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Posted Jan 16, 2009


2008 Florida State Seminoles Season, Game Recaps, Scores and Reviews

2008 Florida State Seminoles

Dec. 27
2008 Champs Sports Bowl
Florida State 42 … Wisconsin 13

Derek Nicholson took a batted ball 75 yards for a touchdown for the first of two long FSU defensive scores, the second being a 51-yard fumble recovery for a score from Dakota Watson, and Christian Ponder threw two touchdown passes in the rout. The Badgers kept the game close in the first half, but the Noles managed to go 47 yards in the final minute of the first half with a 15-yard Greg Carr catch with seven seconds to play to take the lead for good. The Noles answered a 41-yard Philip Welch field goal with a 28-point scoring run starting off with a six-yard Antone Smith touchdown run. The Badgers finally got into the end zone on a 20-yard Elijah Theus caught with just over four minutes to play.
Player of the game: Florida State P/PK Graham Gano averaged 48.2 yards per punt on five punts with four put inside the 20 and two at the one.  
Stat Leaders: Wisconsin - Passing: Dustin Sherer, 9-16, 132 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: P.J. Hill, 15-140. Receiving: Garrett Graham, 3-62
Florida State - Passing: Christian Ponder, 18-31, 199 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Carlton Jones, 4-55, 1 TD. Receiving: Greg Carr, 8-78, 1 TD
Inside The Box Score ... 5 Thoughts on the Champs Sports Bowl …Third down conversions: FSU 10-of-17 – UW 2-of-10 … Time of possession: FSU 35:08 – UW 24.52. … Turnovers: UW 3 (all fumbles) – FSU 0 … Wisconsin’s average starting field position in the first half: its own 1. … Derek Nicholson had two recovered fumbles for FSU.

- 2008 FSU Preview  
- 2007 FSU Season

2008 Schedule
CFN Prediction: 7-5
2008 Record: 9-4

Aug. 30  OPEN DATE
Sept. 6 Western Carolina W 69-0
Sept. 13 UT Chattanooga W 46-7
Sept. 20 Wake Forest L 12-3
Sept. 27 Colorado (Jax) W 39-21
Oct. 4 at Miami W 41-39
Oct. 11  OPEN DATE
Oct. 16 at NC State W 26-17
Oct. 25  Virginia Tech W 30-20
Nov. 1 at Georgia Tech L 31-28
Nov. 8 Clemson W 41-27
Nov. 15 Boston College L 27-17
Nov. 22 at Maryland W 37-3
Nov. 29 Florida L 45-15

Champs Sports Bowl
Dec. 27 Wisconsin W 42-13

2007 Schedule
CFN Prediction: 8-4
2007 Record: 7-6

Sept. 3 at Clemson L 24-17
Sept. 8
UAB W 34-24
Sept. 15 at Colorado W 16-6
Sept. 29 Alabama W 21-14
Oct. 6
NC State W 27-10
Oct. 11 at Wake Forest  L 24-21
Oct. 20
Miami L 37-29
Oct. 27 Duke W 25-6
Nov. 3 at Boston Coll W 27-17
Nov. 10 at Virginia Tech L 40-21
Nov. 17
Maryland W 24-16
Nov. 24 at Florida L 45-12
Music City Bowl
Dec. 31 Kentucky L 35-28

Nov. 29
Florida 45 … Florida State 15
In a rainy downpour, Florida rolled up 502 yards of total offense and took a commanding 28-9 lead into halftime with short scoring runs from Percy Harvin and Tim Tebow and Tebow touchdown passes from seven and 24 yards out to Aaron Hernandez. Florida State was able to move the ball a bit, but it only managed three Graham Gano field goals before finally getting into the end zone midway through the third quarter on a four-yard Jermaine Thomas run. Harvin was knocked out of the game with an ankle injury, but the Gators were never threatened.
Player of the game: Florida QB Tim Tebow completed 12-of-21 passes for 185 yards and three touchdowns and ran 16 times for 80 yards and a score
Stat Leaders: Florida State - Passing: Drew Weatherford, 4-15, 61 yds
Rushing: Antone Smith, 12-57. Receiving: Greg Carr, 2-24
Florida - Passing: Tim Tebow, 12-21, 185 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Chris Rainey, 8-97. Receiving: Aaron Hernandez, 4-61, 2 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Florida State couldn’t handle all of Florida’s weapons, while it didn’t get the production out of the quarterbacks needed to pull off the upset. In the sloppy wet conditions, and against the Gator pass rush, Christian Ponder and Drew Weatherford couldn’t do much of anything to mount a comeback. The FSU quarterbacks combined to complete 10-of-32 passes for 140 yards and three interceptions and got next to nothing working deep. While Florida State isn’t going to be happy losing a rivalry game, especially considering the Gators now own the series over the last few years, Florida is going to do this to everyone. No one’s playing better.

Nov. 22
Florida State 37 … Maryland 3
Florida State kept alive its hope of an ACC title while ruining Maryland’s dream by forcing four turnovers and getting a touchdown run and a pass from Christian Ponder. Ponder hit Preston Parker for a seven-yard score and he ran for a one-yard touchdown, while Antone Smith added a one-yard score in the second quarter. The defense came through with a 22-yard Derek Nicholson fumble return for a touchdown on the way to a 24-0 lead before Maryland came up with a 34-yard field goal. Graham Gano added three field goals for the Noles. FSU safety Myron Rolle interviewed for the Rhodes Scholarship, received it, and still made it in time for the second half.
Player of the game: Florida State QB Christian Ponder completed 19-of-24 passes for 143 yards and a touchdown, and he ran 14 times for 81 yards and a score
Stat Leaders: Maryland - Passing: Chris Turner, 16-30, 149 yds, 2 INT
Rushing: Da’Rel, Scott, 12-82. Receiving: Dan Gronkoswki, 4-46
Florida State - Passing: Christian Ponder, 19-24, 143 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Christian Ponder, 14-81, 1 TD. Receiving: Preston Parker, 8-67, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Florida State is back in the mix. After blasting Maryland, now the Noles need the Terps to beat Boston College to end up playing for the ACC title. In any event, the win was a nice bounce back from the loss to Boston College and it showed off just how strong the defense can be when everything is working. Christian Ponder might not be a polished product, but he’s playing more and more like a quarterback to build around. Now comes the big test to see just how far the program has been able to bounce back with the big date against Florida ahead.

Nov. 15
Boston College 27 … Florida State 17
Montel Harris ran for 121 yards and a two-yard touchdown and Marty Bowman took a Christian Ponder pass 87 yards for a score as Boston College never trailed in the key win. Rich Gunnell gave BC the early lead on a 14-yard catch, but the Noles made a comeback in the second quarter with a four-yard Ponder run and a 39-yard Graham Gano field goal, But that would be as close as FSU got with BC getting a 10-point third quarter to go up two scores. Greg Carr caught a 29-yard jump-ball touchdown on a trick play pass from WR Preston Parker, but the Eagles were able to put the game away on a 30-yard Steve Aponavicius field goal.
Player of the game: Boston College RB Montel Harris ran 25 times for 121 yards and a touchdown
Stat Leaders: Florida State - Passing: Christian Ponder, 15-31, 183 yds, 3 INT
Rushing: Graham Gano, 1-24. Receiving: Preston Parker, 6-53
Boston College - Passing: Chris Crane, 154-26, 181 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Montel Harris, 25-121, 1 TD. Receiving: Rich Gunnell, 5-37, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Now where does BC stand in the ACC title chase? After bouncing back from the rough losses to North Carolina and Clemson with wins over Notre Dame and Florida State, the Eagles are back on track going into key games against Wake Forest and Maryland. If they win those two games, they’ll be playing for the ACC title. The defense did the job against the FSU running game, while the secondary gave the depleted FSU receiving corps problems. QB Chris Crane bounced back from a rough day against Notre Dame to had a decent outing.


Nov. 8
Florida State 41 … Clemson 27
Everything started out well for Clemson as C.J. Spiller took a Cullen Harper pass 44 yards for a touchdown on the first drive of the game, and Mark Buchholz made it 10-0 on a 41-yard field goal. The Noles came back with Graham Gano field goals from 52 and 37 yards out, and DE Neefy Moffett returned a bad Harper pass 18 yards for a touchdown, but it wasn’t until a one-yard Christian Ponder run before they took the lead for good. Antone Smith ran for a one-yard score and a 41-yarderin the fourth quarter to put the game away.
Player of the game: Florida State DE Everette Brown made five tackles and three sacks.
Stat Leaders: Clemson - Passing: Cullen Harper, 19-33, 240 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: C.J. Spiller, 13-66, 1 TD. Receiving: Aaron Kelly, 5-49
Florida State - Passing: Christian Ponder, 16-27, 153 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Jermaine Thomas, 11-94. Receiving: Preston Parker, 6-37
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... On Bobby Bowden’s 79th birthday, he got a big performance out of his running game against Clemson, rolling for 266 yards, while the defensive front dominated the Tiger O line with six sacks. Christian Ponder didn’t come up with a huge game, but he did what he needed to with the running game carrying the offense most of the way. Very quietly, the Noles have the ACC title for the taking with BC and a trip to Maryland to close before dealing with Florida. If nothing else, this will be a very fun final three weeks.

Nov. 1
Georgia Tech 31 … Florida State 28
Florida State appeared to be going in for the game winning score with under a minute to play, but RB Marcus Sims got popped and he lost the ball. Georgia Tech recovered to hang on to break a 12-game losing streak to the Noles. Jonathan Dwyer helped Tech take a 24-10 lead with a 36-yard second quarter touchdown dash, and he came up with what turned out to be the game-winning score on the opening drive of the second half with a 66-yard touchdown dash. But the offense would struggle from then on. Florida State hung around with a three-yard Christian Ponder touchdown run to start the scoring and a four-yard pass to Seddrick Holloway in the second, but it was D’Vontrey Richardson who sparked the comeback late with a 39-yard touchdown pass to Preston Parker. Tech finished 343 yards of total offense with 288 coming on the ground.
Player of the game: Georgia Tech RB Jonathan Dwyer ran 13 times for 145 yards and two touchdowns.
Stat Leaders: Florida State - Passing: Christian Ponder, 16-27, 140 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Jermaine Thomas, 9-130. Receiving: Preston Parker, 5-77, 1 TD
Georgia Tech - Passing: Josh Nesbitt, 4-5, 55 yds
Rushing: Jonathan Dwyer, 13-145, 2 TD. Receiving: Demaryius Thomas, 2-21
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Florida State finally got challenged by a good team, and it blinked. There shouldn’t be too much read into the loss to Georgia Tech with the Marcus Sims fumble going to be the highlight that gets replayed over and over; this was a tough loss that should be praised more for the Noles’ ability to come back and make it a game. This is still a young team trying to find its way and trying to find the right combination of players at the right spots, but it’s still in the thick of the ACC title chase and can’t screw up now. There’s no reason to lose to a team has flaky as Clemson is at the moment if the FSU defense plays up to its ability. At least it won’t be the Bowden Bowl this week.

Oct. 25
Florida State 30 … Virginia Tech 20
Florida State got two big catches from Greg Carr to set up a four-yard Taiwan Eastering touchdown and a one-yard Marcus Sims scoring run in the third quarter, while the defense knocked out Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor and Sean Glennon with ankle injuries. The Hokies got a one-yard Glennon touchdown run and two Dustin Keys field goals, but the Seminoles took the lead in the third quarter and put it away in the fourth on two Graham Gano field goals. Everette Brown made three sacks for the Seminoles.  
Player of the game: Florida State WR Greg Carr made three catches for 100 yards
Stat Leaders: Virginia Tech - Passing: Sean Glennon, 9-16, 133 yds
Rushing: Darrell Evans, 15-77. Receiving: Jarrett Boykin, 4-89
Florida State - Passing: Christian Ponder, 11-19, 159 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Antone Smith, 9-57, 1 TD. Receiving: Greg Carr, 3-100
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... The defense continues to be nasty. The pass rush, thanks to Everette Brown, was bothering Virginia Tech quarterbacks all game long, while the run defense did its part. The Florida State running game couldn’t get moving against the Hokie defensive front, but Christian Ponder didn’t make any mistakes, even if he didn’t do anything to get the passing game moving outside of two big plays to Greg Carr in the third quarter. The Noles are more than just in the hunt for the ACC title game; they’re the leaders of the pack.

Oct. 16
Florida State 26 .. . NC State 17
Graham Gano hit four field goals and Ben Reed caught a 17-yard touchdown pass as Florida State was able to pull away in the fourth quarter. State struggled to move the ball, but got a 67-yard touchdown catch from Owen Spencer and a 20-yard catch from Anthony Hill on the way to a 17-13 lead early in the fourth. But the Florida State offense controlled the ball and the clock in the fourth quarter, keeping it for over 10 minutes, while the defense allowed State to convert just 1-of-9 third down chances.
Player of the game: Florida State PK Graham Gano hit field goals from 37, 37, 44 an 53 yards out
Stat Leaders: NC State - Passing: Russell Wilson, 13-25, 181 yds, 2 TD
Rushing:
Jamelle Eugene, 6-74. Receiving: Owen Spencer, 3-82, 1 TD
Florida State
- Passing: Christian Ponder, 23-35, 254 yds, 1 TD
Rushing:
Antone Smith, 20-89, 1 TD. Receiving: Preston Parker, 5-56

Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ...
It took too long to put NC State away thanks to four field goals instead for touchdowns to close out long drives, but on the plus side, the offense sowed it could go on long, sustained drives. 18 plays for 74 yards, 11 plays for 70 yards. 10 plays for 35 yards. FSU controlled the clock and the game holding on to the ball for 38:16. QB Christian Ponder wasn't flawless, but he kept the chains moving and he didn't make mistakes. Don't look now, but the Noles are deep in the heart of the the ACC title hunt.

Oct. 4
Florida State 41 … Miami 39
In a wild game, Florida State appeared to be on its way to an easy win with a 24-0 first half helped by two of Antone Smith’s four rushing touchdowns and a 15-yard Greg Carr scoring grab. Midway through the third quarter it was 31-10 on Smith’s third scoring run, and then things got weird. Miami scored 12 points in just over two minutes on a field goal, a blown punt snap for a safety, and a 51-yard Travis Benjamin touchdown catch on a halfback option pass from Graig Cooper. Off a bad pass from Christian Ponder, Sean Spence took an interception seven yards for a Miami score to get within five, and Matt Bosher made it 34-32 with a 24-yard field goal. FSU finally pulled away with a 20-yard Smith touchdown run with less than four minutes to play. Miami scored with 14 seconds to play, but couldn’t get the onside kick. In the driving rain, there were seven turnovers and 22 penalties between the two teams. Florida State didn’t punt.
Player of the game: Florida State RB Antone Smith ran 27 times for 92 yards and four touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Florida State - Passing: Christian Ponder, 14-31, 159 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing:
Christian Ponder, 19-144. Receiving: Bert Reed, 3-43
Miami
- Passing: Robert Marve, 17-40, 122 yds, 2 INT
Rushing:
Graig Cooper, 6-31. Receiving: Graig Cooper, 7-16

Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ...
Florida State dominated Miami in every way except for strange plays. Christian Ponder ran for 144 yards, but he looked like a rookie quarterback at times throwing the ball. However, he was a major-league playmaker with his legs. Antone Smith continued to be the Antone Smith Seminole fans have been hoping for, helping the Noles run for 281 yards and four touchdowns. The four turnovers will be chalked up to the rain and lousy conditions, somewhat, but Ponder made one horrendous throw for a pick six. The 12 penalties were way too many.

Sept. 27
Florida State 39 … Colorado 21
Florida State ran all over the Buffs with Antone Smith running for 154 yards and scores from two, 60 and two yards out, but the game wasn’t put away until the fourth quarter. The Noles dominated the first three quarters, but could only manage three Graham Gano field goals after getting up 16-7. Colorado’s offense finally woke up in the fourth quarter with Cody Hawkins throwing two of his three touchdown passes, but a two-yard Riar Geer scoring grab was answered by a 94-yard Michael Ray Garvin kickoff return for a score. The Buffs kept on pushing, but the final Smith touchdown run finally put it away.
Player of the game: Florida State RB Antone Smith ran 25 times for 154 yards and three touchdowns, and he caught a pass for ten yards   
Stat Leaders: Colorado - Passing: Cody Hawkins, 17-36, 154 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing:
Rodney Stewart, 21-107. Receiving: Josh Smith, 7-85, 1 TD
Florida State
- Passing: Christian Ponder, 10-22, 119 yds, 1 INT
Rushing:
Antone Smith, 25-154, 3 TD. Receiving: Caz Piurowski, 3-33
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ...
Florida State might have had too many drives against Colorado stall, with field goals instead of touchdowns, and there might have been two turnovers and 12 penalties, but it was a shockingly easy win over a decent team. Considering the way the Noles played against Wake Forest, this was a shocking win that might turn around the team’s attitude. It ran the ball, played tough defense, and came up with several big plays. Now the passing game needs to be better. Christian Ponder needs to be better.

Sept. 20
Wake Forest 12 ... Florida State 3
Wake Forest forced seven Florida State turnovers and held the Seminoles to a 37-yard Graham Gano field goal, but had trouble putting the game away as All-American Sam Swank missed three field goals, but made four others. Swank connected from 48, 29, 49 and 31 yards out, with the last one coming with just over two minutes to play to seal the win. Florida State gained just 220 yards, was picked off five times, and lost two fumbles. Wake Forest converted just 2-of-15 third down chances.
Player of the game:
Wake Forest LB Aaron Curry made eight tackles, half a tackle for loss, recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass
Stat Leaders: Florida State - Passing: D'Vontrey Richardson, 6-18, 52 yds, 3 INT
Rushing: D'Vontrey Richardson, 8-46. Receiving: Preston Parker, 3-34
Wake Forest - Passing: Riley Skinner, 17-29, 217 yds
Rushing: Josh Adams, 18-66. Receiving: Marshall Williams, 3-57
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ...
Before going into full-blown panic mode after turning it over seven times, committing 12 penalties, and cranking out just 220 yards in the loss to Wake Forest, remember that this is still a very, very young FSU team that's just starting to figure out what it has with all the returning players from suspension. That's not to excuse the horrific offensive game, but wait one more game, with Colorado coming to Jacksonville next week, before it's time to get scared. The defense played well as it had to hold time and again after the offense put it in a horrible position with all the turnovers. Now there needs to be some semblance of a running game again, and the mistakes have to stop.

Sept. 13
Florida State 46 … Chattanooga 7
Florida State got three touchdown passes from Christian Ponder in the first half including two to Corey Surrency from 44 and 39 yards out, and Antone Smith scored from 12 and eight yards out on the way to a 30-7 halftime lead. D’Vontrey Richardson came in and ran for a 55-yard score and threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Bert Reed. Chattanooga got its points on a 62-yard Jordan Hazard catch in the first quarter.
Player of the game:
Florida State QB Christian Ponder completed 13-of-22 passes for 180 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for nine yards.
Stat Leaders: Chattanooga
- Passing: Tony Pastore, 5-8, 106 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Shaun Kermah, 7-29. Receiving: Chris Pitchford, 3-12
Florida State - Passing: Christian Ponder, 13-22, 180 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Antone Smith, 13-78, 1 TD. Receiving: Taiwan Easterling, 5-53
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... The schedule couldn’t work out better. With the academic suspensions and the new, young players being put into place, the Noles needed the time to work. Christian Ponder had a great game against Chattanooga, while D’Vontrey Richardson showed that he needs time on the field to add another dimension. Now the team needs to stay sharp against Wake Forest, but it might be ready. The tune-ups should’ve worked.

Sept. 6
Florida State 69 … Western Carolina 0
A lightning storm was the only thing that could stop Florida State, delaying the start of the game and forcing a brief stoppage in play. The Seminoles ripped off 561 yards of total offense with Christian Ponder throwing three touchdowns, highlighted by a 54-yarder to Greg Carr, while backup D’Vontrey Richardson ran for scores from 52 and seven yards out. Jermaine Thomas added two fourth quarter touchdown runs. The Catamounts managed just 176 yards of total offense.
Player of the game:
 Florida State QB Christian Ponder completed 11-of-17 passes for 196 yards and three touchdowns and ran three times for 39 yards
Stat Leaders: Western Carolina - Passing: Adam Hearns, 4-7, 66 yds
Rushing: Quan Warley, 14-38  Receiving: Marquel Pittman, 5-89
Florida State - Passing: Christian Ponder, 11-17, 196 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Jermaine Thomas, 13-91, 2 TD. Receiving: Rod Owens, 4-61
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Western Carolina is hardly a proper test to see where the Noles might be at, but considering the suspensions and the debut of newly anointed starting quarterback Christian Ponder, a 69-0 blasting is exactly what the team needed. That’s what these types of games are for. Young teams need tune-ups, and the Seminoles got theirs in. Backup D’Vontrey Richardson also looked strong in relief completing five of six passes for 57 yards and a score, while running for 68 yards and two touchdowns.

2008 Recruiting Class

Star of the Class

Nigel Bradham LB 6-2 230 Crawfordville, FL
One of the top recruits in the nation, Bradham is already enrolled at FSU...PARADE All-American...SuperPrep All-American...a five-star rated outside linebacker by Scout.com...Scout's top-rated middle linebacker and Prep Stars No. 1 linebacker...ESPN ranks him as their fourth-best OLB and the 60th-best player in America...Tom Luginbill of Scouts, Inc. considers him an outstanding prospect...a finalist for the 2008 U.S. Army Player of the Year Award...received honorable mention Army All-America honors as the best tackler...led the East team to a 33-23 victory and recorded four tackles in the 2008 U.S. Army All-American Bowl...was the recipient of the EAS Speed and Strength Award...Tallahassee Democrat All-Big Bend Defensive Player of the Year...PrepStar Dream Team member...FSWAA All-State 3A First Team Defense... AJC Super Southern 100...finished his senior season with 147 tackles, 12 sacks and four defensive touchdowns in leading Wakulla to a district championship...as a junior he tallied 145 tackles, eight sacks and four interceptions, two of which he returned for TDs...recorded over 430 tackles and 20 sacks during his three-year career at Wakulla...had one of the five best games in the nation this year according to Rivals when he registered 15 tackles in a 16-0 win over Blountstown...timed at 4.52 in the 40-yard dash, can bench press 440 pounds and clean jerk 310...had over 40 offers and chose the Seminoles over Georgia, Mississippi and Florida.

Potential Instant Impact Players

EJ Manuel 6-4, 201, QB Virginia Beach, VA (Bayside)
One of the top quarterback recruits in the nation in 2008... PARADE All-American...a five-star QB recruit according to Scout...rated the best player in the state of Virginia this year by Rivals...Rivals has Manuel rated second for arm strength and accuracy...Tom Luginbill of Scouts, Inc. considers him an outstanding prospect...PrepStar Dream Team member...AJC Super Southern 100... starting QB in the Under Armour All-American game where he completed 5 of 6 passes for 71 yards in leading Team White to a win...Scouts, Inc. compared Manuel to "a smaller JaMarcus Russell" after watching the QB practice in Orlando...honorable mention "Best Arm" at the Under Armour All-Star game...accounted for almost 7,400 yards and 68 TDs in his high school career...threw for 48 TDs and ran for 12 in his career at Bayside...completed at least 56% of his passes every season of his high school career...passed for nearly 4,000 yards combined in his junior and senior seasons... had at least 1,300 yards passing as a sophomore, junior and senior...nearly threw for 2,000 yards (1,973) as a junior and had 19 TD passes as a senior...also rushed for 541 yards as a senior...earned All-Tidewater district honors...named second-team all-state in Group AAA...participated in Elite 11 camp...runs a 4.6 in the 40...a Dallas Cowboy fan who models his game after New England QB and NFL MVP Tom Brady...chose FSU over LSU, Oregon, Tennessee and Alabama among others.

Corey Surrency WR 6-5 210 Torrance, CA
Five-star recruit according to Scout.com...one of the top junior college players in America...PrepStar Junior College All-American...this past season he had 30 receptions for more than 670 yards...had 23 catches for 432 yards and three touchdowns as a freshman in 2006...had six catches for 125 yards in the state championship game...runs a 4.45 in the 40...chose FSU over LSU, Oregon, West Virginia, Oregon State, Cal, Colorado, Louisville and Arizona.

Rest of the Class

A.J.  Alexander ATH 6-0 180 Altoona, PA
Travis Arnold DB 5-10 184 Madison, FL
Nigel Carr LB 6-3 220 Jacksonville, FL
Avis Commack WR 6-4 182 Jacksonville, FL
Andrew Datko OL 6-5 285 Fort Lauderdale, FL
Everett Dawkins DE 6-2 242 Duncan, SC
Garrett Faircloth OL 6-6 260 Jacksonville, FL
Jarmon Fortson ATH 6-3 220 Columbus, GA
Josh Gehres WR 6-3 190 Tallahassee, FL
Anthony Hill DT 6-4 301 Pensacola, FL
Ed Imeokparia ATH 6-0 188 Blairstown, NJ
Carlton Jones RB 5-11 215 Tampa, FL
Jabaris Little TE 6-4 240 Tallahassee, FL
E.J. Manuel QB 6-5 215 Virginia Beach, VA
Anthony McCloud DT 6-3 295 Thomasville, GA
Moses McCray DT 6-2 268 Tampa, FL
Nick Moody LB 6-1 218 Philadelphia, PA
Terrance Parks DB 6-1 200 Fairburn, GA
Tavares Pressley RB 6-1 215 Torrance, CA
Zebrie Sanders OL 6-5 273 Clayton, OH
Rhonne Sanderson OL 6-4 280 Tampa, FL
Debrale Smiley RB 6-0 235 Thomasville, GA
Blake Snider OL 6-4 282 Heflin, AL
David Spurlock OL 6-4 280 Murfreesboro, TN
Toshmon Stevens DE 6-5 198 Crescent City, FL
Jermaine Thomas RB 6-1 190 Jacksonville, FL
Markus White DE 6-4 245 El Dorado, KS
Vincent Williams LB 6-0 210 Davenport, FL

Recap: All of those offseason coaching changes made by Bobby Bowden did little to ignite Florida State, which lost six games for a second straight year, and struggled to excel in Jimbo Fisher’s offense.  The Seminoles opened with a loss to Clemson, closed with an academic scandal that robbed the team of two dozen players for the Music City Bowl, and was out of contention in the ACC by mid-October.  The highlights of the season were wins over Alabama in September and an upset of Boston College in November that ended the Eagles national title dreams.

Offensive Player of the Year:
WR Preston Parker

Defensive Player of the Year: LB Geno Hayes

Biggest Surprise: Parker.  One of the few bright spots on offense, Parker came out of relative obscurity to lead the team in receptions, shift seamlessly to running back when Antone Smith went down, and provide a threat on returns.  Just a sophomore in 2007, he’ll play a huge role in the offense in 2008. 

Biggest Disappointment: The offense.  Fisher wasn’t going to be a miracle worker in his first year, but much more was expected from a unit that’s underachieved the past few seasons.  The ‘Noles were never able to get the running game cranking, scoring fewer than 30 points in all but the visit from UAB.

Looking Ahead:
Hey, it’s Florida State, so no one would be floored if next year was the season that the program finally gets back to double-digit wins for the first time since 2003.  Mickey Andrews’ defense will be fine, but to get over the hump, the Noles need an offensive wake-up call and a breakthrough final year from QB Drew Weatherford.      
 

 

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