Everett Golson does not regret playing final season at Florida State

 

Everett Golson did not accompany Florida State to the Peach Bowl last season after losing his starting job to Sean Maguire.
Everett Golson did not accompany Florida State to the Peach Bowl last season after losing his starting job to Sean Maguire.

Quarterback Everett Golson, who lost his starting job at Florida State last season and left the team before the Peach Bowl, said at his Pro Day Thursday at Notre Dame that he does not regret coming to the Seminoles for his fifth year.

“I think as a man you live with your decision that you make,” Golson told reporters after his workout. “The decision at that time was to leave. I don’t look back at the past. It’s kind of moving forward.”

Golson enrolled at FSU for his final season of eligibility after receiving his degree last spring.

Golson said he opted to hold his Pro Day at Notre Dame because FSU did not have any senior receivers. He spoke fondly of the school where he played two seasons, leading it to the BCS title game following the 2012 season where the Irish were routed by Alabama.

“I felt this is my alma mater,” he said. “I got my degree from here. As it turns out I didn’t have any wide receivers at FSU. I wanted to also be with those guys one last time. It’s kind of a big moment.”

The 6-1, 185-pound Golson is not expected to be drafted. WalterFootball.com lists him as the 22nd best QB in the draft. CBSSports.com does not include Golson among their top 25 QBs.

Golson was not invited to the NFL combine.

Still, Golson was upbeat when interviewed today.

I feel I did good,” he said. “I made a little noise. A lot of people (weren’t) expecting it but I make a little noise.”

Golson was asked about what kind of feedback he’s had from NFL teams.

“The feedback was they know I can play it’s just a matter of going out and doing it,” he said. “My athletic ability. The ability of going out and improvise all that type of stuff.”

Golson started the first seven games last season, going 6-1. After throwing his first interception of the season late in the Seminoles’ loss at Georgia Tech, a game decided on the final play when the Yellow Jackets returned a blocked field goal attempt for a touchdown, Golson sat the next week against Syracuse after experiencing concussion-like symptoms. Coach Jimbo Fisher then opted to play Sean Maguire at Clemson.

After FSU lost a close game at Clemson, Golson returned as the starter against NC State . But after losing a fumble when he was sacked on the first play of the game and then throwing two interceptions, Golson was pulled early in the second quarter for Maguire, who led the Seminoles back from a 10-point deficit. Golson played in mop up duty the next week but never stepped on the field again.

Golson finished his FSU career 147 of 219 for 1,778 yards, 11 TDs and three interceptions.

Fisher later said he believed Golson’s experience at FSU was positive for the both parties.

5-star CB Stanford Samuels spends four days ‘getting to know’ everything Florida State

Five-star CB Stanford Samuels of Ft. Lauderdale talks about his four-day visit to Florida State. (247Sports)
Five-star CB Stanford Samuels of Ft. Lauderdale talks about his four-day visit to Florida State. (247Sports)

Cornerback Stanford Samuels of Fort Lauderdale continues to list Florida State, Georgia and Michigan as his leaders, but most believe the Seminoles are a clearly ahead of the pack.

Samuels, whose father Stanford Samuels Jr. played at Florida State from 2000-2003, recently spend four days in Tallahassee.

“It is always good to get a chance to get up here and get a chance to watch practice, interact with some of the players and get to interact with some of the coaches more,” Samuels told reporters following his visit. “Getting to know some of the coaches on a bigger level and getting a chance to spend some more time with some of the players and getting a chance to get up here and watch practice again.”

Samuels, 6-2, 175, from Flanagan is a five-star recruit and ranked No. 4 nationally at his position by 247Sports composite. He was accompanied on the visit by his father.

Samuel spent most of his time with Seminoles defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach Charles Kelly, along with area recruiter Bill Miller.

“It is just building more into the trust and the relationship we already have,” Samuels said. “Just watching (Kelly) coach and watching him teaching those guys, it is great. I want a coach, because I’ve always had my dad (as a coach), I want a coach that actually knows what he is talking about, that actually knows how to teach the craft and knows how to teach what he wants us to do.”

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Samuels has formed a strong bond with safety Derwin James.

“Once you meet that person and spend time around them. … When it’s someone that’s a baller like you or someone that loves the game like you do, you’re going to connect and that’s how it’s been from the get-go,” Samuels said.

Samuels also spoke with Jimbo Fisher.

“It was just more of a chance to get the whole picture,” he said. “Just get a chance to see the city a little bit. A chance to hang out, not just come for one practice. Just get a chance to get the feel of the city. Everything.”

Samuels visited Georgia before coming to FSU. He also mentions Maryland and Oklahoma.

“There’s not a favorite, there’s a few schools still in there,” he said. “Florida State, Georgia, Michigan is still in it. There’s a couple more schools in there, but that’s pretty much it right now.”

Samuels said he could make a decision by the end of the spring.

 

NFL scouts unable to rattle former Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo

 

Roberto Aguayo says he's the best specialist in the draft. (Bob Ferrante/247Sports)
Roberto Aguayo hopes to drafted in the second round. (Bob Ferrante/247Sports)

Roberto Aguayo showed an uncanny ability to focus during his three seasons as an All-American kicker. NFL teams found out during the Seminoles’ Pro Day on Tuesday what Florida State fans already knew.

NFL personnel in attendance tried everything they could to distract Aguayo, the three-time All-American. At one point, a member of the Steelers organization continued to badger Aguayo with questions as he was warming up.

Didn’t work.

Then, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin rushed in to call a timeout as Aguayo was lining for a 50-yard kick they said was a potential game winner.

Didn’t work.

The Steelers could have saved themselves the time and energy by asking FSU’s opponents the last three years and most of them would have said the same thing. … that nothing much was able to rattle the Seminoles’ kicker.

Aguayo had another good day in front of the scouts. He missed just two field goal attempts, and all of his kickoffs sailed out of the end zone. He was pleased with his day and continued to call himself the top kicker available in the draft. He is hoping to be selected in the second round.

“At the combine, I tore it up,” Aguayo said. “I think I separated myself from the other guys. My body of work here and my consistency through the years and now working out and at the combine, pro day and private workouts just solidifies what I’m doing.”

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Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher told reporters that the scout were saying Aguayo’s was “one of the better workouts in a while.”

Aguayo never missed a kick inside 40 yards in his FSU career, a significant fact considering that PAT’s were pushed back to 33 yards in the NFL last season and the success rate was less than 90 percent. He was 69 of 78 on field goals and made all 198 PAT attempts.

“It works out with the extra point farther,” Aguayo said. “It just weeds out those kickers that aren’t really accurate. Anybody can really make a 20-yard field goal. But moving it back, the percentage rate, making it from 33 yards, is 88 percent. I think it helps me being 100 percent inside 40.”

Aguayo and defensive back Jalen Ramsey were the focus of the Seminoles’ pro day.

Read Bob Ferrante’s story here on Ramsey’s quest to become the top pick in the draft.

 

 

Did Jalen Ramsey impress enough at FSU Pro Day to be No. 1 pick?

TALLAHASSEE — Jalen Ramsey grew up just 20 minutes from Nashville. In a month, that could be his NFL home.

Defensive back Jalen Ramsey warms up during football Pro Day at Florida State in Tallahassee, Fla., Tuesday, March 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)
Defensive back Jalen Ramsey warms up during football Pro Day at Florida State in Tallahassee, Fla., Tuesday, March 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)

Ramsey is widely considered a likely top-5 pick in next month’s NFL Draft. But he would love to make a lasting impression on the Tennessee Titans, who hold the No. 1 overall pick on April 28.

“It’s what I’ve always dreamed of, worked for,” Ramsey said after Florida State’s Pro Day on Tuesday. “I want them to pick me because they know I’m the best player in this year’s draft — not because I’m a guy from Tennessee.

“I want them to really feel like I’m the best player in the draft. I feel like I continue to show it, at my combine, at my pro day.”

The Titans have been projected by most to take Ole Miss left tackle Laremy Tunsil. But they could also use a versatile talent like Ramsey, who excelled at FSU as a cornerback, safety and nickel corner. Tennessee sent a group of scouts to Tallahassee on Tuesday, including head coach Mike Mularkey.

Ramsey impressed at the NFL combine in February, leaping 41.5 inches in the vertical jump and turning in a standing broad jump of 11 feet, three inches (both were tops among the defensive backs in the draft class). He also ran a 4.41 in the 40.

So Ramsey, a consensus All-American who had 52 tackles in 2015, opted to skip those events at Tuesday’s Pro Day and instead did a few on-field workouts in front of about 100 NFL scouts at FSU’s indoor practice facility. He did a variety of agility drills, showing off his speed and ability to quickly change direction.

“I was able to stand on my combine performance,” Ramsey said. “I didn’t have to do any combine drills here. Today I took it as another opportunity to show why I’m the best player and the best DB in this year’s draft.”

Beyond where Ramsey will begin his NFL career, the major question is what position he will play. Ramsey has the height, length and physicality desirable of an NFL cornerback. And he also has the instincts of a free safety who can read and react quickly and then deliver a hit on running backs, receivers or tight ends.

Jalen Ramsey catches a pass during Florida State's NFL football pro day in Tallahassee, Fla., Tuesday, March 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)
Jalen Ramsey catches a pass during Florida State’s NFL football pro day in Tallahassee, Fla., Tuesday, March 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)

His ability to quickly learn the playbook and then handle anything that’s asked of him will make him a top-5 pick. And potentially the No. 1 choice.

“There’s not many guys like him,” FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said. “He can play all the positions. He can play corner and match up against the big receivers. He can play the field and play off. He can play a tight end and tackle. He can play a back out of the backfield. He’s also a tremendous blitzer.

“The way the game is played now, you can’t find enough of those guys.”

Ramsey was one of 14 former Seminoles who worked out (an additional eight walk-ons also participated). Among the group was former Port St. Lucie star Lamarcus Brutus, who had a 33-inch vertical jump, ran the 40 and also did on-field workouts.

“You compete with the best of the best here, and when you get to the next level, it’s the same way,” Brutus said. “The work ethic here, it teaches you how to work your way up.”

Kicker Roberto Aguayo was also watched closely as one of the top specialists in the draft, and he attempted kicks at various distances — including one at 50 yards that was good and came after Steelers coach Mike Tomlin tried to ice him by calling timeout.

Aguayo has been projected as a second- or third-round pick. Aguayo should also benefit from the NFL’s rule that keeps extra-point attempts at 33 yards. The 2013 Lou Groza Award winner, Aguayo never missed a college kick inside 40 yards.

“It works out with the extra point farther,” Aguayo said. “It just weeds out those kickers that aren’t really accurate. Anybody can really make a 20-yard field goal. But moving it back, the percentage rate, making it from 33 yards, is 88 percent. I think it helps me being 100 percent inside 40.”

Former Florida State stars compete in Pro Day today

Roberto Aguayo made all of his kicks inside 40 yards in his three-year career at FSU. (Photo by Greg Oyster / 247Sports)
Roberto Aguayo made all of his kicks inside 40 yards in his three-year career at FSU. (Photo by Greg Oyster / 247Sports)

TALLAHASSEE — The 71 missed extra-point attempts by NFL kickers in 2015 only underscores Roberto Aguayo’s strengths: he was automatic at that range, and from inside 40 yards, at the college level.

Aguayo made 69 of 78 field-goal attempts and all 198 extra-point attempts in his three-year career at FSU. He hasn’t missed a field-goal attempt that was under 40 yards.

NFL teams will have their eyes glued on a likely top-5 pick in defensive back Jalen Ramsey when FSU holds its Pro Day on Tuesday. But quite a few will be taking a long look at Aguayo.

“Roberto is one of the best ever to play at the college level,” said national kicking coach Jamie Kohl, who mentored Aguayo in high school and in college. “You can look at his resume and his resume holds up.”

Aguayo could be the first kicker to be a top-100 pick since Mike Nugent was taken by the New York Jets in 2005 (he’s now with Cincinnati). Yes, it’s unusual for NFL teams to pick a specialist that early in the draft. But Aguayo, who won the Lou Groza Award in 2013, is a different kind of kicker.

“I don’t think Roberto Aguayo goes out of the third round,” analyst Daniel Jeremiah said recently on the NFL network.

Watching Ramsey: NFL teams will do their homework. They will watch the game tape, review combine workouts and discuss in-person interviews.

And then they will call FSU coach Jimbo Fisher and ask about Jalen Ramsey.

“You’re going to get a championship effort every day,” Fisher said when asked what he says when NFL teams call him about the All-American defensive back. “You got a guy who is very intelligent, who can process the game, who is very physical and tough mentally and physically. And you have a great athlete. You have a guy who wants to win, not only every day, he wants to win every play. It bothers him if a guy catches a 3-yard out.”

Ramsey had the best broad and vertical jump of the defensive backs at the combine. He reportedly had one of the best interviews. And the only questions seem to be what team holding a top-5 pick in the draft will take Ramsey and what position they will play him.

Every team in the top 5 of the draft — from Tennessee at No. 1, followed by Cleveland, San Diego, Dallas and Jacksonville — has a need at corner or safety.

The Titans at No. 1 may not be realistic, given the team’s need for a left tackle (Ole Miss’ Laremy Tunsil). But the NFL is a pass-first league and defenses have had to counter it with lock-down corners and hard-hitting safeties. Ramsey could be either.

“He’s one of the best competitors I’ve ever been around,” Fisher said. “He’s just a championship guy.”

Pro Day competitors, schedule: A group of 13 former Seminoles will work out for the NFL scouts beginning on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at FSU’s indoor practice facility. They will participate in the 40-yard dash, bench press, vertical jump, broad jump and agility drills.

Besides Ramsey and Aguayo, other notables include linebackers Terrance Smith and Reggie Northrup, defensive tackle Giorgio Newberry and former Port St. Lucie standout safety Lamarcus Brutus.

Two former FSU players who later transferred — wide receiver Greg Dent of Glades Central and offensive lineman Ruben Carter — will also work out. Quarterback Everett Golson has opted to work out at Notre Dame’s Pro Day on March 31.

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Guard Dwyane Bacon returning to Florida State

 

 

Less than a week after announcing he was submitting his name to the NBA draft, guard Dwayne Bacon is returning to FSU.
Guard Dwayne Bacon led Florida State in scoring and rebounding.

Less than a week after announcing he would be submitting his name to the NBA draft, Florida State freshman guard Dwayne Bacon said he is returning to Florida State.

Bacon revealed the decision via his Twitter account.

Bacon originally said he was not hiring an agent and that returning to Florida State for his sophomore season remained a viable option. The NCAA now allows underclassmen to return to school after attending the NBA Draft Combine and individual team workouts if they do not hire an agent. Bacon will not attend the combine and is not going to work out for any teams.

Bacon, a 6-7 guard from Lakeland, led Florida State with 15.8 points and 5.8 rebounds last season. He shot .447 from the field (197 of 441) and .281 (32 of 114) on 3 pointers. He was projected by nbadraft.net to be the 19th pick in the draft.

Fellow freshman Malik Beasley announced last week he was entering the draft. Beasley is not expected to return.

Bacon and Beasley both were members of the the All-ACC freshman team and the top two scorers for coach Leonard Hamilton’s team.

Recruiting: Matthew Thomas’ brother to visit Florida State; Noles offer 2020 QB

Florida State and Virginia Tech are battling for five-star RB Khalan Laborn of Virginia Beach. (247Sports),
Florida State and Virginia Tech are battling for five-star RB Khalan Laborn of Virginia Beach. (247Sports),

Going to pick and choose from Warchant’s excellent job keeping us informed when it comes to the 2017 class and updates.

* Guy Thomas, the brother of LB Matthew Thomas is expected to visit FSU soon. Thomas plays at the same school where his brother was one of the top-recruits in the country in 2013, Miami’s Booker T. Washington. He is a three-star recruit and the No. 30 weakside defensive end according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.

* Five-star prospect Khalan Laborn, Rivals’ No. 3 RB and 247Sports composite’s No. 2 all-purpose back, still appears to have Florida State ahead of Virginia Tech. Laborn is from Ocean Lakes High in Virginia Beach, the same school that the highest-rated recruit from this year’s class, CB Levonta Taylor, attends.

* The Seminoles are looking to add receivers behind D.J. Matthews, the lone receiver among the seven 2017 commits thus far. Warchant reports FSU is looking hard at five-star Tee Higgins of Oak Ridge, Tenn., four-star Devonta Smith of Amite, La., and three-star Tyrell Shavers of Lewisville, Texas, whom it offered a week ago.

* Navaughn Donaldson, a four-star offensive tackle from Miami-Central and a Miami commit, is expected to visit this spring and possibly attend Jimbo Fisher’s camp this summer.

SEMINOLES OFFER 8th GRADE QB

Florida State has offered a scholarship to 2020 quarterback Drew Pyne, according to Pyne’s Twitter account.

Pyne, 6-1, 170-pounds, is in the 8th grade and plays for New Canaan Country School.

Here are his highlights.

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Florida State installing LED video boards at Doak Campbell Stadium

Florida State will be unveiling 9,368 feet of state-of-the-art LED video boards this season at Doak Campbell Stadium.

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Athletic Director Stan Wilcox made the announcement, saying the screens have been approved and should be ready for the Sept. 10 home opener against Charleston Southern.

FSU opens the season five days earlier (Labor Day) against Mississippi in Orlando.

The entire structure in the stadium’s north end will be over 78.4-feet tall and almost 120-feet wide. The system is three-times larger and more than two-times higher than the old system. It will boast a true high-definition image (1080p) which represents more than a 250 percent increase in overall resolution.

The new 35-foot high by 74-foot south end zone board will also include a true high-definition image (660p), 300 percent larger and a 250 percent improvement over the previous board. The new LED screens represent some of the largest and highest resolution screen systems in any college football stadium.

Additionally, FSU will upgrade, replace and expand more than 320 linear feet of LED ribbon boards throughout the newly constructed canopy and south end zone.

“We are pleased to be taking another step in making the football game day experience for our fans, season ticket holders, student body and student-athletes the best that it can be,” Wilcox said . “While our former video boards were state-of-the-art when installed, the image quality of the new boards will be second to none.

“The addition of these new boards, along with the new Champions Club, the new sound system, and other planned improvements, will make the Doak Campbell experience as exciting as it has ever been.”

Florida State donated its old south end zone scoreboard to FAMU.

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Florida State signee Shavar Manuel working on eligibility

Florida State signee Shavar Manuel told 247Sports he had "ground to make up academically."
Florida State signee Shavar Manuel told 247Sports he had “ground to make up academically.”

Shavar Manuel told 247Sports he’s working hard to gain his eligibility and get admitted with his 2016 classmates and that his “foot is in the door.”

Florida State flipped the 6-4, 289-pound Manuel  from Florida on signing day, although FSU assistant coach Brad Lawing said he had known about Manuel’s decision for weeks. Manuel was ranked as the No. 9 DT in the country last season according to 247Sports composite.

247Sports is reporting Manuel “had ground to make up academically” to qualify this fall. Manuel said he is taking an online course. “I think everything is going to work out,” he said. “I just have to stay on the grind.”

Lawrence Dawsey, Manuel’s area recruiter, is keeping Manuel informed on the Seminoles’ progress this spring.

“Dawsey told me the team looks good and they just need to get the tempo up at practice,” Manuel said. “He said once they get that game-day intensity going they’ll be good. I know the defense is looking serious too.”

Manuel plans to attend the Seminoles’ April 9 spring game in Orlando.

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Jimbo Fisher sees some ‘really good things’ in Florida State’s first scrimmage

 

 

Florida State caoch Jimbo Fisher saw improvement from previous practices in today's scrimmage.
Florida State caoch Jimbo Fisher saw improvement in today’s scrimmage.

TALLAHASSEE – Jimbo Fisher saw “ups and downs” from Florida State’s first scrimmage of the spring on Saturday afternoon. After a week and a half in which he has been critical of the Seminoles’ effort and enthusiasm, that’s a sign the team is making progress.

“It was good,” Fisher said. “There were some really good things. We know we have a lot of work to do. But not unhappy.”

The scrimmage was held indoors due to heavy rain and was closed to the media and public. Stats were not kept, but Fisher said he’s still looking for young players to be more consistent but stated that FSU is “about where I thought we’d be at this stage.”

He seemed pleased overall with the play of quarterbacks Deondre Francois, J.J. Cosentino and Malik Henry. Fisher commented that Francois made “some really, really nice throws at times today, and that Cosentino had “a couple of nice throws.”

Henry enrolled early and has only been on campus less than three months. Fisher made it clear that Henry is still in the early stages of learning the offense.

“Malik is still gathering the knowledge of where he’s at,” Fisher said. “Sometimes he throws to the wrong guy but he still hits them.”

Fisher said he limited the scrimmage time of some of FSU’s stars, notably tailback Dalvin Cook. He was pleased with the scrimmage performance of backups Jacques Patrick and Ryan Green.

Injury update: Starting cornerback Marquez White has a broken bone in his hand and a small plate will be inserted. “He’ll be back in a couple days,” Fisher said.

FSU was short-handed at receiver with Ja’Vonn Harrison, Jesus Wilson and George Campbell out on Saturday. Campbell had a concussion in a recent practice.

The next Aguayo: With Roberto Aguayo moving on to the NFL a year early, his younger brother, Ricky, has enrolled early and is fitting in well so far.

“I don’t think he missed a field goal today,” Fisher said. “Hit one about 47 yards. A lot of thump on the ball. Just hitting it with confidence. The ball came off his foot really good.”

Next week: The team will take Sunday off and return to the practice field on Monday. FSU’s spring game will be April 9 at 3 p.m. at Orlando’s Citrus Bowl.

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