rating at 5, followed by UNC (8), Miami (9) and FSU (19).

The Seminoles are currently going through fall practice. 

September 24, 2012

More on EJ Manuel's Saturday Night Performance

If you haven't had a chance to read this morning's column on EJ Manuel emerging as a Heisman contender, take the chance to check it out now.

Following up on that article though, on Monday morning Manuel addressed the media after being honored with several distinctions for his breakout performance in the Seminoles' 49-37 win over Clemson.

For his 482 total yards Manuel earned ACC honors as its offensive back of the week in addition to Davey O'Brian weekly honors as the top national quarterback. Manuel is also being mentioned in the top three or four names on most Heisman lists around the country after turning in what is arguably the best Heisman-caliber performance of any player all season.

Geno Smith at West Virginia is considered by many to be the front-runner, ironic considering Manuel and Smith would have squared off two weeks ago in a very good QB-matchup had the Big 12 not accepted WVU and tossed the schedules into disarray.

So far though, of all the Heisman hopefuls, nobody has made a statement on a national stage against a good team like Manuel has. On Saturday night the whole country watched Florida State's fifth-year QB lead a team whose back was against the walls, on a 35-3 run to come back and crush a very talented Clemson team.

Both of the honors, as well as the Heisman consideration, are well deserved. On Monday though, Manuel wasn't all that interested:

"I'm happy we won," said Manuel. "We were able to show the nation what kind of team we are. I was just proud of what we did, how we displayed it out there."

"Personal accolades are one things but when it's a team you've got to win. Nobody's going to care about the personal accolades unless you win. That's why I'm a huge believer in winning, as long as we keep winning games I think [the awards not just for me but for] the rest of my teammates are all going to come."

Manuel's head coach made an interesting analogy when he was asked about his quarterback's newly launched Heisman candidacy.

"To me the Heisman's a popularity contest, do you want to be a show dog or a hunting dog?" asked Fisher. "I'd rather have a hunting dog, when he sees it and I let him out of that truck he's ready to go. I think that's what he is and he understands that.

"I'd go hunting with him."

Fisher also said that if Manuel does win it's great but that it's ultimately out of his control, what is in his control is winning football games.

And Manuel demonstrated on Saturday night that he's well-equipped to do that this season.

Menelik Watson Honored By ACC

Menelik Watson had started just two games before Saturday night, but on Monday morning he was named the ACC Lineman of the week for helping spark a powerful ground that complimented QB EJ Manuel's career night on Saturday.

A ton has been made out of the Florida State offensive tackles so far this year. Cam Erving, Menelik Watson and also Dan Glauser have been under intense scrutiny all season, but thus far in their first two ACC tests have looked solid and have helped the offense steamroll in both games.

Watson missed the start in the Wake game but was back on the field for the game on Saturday night against Clemson. He played a big part in helping free the Seminole backs and EJ Manuel for big gains all night and was recognized by the ACC for his part in it on Monday morning.

"That's well deserved," said EJ Manuel. "I think him and also Bryan Stork as well do a great job as far as their leadership skills on the O-Line. You can see Menelik kind of being that guy that's getting everyone corraled before the game, hyping them up, instead of just coach Trickett doing it.

"Now we have an actual player that's taking the reins of the offensive line, getting them in the mindset to go out there and be physical and that's how they played [Saturday]."

Watson is an interesting story, he hails from Manchester, UK, he was originally a basketball player at Marist before switching sports, playing a year of JuCo and arriving amid much hype in Tallahassee this past offseason. 

It hasn't taken him long to catch the eye of his coaches and teammates. Despite playing just eight games in junior college, Watson entered the season as the starting right tackle on a top ten football team. Now, a few games in he's already assumed a leadership role.

"I think Menelik is a guy who's very hungry, he's a guy with a lot of ability and he's progressing very well," said Jimbo Fisher. "He's a very physical guy but you get maturity, he understands urgency– there isn't a lot of time to sit around– he guards well, he's got the physical abilities, he's got the natural instinct to play and he's developing himself into a great player."

FSU's Ian Miller: 'We Have the Best Backcourt Tandem in the Country'

Ian Miller, much like his backcourt mate Michael Snaer, is not at a loss for confidence. The junior guard battled through off-the-court issues that cost him the start of his sophomore season and became one of the Seminoles' most dynamic scoring threats by last season's end.

Coming off the bench for Florida State Miller was second on the team averaging 10.9 ppg and played a major role in the Seminoles' first ever ACC title. 

Now a junior, Miller and the Seminoles are feeling confident with their newfound position atop the ACC.

“We’re the defending ACC champs and we have a target on our back," said Miller. "Everybody knows it so everybody’s taken their work ethic to the next level because we know people are going to come at us hard.

"But then again we do have six incoming freshmen so we have to take that and make sure that they grasp everything early. Over the summer they got the learn a little bit of the system and catch on early and I think everybody has taken their games to another level."

The Seminole team that hoisted ACC hardware in Atlanta last year is largely departed. Tournament MVP Michael Snaer is back for his senior season, as are Miller and fellow junior Okaro White, but gone are six seniors including guards Deividas Dulkys, Luke Loucks and Jeff Petersen. The Seminoles backcourt is much less crowded now meaning Miller will team with Snaer for a good portion of the minutes next year.

Snaer has already voiced his opinions, that he thinks he's the best 2-guard in the nation and that FSU will win it all. So when I talked to Ian I asked him if he ever pulls Snaer aside and tells him to pump the brakes a little.

"No I tell him to turn it up because me and Mike talk all the time that we have the best backcourt, between me and him," said Miller. "It’s sort of like at St. [Joseph’s, with] Jameer Nelson and Delonte West. Me and Mike have been talking about them, that’s who we think we are this year.

"Just by their bond on and off the court, just working so hard in practice, like it was just during the summer me and Mike pushing each other so hard we’d be angry. That’s just us becoming one and knowing what each other does best and just pushing each other wanting to be better."

Nelson (now with the Magic) and West (Mavericks) teamed together at St. Joe's during the 2003-2004 season to go 27-0 and make it into the Elite Eight. They were regarded by many as the nation's best backcourt.

Miller and Snaer see parallels.

"We think we have the best backcourt tandem in the country because we’ve worked hard, we’ve shown flashes of that last year, this year it’s just going to be consistent," said Miller. "We were up and down last year as a one-two punch but this year it’s just going to be consistent and it’s going to be a show to watch."

Snaer and Miller do create a formidable scoring duo, last year despite limited minutes they finshed one-two in scoring for the Seminoles. This season with both starting and fewer proven guards in the rotation, both should see their numbers spike.

One of the other things that Miller feels is discounted, but makes him and Snaer the best tandem in the country is how well-rounded they are defensively. Snaer is reputedly one of the best defenders in the nation, but Miller feels he's finally taken the steps to become a key part of what is annually a very good Seminoles defense.

It's something he admits didn't click as a freshman.

"Just the intensity [increases], you’re changing from high school to college," said Miller. "I think when you come out of high school a lot of people just think ‘oh I’m going to go in college and do the same thing I did in high school.’ No... It’s different, because here if you don’t play defense you’re not going to play."

Miller has had some growing up to do, he told me in a conversation last year that Leonard Hamilton hadn't given him much of a choice at the start of his sophomore year, that his maturation came out of necessity.

In the initial moment it's tough to gauge, but if my conversation with him this past week was any indication he really has grown up. Even in the new-found confidence and succinct nature of his answers you can sense Miller is more at ease with himself, and more prepared to shoulder a bigger load for the Seminoles this season, than he was just this past spring.

The first time I ever asked Ian about his game he told me he was a stone cold scorer. Today he'll still tell you that same thing, but after he mentions his defense and the team concept.

And it's that defense that Miller feels helps sets his backcourt tandem apart from others, that it's so well-rounded on both sides of the ball.

As for the turnover the Seminoles have with six seniors gone and six freshman incoming, I'll hold Miller's thoughts on the new guys for another post on another day. But when asked what Seminoles fans can expect to see out of this new-look FSU team, Miller didn't hesistate.

"I don’t think they’re ever going to have to worry about us not scoring, not putting the ball in the hoop for those long segments where we couldn’t score, I don’t think we’ll see any of that this year."

I'll have a little more basketball coming up this week leading into media day on October 1st, but for now it's back to football. Check back later today for Jimbo's presser, EJ Manuel and notes from Florida State's Monday practice.

September 23, 2012

Thoughts From the Morning After: FSU 49 Clemson 37

What a game. I don't care how you slice it, who you pull for, last night's Clemson-FSU game was as good as it gets when it comes to college football.

As Jimbo Fisher said, it was two great teams throwing haymakers. Both offenses went back and forth exchanging touchdown drives and big plays. Clemson has their gadgets working, their misdirection testing Florida State's eye discipline while the Florida State ground game was too much for Clemson all night.

The resulting matchup has already been declared ESPN's game of the week and will get the replay treatment this week on ESPN U. Put it this way, no one was cheated last night.

Here are a few thoughts from the morning after:

-I feel like I jinxed Dustin Hopkins by writing about his drawing even with Sebastian Janikowski in all-time field goals at FSU this week. Hopkins missed both attempts on Saturday night, he's now missed three in a row dating back a couple games and also snapped his extra point streak against Savannah State.

Something seems a little off with Dustin Hopkins. Mentally, Hopkins is a strong kid but something seems to be going on with him because he's been a bit inconsistent during the beginning of his senior season. The harsh reality is Hopkins likely cost himself a Groza last night. Hopefully he doesn't end up costing the Seminoles a game down the line.

-Seminoles fans may remember Terrance Brooks for the blown coverage against DeAndre Hopkins to start the game, but credit him with a great performance after that. Brooks lead the team in tackles with 12 and was all over the field for Florida State all night. Remarkably 11 of the tackles were solo. When a safety makes 11 solo tackles law of averages says he probably saved at least one TD. I plan to re-watch the game this morning, I'll keep track and let you know.

-Chris Thompson continues to look like a new man. He's come back faster and stronger, with more confidence than ever. Watching Thompson run is truly dynamic, he's become a major playmaker both on the ground and in the passing game. 

Unfortunately Thompson's best run of the night was called back. He pinballed for about 25 yards and a score in the third quarter before a holding penalty brought it back. The penalty isn't what sprung Thompson though, great running at the next level was. 

-James Wilder Jr. also showed why he's going to be such a weapon for the Seminoles in his career to a national audience last night. If people knew Wilder before it was for his father or his issues over the summer. Last night people saw the talent. It's tought not to notice a kid explode through the line, barrel through a couple defenders and then carry the entire Clemson secondary ten yards out of bounds. Or watch him push the pile on the goalline a few plays later.

Wilder is brutal, to a tired defense he can be lethal. After Thompson's speed a guy with Wilder's power is tough for any defense to handle.

-Are people still worried about the Florida State passing game? 380 yards in the air was a pretty solid statement from the receivers and EJ Manuel about the state of the air game. Greg Dent (5-72) and Chris Thompson (8-79) lead the way with yardage while Rodney Smith and Rashad Greene added touchdowns. The pass was there for Florida State pretty much all night. 

-The single biggest play of the game may have been Kelvin Benjamin's 64-yard shovel sweep on the first offensive play after Clemson had gone up 28-14. The play reinvigorated the crowd, got the Seminole bench up and started the comeback effort. Likewise, Lamarcus Joyner's 90-yard return the play after Clemson went back up by 10 was huge in securing momentum. The Seminoles answered big plays with big plays. Even after an EJ Manuel fumbled snap, Nick Waisome quickly got the ball back with a pick and the very next play Chris Thompson went for a score. That's how good teams answer.

-Nick Waisome is fast becoming one of my favorite Seminoles because he's highly quotable. When asked about his pick last night he said:

"If they took a picture of my eyes [on that play]," said Waisome, gesturing huge circles with his hands like a cartoon wolf. "They were probably HUGE." 

-Finally, Tank Carradine continues to make a name for himself and shoot his draft stock up the boards. 7 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 TFL's and a bunch of disruption. I think Carradine may have outplayed Bjoern Werner last night (certainly statistically) though in fairness Werner did injure his hand and was in a finger splint after the game. And that's to take nothing away from Werner either, he was excellent. But Carradine was a standout. In the preseason when Werner and Brandon Jenkins said Carradine was on their level, we now know that was not camp-speak.

Keep checking back for updates. I'll have things going up throughout the course of the day...

Recap: Florida State 49 Clemson 37, 12 Minutes that Won the Game

Jimbo Fisher wondered all week what his team would do when it was punched in the mouth. On Saturday night Fisher and all of America got the answer. Florida State hits back much harder.

Down 28-14 and 31-21 at points, Florida State snapped off 28 unanswered points and their defense dug in and began to shut down Clemson's offense. 

“That was a great ball game," said Jimbo Fisher afterwards. "I think that was two very good football teams throwing haymakers at each other right from the opening bell and both just kept answering each other’s calls."

But the Seminoles hit harder and won the slugfest by night's end. I have to be honest I thought making it a shoot-out was the one thing that would give Clemson an advantage. As it turns out Florida State's offense is pretty loaded too.

EJ Manuel deserves all the credit for stepping up on a big stage. 480+ all-purpose yards are the stat to lead with but Manuel's cool head under pressure provided stability and leadership that probably saved the game for the Seminoles.

At the end of this one you could see how much older, how much more mature FSU is from last season.

Last season this team would have gone down, this year it dusted itself off and downed its opponent. After the game players talked about just that.

About how they'd been through the peaks and valleys together already, about how OU prepared them and about how they always had faith that they would pull it out. That last part is key because if we learned anything today, more than about X's and O's and offenses and defenses, this FSU team believes it can win a title.

That's half the battle.

And it wasn't just that Florida State came back but how they did it. Resoundingly. By the mid-4th quarter FSU had run away with the game, but it wasn't until the 3rd quarter that Clemson even pushed its advantage to two scores. That's a 28-point swing in the course of approximately 12 and a half minutes of football. 

Great teams can just flip it on. 2000-2003 Miami used to sleepwalk through halves and sometimes three quarters before showing up and winning in a flurry when it counted. 2004-2006 USC was another team like that. A national update would come through about how the Trojans are up just 14-10 through the half and by the 4th it's 45-10. Good teams can make runs like that.

Last night it was Florida State's turn to flex. 

The offense scored on a 10-yard drive set up by a 90-yard Lamarcus Joyner kickoff return. Then they drove 64 yards in just over two and a half minutes, 77 yards in three and followed up a Nick Waisome interception with a one-play 27 yard Chris Thompson TD drive. 

The key was the defense also started making stops and the result was a team that looked powerful and potent on a national stage against a top ten opponent.

Defensively, you have to acknowledge the fact that 426 yards and 36 points is about what Clemson did last year. The reason this year is more impressive is that Clemson was pacing for well more than that when the Florida State defense started to play out of its mind. 

Before people get too down on the D, Clemson's offense is really that good and the officiating was suspect at times. In the mid-third, FSU had accrued 6 penalties while Clemson had none. It wasn't for lack of trying either. On one play in particular Tank Carradine was tackled trying to make a play on a screen that went up the sidelines for big yardage. It set up a score later in the drive, but the hold was as blatant as it gets.

By the night's end Florida State had put the game out of the reach of the officials though. That came largely because the defense started to make adjustments and shut down the Clemson offense.

When Florida State went down 31-21 the defense begun a spell in which it gave up -6 yards, chased around Tajh Boyd, created a turnover and gave the ball back to their offense after shutting down drives, that in turn helped FSU turn a ten-point deficit into an 18-point lead.

That stretch won the game.

To break it down a little further, in a 12-minute period over last night's game the defense turned it up to hold a Tiger offense that racked up 426 yards on the day to -6 yards, while the offense reeled off 28 un-answered points and put the game out of reach. 

I don't know if we can say with certainty that FSU is completely back, but last night they flipped the switch and dominated a top ten team. 

That in itself is a mark of a great team.

September 22, 2012

Halftime: Clemson 21 FSU 14

If Florida State could get out of its own way they may be in control of this game, but a sloppy first half and a highly opportunistic Clemson offense have made this into a shoot-out. It's 21-14 at halftime.

For starters, credit Clemson with making some big plays. They have taken advantage of a few blown assignments and also made a few plays themselves. This is a very good offense. 

But Florida State has done itself few favors. Penalties, miscues and a whole range of other mistakes have kept the Seminoles from playing the game they're capable of in the first half.

Defensively, Florida State needs to calm down and just play within themselves. The Seminoles have had a tough time getting off the field, covering the Tiger receivers and maintaining their assignments on misdirections. That's let Clemson move the ball and score 21 points. 

Florida State could have changed the direction this thing was headed in the second quarter if not for a pretty bad turnover. Rashad Greene's muffed punt gave Clemson the momentum heading into the half and Dustin Hopkins' two misses have the Tigers ahead by a touchdown instead of four or one. 

The Seminoles are fine though, they need to make some adjustments but this offense has been moving the ball all evening and they have a nice homefield advantage should it be close late in the game.

The key for FSU in the second half will be eliminating the penalties and mistakes. If FSU just plays its game, they've got the firepower to pull this one out. But the more they give Clemson, the more the Tigers are going to take control of this game.

There's a lot of football left. Stay tuned.

Three Things to Watch For: Clemson vs. FSU

We're counting down to kickoff between the no. 4 Florida State Seminoles and the no. 10 Clemson Tigers. College Gameday has wound down, fans are headed to tailgates and the fervor continues to build before this game gets underway.

This may be the Seminoles' toughest game of the year, the Tigers boast a potent offense and will test the FSU defense for the first time all season. Not surprisingly most of the attention will be on that battle all evening. Andre Ellington, Sammy Watkins, DeAndre Hopkins and Tajh Boyd can give any team problems, Florida State is no different if they are off their game tonight.

Let's look at three things to watch for against Clemson.

Florida State Secondary vs. Clemson Wideouts

This is a no-brainer, but it's still the biggest matchup and one which will likely decide the outcome of the game. Sammy Watkins is one of the best players in college football and DeAndre Hopkins is a great compliment. Having both on the field means the Seminoles can't focus on just one and gives Clemson loads of options. It will be key that the Seminoles cover the Clemson receiving corps at least long enough for their front to pressure Tajh Boyd. If Watkins and Hopkins have a field day the Seminoles will have to rely on their offense to win this one and that's not ideal. Don't expect either receiver to be quiet, they'll make plays, but it's making sure to avoid the big ones that will be key, that means making tackles and not missing assignments. It's a tall order but one that this team is capable of. 

Florida State's Front vs. Itself

The toughest thing for the Seminoles' athletic front seven will be avoiding over-aggressiveness. This Clemson offense relies on misdirection and trickery to try and create mismatches and mistakes. Athleticism is not going to be the issue for Florida State, they can stop this offense, it will be discipline. If guys over-pursue, if the ends don't get contain or if anyone decides to go free-lancing big plays are going to happen. The Seminoles cannot afford to give up any big plays. If Clemson scores, Florida State needs to make sure they earn it. If this defense gets sloppy or lets up on even one play, it could change the entire balance of the game. With a very mobile quarterback and the kind of weapons Clemson has at tailback and receiver, discipline will be huge.

Florida State Run Game vs. Clemson Run Defense

A lot of talk this week has centered around the Florida State passing attack, and while it's not where fans and coaches would like it to be, that's not the most important part of what Florida State needs to do tonight. This isn't a game that the Seminoles want to turn into a shootout. If they can grind out first downs, hold on to the ball and force their will on the ground they will be in great shape though. Running the ball will be key because the more you can keep the Clemson offense, and FSU defense, off the field the better. Clemson can't score when it's not on the field, it's defense will get worn down over the course of the game and the Seminoles have a stable of backs who can really get after a team once fatigue sets in. If Florida State needs their passing attack to win this game they're already in trouble. The more important aspect will be the run game. If they control the ball they control the clock and that likely means they win this game.

Keep checking back for updates...

It's Prove-It Saturday for Florida State

It's only 9:30 but already Tallahassee is rocking in anticipation of tonight's top ten matchup between FSU and Clemson. If the Florida State Seminoles want to be taken seriously, if they want people to stop begrudging their share of TV coverage and national hype they have to win today. They probably need to win convincingly too.

For a couple years now that proverbial "are they back?" talk has surrounded the program. The athletes have gotten bigger, better, faster, the recruiting classes have been top notch. All that needs to follow is the results. It's not unlike the Hurricanes in the late 90's when they were "back" two or three times before finally rounding that corner in 2000. 

The Seminoles have the athletes to make the run this season, if the College Gameday's turnout is any indication they will have a packed house, ready to rock come 8 PM. But the mental side of the game is going to be the most important part of this matchup for both teams.

More than anything, Florida State needs to prove it's grown up as a team from last year. Not that they were immature, but as Jimbo Fisher and staff have discussed all year, they didn't have the mental makeup of a championship team.

This year's group is different, it's older with senior leadership that has been in the system now under Fisher and co. for several years now. They know what's expected, they've been to battle and they've discussed all week how this year feels different and this time having the primetime game isn't such a novelty.

But now it's time to prove it.

Florida State has to back up the talk now. This could arguably be the most difficult test Florida State faces all season. The Seminoles not only need to pass this test but they have to do it with flying colors. They need to prove to the national voters that they are not all hype.

If they don't expect them to plummet and expect the national pendulum to swing from enthusiastic to disappointed. Expect articles from the Dodd's and Mandel's of the world about why FSU isn't ready for the national stage.

This game has major ramifications for Florida State, it could make or break their whole season. It's time to prove it for the 'Noles.

I'll have lots coming for you today, keep checking back every couple hours for on-going coverage and updates from Tallahassee.



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