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Florida State stocks up on cornerbacks, adding three 4-star recruits
 Florida State landed just seven prospects in the early signing period. But four of those are among the top defensive backs in the nation. Coach Willie Taggart filled one need for the future by stocking up on cornerbacks Friday, landing a trio of four-stars: Asante Samuel Jr. of Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas, Isaiah Bolden of Zephyrhills...

Posted: 25 days ago

Florida State landed just seven prospects in the early signing period. But four of those are among the top defensive backs in the nation. Coach Willie Taggart filled one need for the future by stocking up on cornerbacks Friday, landing a trio of four-stars: Asante Samuel Jr. of Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas, Isaiah Bolden of Zephyrhills...
Taggart pleased with progress of first Seminole recruiting class
 Florida State coach Willie Taggart says he’s not interested in signing quantity in the 2018 class. He frequently stated Thursday afternoon that he’s looking for “the right guys.” “We’re going to sign 16-18,” Taggart said. “We got to make sure we get the right guys, not just filling the class...

Posted: 26 days ago

Florida State coach Willie Taggart says he’s not interested in signing quantity in the 2018 class. He frequently stated Thursday afternoon that he’s looking for “the right guys.” “We’re going to sign 16-18,” Taggart said. “We got to make sure we get the right guys, not just filling the class...
Willie Taggart, Florida State have hit-and-miss signing day
 New Florida State coach Willie Taggart had a late start trying to salvage the 2018 signing class. He was able to secure three long-time commitments and produced a late flip from the West Coast. *More FSU coverage The Seminoles signed three players by late Wednesday afternoon — four-star defensive tackle Robert Cooper, four-star linebacker...

Posted: 27 days ago

New Florida State coach Willie Taggart had a late start trying to salvage the 2018 signing class. He was able to secure three long-time commitments and produced a late flip from the West Coast. *More FSU coverage The Seminoles signed three players by late Wednesday afternoon — four-star defensive tackle Robert Cooper, four-star linebacker...
Willie Taggart, Florida State look to close deal with recruits
 Willie Taggart has only been on the job for two weeks. But each of those 14 days has been spent with a focus on recruiting. And with a December signing period in 2017 for the first time in college football, the new Florida State football coach has been trying to catch up with the Seminoles’ nine verbal commitments. *Bobby Bowden talks...

Posted: 28 days ago

Willie Taggart has only been on the job for two weeks. But each of those 14 days has been spent with a focus on recruiting. And with a December signing period in 2017 for the first time in college football, the new Florida State football coach has been trying to catch up with the Seminoles’ nine verbal commitments. *Bobby Bowden talks...
James Blackman helps Seminoles to win in first Swamp visit
 James Blackman grew up admiring the Florida Gators. And on Saturday, he could admire a crowning achievement in his young career: a Florida State win in the Swamp. Blackman’s statistics weren’t pretty: the true freshman completed just 10 of 21 passes for 128 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Saturday’s 38-22 win...

11:27 PM Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017

James Blackman grew up admiring the Florida Gators. And on Saturday, he could admire a crowning achievement in his young career: a Florida State win in the Swamp. Blackman’s statistics weren’t pretty: the true freshman completed just 10 of 21 passes for 128 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Saturday’s 38-22 win...
James Blackman showing growth as Seminoles quarterback
 James Blackman expected to compete for Florida State’s backup quarterback job in his first season on campus. But he was forced to play immediately — and perform well — in pressure situations. The former Glades Central star was thrust into a starting role after Deondre Francois went down with a season-ending knee injury in...

10:22 PM Friday, Nov. 24, 2017

James Blackman expected to compete for Florida State’s backup quarterback job in his first season on campus. But he was forced to play immediately — and perform well — in pressure situations. The former Glades Central star was thrust into a starting role after Deondre Francois went down with a season-ending knee injury in...
Ricky Aguayo Mr. Automatic for Florida State
 Florida State-Miami has been impacted by field goals for the past 26 years, dating to the original Wide Right in 1991. But FSU kickers have been consistent the past few years. That was the case again Saturday as Ricky Aguayo made two field-goal attempts (27 yards and 38 yards) in FSU’s 24-20 loss to No. 12 Miami. Aguayo’s second...

1:42 AM Sunday, Oct. 08, 2017

Florida State-Miami has been impacted by field goals for the past 26 years, dating to the original Wide Right in 1991. But FSU kickers have been consistent the past few years. That was the case again Saturday as Ricky Aguayo made two field-goal attempts (27 yards and 38 yards) in FSU’s 24-20 loss to No. 12 Miami. Aguayo’s second...
James Blackman shows surprising poise for Florida State
 James Blackman’s first three quarters couldn’t have gone worse, as the Florida State offense struggled to move the ball and he tossed two interceptions. But the true freshman from Glades Central bounced back with a fantastic fourth quarter, completing 9 of 10 passes for 142 yards and tossing touchdown strikes to Ryan Izzo and...

1:05 AM Sunday, Oct. 08, 2017

James Blackman’s first three quarters couldn’t have gone worse, as the Florida State offense struggled to move the ball and he tossed two interceptions. But the true freshman from Glades Central bounced back with a fantastic fourth quarter, completing 9 of 10 passes for 142 yards and tossing touchdown strikes to Ryan Izzo and...
James Blackman doesn’t play like a freshman during Florida State loss
 James Blackman didn’t look or perform like a true freshman. He had pre-game jitters, of course, but the Florida State quarterback played with composure and was able to piece together drives in the 12th-ranked Seminoles’ 27-21 loss to North Carolina State Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium. FSU may be 0-2 for the first time since...

10:43 PM Saturday, Sep. 23, 2017

James Blackman didn’t look or perform like a true freshman. He had pre-game jitters, of course, but the Florida State quarterback played with composure and was able to piece together drives in the 12th-ranked Seminoles’ 27-21 loss to North Carolina State Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium. FSU may be 0-2 for the first time since...
Eyeing defensive upgrade, FAMU has conference title aspirations
 Florida A&M coach Alex Wood knows what it takes to improve. And it will only come with progress on defense. The Rattlers gave up 39 or more points in four of their 10 games against FCS opponents. FAMU was somehow quite good against the pass, ranking fifth nationally, yet allowed 223 rushing yards per game (105th in the FCS). “We&rsquo...

7:59 PM Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017

Florida A&M coach Alex Wood knows what it takes to improve. And it will only come with progress on defense. The Rattlers gave up 39 or more points in four of their 10 games against FCS opponents. FAMU was somehow quite good against the pass, ranking fifth nationally, yet allowed 223 rushing yards per game (105th in the FCS). “We&rsquo...
Bethune-Cookman football looks to bounce back from 4-6 season
 Bethune-Cookman has been either the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champion or in the hunt each year since 2010. The Wildcats’ high hopes last season were quickly dashed with an injury-filled 0-5 start, although they regrouped to finish 4-6. Now the Wildcats are looking to bounce back from their first losing season since 2009. And...

7:56 PM Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017

Bethune-Cookman has been either the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champion or in the hunt each year since 2010. The Wildcats’ high hopes last season were quickly dashed with an injury-filled 0-5 start, although they regrouped to finish 4-6. Now the Wildcats are looking to bounce back from their first losing season since 2009. And...