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Bo Paske spends day with Florida State team

There are some stories you just can’t get enough of, and ever since Florida State receiver Travis Rudolph made a middle-school student’s day by eating lunch with him Aug. 30, the tale of Bo Paske is one of those stories.

The latest chapter came Thursday, when Bo spent the day visiting the FSU football team, meeting coach Jimbo Fisher, hanging with Heisman hopeful Dalvin Cook and eating with several Seminoles players.

 

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Jameis Winston on FSU halftime speech: 'Just had to light some fire

TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston may have planned to wear his Florida State flip-flops to One Buc Place Wednesday to celebrate his alma mater’s 45-34 come-from-behind win against Ole Miss, but his fiery halftime speech that went viral over the internet? That wasn’t planned at all.

“I just didn’t want those kids to be looking like that on national TV,” said Winston, who traveled 90 minutes from Tampa to Orlando for the game Monday night. “[Head] coach [Jimbo] Fisher, he’s a great coach and I know they had it in them, just had to light some fire. And I’ll tell you about that No. 12 [redshirt freshman quarterback Deondre Francois]. Florida State, baby. That’s all I’m gonna say. He’s a baller.”

Fisher didn’t even ask Winston, his former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback who led FSU to an undefeated season and a National Title in 2013, to address the team. “I tried to be quiet when I first got there but I felt we needed it,” said Winston, who had been thrust into the spotlight himself as a redshirt freshman. So he began to speak.

“They already talking about the SEC. SEC!” Winston shouted to the locker room. “Florida State! Florida State, your brothers, your team, your heartbeat. We some dogs! We ain’t no puppies! We some dogs. Wide receivers, you all cannot be stopped the whole game. We’ve got the best running back in the whole damn league. And we’ve got a quarterback that’s going to toss that thing. O-line, wake up!”

The video was captured for “A Season With Florida State Football,” a TV show that premiered Tuesday on Showtime. “I really don’t think they needed it,” Winston said of the speech. “I think Coach Fisher was going to get in their tail — like he could barely talk — but he was still getting on them. I just felt like I needed to say that.”

At the half, the Noles were down 28-13. Francois had led a nine-play, 75-yard scoring drive with 0:28 remaining that made the comeback even possible. On the drive, he found Travis Rudolph over the middle for a 16-yard touchdown, taking a big hit as the ball left his hands.

“I know how hard Coach Fisher worked and how hard he did to prepare those guys,” Winston said. “Then Coach Randy Sanders, he was [always] on the sideline with me. I knew when he wasn’t on the sideline, I knew, ‘I’ve gotta get right.'”

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Florida State, reloaded: Seminoles find a quarterback, key an all-time comeback

ORLANDO — Any minute now, Ole Miss will self-impose a second-half ban.
What was that, Ole Miss? “It was a nightmarish second half,” a devastated Rebels coach Hugh Freeze said.
Where did you come from, Florida State? “Momentum is something that we don’t talk about in sports enough,” Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher said. “We all want the reasons why, but once momentum swings, sometimes it just goes. It takes a heck of a group of kids to turn it back.”
Around America, college football fans went to bed early Monday night believing they’d wake up the next day able to mock Dalvin Cook’s bumbling fumble. What are the odds a couple AP Top 25 voters hit send on their ballots early with Ole Miss in the top five and Florida State buried?
Good morning. How did you sleep?
Say hello to a star quarterback. His name is Deondre Francois, not Chad Kelly. Say hello to Florida State 45, Ole Miss 34 after one of the biggest all-time meltdowns you’ll ever see.
In something straight out of a basketball game, Florida State scored 33 straight points after trailing 28-6. The Seminoles went on a 30-0 run in less than 15 minutes. Total yards in the third quarter: Florida State 214, Ole Miss -7.
Week 1 in college football was one giant emoji with a shoulder shrug and smiley face. I don’t know what the hell happened either, but please give us more.
At first blush, Francois’ 16-yard touchdown pass 28 seconds before halftime, which he got off milliseconds before getting drilled, looked harmless. (Well, it wasn’t harmless for Francois, who stayed down for a while appeared to have his arm looked at by trainers on the sideline.)
“Hey, look at the Seminoles still fighting,” the thinking went. “At least they won’t fold like USC.”
Fold? These Seminoles showed heart they lacked at the Peach Bowl loss last year to Houston. They showed toughness they lacked when Clemson punched them in the mouth during the fourth quarter last season. For Francois, a redshirt freshman, to stand in th epocket and take shots without ducking, “that’s when those teammates respect you,” Fisher said.
Francois’ touchdown pass to Travis Rudolph started the avalanche. Then Ricky Aguayo — yes, Roberto’s younger brother — kicked a 40-yard field goal. Then Freddie Stevenson ran in from 1 yard out after a Kelly tipped-ball interception. Then Kermit Whitfield had a 3-yard touchdown run after a bad Kelly fumble. Then Ryan Izzo caught a 2-yard touchdown from Francois. Then Aguayo added another 40-yard kick.
For the love of God, why didn’t Andy Kennedy call a timeout? Oh wait, this was football? (Kennedy is the Ole Miss basketball coach.)
You can’t overstate how dominant Ole Miss looked and the mess Florida State found itself in during the first half. Television cameras caught Fisher rolling his eyes in amazement on the sideline as Francois, a redshirt freshman making his first start, tried to explain one of his miscues.
The lasting image of the Seminoles looked like it would be their Heisman Trophy candidate amazingly fumbling away a touchdown while trailing 21-3. Cook caught a wide-open pass at the 12-yard line and was about to waltz in when, inexplicably, he started to switch the ball from his right hand to his left.
Why? Was the ball slipping? Was he getting ready to celebrate?
“It was crazy. That’s never happened to me in my life,” Cook said. “I was going to get to the end zone and it just slipped out. I don’t know how it happened.”
Whatever the reason, Cook helplessly watched the ball dribble out of bounds in another sign that football — this game, at least — has truly become basketball on grass. The Seminoles settled for a field goal and those four missed points looked like they might loom large.
Give Fisher credit. He adjusted the offense to the strengths of his new quarterback, and Francois ran with it. With five minutes left in the game, Francois completed 33-of-52 passes for 419 yards and two touchdowns, and he also rushed for 59 yards. What is it about Labor Day night and redshirt freshman Seminoles quarterbacks? Ask Jameis Winston, who was on the sideline Monday and texted Francois before the game to stay calm.
“Kind of similar guys, exactly alike to me [in terms of their] confidence level,” Cook said. “Them two guys, they’re gonna bring it to the field every day. I was fortunate enough to play with Jameis and now I”m playing with a great quarterback, and he just wants to win.”
The Rebels again got burned by their inability to establish a true running game to milk the clock and stay on the field. Florida State held the ball for 42:39 compared to 17:21 for Ole Miss. The more the Rebels relied on Kelly, the more Florida State’s defense pinned Ole Miss’ ears back and attacked him. Defensive end DeMarcus Walker had an incredible 4.5 sacks.
This one is going to hurt Ole Miss for a while, especially as the pending NCAA investigation looms over Freeze and his program. This is a meltdown of epic proportions, and in further wonderful news for Freeze, Alabama comes to Oxford, Mississippi, in two weeks.
This one will sting for the SEC, which went 6-6 outside the conference in Week 1. Seven SEC teams lost their first game, something that hasn’t happened to the conference since 1992.
Before the game, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey put on a brave face about the tough start — and yes, it’s just that, a start — but pointed out the SEC had won three of its four games by that point against ranked opponents.
“What’s the old cliché? Teams show more improvement from Week 1 to Week 2 than any other point of the year,” Sankey said. “I don’t think it’s a rough week. It’s a week in college football. We’ve played some great games and challenged ourselves the first week. That’s good for college football.”

Well, that didn't last: FSU blows past Ole Miss

ORLANDO, Fla. — We’ve been licking our chops ever since we first laid eyes on the Week 1 schedule.

Boy, it didn’t disappoint, as Florida State and Ole Miss closed a four-day college football bender with one of those head-scratching, momentum-swaying games between nationally ranked teams that has come to define this sport.

When it was over, just past midnight at Camping World Stadium, No. 4 Florida State had a 45-34 victory over No. 11 Ole Miss. It was a game that saw the Seminoles rally from a 28-6 deficit late in the first half, a game that saw FSU redshirt freshman quarterback Deondre Francois become a star right in front of our very eyes and a game that made an already forgettable opening weekend for the big, bad SEC that much worse.

This one didn’t have a heart-stopping ending in double overtime similar to the Notre Dame-Texas classic on Sunday night, but it was yet another reminder of how unpredictable (and just plain entertaining) college football can be.

Francois, making his first collegiate start, was brilliant. He finished with 419 passing yards, 478 yards of total offense and two touchdowns. It was reminiscent of Jameis Winston‘s debut back in 2013 — but only better.

If the Seminoles go on to win the national championship this season, they will undoubtedly be talking about Francois’ 16-yard touchdown pass to Travis Rudolph in the final seconds of the first half. Francois stood in against the pressure and delivered the scoring strike despite being planted into the turf by Ole Miss’s Marquis Haynes. A woozy Francois had to be helped to the sideline by teammates.

The Rebels had dominated the game up until that point, but you could feel a different vibe in the stadium.

Nobody, though, could have predicted that the Seminoles would reel off 33 unanswered points, looking exactly like the national championship-caliber team everybody was expecting during the preseason. Of course, one thing we’ve come to expect from Jimbo Fisher’s bunch is resilience.

Going back to 2013, the Seminoles have trailed seven times at the half in regular-season games and won all seven.

The third quarter was one Hotty Toddy disaster for the Rebels, who were outgained 214 to minus-7 yards in total offense. As red-hot as Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly was for much of the first half, he and the Rebels’ offense went belly-up in the second half against an FSU pass rush that was relentless. Kelly was intercepted three times.

For the Seminoles, it’s the kind of nonconference win that will only look better when it’s time to pick the four teams in the College Football Playoff.

SUPER BOWLED OVER That big-hearted American footballer who joined a lonely boy with autism for lunch just surprised him with yet another kind gesture

THE kind-hearted American footballer who ate lunch with an autistic boy, see who normally sits alone, cialis has returned to the 11-year-old’s school with a special gift.

Last Tuesday, Florida State star Travis Rudolph was labelled a ‘hero’ after being pictured hanging out and eating pizza with sixth-grader Bo Paske, during a visit to Montford Middle School.

The special gesture reduced Bo’s mum Leah Paske to tears, and his act of kindness went viral after the woman praised Travis on Facebook.

Leah revealed that Bo is rarely invited to birthday parties, and she worries every day about him being excluded by other kids.

The special gesture reduced Bo’s mum Leah Paske to tears, and his act of kindness went viral after the woman praised Travis on Facebook.

Leah revealed that Bo is rarely invited to birthday parties, and she worries every day about him being excluded by other kids.

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Florida State's Dalvin Cook carves up top defenses -- like Ole Miss'

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Dalvin Cook doesn’t look at the stats. Florida State’s record-setting running back doesn’t know where his opponents’ rush defenses rank nationally.

So it would be news to him that Ole Miss finished last season No. 23 in rushing defense and 13th in yards per carry. It also would be news to Cook that those numbers are deceiving. Ole Miss was demonstratively better than the surface stats suggest.

That ultimately might spell bad news for the 11th-ranked Rebels, who play the No. 4 Seminoles on Monday in Orlando, Florida. The Heisman Trophy candidate, who ran for a school-record 1,691 yards last season, battered the country’s best rush defenses. Nearly half of the Seminoles’ 2015 schedule was against top-30 rush defenses, and most would have ranked even higher if not for Cook’s blend of speed, elusiveness and power.

“This is when you find out who the football players are — they always say big-time players come alive in big-time games,” safety Derwin James said. “That’s what separates the good players from the great players — if you can perform under pressure.”

Ole Miss’ defense was 12th in yards per carry before first contact among Power 5 teams, which speaks to how quickly the group shed blocks to find the ball carrier. In games against fellow Power 5 teams, the Rebels were fourth in yards per carry on non-sack rushes, allowing 3.92.

Last season, Cook, who averaged 7.38 yards per carry, played six of the top 30 defenses in yards per carry: No. 1 Boston College, No. 6 Houston, No. 8 Louisville, No. 17 Florida, No. 20 Clemson and No. 29 South Florida.

On rushes in which the Seminoles’ offensive line cleared enough room for Cook to reach the line of scrimmage, Cook averaged 10.16 yards per carry in 2015. Against the Eagles, he averaged a yard more than they routinely allowed on rushes that gained at least one yard. Cook doubled Clemson’s yards per carry of 7.0, and he averaged 10.1 yards against the Gators.

Cook tallied 43 more yards than Louisville’s rush defense yielded on average against entire teams. A Clemson defense that gave up only 125 yards per game watched Cook carve it for 194. The numbers were nearly identical against the Gators, and his 266 yards against USF were 125 yards more than the Bulls averaged.

Three defenses’ longest rush of the season were Cook runs, and he missed securing the season long against Louisville by a yard and against Wake Forest by four.

Against the best rush defenses, all while dealing with an inexperienced offensive line and average quarterback play, Cook played his best. And he dealt with a balky hamstring and ankle much of the season.

“The ones that prepare for them, the ones that have the great practice habits” are the ones who usually come up in clutch situations, Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher said. “With that film we’ve watched, I can see why [Cook plays well against top-ranked defenses]. He plays with attitude all the time.”

 

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While visiting Montford Middle School with teammates on Tuesday, stuff Florida State University wide receiver Travis Rudolph spotted a boy sitting by himself at lunch, and asked if he could sit next to him the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Later in the day, Bo Paske’s mom posted a photo to Facebook that is capturing hearts.

“I’m not sure what exactly made this incredibly kind man share a lunch table with my son, but I’m happy to say that it will not soon be forgotten,” she wrote.

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MIAMI (WSVN) – The first female coach for a Florida high school football team led her team to win during her team’s first pre-season game, buy cialis  Thursday night.

Lakatriona Brunson coached Miami Jackson Senior High School’s Generals football team to a 36-0 win over the Coral Reef Barracudas, stuff and she said it’s only the start of better things.

“It’s just the beginning,” Brunson said afterwards. “That’s it. We got room to grow, and we gonna grow, and we gonna get better.”

Before, Brunson said, she felt no pressure. “It’s pressure everyday, pressure just living. This is nothing,” she said.

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