Florida State Football - 2010 Year In Review

Florida State Football - 2010 Year In Review

Coaching Staff
Jimbo Fisher, Head Coach
James Coley, Offensive Coordinator, Tight Ends
Dameyune Craig, Quarterbacks
Lawrence Dawsey, Passing Game Coordinator, Wide Receivers
D.J. Eliot, Defensive Ends
Eddie Gran, Associate Head Coach, Special Teams Coordinator, Running Backs
Odell Haggins, Defensive Line
Greg Hudson, Asst Head Coach Defense, Linebackers
Mikhal Kornegay, Graduate Assistant
Bob LaCivita, Dir of Player Personnel
Mark Stoops, Defensive Coordinator, Defensive Backs
Rick Trickett, Assistant Head Coach, Offensive Line
Travis Trickett, Graduate Assistant
Vic Viloria, Strength and Conditioning

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2010 FSU Football Media Guide


From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Uncommon Man.

Jimbo Fisher formally introduced as Florida State's ninth football coach.

Jan. 6, 2010

By Bob Thomas, Seminoles.com

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Florida State University director of athletics Randy Spetman, noting that it is "not a common occurrence," formally introduced Jimbo Fisher as the Seminoles' ninth football coach - the institutions first new one in 35 years - at a Wednesday morning press conference.

Fisher succeeds Bobby Bowden, second all-time in major college victories, whose 34-year run came to a close with Friday's Gator Bowl victory over West Virginia.

"It is not a common man that I introduce you to today as our head football coach," Spetman said. "A common man would not have the courage, patience and determination to follow the greatest college football coach in history. A common man would find it too challenging to accept the coach-in-waiting role and ignore openings at other top-flight programs. A common man could not have rekindled the Seminoles spirit, excitement and vision so quickly."

A veteran of 22 seasons as a college assistant, including the last three as Florida State's offensive coordinator, Fisher has hit the ground running in a job he officially inherited on Jan. 5, 2010.

"I've been preparing for this day for a long time," said Fisher. "I've been fortunate in my life to be around a lot of successful people that I have learned many, many things from. But I think the greatest thing that I've learned from them is I have to be myself. I must do things the way I want to do them, do what got me here and remember the reasons why I am here."

In one of his first official moves, Fisher announced his coaching staff and their designated assignments. Among the four returning assistants, Rick Trickett will retain his title as assistant head coach/offensive line, as will defensive line coach Odell Haggins. Lawrence Dawsey will add passing game coordinator to his duties as the receivers coach, while James Coley will add offensive coordinator to his duties coaching tight ends.

Fisher formally introduced five new assistants, all of whom were on the road recruiting.

Mark Stoops, 42, succeeds Mickey Andrews as the Seminoles' defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach. A 20-year coaching veteran, Stoops comes to FSU from Arizona where he held the same responsibilities for his brother Mike Stoops.

Eddie Gran, 44, is the most seasoned of the newcomers with 23 years at the collegiate level, including the last 16 in the SEC. Gran, who spent the 2009 season at Tennessee, has been named associate head coach and will also direct the running backs and coordinate special teams.

Greg Hudson, 42, will be assistant head coach defense/linebackers after spending the past five seasons as defensive coordinator/linebackers coach at East Carolina. His 20-year career also includes stops at Minnesota, Cincinnati and Connecticut.

Dameyune Craig, 35, comes to FSU after two seasons at South Alabama. He will coach quarterbacks, the position he played for four seasons at Auburn under Fisher's direction. Craig brings NFL experience as a player and assistant coach to the table.

Darin (D.J.) Eliot, 33, is the youngest member of the staff but has spent the past 12 years climbing the coaching ranks. FSU's new defensive ends coach held that position, as well as recruiting coordinator, at Rice the past three seasons.

Fisher said he will designate either Craig or Eliot as recruiting coordinator at a later date. In the mean time, the Seminoles' new head coach will continue to work with the quarterbacks and call plays.

In his opening comments, Fisher acknowledged the importance of his faith and family - wife Candi and sons Trey and Ethan - his long-term love for FSU football and spoke openly of the influence coaches Bowden and Nick Saban have had on his career. He also shared, in broad terms, his vision for affecting change while returning the Seminoles to an elite level.

"Florida State has had a legacy of some of the greatest character, quality players to ever play in college football and I believe it will take each and every one of them and us to keep FSU on top," Fisher said, reaching out to former Seminoles. "I've met a lot of you, I look forward to meeting the rest of you. There's one thing that's been consistent throughout this university when Coach Bowden came in '76, it's commitment to winning.

"There is such a great desire to be successful here. That feeling is shared by our family, our student body, our alumni, our players and the ex-coaches that have made it that way. We won't be any different. I have stated before, there are many approaches to doing things. I will have my own philosophies on things. I will do things in many different ways, but as long as the core values and principles don't change, to me, then tradition doesn't change."

Developing an infrastructure to improve performance - academically, mentally, physically, nutritionally and socially - is paramount in Fisher's vision for the program.

"We're going to put as big of an emphasis on mental conditioning as we do physical in our program," Fisher said. "You don't need to be sick to get better. The old philosophy in coaching was getting all your players to think more of you, the coach, to get your point across. Our belief and desire is to get our players to feel better about themselves and what they can accomplish.

"Empowered, confident athletes are winners."

Fisher closed his opening comments with a reflection on Florida State's rich history under Bowden.

"History is our greatest teacher and it always will be," he said. "We're not asking to do things that have never been done here before. We're just asking to go back where they should be. With a little bit of hard work, as an old guy used to tell me, the secret to success is that there is no secret. The secret to success is hard work. Have your plan, be yourself, do what you think is right, do what got you here. That won a guy 389 games. Hopefully it will win me a bunch."


2010 Florida State Signees/Newcomers

Chad Abram, 6-0, 190, S, Lakeland - Bio: Tough, hard-hitting safety has been a Florida State commitment since March...holds a three-star ranking from both Rivals and Scout.com...rated No. 64 player in state by Rivals...a standout on special teams with a special knack for blocking kicks...blocked five kicks and collected five interceptions as a junior for the Red Devils...missed first three games of his senior season with hand injury...credited with 30 tackles, two interceptions and seven pass breakups...Florida Super 75 selection by the Florida Times-Union newspaper, where he ranked No. 5 among safeties...No. 48 rated player on Bill Buchalter's Florida Top 100, where he ranks as the No. 4 safety.

Terrence Brooks, 5-10, 180, DB, Dunnellon - Bio: Two-way standout at Dunnellon where he rushed for 500 yards and registered 53 tackles, six interceptions and three pass breakups during his junior season...split his time between receiver and cornerback as a senior...earned a three-star rating from Rivals and Scout.com...rated No. 90 player in the state from SuperPrep 115...No. 85 according to Rivals and No. 83 by Scout.com...boasts 31-inch vertical and 4.44 40-yard dash time...participated in the FACA North-South All-Star game...member of Florida Times-Union Super 75 and rated the No. 7 cornerback in the state...Orlando Sentinel's Bill Buchalter rates him as the No. 14 corner prospect in Florida...selected Florida State over Miami, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Purdue, Rutgers, USF and UCF.

Darious Cummings, 6-3, 267, DL, Titusville - Bio: Intense and physical competitor coming off the corner as a defensive end...first commitment to FSU's 2010 signing class...came into his senior season with 159 tackles, including 22 for losses and 15 sacks...earned a four-star ranking from both Rivals and Scout...ranked No. 24 prospect in state and No. 159 nationally by Rivals...rated No. 33 player in the state by Scout.com...Florida Super 75 selection by the Times-Union as the No. 2 defensive end in the state...Bill Buchalter ranks Cummings No. 79 in his Florida Top 100 and the No. 4 defensive end...No. 130 according to ESPNU top 150 players...collected more than 15 major college offers and was heavily pursued by Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Nebraska, Ohio State and Tennessee, among others.

Greg Dent, 6-0, 190, WR, Belle Glade - Bio: Collected 54 receptions for 1,387 yards and 14 TDs as a senior...also intercepted a pair of passes as a defensive back...led Glades Central to a 13-1 record and the Class 2B state championship game, where they fell to Cocoa 27-13...Dent had five receptions for 105 yards in the title game...MVP of legendary Muck Bowl against rival Pahokee after collecting six receptions for 185 yards, coupled with an 84-yard kickoff return for a TD...earned four-star rating from Rivals and three-star selection by Scout.com...first-team SunState All-State selection (from all classifications) at wide receiver, his preferred position...selected to Max Preps All-American team...participated in the ninth Outback Bowl, representing Florida all-stars in a game against national all-stars...selected to the Times-Union's Florida Super 75 where he was ranked sixth overall as an "athlete"...No. 15 among Bill Buchalter's Florida Top 100...Buchalter also rates the versatile Dent as the state's No. 1 wide receiver prospect...ranked No. 34 overall player in state by Scout.com...selected Florida State over Miami.

Cameron Erving, 6-5, 290, DT, Moultrie, GA - Bio: Diamond in the rough find out of South Georgia...earned a three-star ranking by Rivals and is a two-star prospect according to Scout.com...unheralded in the preseason, closed the year with a No. 74 ranking from Georgia Rivals Postseason Top 75...piled up a whopping 98 tackles as a senior; a high number for an interior lineman...tackle totals included 48 solo stops...selected FSU over offers from Clemson and Georgia Southern.

Daniel Foose, 6-6, 295, OL, Paramus, NJ - Bio: Mammoth prospect is outstanding drive blocker with a motor and a mean streak...played tackle for the Paladins and was a second-team, preseason New Jersey All-State selection...holds a three-star rating from both Rivals and Scout.com...Rivals' No. 12 rated player in Garden State, which also ranks him as the No. 53 tackle nationally...Scout has him as the No. 49 offensive tackle prospect nationally...Holds a No. 20 ranking among SuperPrep New Jersey 36...lone offensive line prospect in FSU's class...holds at least 12 FBS offers, including Rutgers, South Carolina and Boston College...flipped to 'Noles after last week's commitment to Illinois.

Christian Green, 6-2, 200, WR, Tampa - Bio: Athletic run-pass quarterback who projects as a wide receiver at the FBS level...related to former FSU standout receiver E.G. Green...tremendous athlete and leader who directed Tampa Catholic to the 2B state championship game as a senior and the third round of the playoffs as a junior...boasts a five-star rating from Scout.com, which also lists him as the No. 5 receiving prospect nationally...holds four-star rating from Rivals and is the No. 7 "athlete" nationally, the No. 9 prospect in Florida and No. 61 nationally...SuperPrep Florida 115 has him as its No. 1 player in the state...participated in the US Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Tex...checked in at No. 65 of Sporting News' 2010 Top 100 list...passed for 777 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior, while adding more than 500 rushing yards...also managed four receptions for 124 yards...a SuperPrep All-America 290 choice as the No. 3 receiver nationally...Times-Union rates Green as the No. 1 "athlete" among its Florida Super 75...ranked No. 17 in Bill Buchalter's Florida 100 as an "athlete"...coveted by many schools, Green ultimately selected FSU over Georgia with Florida third in his pecking order.

Jarred Haggins, 6-0, 185, WR, Lakeland - Bio: Versatile and athletic, Haggins quarterbacked the Dreadnaughts as a senior but plans to transition to receiver at FSU...a three-star prospect according to both Rivals and Scout.com...finished with a No. 84 ranking in Florida Rivals Postseason Top 100...ranked No. 42 in the SuperPrep Florida 115...led Lakeland to 5A state semifinals, losing to Tampa Plant...was a third-team 5A All-State selection as a utility player in 2008 when the Dreadnaughts lost to St. Thomas Aquinas in the state championship...passed for 1,303 yards and 14 TDs as a junior and added 17 TD passes and five rushing TDs as a senior...blessed with 4.4 speed and could also project as a defensive back...nephew of FSU assistant coach and Polk County native Odell Haggins...selected the Seminoles over Florida, Louisville, Ohio State, USF and Tennessee.

Mike Harris, 6-0, 185, CB, Miami - Bio: Coveted big corner from the junior college ranks by way of South Miami, where he was a spread option quarterback...the nation's No. 26 junior college prospect according to SuperPrep Juco 100 rankings by Allen Wallace...earned a four-star ranking from Rivals and a three-star ranking from Scout.com...spent two years at El Camino Community College in California, the same school that produced Seminoles Tavares Pressley and Corey Surrency...coming off a sophomore season where he recorded 40 tackles with eight pass breakups and three interceptions...returned two interceptions for touchdowns to go along with a fumble recovery and return for a TD...registered 26 tackles, 10 pass breakups and one interception as a freshman...selected FSU over an impressive list of offers, including Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Kansas State, Michigan, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State and Oregon.

Damien Jacobs, 6-3, 294, DT, Houma, LA - Bio: A potential sleeper in the class, Jacobs earned a three-star ranked from Rivals and Scout.com...SuperPrep ranks Jacobs No. 33 in its Louisiana 43...credited with a 5.1 40-yard dash time to go along with a 300 lb. bench press and a 465 lb. squat...enjoyed a monster senior season, registering 91 1/2 tackles, including 62 solos. Though he had only 6 1/2 sacks Jacobs amassed a staggering 33 tackles for loss, to go along with six forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries...Selected the Seminoles from an offer list which included Arizona, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Nebraska and Texas Tech.

De'Joshua Johnson, 5-11, 150, WR, Pahokee - Bio: Playmaking Johnson split time between quarterback and receiver while guiding Pahokee to the state playoffs...accounted for nearly 1,000 yards in dual role this season...has accounted for 55 receptions for just under 1,000 yards in his career, to go along with 13 TDs...also saw some action in the secondary...has been timed at 4.45 in the 40...exceptional hands and elusive in space...earned a four-star rating from both Rivals and Scout...No. 203 nationally in Rivals 250...Scout ranks Johnson as the No. 46 wide receiver nationally...Checks in at No. 54 on SuperPrep Florida 115 list...chose FSU over Florida, Alabama, Miami, Oklahoma State, USF and Tennessee.

Christian Jones, 6-3, 225, LB, Winter Park - Bio: Widely regarded as one of the nation's most elite athletes not only at outside linebacker, but across the board...an FSU legacy player whose father Willie Jones Sr. starred for the 'Noles at defensive end, a position also played by his brother Willie Jones Jr...carries a five-star rating by Rivals...Rivals ranks the Lake Howell star as the No. 2 outside linebacker in the country, the No. 2 prospect in Florida and the 20th-best player nationally...Scout.com lists him as a four-star prospect and the No. 5 rated outside linebacker in the country...SuperPrep All-America 290 has him listed as the No. 2 outside linebacker in the nation and No. 2 player in the state, bestowing the honor of SuperPrep Dixie Defensive Player of the Year...checks in at No. 20 on Sporting News' Top 100 list of players nationally...an impressive physical specimen with above average speed and quickness, Jones was extremely productive...as a senior rolled up 126 tackles, including 12 for losses and four sacks...had 160 stops as a junior and finished three-year Lake Howell career with 326 tackles...No. 1 outside linebacker on Florida Super 75 by the Times-Union...rated No. 7 player overall on Bill Buchalter's Florida 100 and No. 2 linebacker behind soon-to-be-teammate Jeff Luc...participated in the Under Armour All-Star Game...selected FSU over Alabama, Florida, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Tennessee, but also had offers from LSU, USC, Miami and Michigan.

Lamarcus Joyner, 5-8, 175, CB, Fort Lauderdale - Bio: Electric all-around athlete considered one of the nation's top prospects overall...earned five-star rating from both Rivals and Scout.com...Rivals ranks him No. 1 prospect in Florida and No. 1 cornerback nationally (No. 14 player overall)...Scout ranks Joyner as the No. 2 cornerback prospect in the country...has strong desire to play cornerback despite staggering offensive numbers for powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas...Helped his team to a 13-1 record with the lone blemish coming to Bradenton Manatee in 5A state semifinal...selected to play in the Under Armour All-American game...rolled up 1,090 all-purpose yards on just 79 touches as a senior...accounted for 11 touchdowns, highlighted by three kickoff returns for scores, where he averaged 39.6 yards per return...had four rushing and four receiving touchdowns...had only 14 tackles (12 solo) from his cornerback position as opponents stayed away from his side of the field...played three seasons at Miami Southwest, piling up 112 tackles, four sacks and an interception as a junior...also scored five touchdowns on special teams (four kickoffs, one punt return)...offensively had 17 receptions for 482 yards and seven TDs...had more than 100 tackles as a sophomore linebacker and accounted for more than 1,000 yards on offense...SuperPrep ranks Joyner No. 10 in its Florida 115...No. 15 player nationally on Sporting News' Top 100...Member of Times-Union's Florida Super 75 where he was rated No. 1 cornerback...No. 2 overall prospect in Bill Buchalter's Florida Top 100 where he ranked as No. 2 "athlete"...claims 4.34 40-yard dash time and 36 ½-inch vertical leap to go with 275 lb. bench press...selected Seminoles from a who's who offer sheet which included Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Miami, Ohio State, Notre Dame and USC.

Jeff Luc, 6-0, 249, LB, Port Saint Lucie - Bio: Powerful inside linebacker enrolled at FSU in January....physically imposing; an explosive hitter and sure tackler...holds a four-star ranking from Rivals and is the No. 6 overall prospect in Florida. Rivals also has Luc as nation's top-rated middle linebacker and No. 42 overall nationally...earned five-star mark from Scout and is the No. 1 middle linebacker prospect nationally...Sporting News ranks Luc No. 13 in its top 100 nationally...he checks in at No. 18 in SuperPrep's Florida 115...played in the Under Armour All-American game... registered 103 tackles (14 tfls) as a senior at Treasure Coast after piling up 125 as a junior (22 tfls), when he earned third-team all-state honors...led his team to the third round of the 6A state playoffs this past season...credited with a 4.67 40 time to go along with a bench press max of 335 and a squat of 700...No.1 inside linebacker by Florida Times-Union's Florida Super 75...No.4 on Bill Buchalter's Florida Top 100 list and No. 1 linebacker...No. 2 prospect in area according to Palm Beach Post...FSU topped list of suitors which included Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Miami, LSU, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Southern Miss, Oklahoma, Tennessee and USC.

Anthony McCloud, 6-2, 303, DT, Thomasville, GA - Bio: Powerhouse at point of attack with nimble feet...originally signed with FSU as a member of the 2008 class...has three years of eligibility remaining...as a freshman defensive tackle at Itawamba (Miss.) Community College in 2008, registered 24 tackles (20 solos) with 5.5 tackles for loss, including four sacks...the Indians ranked sixth nationally in rushing defense (86.7 ypg), despite a 3-6 finish...sat out last season as redshirt and enrolled at FSU in January...Ranked as the nation's No. 78 prospect by Allen Wallace among SuperPrep JUCO 100...Thomasville Times-Enterprise's Defensive Player of the Year for 2007...his Thomas County Central team had a perfect record in 2007 before losing in the class AAAA semifinal to finish the year at 13-1...selected to play in the GACA North-South All-Star game...recorded 25 tackles as a senior but opponents avoided the lineman "at all costs" according to former Central coach Ed Pilcher.

Holmes Onwukaife, 6-3, 230, LB, Cedar Park, TX - Bio: Physically and mentally mature outside linebacker who is the lone signee by the Seminoles from Texas...an outstanding student with impressive physical measurables (4.51 40, 325 bench press and 33-inch vertical)...earned a three-star ranking from Rivals and Scout.com...the No. 29 outside linebacker and No. 61 overall prospect in Texas according to Rivals...SuperPrep Texas 122 ranks Onwukaife as the No. 84 prospect in the state...earned Texas All-District 5A-16 honors at linebacker, though some scouting services have him listed at defensive line...tallied 85 tackles and 13 sacks combined as a sophomore and junior...had 18 FBS offers and one Ivy offer...committed to Florida State in late-July and remained firm, despite overtures from Michigan, Texas Tech, Houston, Colorado, Missouri, Baylor and UCLA.

Tank Sessions, 6-5, 230, TE, Decatur, GA Bio: Tall, rangy prospect who steps into a considerable depth void at tight end...Rivals and Scout.com both rank Sessions as a three-star prospect...ranked as the No. 30 tight end in the country and No. 60 prospect in Georgia by Rivals...SuperPrep has he tabbed as the No. 53 prospect in Georgia...also played defensive end in high school and was a standout in basketball, indicative of his coordination and footwork...very strong academically...committed to Florida State in late July...Had multiple offers including childhood favorite Oklahoma, as well as Oklahoma State, Auburn, Ole Miss and North Carolina.

Kenny Shaw, 6-0, 160, WR, Orlando - Bio: Productive receiver who is known for sound route-running, quick feet and outstanding hands...a four-star prospect according to Rivals, which ranks Shaw as the No. 14 receiver prospect in the country, the No.6 prospect overall in Florida and the No.42 player nationally...also a four-star prospect according to Scout, which has him tabbed as the No. 28 wide receiver in the country...SuperPrep Florida 115 ranks Shaw as the No. 21 prospect in Florida...Shaw checks in at No. 97 in Sporting News' Top 100 prospects...as a senior caught 46 passes for 732 yards and nine TDs, helping Dr. Phillips to an 11-1 record...caught 64 passes for 914 yards and 10 TDs as a junior...holds school record with 122 career receptions...Member of Florida Super 75 selected by the Times-Union...Bill Buchalter ranks Shaw as the No. 9 prospect in his Florida Top 100 and No. 6 wide receiver...Also heavily recruited by Georgia, Miami, Michigan, Tennessee and USF.

Debrale Smiley, 5-11, 237, RB, Thomasville, GA - Bio: Big, bruising back with breakaway burst that Jimbo Fisher covets...enrolled at FSU in January after taking a redshirt during his second year at Itawamba (Miss.) Community College...has three years of eligibility remaining....high school and Itawamba teammate of defensive tackle signee Anthony McCloud...like McCloud, signed with Seminoles in 2008 before taking path to junior college...burst on the scene with 180 yards on 30 carries in his first start at Itwamba in 2008...finished the season with 569 yards on 102 carries (5.6 ypc) and two touchdowns...ranked as the No. 73 prospect in the country according to Allen Wallace of SuperPrep JUCO 100...Thomasville Times-Enterprise's Offensive Player of the Year at Thomas County Central in 2007...the Yellow Jackets had a perfect record during Smiley's senior season before losing in the class AAAA semifinal to finish the year at 13-1...all-state selection...selected to play in the GACA North-South All-Star game...set records at Central for touchdowns in a season (35), touchdowns in a career (81) and rushing yards in a season (2,028).

Telvin Smith, 6-3, 205, LB, Valdosta, GA - Bio: Play-making outside linebacker has great range, instincts and athleticism...cousin of rising sophomore cornerback Greg Reid, who signed out of Lowndes County with 'Noles in '09 along with safety Gerald Demps...carries a four-star ranking from Rivals and a three-star ranking from Scout...Rivals rates Smith as the No. 18 outside linebacker prospect in the country and No. 22 prospect overall in Georgia...participated in the GACA North/South All-Star Classic...registered 84 tackles, 25 assists and two interceptions as a senior for the powerhouse Vikings...as a junior logged 97 tackles (16 tfls) and two interceptions for the state AAAAA champions...SuperPrep Georgia ranks him as the No. 25 player in the state...boasts a 310 lb. bench and 415 squat...committed to Seminoles in July and reaffirmed that decision on Feb. 1, selecting FSU over Georgia and LSU.

Nigel Terrell, 6-2, 215, LB, Pelham, AL - Bio: Speed and athleticism are the strongest traits of the Alabama native...accorded a three-star ranking by both Rivals and Scout.com...Rivals rates him the No. 65 outside linebacker in the nation and No. 26 prospect in Alabama...checks in as No. 46 outside linebacker prospect nationally by Scout...moved from safety to linebacker as a junior in '08 and responded with 101 tackles, including 65 solo stops, 14 tackles for loss, three sacks and an interception...selected as a member of the Birmingham News Senior Pre-Season Second Dozen...has been time at 4.46 in 40 and boasts a 345 lb. bench max to go along with a 37-inch vertical leap...stuck with verbal commitment to FSU made in August, despite a strong push from Colorado and Ole Miss.

Clint Trickett, 6-2, 174, QB, Tallahassee - Bio: Polished passer with savvy and toughness...son of FSU assistant head coach/offensive line Rick Trickett...enrolled in school in January and will take part in spring practice...outstanding student who graduated early with a 3.8 gpa and plans to pursue a business degree...carries three-star ranking from both Rivals and Scout...Rivals rates him as the No. 36 quarterback in the nation...earned All-Big Bend honors as a senior...member of the Florida Super 75 list by the Florida Times-Union and was rated the No. 3 quarterback... rated No. 8 quarterback in Florida by Bill Buchalter of the Orlando Sentinel...member of the SuperPrep All-America 290 as the 10th rated quarterback nationally...threw two touchdowns for the North team in the FACA All-Star game...completed 103 of 169 pass attempts for 1,671 yards, 21 TDs and seven interceptions as a senior...in three seasons amassed more than 5,300 passing yards and tossed 59 touchdown passes for the perennial small school state power...earned first-team 1A/1B All-State honors as a junior...had multiple offers but settled on FSU after closely considering Florida and Arkansas.

Will Tye, 6-3, 230, TE, Salisbury, CT - Bio: Big and athletic with surprising speed, Tye has transitioned from undersized basketball post standout to big-time tight end...carries a three-star ranking from both Rivals and Scout.com...rated the No. 6 prospect overall in Connecticut by Rivals and the No. 19 tight end prospect nationally by Scout....SuperPrep has the big man tabbed as the No. 8 prospect overall in the New England 12 rankings...explosive threat who has strong hands and is a primary red zone target...collected 44 receptions for 587 yards and six touchdowns as a senior...boosted a 31.9 yard average on kickoff returns, including a long of 95 yards...also doubled up as a defensive end where he made 26 stops with two sacks...physical maturity could lead to making early contributions...chose FSU over Miami, NC State, Temple, Wyoming and UConn.

Bjoern Werner, 6-4, 264, DE, Berlin, Germany - Bio: German exchange student is an impressive physical specimen with a relentless motor and athleticism...played only two years of high school football in the United States...recently upgraded to a four-star prospect by Scout.com...has a three-star from Rivals, which ranks him as the No. 65 defensive end nationally and the No. 6 prospect in Connecticut... high school teammate of FSU tight end signee Will Tye...as a senior logged 57 tackles in seven games with three sacks, four forced fumbles and two blocked field goals...also caught 10 passes for 98 yards from the tight end position...played at home for Berlin Adler national team as a junior...as a sophomore had 54 tackles, including 24 for losses, 12 sacks and two fumble recoveries in just eight games...whittled lengthy list of offers to two, selecting FSU over Oregon.


2010 Roster - By Name

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T                                                  PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Wgt  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
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* 41 Chad Abram            S       6-0   190  Fr        Lakeland (Kathleen)
  26 A.J. Alexander        WR      5-11  184  So-R      Altoona, PA (Altoona)
* 16 Mister Alexander      LB      6-3   227  Sr-R *    Aldine, TX (Eisenhower)
  28 Dionte Allen          CB      5-11  183  Jr-R *    Detroit, MI (Saint Mary's)                       granted his release
  71 Garan Bertrand        DL      6-4   220  Sr        Miami (Coral Reef)
* 13 Nigel Bradham         LB      6-2   241  Jr   **   Crawfordville (Wakulla)
  37 Nathan Brazeau        FB      5-9   204  Jr        Brooksville (Central)
*  3 Justin Bright         S       6-0   185  Fr-R      Duncan, SC (Byrnes)
  42 Ronald Britzius       LB      6-0   220  Fr-R      Orlando (Lutheran Academy)
* 31 Terrence Brooks       DB      5-10  180  Fr        Dunnellon (Dunnellon)
  78 Shayne Broxsie        DE      6-2   247  So        Monticello (Jefferson County)
  12 Nigel Carr            LB      6-2   231  Jr   **   Jacksonville (First Coast)                       released from his scholarship
   8 Chad Colley           S       5-10  174  Jr-R      Gulf Breeze (Gulf Breeze)
  14 Avis Commack          CB      6-4   197  Jr        Jacksonville (First Coast)
  94 Darious Cummings      DL      6-3   267  Fr        Titusville (Astronaut)
* 67 Andrew Datko          OT      6-6   303  Jr   **   Weston (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
* 93 Everett Dawkins       DL      6-2   269  So-R *    Spartanburg, SC (Byrnes)
* 64 Dax Dellenbach        DS      6-1   224  So-R      Fort Lauderdale (North Broward Prep/Auburn)
*  6 Gerald Demps          S       5-10  206  Fr-R      Valdosta, GA (Lowndes County)
* 35 Greg Dent             WR      6-0   190  Fr        Belle Glade (Belle Glade Central)
  45 Jim Dolan             WR      5-9   172  Fr        Pembroke Pines (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
  75 Philip Doumar         DS      6-0   212  Fr-R      Jupiter (Jupiter)
* 40 Matt Dunham           FB      6-1   258  Sr-R **   Columbus, GA (Pacelli)
*  8 Taiwan Easterling     WR      5-11  192  Jr-R **   Hattiesburg, MS (Oak Grove)
  38 Darren Edwards        CB      5-8   175  Jr-R      Lauderdale Lakes (Blanch Ely)
  65 Russell Eldridge      OL      6-1   267  So        Jacksonville (Mandarin)
  74 Cameron Erving        DT      6-5   290  Fr        Moultrie, GA (Colquitt County)
  76 Garrett Faircloth     OT      6-6   284  Fr-R      Brunswick, GA (Bolles)
  29 Chris Finn            K       5-11  163  Fr        Tampa (Plant)
  72 Daniel Foose          OL      6-6   295  Fr        Paramus, NJ (Paramus Catholic)
  80 Jarmon Fortson        WR      6-3   221  Jr   **   Hurtsboro, AL (Carver)                           dismissed from team
  63 A.J. Ganguzza         C       6-2   265  Jr-R      Boca Raton (West Boca Raton Community)
  48 Daniel Gard           FB      5-10  204  Sr-R *    Lake Worth (King's Academy/Georgia Southern)
  78 Ben Gatewood          OL      6-6   272  Fr        Jacksonville (Stanton)
* 19 Josh Gehres           WR      6-3   195  Fr-R      Tallahassee (Lincoln)
  13 Rashad Gholston       WR      5-10  162  Fr        Miami (Miramar)
  73 Neil Goldsmith        DL      6-4   225  Sr        Jupiter (Benjamin)
  89 Christian Green       WR      6-2   200  Fr        Tampa (Tampa Catholic)
  70 Antwane Greenlee      OT      6-6   307  Jr-R *    Columbus, GA (Hardaway)
* 36 Jarred Haggins        WR      6-0   185  Fr        Lakeland (Lakeland)
  30 Jajuan Harley         S       6-2   210  So   *    Tallahassee (Rickards)
*  1 Mike Harris           CB      6-0   185  Jr        Miami (South Miami/El Camino JC)
* 82 Willie Haulstead      WR      6-3   215  So   *    Titusville (Titusville)
* 58 Dan Hicks             DE      6-4   246  Fr-R      Oxford, MS (Oxford)
* 18 Dustin Hopkins        K       6-2   185  So   *    Houston, TX (Clear Lake)
* 62 Rodney Hudson         OG      6-2   282  Sr   ***  Mobile, AL (Rain)
  37 Ed Imeokparia         S       5-10  194  So-R      Philadelphia, PA (Blair Academy)
  55 Jamar Jackson         DE      6-4   248  Jr-R **   Richmond, VA (Varina)
  91 Damien Jacobs         DT      6-3   294  Fr        Houma, LA (H.L. Bourgeois)                       did not qualify
* 15 Ochuko Jenije         CB      5-11  195  Sr-R ***  Tallahassee (North Florida Christian)
* 49 Brandon Jenkins       DE      6-3   234  So   *    Tallahassee (Florida)
  86 De'Joshua Johnson     WR      5-11  150  Fr        Pahokee (Pahokee)                                did not qualify
  46 Jonathan Johnson      TE      6-7   265  Jr        Sanford (Seminole/Lynn)
   1 Alex Jones            K       5-10  183  Fr-R      Tallahassee (Chiles)
*  7 Christian Jones       LB      6-3   225  Fr        Winter Park (Lake Howell)
  68 John Jones            DT      5-10  286  So-R      Jupiter (Jupiter)
* 33 Ty Jones              RB      5-10  211  Jr   *    Tampa (Middleton)
* 20 Lamarcus Joyner       CB      5-8   175  Fr        Fort Lauderdale (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
  54 A.J. Land             LB      6-2   203  Jr-R      Old Town (Dixie County/Jacksonville)
* 85 Ja'Baris Little       TE      6-3   238  Jr   **   Tallahassee (Lincoln)
* 48 Jeff Luc              LB      6-0   249  Fr        Port Saint Lucie (Treasure Coast)
  64 Emory Mandala         OL      6-1   315  Fr-R      Fort Myers
*  3 E.J. Manuel           QB      6-4   226  So-R *    Virginia Beach, VA (Bayside)
* 97 Demonte McAllister    DL      6-2   258  Fr-R      Tampa (Alonso)
* 92 Anthony McCloud       DT      6-2   303  So-R      Thomasville, GA (Central/Itawamba CC)
  90 Moses McCray          DT      6-2   302  Jr   **   Tampa (Hillsborough)                             Torn ACL
* 99 Jacobbi McDaniel      DT      6-0   287  So   *    Greenville (Madison County)
* 60 Ryan McMahon          C       6-1   284  Sr-R ***  Savannah, GA (Darlington Prep)
  20 Daniel Monroe         RB      5-10  191  Fr        Miami (Coral Reef)
* 10 Nick Moody            S       6-2   226  So-R *    Wyncote, PA (Roman Catholic)
  39 Nick Myers            WR      6-1   192  So-R      Tampa (Berkeley Prep)
  57 Holmes Onwukaife      LB      6-3   230  Fr        Cedar Park, TX (Cedar Park)
  11 Tim Orange            WR      5-10  184  Jr-R      Miami (American)
* 59 Henry Orelus          OG      6-2   294  Fr-R      Belle Glade (Glades Central)
  15 Brandon Parks         QB      5-11  205  Sr-R      Tallahassee (Leon)
*  4 Terrance Parks        S       6-2   212  Jr   *    Fairburn, GA (Creekside)
*  7 Christian Ponder      QB      6-3   227  Sr-R ***  Colleyville, TX (Colleyville Heritage)
  43 Anthony Porterfield   TE      6-3   231  Fr-R      Pensacola (Escambia)
* 45 Shawn Powell          P       6-4   227  Jr   **   Rome, GA (Darlington Prep)
  39 Tavares Pressley      RB      6-0   206  Sr-R      Arcadia (DeSoto/El Camino JC)                    Torn ACL
  56 Mickel Pringle        LB      6-1   222  Fr        Loxahatchee (Seminole Ridge)
* 24 Lonnie Pryor          RB      6-0   209  So   *    Okeechobee (Okeechobee)
* 83 Bert Reed             WR      5-10  167  Jr-R **   Panama City (Bay)
*  5 Greg Reid             CB      5-8   174  So   *    Valdosta, GA (Lowndes County)
* 88 Beau Reliford         TE      6-6   253  Jr   *    Coral Springs (Dillard)
  69 Chris Revell          DS      6-0   203  Fr-R      Tallahassee (Chiles)
* 27 Xavier Rhodes         CB      6-1   209  Fr-R      Miami (Norland)
  66 Joshua Rodriguez      DT      6-0   297  Jr-R      Miami (Gulliver Prep)
  35 Gerald Rogers         WR      5-8   139  Fr-R      Jacksonville (Lee)
* 77 Zebrie Sanders        OT      6-6   288  Jr   **   Dayton, OH (Northmont)
* 73 Rhonne Sanderson      OT      6-3   281  So-R *    Tampa (Plant)
  47 Michael Schill        S       6-0   197  Sr        Melbourne (West Shore)
  16 Will Secord           QB      6-1   214  Fr-R      Frisco, TX (Wakeland)
  47 Tank Sessions         TE      6-5   230  Fr        Decatur, GA (Columbia)
* 81 Kenny Shaw            WR      6-0   160  Fr        Orlando (Doctor Phillips)
  32 Brandon Simmons       FB      6-0   215  Sr-R      Killeen, TX (Heidelberg)
* 21 Debrale Smiley        RB      5-11  237  So-R      Thomasville, GA (Central/Itawamba CC)
* 29 Kendall Smith         LB      6-0   235  Sr   ***  Bushnell (South Sumter)
* 84 Rodney Smith          WR      6-6   220  So   *    Miami (Archbishop Carroll)
* 22 Telvin Smith          LB      6-3   205  Fr        Valdosta, GA (Lowndes County)
  61 Blake Snider          OG      6-3   283  So        Anniston, AL (Cleburne County)
* 79 David Spurlock        OL      6-4   286  Jr   **   Murfreesboro, TN (Riverdale)
* 66 Jacob Stanley         C       6-1   274  Jr-R      Jacksonville (Trinity Christian Academy)
  27 Jordon Stanley        RB      5-9   187  Fr        Tallahassee (Florida A&M)
* 96 Toshmon Stevens       DE      6-5   225  So-R *    Pomona Park (Crescent City)
* 52 Bryan Stork           OG      6-6   284  Fr-R      Vero Beach (Vero Beach)
  22 Austin Stowers        WR      5-8   170  Fr        Tallahassee (Lincoln)
  20 Eli Tatem             CB      5-7   164  Jr-R      West Palm Beach (King's Academy)
  43 Nigel Terrell         LB      6-2   215  Fr        Pelham, AL (Pelham)
* 38 Jermaine Thomas       RB      5-11  190  Jr   **   Jacksonville (First Coast)
  75 Hunter Thomason       OL      6-0   238  Fr        Saint Petersburg (Saint Petersburg)
* 23 Chris Thompson        RB      5-8   186  So   *    Greenville (Madison County)
   9 Clint Trickett        QB      6-2   174  Fr        Tallahassee (North Florida Christian)
  44 Will Tye              TE      6-3   230  Fr        Salisbury, CT (Salisbury School)
  87 Cameron Wade          WR      6-5   215  Jr-R *    Cairo, GA (Cairo)
  47 Jonathan Wallace      TE      6-7   239  Fr-R      Jacksonville (Lee)
* 95 Bjoern Werner         DE      6-4   264  Fr        Berlin, Germany (Salisbury School)
* 98 Markus White          DE      6-4   262  Sr   **   West Palm Beach (John I. Leonard/Butler County CC)
* 11 Vince Williams        LB      6-0   252  So-R *    Davenport (Ridge Community)
* 46 Vincent Zann          LB      5-10  211  Jr-R *    Plantation (Saint Thomas Aquinas)

2010 Roster - By Number

L
T                                                  PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Wgt  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
*  1 Mike Harris           CB      6-0   185  Jr        Miami (South Miami/El Camino JC)
   1 Alex Jones            K       5-10  183  Fr-R      Tallahassee (Chiles)
*  3 Justin Bright         S       6-0   185  Fr-R      Duncan, SC (Byrnes)
*  3 E.J. Manuel           QB      6-4   226  So-R *    Virginia Beach, VA (Bayside)
*  4 Terrance Parks        S       6-2   212  Jr   *    Fairburn, GA (Creekside)
*  5 Greg Reid             CB      5-8   174  So   *    Valdosta, GA (Lowndes County)
*  6 Gerald Demps          S       5-10  206  Fr-R      Valdosta, GA (Lowndes County)
*  7 Christian Jones       LB      6-3   225  Fr        Winter Park (Lake Howell)
*  7 Christian Ponder      QB      6-3   227  Sr-R ***  Colleyville, TX (Colleyville Heritage)
   8 Chad Colley           S       5-10  174  Jr-R      Gulf Breeze (Gulf Breeze)
*  8 Taiwan Easterling     WR      5-11  192  Jr-R **   Hattiesburg, MS (Oak Grove)
   9 Clint Trickett        QB      6-2   174  Fr        Tallahassee (North Florida Christian)
* 10 Nick Moody            S       6-2   226  So-R *    Wyncote, PA (Roman Catholic)
  11 Tim Orange            WR      5-10  184  Jr-R      Miami (American)
* 11 Vince Williams        LB      6-0   252  So-R *    Davenport (Ridge Community)
  12 Nigel Carr            LB      6-2   231  Jr   **   Jacksonville (First Coast)                       released from his scholarship
* 13 Nigel Bradham         LB      6-2   241  Jr   **   Crawfordville (Wakulla)
  13 Rashad Gholston       WR      5-10  162  Fr        Miami (Miramar)
  14 Avis Commack          CB      6-4   197  Jr        Jacksonville (First Coast)
* 15 Ochuko Jenije         CB      5-11  195  Sr-R ***  Tallahassee (North Florida Christian)
  15 Brandon Parks         QB      5-11  205  Sr-R      Tallahassee (Leon)
* 16 Mister Alexander      LB      6-3   227  Sr-R *    Aldine, TX (Eisenhower)
  16 Will Secord           QB      6-1   214  Fr-R      Frisco, TX (Wakeland)
* 18 Dustin Hopkins        K       6-2   185  So   *    Houston, TX (Clear Lake)
* 19 Josh Gehres           WR      6-3   195  Fr-R      Tallahassee (Lincoln)
* 20 Lamarcus Joyner       CB      5-8   175  Fr        Fort Lauderdale (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
  20 Daniel Monroe         RB      5-10  191  Fr        Miami (Coral Reef)
  20 Eli Tatem             CB      5-7   164  Jr-R      West Palm Beach (King's Academy)
* 21 Debrale Smiley        RB      5-11  237  So-R      Thomasville, GA (Central/Itawamba CC)
* 22 Telvin Smith          LB      6-3   205  Fr        Valdosta, GA (Lowndes County)
  22 Austin Stowers        WR      5-8   170  Fr        Tallahassee (Lincoln)
* 23 Chris Thompson        RB      5-8   186  So   *    Greenville (Madison County)
* 24 Lonnie Pryor          RB      6-0   209  So   *    Okeechobee (Okeechobee)
  26 A.J. Alexander        WR      5-11  184  So-R      Altoona, PA (Altoona)
* 27 Xavier Rhodes         CB      6-1   209  Fr-R      Miami (Norland)
  27 Jordon Stanley        RB      5-9   187  Fr        Tallahassee (Florida A&M)
  28 Dionte Allen          CB      5-11  183  Jr-R *    Detroit, MI (Saint Mary's)                       granted his release
  29 Chris Finn            K       5-11  163  Fr        Tampa (Plant)
* 29 Kendall Smith         LB      6-0   235  Sr   ***  Bushnell (South Sumter)
  30 Jajuan Harley         S       6-2   210  So   *    Tallahassee (Rickards)
* 31 Terrence Brooks       DB      5-10  180  Fr        Dunnellon (Dunnellon)
  32 Brandon Simmons       FB      6-0   215  Sr-R      Killeen, TX (Heidelberg)
* 33 Ty Jones              RB      5-10  211  Jr   *    Tampa (Middleton)
* 35 Greg Dent             WR      6-0   190  Fr        Belle Glade (Belle Glade Central)
  35 Gerald Rogers         WR      5-8   139  Fr-R      Jacksonville (Lee)
* 36 Jarred Haggins        WR      6-0   185  Fr        Lakeland (Lakeland)
  37 Nathan Brazeau        FB      5-9   204  Jr        Brooksville (Central)
  37 Ed Imeokparia         S       5-10  194  So-R      Philadelphia, PA (Blair Academy)
  38 Darren Edwards        CB      5-8   175  Jr-R      Lauderdale Lakes (Blanch Ely)
* 38 Jermaine Thomas       RB      5-11  190  Jr   **   Jacksonville (First Coast)
  39 Nick Myers            WR      6-1   192  So-R      Tampa (Berkeley Prep)
  39 Tavares Pressley      RB      6-0   206  Sr-R      Arcadia (DeSoto/El Camino JC)                    Torn ACL
* 40 Matt Dunham           FB      6-1   258  Sr-R **   Columbus, GA (Pacelli)
* 41 Chad Abram            S       6-0   190  Fr        Lakeland (Kathleen)
  42 Ronald Britzius       LB      6-0   220  Fr-R      Orlando (Lutheran Academy)
  43 Anthony Porterfield   TE      6-3   231  Fr-R      Pensacola (Escambia)
  43 Nigel Terrell         LB      6-2   215  Fr        Pelham, AL (Pelham)
  44 Will Tye              TE      6-3   230  Fr        Salisbury, CT (Salisbury School)
  45 Jim Dolan             WR      5-9   172  Fr        Pembroke Pines (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
* 45 Shawn Powell          P       6-4   227  Jr   **   Rome, GA (Darlington Prep)
  46 Jonathan Johnson      TE      6-7   265  Jr        Sanford (Seminole/Lynn)
* 46 Vincent Zann          LB      5-10  211  Jr-R *    Plantation (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
  47 Michael Schill        S       6-0   197  Sr        Melbourne (West Shore)
  47 Tank Sessions         TE      6-5   230  Fr        Decatur, GA (Columbia)
  47 Jonathan Wallace      TE      6-7   239  Fr-R      Jacksonville (Lee)
  48 Daniel Gard           FB      5-10  204  Sr-R *    Lake Worth (King's Academy/Georgia Southern)
* 48 Jeff Luc              LB      6-0   249  Fr        Port Saint Lucie (Treasure Coast)
* 49 Brandon Jenkins       DE      6-3   234  So   *    Tallahassee (Florida)
* 52 Bryan Stork           OG      6-6   284  Fr-R      Vero Beach (Vero Beach)
  54 A.J. Land             LB      6-2   203  Jr-R      Old Town (Dixie County/Jacksonville)
  55 Jamar Jackson         DE      6-4   248  Jr-R **   Richmond, VA (Varina)
  56 Mickel Pringle        LB      6-1   222  Fr        Loxahatchee (Seminole Ridge)
  57 Holmes Onwukaife      LB      6-3   230  Fr        Cedar Park, TX (Cedar Park)
* 58 Dan Hicks             DE      6-4   246  Fr-R      Oxford, MS (Oxford)
* 59 Henry Orelus          OG      6-2   294  Fr-R      Belle Glade (Glades Central)
* 60 Ryan McMahon          C       6-1   284  Sr-R ***  Savannah, GA (Darlington Prep)
  61 Blake Snider          OG      6-3   283  So        Anniston, AL (Cleburne County)
* 62 Rodney Hudson         OG      6-2   282  Sr   ***  Mobile, AL (Rain)
  63 A.J. Ganguzza         C       6-2   265  Jr-R      Boca Raton (West Boca Raton Community)
* 64 Dax Dellenbach        DS      6-1   224  So-R      Fort Lauderdale (North Broward Prep/Auburn)
  64 Emory Mandala         OL      6-1   315  Fr-R      Fort Myers
  65 Russell Eldridge      OL      6-1   267  So        Jacksonville (Mandarin)
  66 Joshua Rodriguez      DT      6-0   297  Jr-R      Miami (Gulliver Prep)
* 66 Jacob Stanley         C       6-1   274  Jr-R      Jacksonville (Trinity Christian Academy)
* 67 Andrew Datko          OT      6-6   303  Jr   **   Weston (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
  68 John Jones            DT      5-10  286  So-R      Jupiter (Jupiter)
  69 Chris Revell          DS      6-0   203  Fr-R      Tallahassee (Chiles)
  70 Antwane Greenlee      OT      6-6   307  Jr-R *    Columbus, GA (Hardaway)
  71 Garan Bertrand        DL      6-4   220  Sr        Miami (Coral Reef)
  72 Daniel Foose          OL      6-6   295  Fr        Paramus, NJ (Paramus Catholic)
  73 Neil Goldsmith        DL      6-4   225  Sr        Jupiter (Benjamin)
* 73 Rhonne Sanderson      OT      6-3   281  So-R *    Tampa (Plant)
  74 Cameron Erving        DT      6-5   290  Fr        Moultrie, GA (Colquitt County)
  75 Philip Doumar         DS      6-0   212  Fr-R      Jupiter (Jupiter)
  75 Hunter Thomason       OL      6-0   238  Fr        Saint Petersburg (Saint Petersburg)
  76 Garrett Faircloth     OT      6-6   284  Fr-R      Brunswick, GA (Bolles)
* 77 Zebrie Sanders        OT      6-6   288  Jr   **   Dayton, OH (Northmont)
  78 Shayne Broxsie        DE      6-2   247  So        Monticello (Jefferson County)
  78 Ben Gatewood          OL      6-6   272  Fr        Jacksonville (Stanton)
* 79 David Spurlock        OL      6-4   286  Jr   **   Murfreesboro, TN (Riverdale)
  80 Jarmon Fortson        WR      6-3   221  Jr   **   Hurtsboro, AL (Carver)                           dismissed from team
* 81 Kenny Shaw            WR      6-0   160  Fr        Orlando (Doctor Phillips)
* 82 Willie Haulstead      WR      6-3   215  So   *    Titusville (Titusville)
* 83 Bert Reed             WR      5-10  167  Jr-R **   Panama City (Bay)
* 84 Rodney Smith          WR      6-6   220  So   *    Miami (Archbishop Carroll)
* 85 Ja'Baris Little       TE      6-3   238  Jr   **   Tallahassee (Lincoln)
  86 De'Joshua Johnson     WR      5-11  150  Fr        Pahokee (Pahokee)                                did not qualify
  87 Cameron Wade          WR      6-5   215  Jr-R *    Cairo, GA (Cairo)
* 88 Beau Reliford         TE      6-6   253  Jr   *    Coral Springs (Dillard)
  89 Christian Green       WR      6-2   200  Fr        Tampa (Tampa Catholic)
  90 Moses McCray          DT      6-2   302  Jr   **   Tampa (Hillsborough)                             Torn ACL
  91 Damien Jacobs         DT      6-3   294  Fr        Houma, LA (H.L. Bourgeois)                       did not qualify
* 92 Anthony McCloud       DT      6-2   303  So-R      Thomasville, GA (Central/Itawamba CC)
* 93 Everett Dawkins       DL      6-2   269  So-R *    Spartanburg, SC (Byrnes)
  94 Darious Cummings      DL      6-3   267  Fr        Titusville (Astronaut)
* 95 Bjoern Werner         DE      6-4   264  Fr        Berlin, Germany (Salisbury School)
* 96 Toshmon Stevens       DE      6-5   225  So-R *    Pomona Park (Crescent City)
* 97 Demonte McAllister    DL      6-2   258  Fr-R      Tampa (Alonso)
* 98 Markus White          DE      6-4   262  Sr   **   West Palm Beach (John I. Leonard/Butler County CC)
* 99 Jacobbi McDaniel      DT      6-0   287  So   *    Greenville (Madison County)

11/13/2010 - A.J. Alexander, Jamar Jackson and Jajuan Harley have left the football team on their own accord.

2010 All-Americans

Name                     Organization
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Rodney Hudson            American Football Coaches Association - 1st Team All-American
                         Associated Press - 1st Team All-American
                         Walter Camp - 1st Team All-American
                         Football Writers Association - 1st Team All-American
                         Rivals.Com - 1st Team All-American
                         The Sporting News - 1st Team All-American
                         NCAA - Unanimous All-American

Brandon Jenkins          Rivals.Com - 2nd Team All-American

Xavier Rhodes            College Football News - 1st Team Freshman All-American
                         Football Writers Association - 1st Team Freshman All-American
                         Rivals.Com - 1st Team Freshman All-American
                         College Football News - 3rd Team All-American
                         NCAA - Consensus Freshman All-American

All-Americans -  3

2010 Noles in the Pros

Name                     No      Pos                Team
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Alex Barron              71      T                  Dallas Cowboys
Anquan Boldin            81      WR                 Baltimore Ravens
Lorenzo Booker           27      RB                 Minnesota Vikings
Everette Brown           91      DE                 Carolina Panthers
Brodrick Bunkley         97      DT                 Philadelphia Eagles
Tony Carter              29      CB                 New England Patroits
Thomas Clayton           33      RB                 Cleveland Browns
Thomas Clayton           22      RB                 New England Patroits
Antonio Cromartie        31      DB                 New York Jets
Chauncey Davis           92      DE                 Atlanta Falcons
Darnell Dockett          90      DE                 Arizona Cardinals
Andre Fluellen           96      DE                 Detroit Lions
Graham Gano               4      K                  Washington Redskins
Richard Goodman          15      WR                 San Diego Chargers
Letroy Guion             98      DT                 Minnesota Vikings
Geno Hayes               54      OLB                Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mario Henderson          75      T                  Oakland Raiders
Montrae Holland          64      G                  Dallas Cowboys
Chris Hope               24      SS                 Tennessee Titans
Sebastian Janikowski     11      K                  Oakland Raiders
Travis Johnson           96      DE                 San Diego Chargers
Greg Jones               33      FB                 Jacksonville Jaguars
Bryant McFadden          20      DB                 Pittsburgh Steelers
Eric Moore               98      DE                 New England Patroits
Preston Parker           87      WR                 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Patrick Robinson         34      DB                 New Orleans Saints
Myron Rolle              25      DB                 Tennessee Titans
Garrison Sanborn         65      LS                 Buffalo Bills
Ernie Sims               50      LB                 Philadelphia Eagles
Antone Smith             35      RB                 Atlanta Falcons
Lawrence Timmons         94      ILB                Pittsburgh Steelers
Leon Washington          33      RB                 Seattle Seahawks
Dekoda Watson            56      LB                 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ray Willis               74      T                  Seattle Seahawks
Kamerion Wimbley         96      DE                 Oakland Raiders

Noles in the Pros - 34

2010 Schedule and Results

         
GAME DAY
 
         
FSU
OPP
OPP EOY
DATE
REF
LOC
OPPONENT
SCORE
AP
USA
AP
USA
AP
USA
REC
09/04
Ref
H
SAMFORD
W 59- 6
20
20
 
 
 
 
4-7
09/11
Ref
A
OKLAHOMA
L 17-47
17
18
10
10
6
6
12-2
09/18
Ref
H
BRIGHAM YOUNG
W 34-10
 
 
 
 
 
 
7-6
09/25
Ref
H
WAKE FOREST
W 31- 0
 
 
 
 
 
 
3-9
10/02
Ref
A
VIRGINIA
W 34-14
 
 
 
 
 
 
4-8
10/09
Ref
A
MIAMI
W 45-17
23
24
13
14
 
 
7-6
10/16
Ref
H
BOSTON COLLEGE
W 24-19
16
17
 
 
 
 
7-6
10/28
Ref
A
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
L 24-28
16
15
 
 
25
25
9-4
11/06
Ref
H
NORTH CAROLINA
L 35-37
24
24
 
 
 
 
8-5
11/13
Ref
H
CLEMSON
W 16-13
 
 
 
 
 
 
6-7
11/20
Ref
A
MARYLAND
W 30-16
 
 
 
 
23
24
9-4
11/27
Ref
H
FLORIDA
W 31- 7
21
22
 
 
 
 
8-5
12/04
Ref
N
VIRGINIA TECH
ACC Championship, Charlotte, NC
L 33-44
20
20
12
11
16
15
11-3
12/31
Ref
N
SOUTH CAROLINA
Chick-fil-A Bowl, Atlanta, Ga
W 26-17
23
23
19
20
22
22
9-5
Conference games in bold

                Overall   Home    Away   Neutral
------------------------------------------------
FSU RECORD IS   10- 4     6-1     3-2     1-1
AGAINST ACC      6- 2     3-1     3-1     0-0
AGAINST TOP 25   2- 2     0-0     1-1     1-1

FINAL  AP - 17
FINAL USA - 16


2010 ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE RESULTS
 
ATLANTIC DIVISION
 1  FLORIDA STATE         6- 2    10- 4 
 2t MARYLAND              5- 3     9- 4 
 2t NORTH CAROLINA STATE  5- 3     9- 4 
 4t BOSTON COLLEGE        4- 4     7- 6 
 4t CLEMSON               4- 4     6- 7 
 6  WAKE FOREST           1- 7     3- 9 
 
COASTAL DIVISION
 1  VIRGINIA TECH         8- 0    11- 3 
 2  MIAMI                 5- 3     7- 6 
 3t NORTH CAROLINA        4- 4     8- 5 
 3t GEORGIA TECH          4- 4     6- 7 
 5t VIRGINIA              1- 7     4- 8 
 5t DUKE                  1- 7     3- 9 

2010 CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP, Charlotte, NC
   Date                    Score                                    Comments
==========  ==================================================  ==================================
12/04/2010  VIRGINIA TECH 44, FLORIDA STATE 33                  

2010 - 100 Yard Rushing Club

Name Date Opponent Att Yds Avg TDs ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Chris Thompson 10/09/2010 MIAMI 14 158 11.29 1 Chris Thompson 12/31/2010 SOUTH CAROLINA 25 147 5.88 1 Chris Thompson 09/18/2010 BRIGHAM YOUNG 9 128 14.22 1 Jermaine Thomas 10/02/2010 VIRGINIA 16 122 7.63 2 Ty Jones 10/28/2010 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 10 108 10.80 0 Ty Jones 09/04/2010 SAMFORD 8 107 13.38 1

2010 - 100 Yard Receiving Club

Name Date Opponent Rec Yds Avg TDs ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Willie Haulstead 11/06/2010 NORTH CAROLINA 10 154 15.40 1 Rodney Smith 11/13/2010 CLEMSON 4 121 30.25 0 Taiwan Easterling 09/25/2010 WAKE FOREST 6 112 18.67 0

2010 - 300 Yard Passing Club

Name Date Opponent Att Cmp Yds Int Avg TDs --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- None

2010 EOY Stats

Overall Team Statistics TEAM STATISTICS FSU OPP -------------------------------------------------------- SCORING....................... 433 275 Points Per Game............. 30.9 19.6 TOUCHDOWNS.................... 52 31 TDs Rushing................. 27 12 TDs Passing................. 24 17 TDs Fumble Return........... 0 0 TDs Punt Return............. 0 0 TDs Interception............ 1 2 TDs Kickoff Return.......... 0 0 TDs Lateral................. 0 0 TDs Free Kick............... 0 0 PAT-ATTEMPTS.................. 53-53 29-31 Kick........................ 53-53 29-31 Pass........................ 0- 0 0- 0 Run......................... 0- 0 0- 0 FIELD GOALS-ATTEMPTS.......... 22-28 20-24 SAFETY........................ 0 0 DEFENSIVE EXTRA POINT......... 1 0 FIRST DOWNS................... 274 280 Rushing..................... 120 114 Passing..................... 134 135 Penalty..................... 20 31 RUSHING YARDAGE............... 2400 1802 Yards gained rushing........ 2767 2247 Yards lost rushing.......... 367 445 Rushing Attempts............ 500 529 Average Per Rush............ 4.8 3.4 Average Per Game............ 171.4 128.7 PASSING YARDAGE............... 2938 3150 Att-Comp-Int................ 397-250-13 477-278-15 Efficiency.................. 138.54 119.22 Average Per Pass............ 7.4 6.6 Average Per Catch........... 11.8 11.3 Average Per Game............ 209.9 225.0 TOTAL OFFENSE................. 5338 4952 Total Plays................. 897 *** Average Per Play............ 6.0 4.9 Average Per Game............ 381.3 353.7 KICK RETURNS: #-YARDS......... 57-1169 39- 837 Average Per Return.......... 20.5 21.5 PUNT RETURNS: #-YARDS......... 21-318 21-143 Average Per Return.......... 15.1 6.8 INT RETURNS: #-YARDS.......... 15-185 13-159 Average Per Return.......... 12.3 12.2 FUMBLE RETURNS: #-YARDS....... 12- 93 10- 0 Average Per Return.......... 7.8 0.0 FUMBLES-LOST.................. 24-10 23-12 PENALTIES-YARDS............... 88- 808 98- 775 Average Per Game............ 57.7 55.4 PUNTS-YARDS................... 50-2214 65-2669 Average Per Punt............ 44.3 41.1 Net punt average............ 41.4 36.2 TIME OF POSSESSION/GAME....... 29:51 30:09 3RD DOWN CONVERSIONS-3RD DOWN. 89-185 93-222 3rd-Down Pct................ .481 .419 4TH DOWN CONVERSIONS-4TH DOWN. 7-10 12-26 4th-Down Pct................ .700 .462 SACKS BY-YARDS................ 48-264 27-153 MISC YARDS.................... 1 0 ATTENDANCE.................... 498,890 312,763 Games-Avg Per Game.......... 7-71,270 5-62,553 ATTENDANCE-NEUTRAL FIELD...... 144,596 Games-Avg Per Game.......... 2-72,298
 1st2nd3rd4th OT Total
Florida State
80
176
75
108
0
439
Opponents
72
70
88
45
0
275
Overall Individual Statistics

RUSHING              G  Att Gain  Loss  Net   Avg  TD Long  Avg/G
-----------------------------------------------------------------
Chris Thompson      14  134  871   26   845   6.3   6  90t   60.4
Ty Jones            11   87  541   14   527   6.1   5 527    47.9
Jermaine Thomas     11   86  528   38   490   5.7   6  70t   44.5
Christian Ponder    12  100  367  187   180   1.8   4  18    15.0
E.J. Manuel         10   41  218   48   170   4.1   1 170    17.0
Lonnie Pryor        14   23  114    2   112   4.9   4  25     8.0
Bert Reed           14    6   57    4    53   8.8   1  42t    3.8
Debrale Smiley       2    5   28    0    28   5.6   0  11    14.0
Greg Reid           14    2   14    0    14   7.0   0   8     1.0
A.J. Alexander       5    3   18    6    12   4.0   0  10     2.4
Willie Haulstead    13    0    6    0     6         0   6     0.5
Matt Dunham         13    1    5    0     5   5.0   0   5     0.4
Shawn Powell        14    0    0    0     0         0   0     0.0
Taiwan Easterling   14    1    0    8    -8  -8.0   0  -8    -0.6
Greg Dent           12    1    0   16   -16 -16.0   0 -16    -1.3
 Team               14   10    0   18   -18  -1.8   0        -1.3

Total.........      14  500 2767  367  2400   4.8  27  90t  171.4
Opponents.....      14  529 2247  445  1802   3.4  12  72   128.7


PASSING              G   Effic Att-Cmp-Int   Pct  Yds  TD Long  Avg/G
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Christian Ponder    12  135.68 299-184- 8   .615 2044  20  44t  170.3
E.J. Manuel         10  153.25  93- 65- 4   .699  861   4  53    86.1
Shawn Powell        14  377.20   1-  1- 0  1.000   33   0  33     2.4
Bert Reed           14  ******   1-  0- 1   .000    0   0         0.0
 Team               14    0.00   3-  0- 0   .000    0   0         0.0

Total.........      14  138.54 397-250-13   .630 2938  24  53   209.9
Opponents.....      14  119.22 477-278-15   .583 3150  17  76t  225.0


RECEIVING            G  No   Yds   Avg  TD Long  Avg/G
------------------------------------------------------
Bert Reed           14  58   614  10.6   2  44t   43.9
Willie Haulstead    13  38   587  15.4   6  41    45.2
Taiwan Easterling   14  43   551  12.8   5  47t   39.4
Rodney Smith        14  31   448  14.5   3  53    32.0
Beau Reliford       13  17   198  11.6   1  19    15.2
Chris Thompson      14  19   155   8.2   1  20t   11.1
Jermaine Thomas     11  12   134  11.2   1  21    12.2
Lonnie Pryor        14  12    69   5.8   3  14     4.9
Ty Jones            11   7    45   6.4   1  14     4.1
Kenny Shaw          11   3    36  12.0   1  23t    3.3
Mike Harris         14  14    33   2.4   0  33     2.4
Josh Gehres         13   3    26   8.7   0  18     2.0
A.J. Alexander       5   2    15   7.5   0  18     3.0
Greg Dent           12   1    12  12.0   0  12     1.0
Debrale Smiley       2   1     6   6.0   0   6     3.0
Ja'Baris Little     12   1     5   5.0   0   5     0.4
Jarred Haggins       7   1     4   4.0   0   4     0.6

Total.........      14 250  2938  11.8  24  53   209.9
Opponents.....      14 278  3150  11.3  17  76t  225.0


PUNT RETURNS         No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
Greg Reid            31  314  10.1  1  74t
Chris Thompson        1    4   4.0  0   4 

Total.........       21  318  15.1  0  74t
Opponent......       21  143   6.8  0  37 


INTERCEPTIONS        No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
Xavier Rhodes         4   40  10.0  0  23 
Mike Harris           4   12   3.0  0  10 
Greg Reid             3   28   9.3  0  28 
Nick Moody            1   96  96.0  1  96t
Lamarcus Joyner       1    5   5.0  0   5 
Kendall Smith         1    4   4.0  0   4 
Jacobbi McDaniel      1    0   0.0  0   0 

Total.........       15  185  12.3  1  96t
Opponent......       13  159  12.2  2  43t


KICK RETURNS         No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
Greg Reid            31   742 23.9  0  55 
Lamarcus Joyner      16   329 20.6  0  42 
Lonnie Pryor          6    43  7.2  0  14 
Chris Thompson        2    33 16.5  0  18 
Bert Reed             1    12 12.0  0  12 
Vince Williams        1    10 10.0  0  10 

Total.........       57  1169 20.5  0  55 
Opponent......       39   837 21.5  0  62 


                                            Fum
FUMBLE RETURNS       No  Yds   Avg TD Long  For
-----------------------------------------------
Kendall Smith         2   46  23.0  0  46    1
Mister Alexander      2   11   5.5  0  11    1
Markus White          2    0   0.0  0   0    1
Terrance Parks        2    0   0.0  0   0    0
Xavier Rhodes         2    0   0.0  0   0    0
Nick Moody            1   36  36.0  0  36    1
Christian Jones       1    0   0.0  0   0    0
Greg Reid             0    0    .   0   .    3
Dan Hicks             0    0    .   0   .    2
Brandon Jenkins       0    0    .   0   .    2
Mike Harris           0    0    .   0   .    2
Nigel Bradham         0    0    .   0   .    1
Bjoern Werner         0    0    .   0   .    1

Total.........       12   93   7.8  0  46   15
Opponent......       10    0   0.0  0   0 


                               |-------- PATs --------|
Name                 TD   FGs    Kick   Rush  Rcv Pass  DXP Saf Points
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Dustin Hopkins        0  22-28   53-53   0-0   0   0-0   0   0   119
Jermaine Thomas       7   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    42
Lonnie Pryor          7   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    42
Chris Thompson        7   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    42
Ty Jones              6   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    36
Willie Haulstead      6   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    36
Taiwan Easterling     5   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    30
Christian Ponder      4   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    24
Bert Reed             3   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    18
Rodney Smith          3   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    18
E.J. Manuel           1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Nick Moody            1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Beau Reliford         1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Greg Reid             1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Kenny Shaw            1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Nigel Bradham         0   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   1   0     2
====================================================================
FSU                  53  22-28   53-53   0-0   0   0-0   1   0   439
Opponent             31  20-24   29-31   0-0   0   0-0   0   0   275
Touchdowns
R
C
P
I
FR
PR
KR
L
FK
Jermaine Thomas
6
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Lonnie Pryor
4
3
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Chris Thompson
6
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Ty Jones
5
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Willie Haulstead
.
6
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Taiwan Easterling
.
5
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Christian Ponder
4
.
20
.
.
.
.
.
.
Bert Reed
1
2
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Rodney Smith
.
3
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
E.J. Manuel
1
.
4
.
.
.
.
.
.
Nick Moody
.
.
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
Beau Reliford
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Greg Reid
.
.
.
.
.
1
.
.
.
Kenny Shaw
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Total
27
24
24
1
.
1
.
.
.
Opponents
12
17
17
2
.
.
.
.
.
R = Rushing
C = Catch
P = Pass
I = Interception
FR = Fumble Recovery/Return
PR = Punt Return/Blocked Punt
KR = Kickoff Return
L = Lateral
FK = Free Kick Return


TOTAL OFFENSE        G Plays Rush Pass Total Avg/G
--------------------------------------------------
Christian Ponder    12  399   180 2044  2224 185.3
E.J. Manuel         10  134   170  861  1031 103.1
Chris Thompson      14  134   845    0   845  60.4
Ty Jones            11   87   527    0   527  47.9
Jermaine Thomas     11   86   490    0   490  44.5
Lonnie Pryor        14   23   112    0   112   8.0
Bert Reed           14    7    53    0    53   3.8
Shawn Powell        14    1     0   33    33   2.4
Debrale Smiley       2    5    28    0    28  14.0
Greg Reid           14    2    14    0    14   1.0
A.J. Alexander       5    3    12    0    12   2.4
Willie Haulstead    13    0     6    0     6   0.5
Matt Dunham         13    1     5    0     5   0.4
Taiwan Easterling   14    1    -8    0    -8  -0.6
Greg Dent           12    1   -16    0   -16  -1.3
 Team               14   13   -18    0   -18  -1.3

Total.........      14  897  2400 2938  5338 381.3
Opponent......      14  ***  1802 3150  4952 353.7


FIELD GOALS         FGM-FGA  Pct 01-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 Lg
-----------------------------------------------------------------
Dustin Hopkins       22-28  .786  0- 0  6- 6 11-13  3- 5  2- 4 55
FG SEQUENCE Dustin Hopkins
SAMFORD
(24)
OKLAHOMA
(52)
BRIGHAM YOUNG
(26), (47), 34
WAKE FOREST
(34), 51
VIRGINIA
(37), (21)
MIAMI
(38)
BOSTON COLLEGE
(26)
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
(31)
NORTH CAROLINA
42, 40
CLEMSON
(28), (39), (55)
MARYLAND
(37), 37, (30), 51, (34)
FLORIDA
(38)
VIRGINIA TECH
(32)
SOUTH CAROLINA
(29), (48), (35), (45)
() For made field goals


PUNTING             No  Yds   Avg Long  TB  FC I20 Blkd
-------------------------------------------------------
Shawn Powell        50 2214  44.3  66    6   6  16   0

Total.........      50 2214  44.3  66    6   6  16   0
Opponent......      65 2669  41.1  60    2  11  16   1


ALL PURPOSE          G Rush   Rec   PR   KR   IR   FR  Tot Avg/G
----------------------------------------------------------------
Greg Reid           14   14     0  314  742   28    0 1098  78.4
Chris Thompson      14  845   155    4   33    0    0 1037  74.1
Bert Reed           14   53   614    0   12    0    0  679  48.5
Jermaine Thomas     11  490   134    0    0    0    0  624  56.7
Willie Haulstead    13    6   587    0    0    0    0  593  45.6
Ty Jones            11  527    45    0    0    0    0  572  52.0
Taiwan Easterling   14   -8   551    0    0    0    0  543  38.8
Rodney Smith        14    0   448    0    0    0    0  448  32.0
Lamarcus Joyner     14    0     0    0  329    5    0  334  23.9
Lonnie Pryor        14  112    69    0   43    0    0  224  16.0
Beau Reliford       13    0   198    0    0    0    0  198  15.2
Christian Ponder    12  180     0    0    0    0    0  180  15.0
E.J. Manuel         10  170     0    0    0    0    0  170  17.0
Nick Moody          13    0     0    0    0   96   36  132  10.2
Kendall Smith       14    0     0    0    0    4   46   50   3.6
Mike Harris         14    0    33    0    0   12    0   45   3.2
Xavier Rhodes       14    0     0    0    0   40    0   40   2.9
Kenny Shaw          11    0    36    0    0    0    0   36   3.3
Debrale Smiley       2   28     6    0    0    0    0   34  17.0
A.J. Alexander       5   12    15    0    0    0    0   27   5.4
Josh Gehres         13    0    26    0    0    0    0   26   2.0
Mister Alexander    14    0     0    0    0    0   11   11   0.8
Vince Williams      11    0     0    0   10    0    0   10   0.9
Matt Dunham         13    5     0    0    0    0    0    5   0.4
Ja'Baris Little     12    0     5    0    0    0    0    5   0.4
Jarred Haggins       7    0     4    0    0    0    0    4   0.6
Greg Dent           12  -16    12    0    0    0    0   -4  -0.3
 Team               14  -18     0    0    0    0    0  -18  -1.3

Total.........      14 2400  2938  318 1169  185   93 7103 507.4
Opponent......      14 1802  3150  143  837  159    0 6091 435.1


                        |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd
DEFENSIVE LEADERS   GP   UT   AT  Total   ForLoss     No - Yards  Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds  FF Kick Saf
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Nigel Bradham       14   54   44    98   5.5- 22.0    5.0- 20.0      .      5    .    .      1   .   .
Kendall Smith       14   55   42    97   3.5- 11.0       .          1-  4   1    .   2- 46   1   .   .
Nick Moody          13   44   35    79   4.0-  7.0    0.5-  4.0     1- 96   2    .   1- 36   1   .   .
Greg Reid           14   54   11    65   3.0-  7.0       .          3- 28  14    .    .      3   .   .
Markus White        14   40   24    64  12.5- 52.0    8.0- 38.0      .      1    .   2-  0   1   .   .
Brandon Jenkins     14   42   21    63  21.5- 91.0   13.5- 74.0      .      2    4    .      2   .   .
Xavier Rhodes       14   49    9    58   3.5- 13.0    2.0-  9.0     4- 40  12    .   2-  0   .   .   .
Mister Alexander    14   42   14    56   5.5- 14.0    1.5-  9.0      .      1    .   2- 11   1   .   .
Terrance Parks      14   29   15    44      .            .           .      6    .   2-  0   .   .   .
Mike Harris         14   33    8    41      .            .          4- 12   5    .    .      2   .   .
Everett Dawkins     14   20   19    39   6.0- 31.0    2.5- 25.0      .      .    1    .      .   .   .
Anthony McCloud     14   18   17    35   3.0-  9.0    2.0-  8.0      .      1    1    .      .   .   .
Jacobbi McDaniel    14   15   16    31   5.5- 23.0    0.5-  4.0     1-  0   2    2    .      .   1   .
Lamarcus Joyner     14   18    5    23      .            .          1-  5   3    .    .      .   .   .
Bjoern Werner       14    8   12    20   6.0- 27.0    3.5- 22.0      .      1    .    .      1   .   .
Dan Hicks           13   13    5    18   3.0- 13.0    2.0- 11.0      .      1    .    .      2   .   .
Telvin Smith        14   13    5    18   1.5-  7.0    1.0-  6.0      .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Christian Jones     14   11    7    18   3.0- 20.0    3.0- 20.0      .      1    2   1-  0   .   .   .
Vince Williams      11   10    7    17      .            .           .      2    1    .      .   .   .
Ochuko Jenije       14   10    6    16      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Demonte McAllister  12    8    7    15  22.0-  3.0   14.0-           .      1    .    .      .   .   .
Jeff Luc             8    2    6     8   1.0-  2.0       .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Jajuan Harley        8    5    .     5      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Darious Cummings     3    2    1     3      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Dustin Hopkins      14    2    1     3      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Willie Haulstead    13    1    2     3      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Justin Bright        7    1    2     3      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Vincent Zann        12    1    2     3      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Terrence Brooks     10    2    .     2      .            .           .      1    .    .      .   .   .
Dax Dellenbach      14    1    1     2      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Gerald Demps        12    2    .     2      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Darren Edwards       5    .    2     2      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Bert Reed           14    2    .     2      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Greg Dent           12    2    .     2      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
 Team                     2    .     2      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   1   .
Chris Revell         2    1    .     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Ty Jones            11    1    .     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Cameron Erving       3    1    .     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Shawn Powell        14    1    .     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Chad Abram          12    .    1     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Rodney Hudson       14    1    .     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Jamar Jackson        6    .    1     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Zebrie Sanders      14    1    .     1      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Chris Thompson      14    .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   1   .

FLORIDA STATE 59, SAMFORD 6

09/04/2010, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Win No. 1 For Fisher.

Florida State slams Samford, 59-6, in Jimbo Fisher's first game as head football coach at Florida State University.

By: Brandon Mellor, FSU Sports Information

TALLAHASSEE, FL - How about that for the first game of the Jimbo Fisher era?

Following an offseason of hype, renewed expectations, and a plethora of changes throughout the program, Florida State officially unveiled its first new head football coach in over 30 years Saturday at home against Samford.

And even though Fisher - like most coaches - is a perfectionist and always in search of ways to improve, he has to be pleased with FSU's 59-6 drubbing of the Bulldogs.

"Anytime you make plays it means something," Fisher said in his first postgame news conference as the man in charge. "We are going to play one way only and that's with effort and passion."

In his first game back after a shoulder injury sidelined him for the final four contests of the 2009 campaign, Heisman-hopeful quarterback Christian Ponder only had to play two quarters in the win.

It was in that opening half that the fifth-year star tossed four touchdown passes on 12-of-14 passing for 167 yards.

When the second half started, Ponder picked up the clipboard and gave way to backup EJ Manuel, who went 10-of-13 for 129 yards.

Jermaine Thomas started at running back and carried the ball eight times for 31 yards and a score. Backups Ty Jones and Chris Thompson also got their chance and didn't disappoint. Jones ran for a game- and career-high 107 yards on eight carries with a score and Thompson registered 17 yards on three carries and a touchdown.

On the outside, starting wide receiver Taiwan Easterling grabbed four catches for 56 yards and a touchdown. Fellow starter Bert Reed also had a scoring nab and 50 yards on five catches. Thompson added 54 yards receiving on four catches out of the backfield.

Defensively, junior linebacker Nigel Bradham and sophomore defensive tackle Anthony McCloud had a team-high six tackles apiece.

Saturday wasn't just a day in which the head coach and some assistants were new. In fact, the fans that donned the garnet and gold in Tallahassee had the chance to see a host of student-athletes participate for the first time as a Seminole. In total, 26 first-time 'Noles saw action.

"From a game management standpoint I was pleased with how we handled things," Fisher said. "We tried to get the freshmen in there. We were very organized."

Ponder's potential run towards a Heisman Trophy likely won't happen without a few bumps and bruises. The first hiccup of the young season occurred on the Seminoles' opening drive when Ponder's pass was tipped and intercepted.

The redshirt senior quickly bounced back, though, and orchestrated a beautiful six-play, 47-yard scoring drive for FSU's first points of the year.

On the scoring play, Ponder rolled out and hit starting fullback Lonnie Pryor on a well-placed four-yard pass.

Following yet another avoid-Greg Reid-at-all-costs type of punt in which the Bulldogs booted the fourth-down punt out of bounds to avoid FSU's electric returner, the 'Noles benefitted from some more great field position.

A short field was all Dr. Ponder needed to operate as he tossed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Reed to make it 14-0. The scoring mark put an end to a surprising streak; it was Reed's first touchdown reception since the NC State game on Oct. 31, 2008.

The offensive players were so in sync that Thompson then used special teams to make an impact. The 5-foot-8 speedster earned his first-career punt block when he smacked Samford's attempt in the Seminoles' own redzone.

Safety Terrance Parks scooped up the loose ball and two plays later Thomas drove the offense into the endzone with a four-yard scamper, extending the home team's lead to 21-0.

Samford finally elected to test Reid and, unsurprisingly, the sophomore star picked up right where he left last year when he led the nation in punt return yardage. Reid juked past a defender, squirted through two more and then used his impeccable field vision and speed to race across the goal line for a 74-yard score.

"The guy is amazing," Fisher said. "He really is amazing."

Now up 28-0, Reid's buddy at cornerback, junior college transfer Mike Harris, snagged his first interception as a Seminole to set up the offense in its own redzone.

Ponder then hooked up with Pryor once more on an 8-yard pass to push the advantage to 35-0. Just over four minutes later, another successful FSU drive culminated with an 11-yard strike from Ponder to Easterling.

Samford got on the board before the close of the half with a field goal that made the score 42-3.

For FSU, the 42 points were the most registered in an opening two quarters in a game since 2000 against Duke.

The second half started much the same way that the first half ended. Thomas took his place on the bench and handed the keys to the running game off to backups Jones and Thompson.

Both 'backs got in on the scoring action; Jones rumbled for a career-long 57 yards for a touchdown and Thompson later added a nine-yard scoring scamper. Both touchdown runs occurred in the third quarter and put the 'Noles up 56-6.

Next up for Florida State is a much different ballgame than opening day. That's because the "new era" will get its first real test; FSU travels to play at Oklahoma on Sept. 11.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
SAMFORD
0
3
3
0
6
FLORIDA STATE
7
35
7
10
59

1st   7- 0  Lonnie Pryor, 4, pass from Christian Ponder (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 3:15 
2nd  14- 0  Bert Reed, 15, pass from Christian Ponder (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 13:45
     21- 0  Jermaine Thomas, 4, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 11:21
     28- 0  Greg Reid, 74, punt return/blocked punt (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 8:17 
     35- 0  Lonnie Pryor, 8, pass from Christian Ponder (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 6:40 
     42- 0  Taiwan Easterling, 11, pass from Christian Ponder (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 2:23 
     42- 3  Opp, 41, field goal, 0:00 
3rd  42- 6  Opp, 32, field goal, 7:46 
     49- 6  Ty Jones, 57, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 7:03 
4th  56- 6  Chris Thompson, 9, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 14:55
     59- 6  Dustin Hopkins, 24, field goal, 6:36 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 27 19 Rushes-yards 26-185 39- 77 Passing 296 223 Att-Comp-Int 27-22-2 39-27-1 Total Yards 53-481 78-300 Punt Returns 2-78 0-0 Kickoff Returns 1-10 4-90 Interception Ret. 1-10 2-7 Fumble Returns 0-0 0-0 Punts 0- 0.0 7-29.0 Sacks By-Yds 4-29 0-0 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0 Penalties-Yds 4-40 8-55 3rd Down Conversions 3-4 6-19 4th Down Conversions 0-0 1-3 Time of Posession 22:46 37:14 Attendance 68,438 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Ty Jones 8- 107 Jermaine Thomas 8- 31 Chris Thompson 3- 17 Debrale Smiley 2- 9 E.J. Manuel 1- 8 Greg Reid 1- 8 Christian Ponder 2- 7 Bert Reed 1- -2 Receiving Taiwan Easterling 4- 56 Chris Thompson 4- 54 Bert Reed 5- 50 Rodney Smith 1- 42 Willie Haulstead 2- 40 Lonnie Pryor 3- 23 Jermaine Thomas 1- 21 Debrale Smiley 1- 6 Jarred Haggins 1- 4 Passing Christian Ponder 14-12-1-167 E.J. Manuel 13-10-1-129 Punt Return Greg Reid 1- 74 Chris Thompson 1- 4 Kickoff Return Vince Williams 1- 10 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Nigel Bradham 4 2 6 . . . . . . . . . Anthony McCloud 4 2 6 . . . . . . . . . Vince Williams 4 1 5 . . . . 1 . . . . Greg Reid 3 1 4 . . . 1 . . . . . Jacobbi McDaniel 2 2 4 2.0- 10.0 . . . . . . . . Everett Dawkins 2 2 4 . . . . . . . . . Mike Harris 2 2 4 . . 1- 10 . . . . . . Lamarcus Joyner 3 . 3 . . . 1 . . . . . Xavier Rhodes 3 . 3 1.0- 4.0 . . . . . . . . Brandon Jenkins 2 1 3 1.5- 7.0 0.5- 6.0 . . . . . . . Ochuko Jenije 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Mister Alexander 2 1 3 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Demonte McAllister 1 1 2 1.5- 6.0 1.5- 6.0 . . . . . . . Kendall Smith 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Jeff Luc 1 1 2 0.5- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Bjoern Werner 1 1 2 1.5- 13.0 1.0- 12.0 . . . . . . . Darious Cummings 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Vincent Zann 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Justin Bright 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Darren Edwards . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Telvin Smith . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Dan Hicks 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Jajuan Harley 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Terrance Parks 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Greg Dent 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Markus White 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Christian Jones 1 . 1 1.0- 5.0 1.0- 5.0 . . 1 . . . . Team 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Cameron Erving 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Terrence Brooks 1 . 1 . . . 1 . . . . . Chad Abram . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Jamar Jackson . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Chris Thompson . . . . . . . . . . 1 . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB    7  Christian Ponder
WR    8  Taiwan Easterling
FB   24  Lonnie Pryor
RB   38  Jermaine Thomas
C    60  Ryan McMahon
LG   62  Rodney Hudson
LT   67  Andrew Datko
RT   77  Zebrie Sanders
RG   79  David Spurlock
WR   83  Bert Reed
TE   88  Beau Reliford
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
SS    4  Terrance Parks
CB    5  Greg Reid
WLB  13  Nigel Bradham
FS   15  Ochuko Jenije
SLB  16  Mister Alexander
CB   27  Xavier Rhodes
MLB  29  Kendall Smith
DE   49  Brandon Jenkins
DT   93  Everett Dawkins
DE   98  Markus White
NG   99  Jacobbi McDaniel
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Mike Harris
 3  E.J. Manuel
 3  Justin Bright
 6  Gerald Demps
 7  Christian Jones
 8  Chad Colley
11  Vince Williams
16  Will Secord
18  Dustin Hopkins
20  Lamarcus Joyner
21  Debrale Smiley
22  Telvin Smith
23  Chris Thompson
26  A.J. Alexander
30  Jajuan Harley
31  Terrence Brooks
33  Ty Jones
35  Greg Dent
36  Jarred Haggins
37  Nathan Brazeau
38  Darren Edwards
40  Matt Dunham
41  Chad Abram
##  NAME
-----------------------------
45  Shawn Powell
46  Jonathan Johnson
46  Vincent Zann
48  Daniel Gard
48  Jeff Luc
52  Bryan Stork
55  Jamar Jackson
58  Dan Hicks
59  Henry Orelus
64  Dax Dellenbach
66  Jacob Stanley
73  Rhonne Sanderson
74  Cameron Erving
76  Garrett Faircloth
81  Kenny Shaw
82  Willie Haulstead
84  Rodney Smith
85  Ja'Baris Little
92  Anthony McCloud
94  Darious Cummings
95  Bjoern Werner
96  Toshmon Stevens
97  Demonte McAllister

OKLAHOMA 47, FLORIDA STATE 17

09/11/2010, NORMAN, OK

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Lesson Learned at Oklahoma.

The young No. 17 Florida State football team sustains its first first setback of the season with a 47-10 loss in Norman, Okla. against the No. 10 Sooners.

NORMAN, OK - A week after a memorable start to the Jimbo Fisher era at Florida State, Saturday's 47-17 loss at No. 10 Oklahoma is one that the coaches and players at FSU would soon like to forget - except maybe for the valuable learning experiences that such an experience can provide.

Besides a nearly flawless first offensive possession to start the top-25 showdown, not much else went right for the No. 17 Seminoles in Norman, Okla. as the Sooners were able to successfully extend their super-successful home winning streak to 32 consecutive games.

Now, the question is how does FSU -- a team still learning a brand new defensive scheme and breaking in a host of youngsters on both sides of the ball -- respond?

Fourteen days into the 2010 campaign and the new-look football program at Florida State has experienced the highest of highs and lowest of lows.

The opening-day smack-down of Samford at home displayed a potent offensive attack and renewed defensive intensity that excited the fanbase and put the national media on notice. But against Oklahoma (2-0), the Seminoles (1-1) had 345 yards offensively and gave up 487 yards on the defensive side of the ball.

Starting quarterback Christian Ponder didn't look like his usually-dominant self, throwing for just 113 yards and two interceptions. Backup EJ Manuel had 108 yards and one touchdown.

Tailback Jermaine Thomas posted a touchdown on FSU's initial drive while rushing for a total of 58 yards on 11 carries for an average of 5.3 yards per carry.

For Oklahoma, quarterback Landry Jones pitched for 380 yards and four scores. Ryan Broyles grabbed 12 of those passes for 124 yards and one touchdown.

Demarco Murray's one-yard dive into the endzone to start the first quarter gave Oklahoma an early advantage. The score marked the first touchdown that FSU had given up in the 2010 season.

Trailing for the first time all year, the first offensive series for the Seminoles couldn't have gone much better. Two plays after Ponder's terrific 15-yard scramble towards the goal line, Thomas lunged into the endzone on a one-yard run to tie the game at 7-7.

FSU's other points came on a booming 52-yard field goal by kicker Dustin Hopkins early in the final quarter. Hopkins also made a positive mark on the game as be sent each of his three kickoffs into the endzone and thus prevented any potential big returns by the Sooners.

Manuel also found Taiwan Easterling on a 47-yard touchdown pass on the game's final play.

Next up for Florida State is a return to the more friendly confines of Doak Campbell Stadium as the BYU Cougars will come to Tallahassee for a 3:30 p.m. matchup on Sept. 18.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
7
0
0
10
17
OKLAHOMA
14
20
10
3
47

1st   0- 7  Opp, 1, run (kick), 10:15
      7- 7  Jermaine Thomas, 1, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 5:25 
      7-14  Opp, 18, pass (kick), 1:44 
2nd   7-21  Opp, 36, pass (kick), 14:44
      7-27  Opp, 46, pass (kick failed), 7:44 
      7-34  Opp, 1, run (kick), 0:28 
3rd   7-41  Opp, 7, pass (kick), 8:46 
      7-44  Opp, 39, field goal, 6:38 
      7-44  Opp, 44, field goal failed, 0:24 
4th  10-44  Dustin Hopkins, 52, field goal, 11:57
     10-47  Opp, 38, field goal, 4:49 
     17-47  Taiwan Easterling, 47, pass from E.J. Manuel (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 0:00 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 14 28 Rushes-yards 32-123 41- 93 Passing 222 394 Att-Comp-Int 36-15-2 42-32- Total Yards 68-345 83-487 Punt Returns 2-1 3-27 Kickoff Returns 8-110 0-0 Interception Ret. 0-0 2-13 Fumble Returns 1-0 1-0 Punts 7-42.4 3-52.3 Sacks By-Yds 1-9 4-19 Fumbles-Lost 3-1 2-1 Penalties-Yds 12-95 6-49 3rd Down Conversions 5-16 10-17 4th Down Conversions 1-1 0-0 Time of Posession 28:31 31:29 Attendance 85,630 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Jermaine Thomas 11- 58 Christian Ponder 9- 23 Ty Jones 4- 17 Chris Thompson 5- 10 Greg Reid 1- 6 Willie Haulstead 0- 6 E.J. Manuel 1- 5 Bert Reed 1- -2 Receiving Taiwan Easterling 3- 64 Willie Haulstead 1- 38 Jermaine Thomas 2- 35 Bert Reed 3- 31 Josh Gehres 2- 24 Chris Thompson 2- 19 Beau Reliford 1- 9 Ty Jones 1- 2 Passing Christian Ponder 28-11-2-113 E.J. Manuel 8- 4-0-109 Punt Return Greg Reid 2- 1 Kickoff Return Lamarcus Joyner 5- 74 Greg Reid 3- 36 Punting Shawn Powell 7- 294 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Greg Reid 9 1 10 . . . . . . . . . Xavier Rhodes 7 1 8 . . . 1 . . . . . Nigel Bradham 3 5 8 . . . . . . . . . Mister Alexander 5 2 7 . . . . . . . . . Brandon Jenkins 3 3 6 . . . . . . . . . Kendall Smith 3 3 6 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Markus White 2 4 6 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Jeff Luc 1 5 6 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Terrance Parks 3 1 4 . . . . . . . . . Everett Dawkins 3 . 3 2.0- 10.0 1.0- 9.0 . . . . . . . Christian Jones 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Demonte McAllister 2 1 3 2.0- 2.0 . . . . . . . . Nick Moody 2 1 3 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Ochuko Jenije 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Lamarcus Joyner 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . . Telvin Smith 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Vince Williams . 2 2 . . . 1 . . . . . Mike Harris 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Ty Jones 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Anthony McCloud 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Zebrie Sanders 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB    7  Christian Ponder
WR    8  Taiwan Easterling
RB   38  Jermaine Thomas
OL   60  Ryan McMahon
OL   62  Rodney Hudson
OL   67  Andrew Datko
OL   77  Zebrie Sanders
OL   79  David Spurlock
WR   83  Bert Reed
TE   85  Ja'Baris Little
TE   88  Beau Reliford
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
DB    4  Terrance Parks
DB    5  Greg Reid
LB   13  Nigel Bradham
DB   15  Ochuko Jenije
LB   16  Mister Alexander
DB   27  Xavier Rhodes
LB   29  Kendall Smith
DL   49  Brandon Jenkins
DL   93  Everett Dawkins
DL   98  Markus White
DL   99  Jacobbi McDaniel
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Mike Harris
 3  Justin Bright
 3  E.J. Manuel
 6  Gerald Demps
 7  Christian Jones
10  Nick Moody
11  Vince Williams
18  Dustin Hopkins
19  Josh Gehres
20  Lamarcus Joyner
22  Telvin Smith
23  Chris Thompson
24  Lonnie Pryor
30  Jajuan Harley
31  Terrence Brooks
33  Ty Jones
40  Matt Dunham
##  NAME
-----------------------------
45  Shawn Powell
48  Jeff Luc
55  Jamar Jackson
58  Dan Hicks
64  Dax Dellenbach
69  Chris Revell
73  Rhonne Sanderson
74  Cameron Erving
76  Garrett Faircloth
81  Kenny Shaw
82  Willie Haulstead
84  Rodney Smith
92  Anthony McCloud
95  Bjoern Werner
96  Toshmon Stevens
97  Demonte McAllister

FLORIDA STATE 34, BRIGHAM YOUNG 10

09/18/2010, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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FSU Bounces Back, Beats BYU.

Florida State gets back to winning ways as it defeats BYU, 34-10, Saturday at home.

Offensively, the backup FSU tailbacks shined. Sophomore Chris Thompson earned a new career-high with 123 yards on just nine carries and one score. Junior Ty Jones very nearly eclipsed the 100-yard mark, too. He finished the day with 95 yards on 15 carries with one score while also adding one touchdown reception.

Quarterback Christian Ponder tossed for 149 yards with one passing touchdown and one rushing touchdown. At the wide receiver spot, junior Bert Reed snagged the 100th reception of his career and concluded the day with team-bests in receptions (nine) and yards (89).

Defensively, FSU was able to pressure BYU all day long. The team posted a season-high eight sacks and held the Cougars to less than 100 yards rushing and less than 120 yards passing. The Cougars mustered just 39 total yards in the second half.

Perhaps most importantly, the Seminole defenders wrapped up BYU ball carriers and didn't allow very many big plays off of missed tackles.

Senior Kendall Smith led the defense with seven total tackles. Sophomore Greg Reid and junior Nigel Bradham posted six of their own. Sophomore Brandon Jenkins had a career-high two sacks.

"We got pass rush because we beat them and we got a rush because we had them covered," Fisher said about his defense's performance.

Florida State posted the lone score of the opening quarter thanks to Dustin Hopkins' 26-yard field goal at the culmination of a 10-play, 62-yard drive.

In total, FSU outgained BYU 58-4 in the first quarter.

The Seminoles broke the ballgame open in towards the latter part of the first half.

Following a 47-yard Dustin Hokpins' field goal that made it a 6-0 game in favor of FSU, Thompson found daylight on a stretch play and was off to the races en route to an 83-yard scoring run.

In addition to being the longest run of Thompson's career, the extended dash was the longest scoring scamper since Antone Smith dragged defenders for 80 yards against Duke in 2006. In FSU history, the run tied Sammie Smith's 83-yard touchdown run against East Carolina in 1987.

A 71-yard drive by the Cougars then trimmed FSU's advantage to 13-10 a few seconds before halftime.

After the defense forced a BYU punt on the first possession of the second half, the Seminole offense kicked it in gear and posted a 14-play, 63-yard scoring drive. On the touchdown play, Ponder rolled out and found Jones on a two-yard pass play to make the score 20-10 in favor of the good guys.

Jones' scoring grab marked the first touchdown reception of his career and it moved Ponder into 11th place for most touchdown throws in a Seminole career with 34 - a mark that is tied with Chip Ferguson.

Another big Thompson run in the fourth quarter helped lead to yet another Seminole score. Thompson's 31-yard scramble and wide receiver Willie Haulstead's career-best 34-yard grab then lead to a one-yard Ponder touchdown dive, increasing the score to 27-10.

To cap the contest off, Jones later rumbled across the goal line for a nine-yard touchdown rush with just 1:35 left to play.

"Our team is learning to fight," Fisher said. "They kept fighting and they learned a lot from last week. Oklahoma beat us last week but we still had a lot of spirit today."

Next up for Florida State is another home contest as Wake Forest will come to town this Saturday.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
BRIGHAM YOUNG
0
10
0
0
10
FLORIDA STATE
3
10
14
7
34

1st   3- 0  Dustin Hopkins, 26, field goal, 0:36 
2nd   6- 0  Dustin Hopkins, 47, field goal, 9:56 
     13- 0  Chris Thompson, 83, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 7:40 
     13- 3  Opp, 28, field goal, 4:26 
     13-10  Opp, 4, pass (kick), 0:14 
3rd  20-10  Ty Jones, 2, pass from Christian Ponder (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 7:16 
     27-10  Christian Ponder, 1, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 0:55 
4th  27-10  Dustin Hopkins, 34, field goal failed, 5:41 
     34-10  Ty Jones, 9, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 1:35 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 19 17 Rushes-yards 44-278 35- 76 Passing 149 115 Att-Comp-Int 21-14-0 35-16-1 Total Yards 65-427 70-191 Punt Returns 4-18 2-19 Kickoff Returns 2-18 1-24 Interception Ret. 1-2 0-0 Fumble Returns 1-0 1-0 Punts 3-47.0 6-47.0 Sacks By-Yds 8-52 3-16 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 4-1 Penalties-Yds 8-65 5-45 3rd Down Conversions 6-13 4-15 4th Down Conversions 1-1 1-3 Time of Posession 34:06 25:54 Attendance 68,795 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Chris Thompson 9- 128 Ty Jones 15- 95 Christian Ponder 13- 50 Jermaine Thomas 4- 9 Lonnie Pryor 1- 5 Team 2- -4 Receiving Bert Reed 9- 89 Willie Haulstead 1- 34 Rodney Smith 2- 18 Taiwan Easterling 1- 6 Ty Jones 1- 2 Passing Christian Ponder 21-14-0-149 Punt Return Greg Reid 4- 18 Kickoff Return Greg Reid 1- 15 Lonnie Pryor 1- 3 Punting Shawn Powell 3- 141 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kendall Smith 5 2 7 . . . . . . . . . Greg Reid 4 2 6 . . . 3 . . . . . Nigel Bradham 4 2 6 . . . . . . . . . Markus White 4 . 4 1.0- 6.0 1.0- 6.0 . . . 1- 0 1 . . Brandon Jenkins 3 1 4 2.0- 12.0 2.0- 12.0 . 1 . . 1 . . Nick Moody 3 1 4 . . . . . . . . . Terrance Parks 2 2 4 . . . . . . . . . Mike Harris 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Lamarcus Joyner 2 . 2 . . . 1 . . . . . Anthony McCloud 2 . 2 1.0- 4.0 1.0- 4.0 . . 1 . . . . Everett Dawkins 2 . 2 2.0- 17.0 1.0- 14.0 . . . . . . . Mister Alexander 2 . 2 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Bjoern Werner 2 . 2 1.0- 6.0 1.0- 6.0 . . . . 1 . . Xavier Rhodes 2 . 2 1.0- 1.0 1.0- 1.0 1- 2 1 . . . . . Jacobbi McDaniel 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Telvin Smith 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Chris Revell 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Dan Hicks 1 . 1 1.0- 9.0 1.0- 9.0 . . . . 1 . . Jajuan Harley 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB    7  Christian Ponder
WR    8  Taiwan Easterling
FB   24  Lonnie Pryor
TB   38  Jermaine Thomas
LT   59  Henry Orelus
C    60  Ryan McMahon
LG   62  Rodney Hudson
RT   77  Zebrie Sanders
RG   79  David Spurlock
WR   83  Bert Reed
TE   88  Beau Reliford
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
SS    4  Terrance Parks
FC    5  Greg Reid
FS   10  Nick Moody
WLB  13  Nigel Bradham
SLB  16  Mister Alexander
BC   27  Xavier Rhodes
MLB  29  Kendall Smith
RE   49  Brandon Jenkins
DT   93  Everett Dawkins
LE   98  Markus White
NG   99  Jacobbi McDaniel
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Mike Harris
 3  E.J. Manuel
 6  Gerald Demps
 7  Christian Jones
11  Vince Williams
15  Ochuko Jenije
18  Dustin Hopkins
20  Lamarcus Joyner
22  Telvin Smith
23  Chris Thompson
30  Jajuan Harley
33  Ty Jones
35  Greg Dent
36  Jarred Haggins
40  Matt Dunham
##  NAME
-----------------------------
41  Chad Abram
45  Shawn Powell
55  Jamar Jackson
58  Dan Hicks
64  Dax Dellenbach
67  Andrew Datko
69  Chris Revell
76  Garrett Faircloth
81  Kenny Shaw
82  Willie Haulstead
84  Rodney Smith
85  Ja'Baris Little
92  Anthony McCloud
95  Bjoern Werner
97  Demonte McAllister

FLORIDA STATE 31, WAKE FOREST 0

09/25/2010, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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FSU 'D' Dominates Deacs, 31-0.

The Florida State football team opens conference play with a decisive win over Wake Forest thanks to another terrific defensive showing.

By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com

TALLAHASSEE, FL - If defense does in fact win championships, the Florida State football program is looking good for the future.

The Seminoles opened Atlantic Coast Conference play at home Saturday afternoon with a 31-0 thumping of Wake Forest behind a relentless defensive attack. When the dust had settled, the FSU defenders walked off of Bobby Bowden Field as a unit that pitched the first shutout since 2008 and first scoreless conference game since 2003.

FSU (3-1, 1-0 ACC) held the Demon Deacons (2-2, 0-2) to a meager 185 yards of offense -- the second consecutive game in which its opponent produced less than 200 yards - and forced six punts.

"They never got out-faked," FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher said about the defense. "They never got disoriented and out of whack. We controlled the line of scrimmage and generated a pass rush without blitzing."

Senior linebacker Kendall Smith was the tackles leader for FSU with seven stops but it was sophomore Brandon Jenkins that produced the most mayhem. The Tallahassee native finished the game with a career-high-tying two sacks, career-best three tackles for loss, and six total tackles.

Jenkins' two quarterback takedowns were part of the six total sacks that the Seminoles generated. Florida State had entered the game as the nation's leader in sacks before adding to that total with the dominating performance.

Offensively, quarterback Christian Ponder eclipsed the 200-yard mark for the first time all season. Ponder tossed two touchdown passes - both to sophomore wide receiver Willie Haulstead - with 24 completions and 243 yards. He also added a rushing touchdown.

Redshirt junior wide receiver Taiwan Easterling set a new career-high for receiving yardage with 112. His five receptions also tied a career-best.

On the ground, starting tailback Jermaine Thomas reeled off 88 yards for a season-high of his own. Backups Ty Jones and Chris Thompson combined for 101 yards for an offensive unit that registered 485 total yards.

Haulstead's first-career touchdown catch was what put the Seminoles on the board first on Saturday. He found an open spot in the back of the endzone and Ponder was able to connect with him from 10 yards out with 13:22 left in the second quarter to make it a 7-0 ballgame.

Less than 10 minutes later, a 12-play, 63-yard drive came to fruition when kicker Dustin Hopkins' field goal attempt sailed through the uprights from 34 yards out.

Sophomore defensive tackle Jacobbi McDaniel then displayed his tremendous athletic ability when he leapt in the air and batted an attempted pass on Wake Forest's next offensive possession. Making the play even better was the fact that the big man snagged it out of the air for his first-career interception.

McDaniel's play marked the first time that an FSU defensive lineman has picked off a pass since Markus White did so last season in the opener against Miami.

Unfortunately for the 'Noles, the play didn't lead to any points as Hopkins' 51-yard field goal attempt fell just short before the first half ended.

McDaniel's play and the overall play of his defensive teammates was what stole the show in those opening two quarters. The Seminoles limited the Demon Deacons to just a combined 74 yards of total offensive in the first and second quarters.

Following a Wake Forest punt early in the third quarter, Mother Nature decided she wanted to have a say-so in the contest. The game was then delayed 42 minutes while lighting was in the immediate area.

Once play resumed, FSU wasted little time in moving down the field for a score. A long run by Thomas and a long grab by Easterling help set the Seminoles up in the redzone and Ponder finished off the nine-play, 63-yard drive with a six-yard touchdown dash to extend the lead to 17-0.

Another Haulstead scoring grab made it 24-0 midway through the fourth quarter and then backup quarterback EJ Manuel found true freshman wide receiver Kenny Shaw on a beautiful 23-yard touchdown pass.

That final scoring play marked Shaw's first-ever touchdown reception.

Florida State's next contest is the first ACC road matchup of the year at Virginia.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
WAKE FOREST
0
0
0
0
0
FLORIDA STATE
0
10
7
14
31

2nd   7- 0  Willie Haulstead, 10, pass from Christian Ponder (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 13:22
     10- 0  Dustin Hopkins, 34, field goal, 5:28 
     10- 0  Dustin Hopkins, 51, field goal failed, 1:49 
3rd  17- 0  Christian Ponder, 6, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 8:34 
4th  24- 0  Willie Haulstead, 4, pass from Christian Ponder (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 7:28 
     31- 0  Kenny Shaw, 23, pass from E.J. Manuel (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 1:04 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 26 12 Rushes-yards 39-201 42-103 Passing 284 82 Att-Comp-Int 39-26-0 17-11-1 Total Yards 78-485 59-185 Punt Returns 5-25 0-0 Kickoff Returns 1-22 4-67 Interception Ret. 1-0 0-0 Fumble Returns 1-0 2-0 Punts 1-26.0 6-42.8 Sacks By-Yds 6-34 3-21 Fumbles-Lost 2-2 2-1 Penalties-Yds 8-85 5-42 3rd Down Conversions 8-14 3-14 4th Down Conversions 1-1 1-2 Time of Posession 34:43 25:17 Attendance 61,647 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Jermaine Thomas 10- 88 Ty Jones 9- 64 Chris Thompson 6- 37 Christian Ponder 11- 11 E.J. Manuel 1- 4 Jacob Stanley 1- -1 Team 1- -2 Receiving Taiwan Easterling 6- 112 Willie Haulstead 5- 44 Bert Reed 6- 39 Kenny Shaw 2- 28 A.J. Alexander 1- 18 Ty Jones 1- 13 Jermaine Thomas 1- 11 Rodney Smith 2- 9 Beau Reliford 1- 7 Chris Thompson 1- 3 Passing Christian Ponder 37-24-0-243 E.J. Manuel 2- 2-0- 41 Punt Return Greg Reid 2- 25 Kickoff Return Lamarcus Joyner 1- 22 Punting Shawn Powell 1- 26 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kendall Smith 6 1 7 . . . . . . . . . Brandon Jenkins 5 1 6 3.0- 16.0 2.0- 15.0 . . . . . . . Nigel Bradham 4 2 6 1.5- 8.0 1.0- 6.0 . 1 . . . . . Mike Harris 5 . 5 . . . . . . 1 . . Mister Alexander 4 . 4 . . . . . . . . . Markus White 2 2 4 0.5- 2.0 . . . . . . . . Telvin Smith 3 . 3 1.0- 6.0 1.0- 6.0 . . . . . . . Greg Reid 3 . 3 1.0- 4.0 . . . . . . . . Nick Moody 2 1 3 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Everett Dawkins 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . . Bjoern Werner 1 2 3 1.5- 3.0 1.0- 2.0 . . . . . . . Terrance Parks 2 . 2 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Jacobbi McDaniel 2 . 2 . . 1- 0 . . . . . . Lamarcus Joyner 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Vince Williams 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Demonte McAllister . 2 2 0.5- 3.0 0.5- 3.0 . . . . . . . Xavier Rhodes 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Darious Cummings 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Dustin Hopkins 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Jajuan Harley 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Anthony McCloud . 1 1 0.5- 2.0 0.5- 2.0 . . . . . . . Jeff Luc . 1 1 0.5- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Ochuko Jenije . 1 1 0.5- 0.0 . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB    7  Christian Ponder
WR    8  Taiwan Easterling
FB   24  Lonnie Pryor
TB   38  Jermaine Thomas
LT   59  Henry Orelus
C    60  Ryan McMahon
LG   62  Rodney Hudson
RT   77  Zebrie Sanders
RG   79  David Spurlock
WR   83  Bert Reed
TE   88  Beau Reliford
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
SS    4  Terrance Parks
FC    5  Greg Reid
FS   10  Nick Moody
WLB  13  Nigel Bradham
SLB  16  Mister Alexander
BC   27  Xavier Rhodes
MLB  29  Kendall Smith
RE   49  Brandon Jenkins
DT   93  Everett Dawkins
LE   98  Markus White
NG   99  Jacobbi McDaniel
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Mike Harris
 3  E.J. Manuel
 6  Gerald Demps
11  Vince Williams
15  Ochuko Jenije
18  Dustin Hopkins
19  Josh Gehres
20  Lamarcus Joyner
22  Telvin Smith
23  Chris Thompson
26  A.J. Alexander
30  Jajuan Harley
31  Terrence Brooks
33  Ty Jones
35  Greg Dent
36  Jarred Haggins
41  Chad Abram
##  NAME
-----------------------------
45  Shawn Powell
48  Jeff Luc
55  Jamar Jackson
58  Dan Hicks
64  Dax Dellenbach
66  Jacob Stanley
73  Rhonne Sanderson
76  Garrett Faircloth
81  Kenny Shaw
82  Willie Haulstead
84  Rodney Smith
85  Ja'Baris Little
87  Cameron Wade
92  Anthony McCloud
94  Darious Cummings
95  Bjoern Werner
97  Demonte McAllister

FLORIDA STATE 34, VIRGINIA 14

10/02/2010, CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA

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'Noles Run Over Cavs, 34-14.

Running back Jermaine Thomas rushes for a season high 122 yards and the FSU football team moves to 2-0 in the ACC with Saturday's win at Virginia.

By: Steve Stone, Seminoles.com

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Tailbacks Jermaine Thomas and Chris Thompson combined for nearly 200 yards rushing as Florida State pulled away early from Virginia to win 34-14 on Saturday afternoon at the Carl Smith Center.

Thomas amassed a season-high 122 yards on 16 carries with two touchdowns, while Thompson added 76 yards on 10 carries with a score. Thomas scored multiple rushing touchdowns for the third time in his career, recorded his sixth 100-yard game, as FSU piled up 256 yards on the ground.

FSU’s 256 yards rushing marks its third consecutive game of piling 200 or more yards on the ground. The last time the Seminoles (4-1, 2-0) rushed for 200 or more yards in three consecutive contests was during the 2000 season against N.C. State on Oct. 28 (324 yards), Clemson on Nov. 4 (250 yards) and Wake Forest on Nov. 11 (229 yards).

The Seminoles’ 34 points also marks their third consecutive contest of reaching the 30-point plateau. It is the first time for such a feat since the 2004 season when FSU scored 34 vs. UAB, 41 vs. Clemson and 38 vs. North Carolina in victories.

Middle linebacker Kendall Smith led the defensive unit with six tackles and a forced fumble. Cornerback Greg Reid finished with a career-best two interceptions, while Markus White, Dan Hicks, Demonte McAllister, Xavier Rhodes, Nigel Bradham and Christian Jones each recorded one of FSU’s six sacks on the afternoon to expand FSU’s nation-leading total.

FSU’s first drive of the game resulted in a 37-yard field goal by place kicker Dustin Hopkins. The Seminoles marched 59 yards in 4:22, completing two key third downs as tight end Beau Reliford hauled in a 16-yard pass at the FSU 39, and Ponder converted a 3rd-and-2 on a five-yard rush to the UVA 35 to put the Seminoles in scoring position.

On FSU’s next possession, Thomas broke loose for a career-long 70 yard touchdown through the right side, eluding his first defender before dashing to the end zone to put FSU ahead 10-0.

The third drive of the game was well-executed once again, as FSU took off 5:59 on the clock before culminating with a 15-yard touchdown reception by sophomore wide receiver Willie Haulstead, his third score of the season and second in as many games. Haulstead finished with a team-best 79 yards on five receptions.

Christian Ponder’s touchdown pass gives him 37 for his career to tie former quarterback Drew Weatherford to 10th on the school’s all-time list. Ponder finished 17 of 29 for 172 yards and a touchdown.

Thomas extended FSU’s lead to 24-0 on a 10-yard rush through the right side with 10:18 remaining in the first half. Thomas’ score was the 16th rushing touchdown of his career, tying him with former players William Floyd (1991-93) and William McCray (1997-01) for 12th on the school’s career list.

A nine-play, 32-minute drive by the Seminoles ended with a 21-yard field goal by Hopkins to make it 27-0 at halftime. FSU outgained the Cavaliers (2-2, 0-1) 294-42 in the first half, with 191 yards coming on the ground. Aside from Thomas’ productive first half, sophomore Thompson established 54 yards on six carries, as FSU scored on four of its five possessions.

Virginia opened up the field to start the second half, as quarterback Marc Verica connected on a 76-yard strike to wide receiver Kris Burd on UVA’s first possession. The touchdown ended FSU’s defensive scoreless streak to eight quarters as the Cavaliers trimmed their deficit to 27-7.

Virginia threatened again on its second possession of the second half, but Verica threw an interception to cornerback Greg Reid on a broken route in the end zone to quell the momentum. FSU then used just six plays to travel 80 yards downfield as Thompson rushed in from 14 yards out to give the Seminoles a 34-7 lead. The big play of the drive came when Ponder hit Haulstead on a fly pattern 38 yards down the sideline to the UVA 14 to set up the score.

With 10:43 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Cavaliers moved inside FSU’s red zone at the 19-yard line until Verica threw another interception to Reid, who returned it to the FSU 32. Reid’s second interception marks the first time an FSU player has recorded multiple picks in one game since Ochucko Jenije also had two against USF on Sept. 26, 2009.

Virginia’s Burd led all receivers with 118 yards. The Cavaliers were held to just 25 yards rushing in today’s contest.

FSU returns with a prime-time matchup at rival Miami on Saturday, Oct. 9, at 8 p.m. The game will be televised on ABC.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
10
17
7
0
34
VIRGINIA
0
0
14
0
14

1st   3- 0  Dustin Hopkins, 37, field goal, 8:40 
     10- 0  Jermaine Thomas, 70, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 7:24 
2nd  17- 0  Willie Haulstead, 15, pass from Christian Ponder (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 14:56
     24- 0  Jermaine Thomas, 10, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 10:18
     27- 0  Dustin Hopkins, 21, field goal, 0:08 
3rd  27- 7  Opp, 76, pass (kick), 11:13
     34- 7  Chris Thompson, 14, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 0:40 
     34-14  Opp, 11, pass (kick), 1:39 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 26 17 Rushes-yards 42-256 26- 25 Passing 172 279 Att-Comp-Int 29-17-0 39-21-2 Total Yards 71-428 65-304 Punt Returns 4-62 1-9 Kickoff Returns 3-41 3-71 Interception Ret. 2-28 0-0 Fumble Returns 0-0 1-0 Punts 4-48.0 7-43.4 Sacks By-Yds 6-27 1-10 Fumbles-Lost 3-1 2-0 Penalties-Yds 4-42 9-86 3rd Down Conversions 10-16 3-13 4th Down Conversions 0-0 2-3 Time of Posession 31:49 28:11 Attendance 47,096 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Jermaine Thomas 16- 122 Chris Thompson 10- 76 Debrale Smiley 3- 19 A.J. Alexander 2- 18 Christian Ponder 10- 17 Lonnie Pryor 1- 4 Receiving Willie Haulstead 5- 79 Bert Reed 5- 42 Beau Reliford 2- 32 Rodney Smith 2- 10 Taiwan Easterling 1- 7 Jermaine Thomas 1- 5 A.J. Alexander 1- -3 Passing Christian Ponder 29-17-0-172 Punt Return Greg Reid 4- 62 Kickoff Return Lamarcus Joyner 2- 29 Bert Reed 1- 12 Punting Shawn Powell 4- 192 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kendall Smith 3 3 6 . . . . . . 1 . . Greg Reid 4 1 5 . . 2- 28 . . . . . . Xavier Rhodes 4 1 5 1.5- 8.0 1.0- 8.0 . 1 . . . . . Christian Jones 3 2 5 1.0- 7.0 1.0- 7.0 . 1 . . . . . Nigel Bradham 2 3 5 1.0- 3.0 1.0- 3.0 . . . . . . . Everett Dawkins 1 4 5 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Brandon Jenkins 3 1 4 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Terrance Parks 2 2 4 . . . . . . . . . Demonte McAllister 2 2 4 2.0- 10.0 1.0- 5.0 . 1 . . . . . Nick Moody 1 3 4 . . . . . . . . . Mike Harris 2 1 3 . . . 1 . . . . . Markus White 2 . 2 1.0- 2.0 1.0- 2.0 . . . . . . . Ochuko Jenije 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Dan Hicks 1 1 2 1.0- 2.0 1.0- 2.0 . . . . . . . Mister Alexander 1 . 1 . . . . . . 1 . . Jajuan Harley 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Dax Dellenbach 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Gerald Demps 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Telvin Smith . 1 1 0.5- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Vince Williams . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Christian Ponder . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB    7  Christian Ponder
Z     8  Taiwan Easterling
FB   24  Lonnie Pryor
TB   38  Jermaine Thomas
LT   59  Henry Orelus
C    60  Ryan McMahon
LG   62  Rodney Hudson
RT   77  Zebrie Sanders
RG   79  David Spurlock
X    83  Bert Reed
TE   88  Beau Reliford
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
SS    4  Terrance Parks
FC    5  Greg Reid
FS   10  Nick Moody
WLB  13  Nigel Bradham
SLB  16  Mister Alexander
BC   27  Xavier Rhodes
MLB  29  Kendall Smith
RE   49  Brandon Jenkins
DR   93  Everett Dawkins
LE   98  Markus White
NG   99  Jacobbi McDaniel
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Mike Harris
 3  E.J. Manuel
 6  Gerald Demps
 7  Christian Jones
11  Vince Williams
15  Ochuko Jenije
18  Dustin Hopkins
19  Josh Gehres
20  Lamarcus Joyner
21  Debrale Smiley
22  Telvin Smith
23  Chris Thompson
26  A.J. Alexander
30  Jajuan Harley
35  Greg Dent
36  Jarred Haggins
40  Matt Dunham
41  Chad Abram
45  Shawn Powell
##  NAME
-----------------------------
46  Vincent Zann
48  Jeff Luc
52  Bryan Stork
55  Jamar Jackson
58  Dan Hicks
64  Dax Dellenbach
67  Andrew Datko
70  Antwane Greenlee
73  Rhonne Sanderson
76  Garrett Faircloth
81  Kenny Shaw
82  Willie Haulstead
84  Rodney Smith
85  Ja'Baris Little
87  Cameron Wade
92  Anthony McCloud
94  Darious Cummings
95  Bjoern Werner
97  Demonte McAllister

FLORIDA STATE 45, MIAMI 17

10/09/2010, CORAL GABLES, FL

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Taking Miami By Storm.

FSU uses efficient ground game to blow past No. 13 Hurricanes.

By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - As they always do at their home games, the No. 13 Miami football team ran onto the field amidst a cloud of ceremonious smoke Saturday night.

Little did they know, the smoke this time was coming from the candles on Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher's birthday cake.

Yes, FSU's rookie skipper certainly celebrated the 45th anniversary of his birth in style at Sun Life Stadium with a 45-17 victory those rival Hurricanes in a primetime matchup between conference foes.

On a day when other BCS conference state programs Florida and South Florida also lost, the No. 23 Seminoles' statement win was not only the perfect present for their head coach but it also served as the first signature win of Fisher's young career; a win that thrusts the national spotlight upon the program and shows just how far the team has come since sustaining its lone loss of the year against Oklahoma.

"We wanted to stay aggressive on offense and defense and that's the mentality that we maintained all game long," Fisher said moments after his players doused him with water.

That aggressive mentality saw FSU (5-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) post 471 yards of total offense and come up with huge defensive stops against a talented Hurricanes (3-2, 1-1) team.

Starting quarterback Christian Ponder finished the night with 174 passing yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore tailback Chris Thompson had a career-night carrying the football as his 158 yards were a career-best to go along with one score.

Fellow tailback Jermaine Thomas also accrued 78 yards on the ground with three total scores. Fullback Lonnie Pryor added 45 yards rushing with one touchdown.

In addition to paving the way for a ground attack that finished the night with 298 yards, the FSU offensive line didn't give up a sack to the vaunted Miami defensive front.

Defensively, Miami was able to post 424 yards of total offense on the 'Noles but it was the plays that FSU prevented them from making that proved to be the difference. Florida State forced two turnovers and held the 'Canes to just 6-of-18 on third-down conversions.

Senior linebacker and honorary sod captain for this game, Kendall Smith, led all Seminoles with nine total tackles.

"They just flat outplayed us from the first quarter to the fourth," Miami linebacker Sean Spence said.

The Hurricanes opened the game with a drive that looked like it might put an early mark on the scoreboard. But after advancing all the way into the red zone, a missed 32-yard field goal by Matt Bosher kept the game scoreless.

Following an FSU punt and then the 20th forced three-and-out of the season by the Seminole defense, the good guys struck first.

Pryor moved the chains with a season-long run of 20 yards that helped set up a 17-yard Ponder to Thomas touchdown pass. The scoring grab marked Thomas' first touchdown catch of the year and second of his career.

The Seminoles took their 7-0 lead into the second quarter but that quickly changed.

Playing in his hometown for the first time since his mother passed away earlier this season, junior cornerback Mike Harris earned his second forced fumble of the year early in the second period. His stellar play led to a long Nick Moody return to the Miami one yard-line.

Thomas then made it all count on the very next play with a one-yard dash into the endzone.

Up 14-0 in front of the first-ever sellout crowd at Sun Life Stadium for a Hurricanes' game, Thomas decided to make a little personal history. At the culmination of a fantastic six-play, 68-yard drive, the Seminoles' starting rusher bounced into the endzone for a six-yard score to move the scoreboard to 21-0.

With that third score, Thomas moved into sole possession of ninth place all-time at FSU with 18 career rushing touchdowns. It also marked the first three-score game by a Seminole since former FSU running back Antone Smith had three against Miami during the 2008 season.

Thomas' score put the Hurricanes on the ropes but it wasn't enough to knock them out.

Harris led his squad on a 13-play, 80-yard drive that culminated in his three-yard touchdown scramble for Miami's first points of the night.

On the ensuing kickoff, star returner Greg Reid burst through a seam and took the ball across the 50 yard-line and into Miami territory. Reid's season-long return of 55 yards was enough to help set up a successful 37-yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins that extended the 'Noles' lead to 24-7 - an advantage they would take into halftime.

The Seminoles then emerged from the locker room after the break looking as if they had never left the field.

Their first offensive possession went about as well as it could possibly go. Thompson sprinted for a 44-yard gain and then Pryor capped off a quick 69-yard drive with a 16-yard touchdown to put FSU on top 31-7.

Unfortunately for FSU, Miami once again was able to find an answer after giving up a score.

The Hurricanes marched down the field on their ensuing drive and Damien Berry's 26-yard touchdown run cut the 'Noles' lead to 31-14 with just over 10 minutes to play in the third quarter.

Miami got a stop on FSU's next drive and after a couple of questionable defensive penalty calls on the Seminoles, the Hurricanes found themselves in the redzone a few short minutes later. A 36-yard Bosher field goal served as the outcome of that drive and it trimmed the 'Canes' deficit to 31-17.

Both teams exchanged two punts apiece late in the third quarter and into the fourth before FSU officially closed the door on any hopes Miami had of a comeback.

Ponder orchestrated a nearly flawless 11-play, 55-yard drive that ate up clock and featured three huge third-down conversions. The final third-down on that drive was a memorable one as sophomore wide receiver Rodney Smith grabbed his first-career touchdown reception on a well-placed 18-yard lob pass from Ponder into the corner of the endzone.

FSU later added another score thanks to Thompson's career-long 90-yard touchdown sprint with 4:24 left in the game. It was a run that is now the third longest in school history. Only Larry Key's 97-yarder in 1976 and Sammie Smith's 95-yarder in 1987 were longer. It was also the longest run ever surrendered by the Hurricanes.

"It's a real great feeling," Thompson said. "It's great to be in Florida State's history book. You know, that's not a real easy thing to do."

Florida State returns to Doak Campbell Stadium after consecutive weeks on the road. The Seminoles will welcome Boston College to town for a 12 p.m. conference matchup.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
7
17
7
14
45
MIAMI
0
7
10
0
17

1st   0- 0  Opp, 32, field goal failed, 10:34
      7- 0  Jermaine Thomas, 17, pass from Christian Ponder (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 5:07 
2nd  14- 0  Jermaine Thomas, 1, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 13:49
     21- 0  Jermaine Thomas, 6, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 9:25 
     21- 7  Opp, 3, run (kick), 5:53 
     24- 7  Dustin Hopkins, 38, field goal, 1:48 
3rd  31- 7  Lonnie Pryor, 16, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 12:33
     31-14  Opp, 26, run (kick), 10:39
     31-17  Opp, 36, field goal, 4:57 
4th  38-17  Rodney Smith, 18, pass from Christian Ponder (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 7:39 
     45-17  Chris Thompson, 90, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 4:24 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 19 27 Rushes-yards 41-298 36-189 Passing 173 235 Att-Comp-Int 21-12-1 49-20-1 Total Yards 62-471 85-424 Punt Returns 2-16 1-1 Kickoff Returns 4-145 4-64 Interception Ret. 1-5 1-0 Fumble Returns 1-36 0-0 Punts 4-41.3 6-44.2 Sacks By-Yds 1-11 0-0 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-1 Penalties-Yds 8-79 8-56 3rd Down Conversions 6-12 7-19 4th Down Conversions 0-0 1-2 Time of Posession 32:04 27:56 Attendance 75,115 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Chris Thompson 14- 158 Jermaine Thomas 16- 78 Lonnie Pryor 3- 45 Christian Ponder 4- 15 Matt Dunham 1- 5 Bert Reed 2- 5 Taiwan Easterling 1- -8 Receiving Taiwan Easterling 4- 53 Jermaine Thomas 2- 34 Beau Reliford 2- 27 Willie Haulstead 1- 20 Rodney Smith 1- 18 Bert Reed 1- 18 Lonnie Pryor 1- 3 Passing Christian Ponder 21-12-1-173 Punt Return Greg Reid 2- 16 Kickoff Return Greg Reid 4- 145 Punting Shawn Powell 4- 165 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kendall Smith 8 1 9 1.0- 6.0 . . . . . . . . Greg Reid 6 . 6 1.0- 2.0 . . 2 . . . . . Nick Moody 4 1 5 . . . . . 1- 36 . . . Markus White 4 1 5 1.5- 10.0 0.5- 6.0 . . . . . . . Mister Alexander 4 . 4 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Dan Hicks 3 . 3 . . . 1 . . . . . Mike Harris 3 . 3 . . . 1 . . 1 . . Everett Dawkins 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . Nigel Bradham 2 1 3 . . . 1 . . . . . Lamarcus Joyner 2 1 3 . . 1- 5 1 . . . . . Xavier Rhodes 2 . 2 . . . 1 . . . . . Terrance Parks 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Brandon Jenkins 1 1 2 0.5- 5.0 0.5- 5.0 . 1 . . . . . Telvin Smith 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Dustin Hopkins 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Christian Jones 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Jacobbi McDaniel 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Bjoern Werner 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Ochuko Jenije 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Christian Ponder . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Vince Williams . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB    7  Christian Ponder
WR    8  Taiwan Easterling
RB   38  Jermaine Thomas
C    60  Ryan McMahon
LG   62  Rodney Hudson
LT   67  Andrew Datko
RT   77  Zebrie Sanders
RG   79  David Spurlock
WR   82  Willie Haulstead
WR   83  Bert Reed
WR   84  Rodney Smith
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
SS    4  Terrance Parks
CB    5  Greg Reid
FS   10  Nick Moody
WLB  13  Nigel Bradham
SLB  16  Mister Alexander
CB   27  Xavier Rhodes
MLB  29  Kendall Smith
RE   49  Brandon Jenkins
DT   93  Everett Dawkins
LE   98  Markus White
DT   99  Jacobbi McDaniel
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Mike Harris
 3  E.J. Manuel
 6  Gerald Demps
 7  Christian Jones
11  Vince Williams
15  Ochuko Jenije
18  Dustin Hopkins
19  Josh Gehres
20  Lamarcus Joyner
22  Telvin Smith
23  Chris Thompson
24  Lonnie Pryor
26  A.J. Alexander
30  Jajuan Harley
33  Ty Jones
35  Greg Dent
36  Jarred Haggins
40  Matt Dunham
##  NAME
-----------------------------
41  Chad Abram
45  Shawn Powell
46  Vincent Zann
48  Jeff Luc
52  Bryan Stork
55  Jamar Jackson
58  Dan Hicks
59  Henry Orelus
64  Dax Dellenbach
66  Jacob Stanley
70  Antwane Greenlee
73  Rhonne Sanderson
76  Garrett Faircloth
81  Kenny Shaw
88  Beau Reliford
92  Anthony McCloud
95  Bjoern Werner
97  Demonte McAllister

FLORIDA STATE 24, BOSTON COLLEGE 19

10/16/2010, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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FSU Earns Tough Win vs. BC.

The No. 16 Florida State football team took another step in its development toward becoming a championship contender with a gritty 24-19 win over ACC foe Boston College Saturday.

By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com

TALLAHASSEE, FL - It's all about the experience.

For Jimbo Fisher's young Florida State football team, grinding out a tough conference victory like the one they achieved in Saturday's 24-19 win at home over Boston College is just another way to gain the knowledge and know-how needed to compete for championships.

The Seminoles (6-1, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) didn't steamroll the Eagles (2-4, 0-3) quite like many thought they would after dominating rival Miami a week earlier.

Instead, FSU trailed early and then again late against Boston College and had to dip into the bag of tricks for what would prove to be the winning score: a 42-yard end-around to junior wide receiver Bert Reed.

And at game's end - after quarterback Christian Ponder took one last knee to drain the clock - the 'Noles emerged victorious against an Eagles team that had won two straight in the series and had been a thorn in the collective side of FSU the last several years.

"We have not arrived," said Fisher, whose team has now experienced a big loss (see Oklahoma), a big win (see that Hurricanes dismantling) and now a get-it-done-any-way-possible type of win. "We have a long way to go as a football team and we have a lot of mistakes we have to get ironed out. But I did see a football team that would compete, it stayed together, it didn't panic, that made enough plays to win a game.

"Sometimes great seasons are made on games that you can scratch, crawl and fight."

With the triumph, Florida State is now off to its best start to ACC play since 2004 and is enjoying its first five-game winning streak since 2005.

Quarterback Christian Ponder didn't have his best day against a disciplined Boston College defense. FSU's redshirt senior signal caller finished the contest with 170 yards and two touchdowns but also had three interceptions and a fumble.

"The kid is a winner. He's a champion," Fisher said about Ponder. "I know what's in his heart and his mind. I don't ever doubt on him. I believe on him. You measure players on their bad days, and when you are able to scrounge around and win on your bad day that says a lot about you."

The Eagles jammed the box and limited the high-powered Seminole rushing attack to just 141 yards. Starting tailback Jermaine Thomas led the team with 44 yards on five carries.

In the passing game, wide receiver Rodney Smith paced the pass-catchers with a career-high six grabs for 49 yards. In addition to his 42-yard run and dive scoring-scamper, Reed caught four passes for 35 yards and Taiwan Easterling caught three balls for 42 yards.

Fullback Lonnie Pryor and tight end Beau Reliford had touchdown catches.

Defensively, the Seminoles got gashed early by Boston College's Montel Harris but made the appropriate adjustments to limit his damages. Harris, who has always performed well against Florida State, had 26 rushes for 191 yards - the most by any opposing running back all season.

Most importantly, however, was the fact that nearly all of those 191 yards occurred in the first quarter as the Seminole defender corralled him the rest of the game.

FSU held Boston College to just a meager 95 yards passing.

Florida State found itself in an unfamiliar place to start the ballgame because of some unfamiliar play on defense. The Seminoles allowed Harris to generate nearly 150 rushing yards on just nine carries and Boston College built a 6-0 lead on back-to-back field goals.

The early deficit marked the first time since the Oklahoma game that FSU trailed on the scoreboard.

Fortunately for the 'Noles, Smith had a trick up his sleeve and FSU quickly dissolved that deficit. FSU's lanky 6-foot-6 wide receiver grabbed a pass while lying on his back after multiple BC defenders bobbled it. The reception was only good for seven yards but it ignited the crowd and the offense and Thomas dashed to a 23-yard gain on the very next play.

Two snaps later, Pryor plowed his way over the goal line for a three-yard score and a 7-6 Seminoles' lead before the first quarter ended.

It looked as though that 7-6 score might be the only points of the opening half. But Ponder's passing game changed that. FSU methodically moved down the field and after starting at their own four yard-line, Reliford grabbed a quick 10-yard scoring pass from Ponder to make it 14-6.

On the season-long 96-yard drive, Easterling, Reed and freshman Greg Dent all caught passes. For Dent, his 12-yard grab was the first of his career and Reliford's touchdown meant he became the 12th FSU player to register a score this season.

After both teams emerged from the locker room, Boston College promptly cut into the FSU lead with a 28-yard field goal on the heels of a Ponder interception.

The Seminoles got the three points back less than 10 minutes later thanks to a 26-yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins. A quick Eagles three-and-out and 23-yard Greg Reid punt return made it look like FSU would further pad the lead but Boston College's Jim Noel intercepted another Ponder pass and sprinted to the endzone for a 43-yard return.

The turnover bug bit the 'Noles once again just before the end of the third quarter when Ponder fumbled on the attempted exchange with his running back. The Eagles used that momentum to officially retake the lead 19-17 on a 38-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter.

So, what's the cure for the pesky turnover bug? A little "trickeration" of course.

Well, that may not be typical football logic but that is exactly what the Seminoles did to recapture the lead. Reed took a well-designed end-around from Ponder and dashed 42 yards before diving over the pylon for the go-ahead score.

The nifty little play put FSU on top 24-19 with 10:50 left to play.

Florida State had four turnovers compared to zero by Boston College.

The Seminoles will now get some much needed rest with a bye this coming week. The team then goes on the road to face NC State in a pivotal Thursday-night contest in Raleigh, NC on Oct. 28.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
BOSTON COLLEGE
6
0
10
3
19
FLORIDA STATE
7
7
3
7
24

1st   0- 3  Opp, 33, field goal, 13:10
      0- 6  Opp, 37, field goal, 9:33 
      7- 6  Lonnie Pryor, 3, pass from Christian Ponder (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 1:19 
2nd  14- 6  Beau Reliford, 10, pass from Christian Ponder (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 1:03 
3rd  14- 9  Opp, 28, field goal, 13:56
     17- 9  Dustin Hopkins, 26, field goal, 6:30 
     17-16  Opp, 43, interception return (kick), 4:20 
4th  17-19  Opp, 38, field goal, 12:49
     24-19  Bert Reed, 42, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 10:50


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 19 9 Rushes-yards 37-141 33-171 Passing 170 95 Att-Comp-Int 31-19-3 24-9-0 Total Yards 68-311 57-266 Punt Returns 3-17 3-12 Kickoff Returns 6-73 2-32 Interception Ret. 0-0 3-63 Fumble Returns 0-0 1-0 Punts 5-50.8 8-39.3 Sacks By-Yds 4-23 2-18 Fumbles-Lost 1-1 0-0 Penalties-Yds 2-20 4-34 3rd Down Conversions 6-14 3-15 4th Down Conversions 1-1 0-0 Time of Posession 32:41 27:19 Attendance 75,301 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Jermaine Thomas 5- 44 Bert Reed 1- 42 Ty Jones 10- 35 Chris Thompson 10- 25 Lonnie Pryor 2- 4 Team 1- -4 Christian Ponder 8- -5 Receiving Rodney Smith 6- 49 Taiwan Easterling 3- 42 Bert Reed 4- 35 Willie Haulstead 3- 19 Greg Dent 1- 12 Beau Reliford 1- 10 Lonnie Pryor 1- 3 Passing Christian Ponder 31-19-3-170 Punt Return Greg Reid 3- 17 Kickoff Return Greg Reid 2- 47 Lonnie Pryor 4- 26 Punting Shawn Powell 5- 254 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Nigel Bradham 6 4 10 . . . 1 . . . . . Brandon Jenkins 6 3 9 3.5- 12.0 2.0- 7.0 . . 2 . . . . Kendall Smith 3 5 8 . . . . . . . . . Nick Moody 2 4 6 0.5- 4.0 0.5- 4.0 . 1 . . . . . Jacobbi McDaniel . 5 5 0.5- 4.0 0.5- 4.0 . 1 . . . . . Markus White 1 3 4 1.5- 8.0 1.0- 8.0 . . . . . . . Xavier Rhodes 3 . 3 . . . 3 . . . . . Demonte McAllister 2 1 3 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Mike Harris 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Terrance Parks 1 1 2 . . . 3 . . . . . Everett Dawkins 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Anthony McCloud 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Greg Reid 1 . 1 . . . 1 . . . . . Bert Reed 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Jajuan Harley 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Mister Alexander 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Telvin Smith 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Willie Haulstead 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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QB    7  Christian Ponder
WR    8  Taiwan Easterling
TB   23  Chris Thompson
C    60  Ryan McMahon
LG   62  Rodney Hudson
LT   67  Andrew Datko
RT   77  Zebrie Sanders
RG   79  David Spurlock
WR   83  Bert Reed
WR   84  Rodney Smith
TE   88  Beau Reliford
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
SS    4  Terrance Parks
FC    5  Greg Reid
FS   10  Nick Moody
WLB  13  Nigel Bradham
SLB  16  Mister Alexander
BC   27  Xavier Rhodes
MLB  29  Kendall Smith
RE   49  Brandon Jenkins
DT   93  Everett Dawkins
LE   98  Markus White
NG   99  Jacobbi McDaniel
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Mike Harris
 6  Gerald Demps
 7  Christian Jones
15  Ochuko Jenije
18  Dustin Hopkins
20  Lamarcus Joyner
22  Telvin Smith
24  Lonnie Pryor
30  Jajuan Harley
33  Ty Jones
35  Greg Dent
36  Jarred Haggins
38  Jermaine Thomas
40  Matt Dunham
##  NAME
-----------------------------
45  Shawn Powell
46  Vincent Zann
52  Bryan Stork
59  Henry Orelus
64  Dax Dellenbach
66  Jacob Stanley
73  Rhonne Sanderson
76  Garrett Faircloth
82  Willie Haulstead
85  Ja'Baris Little
92  Anthony McCloud
95  Bjoern Werner
97  Demonte McAllister

NORTH CAROLINA STATE 28, FLORIDA STATE 24

10/28/2010, RALEIGH, NC

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NC State 28 FSU 24.

The Seminoles drop their first ACC game of the year in Raleigh, NC after a late fumble in the redzone.

By: Brandon Mellor

RALEIGH, NC - It's always close when Florida State and NC State meet and Thursday night at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, NC was no different.

In a clash of two of the ACC's best, the Woflpack emerged victorious, 28-24, after a Seminoles' fumble in the redzone with under a minute to play.

The loss marks FSU's first setback in the league and puts NC State in the driver's seat in the race for the Atlantic Division crown.

For the game, Florida State (6-2, 4-1 ACC) quarterback Christian Ponder was 17-of-28 for 194 yards with one passing touchdown and two rushing scores. But it was his second-down fumble on the NC State four-yard line at the end of the game that was the difference.

Ty Jones led FSU's rushing attack with 113 yards on just 12 carries. Chris Thompson added 34 yards and Jermaine Thomas had 16 for a ground game that accrued 179 yards.

Bert Reed led the wide receivers with six catches for 87 yards and Willie Haulstead had four grabs for 41 yards.

NC State's (6-2, 3-1) Russell Wilson threw for 178 yards with one passing score and two touchdown runs.

The Wolfpack jumped out to a quick lead in the ballgame by scoring on a Wilson one-yard touchdown dive.

Florida State then held NC State to a three-and-out on the Wolfpack's second offensive possession to force a punt to Greg Reid and FSU's scintillating sophomore's 40-yard winding punt return put the 'Noles in scoring position.

Back-to-back offensive penalties halted a Seminoles' drive that saw Ponder connect with Reed on a long touchdown pass. After the scoring play was negated, FSU couldn't convert a third-and-long and were forced to punt.

The Seminoles' inability to put a dent in the scoreboard on that particular drive was indicative of the entire first quarter. Multiple penalties and missed assignments resulted in a scoreless opening 15 minutes for a team coming off a bye the previous week.

But after forcing another Wolfpack punt midway through the second quarter, the offense found some life and a Jones' 36-yard run put the 'Noles back in scoring position.

A few snaps later, Ponder made a miraculous play in which he rolled right and extended his banged-up right arm towards the pylon at the goal line.

On the three-yard play, FSU's senior signal-caller was ruled down just shy of the goal line before an official booth review determined he had in fact tapped the pylon before crashing out of bounds.

Tied at 7-7, the FSU defense got the ball right back on the first play of NC State's ensuing drive when junior linebacker Nigel Bradham stamped the Wolfpack's Dean Haynes and forced a fumble.

A quick pass to Lonnie Pryor and a short run by Thomas was then followed by a first-down securing Ponder sneak. With the ball on the two yard-line, Ponder used his legs once again and juked his way into the endzone for a 14-7 FSU lead.

Another strong defensive stand got FSU the ball back and this time Ponder only needed his arm to extend his team's lead.

After two consecutive passes to Reed, Jones exploded around the right side and used a great block by Pryor to gain 22 yards and get the Seminoles back into the redzone. Ponder then connected with Reed once more for 10 yards on a nifty play in which he threw the ball with his non-throwing left hand while under pressure and on the move.

The very next play Ponder found the surging Haulstead on a 10-yard touchdown. In just 6:26, FSU had eliminated its early 7-0 deficit and had reeled off 21 straight points.

And it wasn't just the FSU offense that shook off the rust that comes with having 12 days between games.

The Seminoles defensive unit allowed 51 yards on 12 on NC State's first possession but limited their hosts to just 70 yards on 24 total plays the rest of the first half.

NC State used the halftime break to make the necessary adjustments to rectify that statistic and promptly marched down the field on the opening drive of the third quarter and scored on a Wilson 10-yard run.

A Ponder fumble on the next FSU drive then resulted in the quick evaporation of FSU's lead. With a short field to work with, Wilson registered his third rushing score of the game on a 20-yard scramble to make it 21- 21 ballgame halfway through the third period.

The final 15 minutes opened with NC State on the move once more and threatening to regain the lead. But Xavier Rhodes made a terrific play on a Wilson pass and intercepted the ball in the endzone.

On the Seminoles' resulting possession, Reed reversed field on a short pass and converted a third-and-19 with a sprinting 30-yard gain. After a Thompson 26-yard run, Dustin Hopkins nailed a 33-yard field goal to put FSU back on top, 24-21, with nine minutes left to play.

The Wolfpack weren't deterred, though, and drained just over six minutes off the game clock as they moved the ball all the way to the FSU one yard-line.

After the Seminoles had dug in their heels on the goal line and stopped three consecutive runs up the middle, NC State elected to go for it on fourth-and-one and it paid off as Wilson tossed a go-ahead touchdown pass.

Given just two and half minutes to answer, Ponder found Haulstead on a big 16-yard gain that got the ball to the FSU 45-yard line. Two plays later, Taiwan Easterling caught a quick slant pass, broke a tackle and then dragged a tackler for a 29-yard gain to the NC State 21-yard line.

Ponder then converted a third-and-five with an eight-yard scramble and Jones' four-yard run pout FSU on the NC State four yard-line with 54 seconds left on the clock.

Unfortunately for the Seminoles, that would be it as Ponder collided with Jones and fumbled the ball over to NC State.

Next up for FSU is a home game against North Carolina on Nov. 6.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
0
21
0
3
24
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
7
0
14
7
28

1st   0- 7  Opp, 1, run (kick), 7:55 
2nd   7- 7  Christian Ponder, 3, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 7:12 
     14- 7  Christian Ponder, 2, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 4:54 
     21- 7  Willie Haulstead, 11, pass from Christian Ponder (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 0:47 
3rd  21-14  Opp, 10, run (kick), 10:00
     21-21  Opp, 20, run (kick), 7:36 
4th  24-21  Dustin Hopkins, 31, field goal, 9:07 
     24-28  Opp, 1, pass (kick), 2:40 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 15 23 Rushes-yards 33-177 53-189 Passing 196 178 Att-Comp-Int 28-17-0 28-18-1 Total Yards 61-373 81-367 Punt Returns 2-46 2-8 Kickoff Returns 5-84 2-60 Interception Ret. 1-23 0-0 Fumble Returns 1-0 2-0 Punts 5-43.0 4-47.5 Sacks By-Yds 3-21 3-14 Fumbles-Lost 2-2 1-1 Penalties-Yds 10-81 9-60 3rd Down Conversions 8-14 12-18 4th Down Conversions 0-0 2-2 Time of Posession 27:02 32:58 Attendance 56,807 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Ty Jones 10- 108 Chris Thompson 6- 39 Christian Ponder 11- 21 Jermaine Thomas 4- 16 Lonnie Pryor 1- -1 A.J. Alexander 1- -6 Receiving Bert Reed 6- 87 Willie Haulstead 4- 43 Taiwan Easterling 1- 29 Jermaine Thomas 2- 14 Lonnie Pryor 2- 13 Rodney Smith 1- 5 Beau Reliford 1- 5 Passing Christian Ponder 28-17-0-196 Punt Return Greg Reid 2- 46 Kickoff Return Greg Reid 3- 51 Chris Thompson 2- 33 Punting Shawn Powell 5- 215 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kendall Smith 9 6 15 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Markus White 6 2 8 1.0- 7.0 1.0- 7.0 . . . . . . . Nigel Bradham 4 4 8 1.0- 9.0 1.0- 9.0 . . . . 1 . . Brandon Jenkins 3 3 6 2.0- 7.0 1.0- 5.0 . . . . . . . Terrance Parks 4 1 5 . . . . . . . . . Nick Moody 4 1 5 . . . . . . . . . Everett Dawkins 2 3 5 . . . . 1 . . . . Greg Reid 2 3 5 . . . . . . . . . Jacobbi McDaniel 3 1 4 . . . . . . . . . Mike Harris 3 1 4 . . . . . . . . . Mister Alexander 1 3 4 . . . 1 . . . . . Anthony McCloud 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Lamarcus Joyner 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Telvin Smith 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Vince Williams 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Team 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Bjoern Werner 1 . 1 1.0- 3.0 . . . . . . . . Dax Dellenbach . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Willie Haulstead . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Dustin Hopkins . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Xavier Rhodes . . . . . 1- 23 1 . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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QB    7  Christian Ponder
Z     8  Taiwan Easterling
TB   38  Jermaine Thomas
RG   52  Bryan Stork
C    60  Ryan McMahon
LG   62  Rodney Hudson
LT   67  Andrew Datko
RT   77  Zebrie Sanders
X    82  Willie Haulstead
WR   83  Bert Reed
WR   84  Rodney Smith
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
SS    4  Terrance Parks
CB    5  Greg Reid
FS   10  Nick Moody
LB   13  Nigel Bradham
LB   16  Mister Alexander
CB   27  Xavier Rhodes
LB   29  Kendall Smith
RE   49  Brandon Jenkins
DT   92  Anthony McCloud
LE   98  Markus White
NG   99  Jacobbi McDaniel
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Mike Harris
 6  Gerald Demps
 7  Christian Jones
11  Vince Williams
15  Ochuko Jenije
18  Dustin Hopkins
19  Josh Gehres
20  Lamarcus Joyner
22  Telvin Smith
23  Chris Thompson
24  Lonnie Pryor
26  A.J. Alexander
30  Jajuan Harley
31  Terrence Brooks
33  Ty Jones
35  Greg Dent
##  NAME
-----------------------------
40  Matt Dunham
45  Shawn Powell
46  Vincent Zann
58  Dan Hicks
59  Henry Orelus
64  Dax Dellenbach
66  Jacob Stanley
73  Rhonne Sanderson
76  Garrett Faircloth
85  Ja'Baris Little
88  Beau Reliford
93  Everett Dawkins
95  Bjoern Werner
96  Toshmon Stevens
97  Demonte McAllister

NORTH CAROLINA 37, FLORIDA STATE 35

11/06/2010, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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Heartbreaker: UNC 37 FSU 35.

The No. 24 Florida State football team fell to North Carolina Saturday night after a last-second missed field goal.

By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Sometimes, that's just the way it goes.

With the potential to take the driver's seat in the Atlantic Division on the line, the No. 24 Florida State football team lost on a heartbreaking missed field goal in the final seconds to North Carolina Saturday at home, 37-35.

Because of an NC State loss earlier in the day, the Seminoles (6-3, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) had the opportunity to regain their division lead against the Tar Heels (6-3, 3-2).

And with seven seconds left to play, it appeared as if that's what would happen. But after Greg Reid's stellar 50-yard return got FSU into UNC territory with under 50 seconds to play, sophomore kicker Dustin Hopkins' potential game-winning 40-yard field goal missed wide to the outside.

"You hate it for the guy that kicked it," FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher said. "He's going to have plenty of other opportunities in his career because he is a great kicker."

For the game, FSU's Christian Ponder completed 24 of his 34 pass attempts for 264 yards and three touchdowns. Sophomore wide receiver Willie Haulstead had a breakout game with a career-high 10 catches for 154 yards and one touchdown.

Wide receivers Taiwan Easterling and Rodney Smith also had a touchdown catch apiece.

Starting fullback Lonnie Pryor posted two one-yard touchdowns. Sophomore running back had 49 yards rushing.

Defensively, junior linebacker Nigel Bradham led the way with 10 tackles while Markus White and Mister Alexander both had six takedowns. Sophomore defensive end Brandon Jenkins had two sacks.

North Carolina quarterback T.J. Yates finished the game with 439 yards and three touchdowns. Dwight Jones grabbed eight passes for 233 yards and one score for UNC.

North Carolina came out on fire to start the game despite the cool temperatures in Tallahassee. The Tar Heels needed just four plays and 60 yards to post a touchdown on the game's first possession.

But it didn't take the Seminoles much longer to answer. The Seminoles opened the game with a no-huddle, hurry-up style of offense that kept UNC on its - pardon the pun - heels. FSU worked steadily down the field and capped off a nine-play, 54-yard drive with a five-yard Haulstead touchdown grab to tie it up at 7-7.

The knotted score wouldn't stick, though; North Carolina went for the homerun and connected a few minutes later when Jones snagged a 67-yard scoring pass.

Just like Carolina opened the first quarter with a quick score, the Seminoles did the same to kick off the second period.

FSU marched 48 yards in just two plays and Smith secured a 27-yard pass from Ponder down the right sideline to make it a 14-14 ballgame.

Another steady drive gave the 'Noles their first lead of the game at 21-14 and Ponder a hat trick at the 10:13 mark of the second quarter. FSU's offensive leader found Easterling on a receiver screen pass for a seven-yard scoring play.

On the drive, FSU was set up in scoring position thanks to a career-long 41-yard grab by Haulstead.

The back-and-forth first-half offensive explosion by both squads then continued on the Tar Heels' ensuing drive. UNC retied the score on a seven-play 75-yard drive touchdown with 6:56 to play in opening half.

Not to be outdone, the Seminoles then utilized a three-minute drive that resulted in a five-yard scoring plunge by Pryor to regain the lead at 28-21 before the second quarter ended.

The scoring slowed from the frenetic first-half pace after both squads emerged from the locker room to start the third quarter - particularly for Florida State.

North Carolina registered a field goal and touchdown to recapture the lead, 31-28, with just over five minutes to play in the third period. On the flip side, FSU couldn't get into scoring position in two separate possessions in the same time frame.

The Tar Heels then added another field goal early in the fourth quarter to extend their lead to 34-28.

And that's when the Seminoles caught a break.

After Carolina punter C.J. Feagles was penalized for an illegal kick in which he soccer-booted the football after a bad snap, FSU was awarded the football on the one yard-line. That was all Pryor needed to dive over the goal line to give the Seminoles a 35-34 advantage with just 5:49 left to play.

The quick change in momentum didn't deter the Tar Heels as they then prodded down field and scored on a 22-yard field goal to retake the lead, 37-35, with 55 seconds left.

Reid's monster kick return then helped set up what would have been Hopkins' game-winner.

Florida State returns to Doak Campbell Stadium on Nov. 13 for a primetime 8 p.m. showdown with Clemson.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
NORTH CAROLINA
14
7
10
6
37
FLORIDA STATE
7
21
0
7
35

1st   0- 7  Opp, 6, run (kick), 13:18
      7- 7  Willie Haulstead, 5, pass from Christian Ponder (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 7:49 
      7-14  Opp, 67, pass (kick), 2:39 
2nd  14-14  Rodney Smith, 27, pass from Christian Ponder (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 14:15
     21-14  Taiwan Easterling, 7, pass from Christian Ponder (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 10:13
     21-21  Opp, 14, pass (kick), 6:56 
     28-21  Lonnie Pryor, 5, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 3:47 
3rd  28-24  Opp, 46, field goal, 10:11
     28-31  Opp, 4, pass (kick), 5:05 
4th  28-34  Opp, 31, field goal, 11:41
     28-34  Dustin Hopkins, 42, field goal failed, 7:51 
     35-34  Lonnie Pryor, 1, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 5:49 
     35-37  Opp, 22, field goal, 0:55 
     35-37  Dustin Hopkins, 40, field goal failed, 0:02 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 18 20 Rushes-yards 33-110 34- 34 Passing 264 439 Att-Comp-Int 35-24-0 35-24-0 Total Yards 68-374 69-473 Punt Returns 5-2 2-44 Kickoff Returns 7-193 2-49 Interception Ret. 0-0 0-0 Fumble Returns 0-0 0-0 Punts 6-48.7 5-39.2 Sacks By-Yds 5-24 3-21 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0 Penalties-Yds 7-74 9-56 3rd Down Conversions 7-14 4-13 4th Down Conversions 0-0 0-1 Time of Posession 27:55 32:05 Attendance 70,157 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Chris Thompson 9- 49 Jermaine Thomas 8- 34 Lonnie Pryor 4- 16 Christian Ponder 11- 13 Team 1- -2 Receiving Willie Haulstead 10- 154 Taiwan Easterling 6- 33 Rodney Smith 2- 33 Bert Reed 4- 30 Jermaine Thomas 2- 14 Passing Christian Ponder 34-24-0-264 Team 1- 0-0- 0 Punt Return Greg Reid 5- 2 Kickoff Return Greg Reid 7- 193 Punting Shawn Powell 6- 292 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Nigel Bradham 6 4 10 1.0- 1.0 1.0- 1.0 . 2 . . . . . Markus White 5 3 8 2.0- 8.0 1.0- 4.0 . . . . . . . Mister Alexander 4 4 8 1.0- 5.0 1.0- 5.0 . . . . . . . Nick Moody 2 2 4 0.5- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Brandon Jenkins 3 . 3 2.0- 14.0 2.0- 14.0 . . . . . . . Greg Reid 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Anthony McCloud 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Terrance Parks 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Vince Williams 1 2 3 . . . 1 . . . . . Lamarcus Joyner 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Kendall Smith 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Jacobbi McDaniel 1 1 2 1.0- 1.0 . . 1 1 . . . . Dan Hicks 1 1 2 1.0- 2.0 . . . . . . . . Christian Jones 1 . 1 . . . . 1 . . . . Shawn Powell 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Mike Harris 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Xavier Rhodes 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Bjoern Werner . 1 1 0.5- 0.0 . . . . . . . . Everett Dawkins . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Ochuko Jenije . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Christian Ponder . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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QB    7  Christian Ponder
WR    8  Taiwan Easterling
TB   23  Chris Thompson
C    60  Ryan McMahon
LG   62  Rodney Hudson
LT   67  Andrew Datko
RG   73  Rhonne Sanderson
RT   77  Zebrie Sanders
WR   82  Willie Haulstead
WR   83  Bert Reed
WR   84  Rodney Smith
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
SS    4  Terrance Parks
FC    5  Greg Reid
FS   10  Nick Moody
WLB  13  Nigel Bradham
SLB  16  Mister Alexander
BC   27  Xavier Rhodes
MLB  29  Kendall Smith
RE   49  Brandon Jenkins
DT   92  Anthony McCloud
LE   98  Markus White
NG   99  Jacobbi McDaniel
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Mike Harris
 3  Justin Bright
 7  Christian Jones
11  Vince Williams
15  Ochuko Jenije
18  Dustin Hopkins
19  Josh Gehres
20  Lamarcus Joyner
22  Telvin Smith
24  Lonnie Pryor
31  Terrence Brooks
35  Greg Dent
38  Jermaine Thomas
40  Matt Dunham
##  NAME
-----------------------------
41  Chad Abram
45  Shawn Powell
46  Vincent Zann
58  Dan Hicks
59  Henry Orelus
64  Dax Dellenbach
66  Jacob Stanley
76  Garrett Faircloth
81  Kenny Shaw
85  Ja'Baris Little
88  Beau Reliford
93  Everett Dawkins
95  Bjoern Werner
96  Toshmon Stevens

FLORIDA STATE 16, CLEMSON 13

11/13/2010, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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That's A Walk-Off!

Dustin Hopkins calmly connects on a career-long 55-yard field goal Saturday night as time expired to give FSU a 16-13 win over Clemson.

By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com

TALLAHASSEE, FL - They had his back. Because they knew he'd get it next time.

Florida State players, coaches and staff all rallied around kicker Dustin Hopkins when he missed what would have been the game-winning field goal a week ago against North Carolina.

Saturday against Clemson, he paid them back for that support when he drilled a 55-yard field goal as time expired to give FSU a thrilling come-from-behind 16-13 victory over the Tigers.

"I knew God had a plan," Hopkins said. "That miss last week made this one that much more special. When I was going out there, some players came up and reassured me. It was great knowing they had my back."

For Hopkins, the long ball was not only his first game-winner and new career long but it was also the Seminoles' first offensive game-winning play as time expired since way back in the 1983 season. It also marked the third-longest field goal in school history.

Most importantly, the win over the Tigers (5-5, 3-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) keeps the 'Noles (7-3, 5-2) in the hunt for the ACC's Atlantic Division crown.

While Hopkins will steal Sunday's headlines, another second-year student-athlete also put his stamp on the victory.

Backup quarterback EJ Manuel got the nod under center in place of starter Christian Ponder, who was sidelined with an injury to his throwing arm. He finished the ballgame 15-for-24 for 210 yards while improving to 4-1 as a starter.

He also posted a team-best 71 yards rushing on 15 carries and one running score.

Manuel was aided by the emergence of sophomore wide receiver Rodney Smith, who set a career high with 121 yards on four catches. FSU generated 307 yards of total offense despite mustering just 80 in the first half.

Clemson put up 391 yards, including 143 on the ground from tailback Jamie Harper. But the FSU defenders - led by senior linebacker Kendall Smith's game-high 10 tackles and an endzone interception by redshirt freshman cornerback Xavier Rhodes - did what they had to do to keep their scoring in check.

A sloppy opening quarter helped Clemson get on the board first.

FSU held the Tigers to a punt on their opening drive but a penalty on the kick gave them a new set of downs. The miscue hurt even more a few snaps later as Harper ran into the endzone from 26 yards out.

FSU then retaliated with a 28-yard Hopkins field goal after an impressive first drive for the Manuel-led offense.

Halfway through the second quarter, another 'Nole miscue then paved the way for some Clemson points. Greg Reid fumbled on the FSU 10 yard line on a punt return after a stout defensive stand and four plays later a 22-yard Chandler Catanzaro fiel goal made it a 10-3 ballgame in favor of the Tigers.

The visitors actually threatened to score one more time before the close of the opening half. But a Mike Harris interception close to the redzone kept the game manageable heading into the halftime break.

Despite struggling to generate much offense, it wasn't all bad for the Seminoles in the opening 30 minutes. Junior linebacker Nigel Bradham made a terrific play on a first-quarter field goal attempt and blocked the kick.

It was the first blocked field goal by the Seminoles this season.

The Seminoles opened the second half by nearly matching all of the offensive yardage of first two quarters on the initial drive. A 39-yard Hopkins field goal culminated 52-yard march and trimmed the Tigers' lead to 10-6.

Following a missed 38-yard Clemson field goal halfway through the third, it appeared as though the momentum had swung itself in favor of the Seminoles for the first time all night long.

But after FSU crossed the 50 yard-line on its ensuing drive, a Clemson interception promptly shut the door on that notion.

Or did it?

With Clemson looking like it was going to add to its lead with the great field position off the turnover, Rhodes nabbed an interception in the endzone to squelch that.

The terrific defensive play then led to the best offensive series of the night.

Starting on their own 15 yard-line two-thirds of the way through the fourth quarter, Manuel guided the Seminoles 85 yards to pay dirt as he capped off the 12-play drive with an eight-yard touchdown run to give FSU its first lead at 13-10.

Clemson did have an answer, though, as the Tigers added their own 3-pointer to tie the game at 13-13 with just 53 seconds left to play.

And then Hopkins' magic happened.

After back-to-back home games, FSU heads to Maryland for a pivotal conference clash with the Terrapins at 8 p.m.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
CLEMSON
7
3
0
3
13
FLORIDA STATE
3
0
3
10
16

1st   0- 7  Opp, 26, run (kick), 10:06
      3- 7  Dustin Hopkins, 28, field goal, 6:57 
      3- 7  Opp, 34, field goal blocked by Nigel Bradham, 0:14 
2nd   3-10  Opp, 22, field goal, 7:13 
3rd   6-10  Dustin Hopkins, 39, field goal, 11:04
      6-10  Opp, 38, field goal failed, 6:52 
4th  13-10  E.J. Manuel, 8, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 10:08
     13-13  Opp, 29, field goal, 0:53 
     16-13  Dustin Hopkins, 55, field goal, 0:00 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 16 25 Rushes-yards 30- 97 35-152 Passing 210 239 Att-Comp-Int 25-15-1 44-28-2 Total Yards 55-307 79-391 Punt Returns 1-0 2-9 Kickoff Returns 4-82 2-34 Interception Ret. 2-16 1-0 Fumble Returns 0-0 1-0 Punts 4-44.8 3-40.3 Sacks By-Yds 1-2 2-13 Fumbles-Lost 4-1 2-0 Penalties-Yds 8-81 10-74 3rd Down Conversions 6-13 9-18 4th Down Conversions 0-0 0-0 Time of Posession 26:27 33:33 Attendance 72,228 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing E.J. Manuel 15- 71 Ty Jones 6- 18 Chris Thompson 3- 16 Lonnie Pryor 1- 5 Jermaine Thomas 3- 4 Team 1- -1 Greg Dent 1- -16 Receiving Rodney Smith 4- 121 Beau Reliford 4- 35 Taiwan Easterling 2- 22 Ty Jones 2- 21 Kenny Shaw 1- 8 Lonnie Pryor 1- 3 Jermaine Thomas 1- 0 Passing E.J. Manuel 24-15-1-210 Team 1- 0-0- 0 Punt Return Greg Reid 1- 0 Kickoff Return Greg Reid 4- 82 Punting Shawn Powell 4- 179 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kendall Smith 7 3 10 1.0- 3.0 . . 1 . . . . . Nigel Bradham 4 4 8 . . . . . . . 1 . Xavier Rhodes 7 . 7 . . 1- 15 3 . . . . . Mister Alexander 6 1 7 1.0- 2.0 . . . . . . . . Nick Moody 4 1 5 . . . 1 . . . . . Anthony McCloud 4 1 5 . . . . . . . . . Lamarcus Joyner 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . Terrance Parks 2 1 3 . . . 1 . . . . . Greg Reid 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Mike Harris 2 1 3 . . 1- 1 1 . . . . . Jacobbi McDaniel 1 2 3 1.0- 7.0 . . . 1 . . . . Markus White 2 . 2 1.0- 2.0 1.0- 2.0 . . . . . . . Bjoern Werner 1 1 2 . . . 1 . . . . . Brandon Jenkins 1 1 2 . . . . 2 . . . . Telvin Smith 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Christian Jones 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Dan Hicks 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Ochuko Jenije 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Willie Haulstead . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB    3  E.J. Manuel
WR    8  Taiwan Easterling
FB   24  Lonnie Pryor
TB   38  Jermaine Thomas
C    60  Ryan McMahon
LG   62  Rodney Hudson
LT   67  Andrew Datko
RG   73  Rhonne Sanderson
RT   77  Zebrie Sanders
WR   83  Bert Reed
TE   88  Beau Reliford
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
SS    4  Terrance Parks
FC    5  Greg Reid
FS   10  Nick Moody
WLB  13  Nigel Bradham
SLB  16  Mister Alexander
BC   27  Xavier Rhodes
MLB  29  Kendall Smith
RE   49  Brandon Jenkins
DT   92  Anthony McCloud
LE   98  Markus White
NG   99  Jacobbi McDaniel
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Mike Harris
 7  Christian Jones
11  Vince Williams
15  Ochuko Jenije
18  Dustin Hopkins
19  Josh Gehres
20  Lamarcus Joyner
22  Telvin Smith
23  Chris Thompson
31  Terrence Brooks
33  Ty Jones
35  Greg Dent
40  Matt Dunham
##  NAME
-----------------------------
45  Shawn Powell
46  Vincent Zann
58  Dan Hicks
59  Henry Orelus
64  Dax Dellenbach
66  Jacob Stanley
81  Kenny Shaw
82  Willie Haulstead
84  Rodney Smith
93  Everett Dawkins
95  Bjoern Werner
96  Toshmon Stevens
97  Demonte McAllister

FLORIDA STATE 30, MARYLAND 16

11/20/2010, COLLEGE PARK, MD

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Moody's INT Seals Win.

Safety Nick Moody's game-sealing interception return helps No. 25 Florida State conclude its league schedule with a 30-16 win at Maryland.

By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com

COLLEGE PARK, MD - The No. 25 Florida State football team has a chance to compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship game -- the Seminoles just have to wait a week before they know whether or not that opportunity is a reality.

FSU (8-3, 6-2 ACC) made sure that its name is at least in the league-title discussion with a 30-16 come-from-behind victory Saturday night at Maryland (7-4, 4-3).

Clinging to a one-score lead in the final minute, FSU safety Nick Moody intercepted a Danny O'Brien pass attempt and ran untouched for a 90-yard game-clinching score.

Coupled with NC State's win over North Carolina earlier in the day, the thrilling FSU triumph means that a Terrapins win over the Wolfpack this coming weekend would send the 'Noles to Charlotte for a showdown with Virginia Tech. An NC State win, however, would then result in a Wolfpack-Hokies tilt for the ACC crown.

Offensively, quarterback Christian Ponder returned to the starting lineup after missing the Clemson game with an elbow injury. FSU's veteran leader threw for 170 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Without starter Jermaine Thomas, who was out with a knee sprain, sophomore Chris Thompson carried the load from the tailback position. Thompson finished the night with 94 yards on eight carrries, including an early 70-yard scoring scamper.

Redshirt junior Bert Reed helped with six catches for 92 yards and one touchdown.

On the defensive end, Moody posted a team-high four tackles and sophomore Greg Reid also had a timely interception. Defensive ends Brandon Jenkins and Markus White added to the sack totals with a quarterback takedown each.

FSU found itself in a quick 3-0 hole after an opening-possession three-and-out and Maryland offensive drive that resulted in a field goal.

But Thompson erased that as he just as quickly dashed 70 yards on the Seminoles' first play following the Terrapin 3-pointer. The Greenville, Fla. native found a small crease on the left side of the line and registered what was his seventh play of 25 yards or more on the season.

A few plays later, Jenkins got the ball right back for his offense when he forced a fumble on Maryland's attempted option play. The ball was scooped up by linebacker Mister Alexander, who returned it 12 yards deep into Terrapins' territory.

A 37-yard Dustin Hopkins field goal then extended the 'Noles' lead to 10-3 before the Terps retied the game with a touchdown midway through the second quarter.

After Maryland took a 13-10 lead towards the end of the opening half, head coach Jimbo Fisher and the Seminoles reached in to the bag of tricks. Looking like they were going to kick the ball away on fourth and short, punter Shawn Powell took the snap and flipped it to junior defensive back Mike Harris, who then ran 33 yards into the redzone.

Another Hopkins field goal - this time from 30 yards away - served as the reward for trickeration and it tied the game at 13-13 just before the halftime break.

The Terrapins swung the scoreboard back in their favor after both teams emerged from intermission.

Maryland netted a field goal to go up 16-13 before the FSU offense kicked it into gear. Thanks to Reed's terrific catch-and-run 44-yard scoring play, the Seminoles recaptured the advantage, 20-16, with less than three minutes to play in the third quarter.

Powell's punt bounced off the back of a Maryland defender and Alexander came up with his second recovery of the night around the six-minute mark. The remarkable play gave the Seminoles the ball just on the edge of the redzone.

A clutch Hopkins kick from 34 yards then put the visitors on top by a touchdown at 23-16.

On the ensuing drive, the Seminoles forced a fourth-and-one with 1:25 left to play but the Terrapins converted on Florida State's 22 yard-line. That play was then followed by Moody's game-sealing interception grab.

The Seminoles now turn their attention to rival Florida, who comes to Tallahassee this Saturday.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
10
3
7
10
30
MARYLAND
3
10
3
0
16

1st   0- 3  Opp, 31, field goal, 9:21 
      7- 3  Chris Thompson, 70, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 9:05 
     10- 3  Dustin Hopkins, 37, field goal, 5:07 
2nd  10-10  Opp, 7, pass (kick), 14:05
     10-10  Dustin Hopkins, 37, field goal failed, 10:04
     10-13  Opp, 32, field goal, 2:27 
     13-13  Dustin Hopkins, 30, field goal, 0:32 
3rd  13-16  Opp, 32, field goal, 5:27 
     20-16  Bert Reed, 44, pass from Christian Ponder (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 2:55 
4th  20-16  Dustin Hopkins, 51, field goal failed, 9:40 
     23-16  Dustin Hopkins, 34, field goal, 4:37 
     30-16  Nick Moody, 96, interception return (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 0:36 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 15 23 Rushes-yards 30-151 34-163 Passing 203 269 Att-Comp-Int 27-17-1 45-25-2 Total Yards 57-354 79-432 Punt Returns 1-0 1-1 Kickoff Returns 4-98 5-93 Interception Ret. 2-96 1-20 Fumble Returns 2-11 1-0 Punts 2-27.5 2-35.0 Sacks By-Yds 2-9 3-9 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 2-2 Penalties-Yds 6-45 5-45 3rd Down Conversions 4-14 5-16 4th Down Conversions 1-1 2-4 Time of Posession 28:20 31:40 Attendance 48,115 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Chris Thompson 8- 97 Ty Jones 10- 37 Lonnie Pryor 3- 12 Christian Ponder 9- 7 Receiving Bert Reed 6- 93 Mike Harris 1- 33 Chris Thompson 3- 25 Rodney Smith 2- 24 Beau Reliford 1- 16 Ty Jones 2- 7 Taiwan Easterling 1- 3 Josh Gehres 1- 2 Passing Christian Ponder 26-16-1-170 Shawn Powell 1- 1-0- 33 Punt Return Greg Reid 1- 0 Kickoff Return Greg Reid 2- 50 Lamarcus Joyner 2- 48 Punting Shawn Powell 2- 55 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Nick Moody 7 6 13 . . 1- 96 . . . . . . Xavier Rhodes 5 4 9 . . . . . . . . . Nigel Bradham 4 5 9 . . . . . . . . . Greg Reid 6 . 6 1.0- 1.0 . 1- 0 . . . . . . Kendall Smith 2 4 6 . . . . . . . . . Bjoern Werner 1 4 5 . . . . . . . . . Mister Alexander 3 1 4 . . . . . 2- 11 . . . Mike Harris 3 1 4 . . . . . . . . . Terrance Parks 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . Jacobbi McDaniel 2 1 3 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Lamarcus Joyner 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . . Markus White 2 . 2 1.0- 1.0 1.0- 1.0 . 1 . . . . . Christian Jones 2 . 2 1.0- 8.0 1.0- 8.0 . . . . . . . Dan Hicks 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Anthony McCloud 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Rodney Hudson 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Vince Williams 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Everett Dawkins 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Brandon Jenkins 1 . 1 1.0- 5.0 . . . . . 1 . . Ochuko Jenije 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB    7  Christian Ponder
Z     8  Taiwan Easterling
TB   23  Chris Thompson
RG   59  Henry Orelus
C    60  Ryan McMahon
LG   62  Rodney Hudson
LT   67  Andrew Datko
RT   77  Zebrie Sanders
Z    84  Rodney Smith
TE   85  Ja'Baris Little
TE   88  Beau Reliford
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
SS    4  Terrance Parks
FC    5  Greg Reid
FS   10  Nick Moody
WLB  13  Nigel Bradham
SLB  16  Mister Alexander
BC   27  Xavier Rhodes
MLB  29  Kendall Smith
RE   49  Brandon Jenkins
DT   92  Anthony McCloud
LE   98  Markus White
NG   99  Jacobbi McDaniel
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Mike Harris
 3  Justin Bright
 6  Gerald Demps
 7  Christian Jones
11  Vince Williams
15  Ochuko Jenije
18  Dustin Hopkins
19  Josh Gehres
20  Lamarcus Joyner
22  Telvin Smith
24  Lonnie Pryor
31  Terrence Brooks
33  Ty Jones
35  Greg Dent
38  Darren Edwards
38  Jermaine Thomas
40  Matt Dunham
##  NAME
-----------------------------
41  Chad Abram
45  Shawn Powell
46  Vincent Zann
48  Jeff Luc
52  Bryan Stork
58  Dan Hicks
64  Dax Dellenbach
66  Jacob Stanley
73  Rhonne Sanderson
76  Garrett Faircloth
81  Kenny Shaw
83  Bert Reed
93  Everett Dawkins
94  Darious Cummings
95  Bjoern Werner
96  Toshmon Stevens

FLORIDA STATE 31, FLORIDA 7

11/27/2010, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Streak Snapped.

Florida State has dominating performance to break six-year losing streak to Florida.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Quarterback Christian Ponder played as efficiently as he had all season in a game that meant everything to Seminole Nation. The result was a 31-7 stomping over Florida to snap a dreaded six-year losing streak to their in-state rivals in front of a boisterous crowd of 82,324.

Ponder completed 16 of 24 passes for three touchdowns and no interceptions, getting his first-ever win against Florida. His fine performance combined with four forced turnovers by an opportunistic defense secured state bragging rights for at least the next year. Ponder has not thrown a pick in three of his last four games, and his passing yardage was his third-most this season.

The senior leader also spread the wealth, connecting with seven different players, including three different receivers for touchdowns. Rodney Smith led all wideouts with 79 yards on four receptions and a touchdown, while Taiwan Easterling added 35 yards and a score.

The defensive unit was as stout as it could possibly be against a bitter rival, shutting down the Gators through the air. The Gators (7-5, 4-4) mustered only 64 yards passing, but amassed 212 yards on the ground. Florida finished the game with five fumbles, losing three of them in key situations.

Sophomore safety Nick Moody led the Seminoles with eight tackles in a big-hitting performance, also forcing a fumble. Nigel Bradham and Markus White added six tackles apiece, while Brandon Jenkins recorded two sacks to reach 12 on the season. Cornerback Mike Harris had the team's lone interception.

Also playing a vital role in tonight's win was the leg of punter Shawn Powell, who drove three punts inside the 20-yard line to force long drives by a depleted Gator offense. Florida quarterback Jordan Reed managed 74 yards on 13 carries, while Chris Rainey added 73 yards on 11 tries. The receiving core was stagnant all evening, with Rainey leading the unit with 25 yards on four catches.

Florida State struck first on its first drive of the game, using seven plays to drive 46 yards in 2:22. The drive ended when Dustin Hopkins nailed a 38-yard field goal to put the Seminoles (9-3, 6-2) ahead early 3-0. A 62-yard subsequent kickoff return by Andre Debose put the Gators at FSU's 32-yard line. Five plays later, quarterback John Brantley found a wide-open Robert Clark for a 20-yard score, putting the Gators on top at 7-3. The drive took only 1:46 courtesy of the advantageous field position.

Florida was stopped on a third and 11 at its 15 yard line, but its possession was extended by a personal foul on FSU's Terrance Parks. The Seminoles regained momentum when Reed was stripped on a rush, which was recovered by FSU's Xavier Rhodes. On Florida's next possession, Rhodes recovered another fumble by Reed, which was forced by cornerback Greg Reid at the Florida 17. Two plays later, tailback Lonnie Pryor ran up the middle for a nine-yard score, his seventh offensive touchdown of the season.

After the Gators were stopped on a third and five, punter Chas Henry faked a punt, but his rush was stopped short on a textbook tackle from Ochucko Jenije. After FSU took over on the turnover, Ponder found Smith down the right sideline for a 39-yard score, Smith's longest receiving score of the season.

Ponder connected with Easterling on a 15-yard slant pass over the middle for a touchdown, making it 24-7 with 2:47 before halftime. The meticulous drive consisted of 12 plays and 73 yards in 6:01. The play was made after Ponder had several seconds of solid protection, giving Easterling his fourth touchdown of the season. It was also Ponder's sixth game this season in which he has thrown multiple touchdown passes.

Harris picked off a Brantley pass intended for DeBose at the FSU 7, Harris' third interception of the season. The turnover was Florida's third of the half.

FSU's 24-7 lead at halftime marked just the third time in the 55-game series that the Seminoles have held as big as a 17-point lead through the first two quarters. FSU outgained the Gators in yardage, 193-187, and held a sizeable 142-32 advantage in the passing game through halftime. FSU finished with 333 yards of total offense compared to UF's 276.

The third quarter began in promising fashion, with Ponder throwing his third TD pass of the game to wide receiver Willie Haulstead for a 29-yard gain. It was a 10-play drive that took some time off the clock, marking Haulstead's team-leading sixth touchdown of the season to give the Seminoles a 31-7 lead.

Another red zone turnover was forced by the Seminoles. Trey Burton rushed to the right side before Dan Hicks forced a fumble that was recovered for a possible scoop and score, but the play was blown dead as soon as Parks picked up the ball. Replay review showed Burton lost control of the ball before his knee landed, causing an overturn.

A 38-31 loss by N.C. State to Maryland now pushes the Seminoles into the Dr. Pepper ACC Championship Game next Saturday, Dec. 4, at 7:45 p.m. against Virginia Tech at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA
7
0
0
0
7
FLORIDA STATE
3
21
7
0
31

1st   3- 0  Dustin Hopkins, 38, field goal, 12:38
      3- 7  Opp, 20, pass (kick), 10:43
2nd  10- 7  Lonnie Pryor, 9, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 12:06
     17- 7  Rodney Smith, 39, pass from Christian Ponder (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 10:45
     24- 7  Taiwan Easterling, 15, pass from Christian Ponder (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 2:47 
3rd  31- 7  Willie Haulstead, 29, pass from Christian Ponder (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 9:19 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 21 17 Rushes-yards 41-112 47-212 Passing 221 64 Att-Comp-Int 24-16-0 16-8-1 Total Yards 65-333 63-276 Punt Returns 0-0 0-0 Kickoff Returns 2-48 4-125 Interception Ret. 1-1 0-0 Fumble Returns 3-0 0-0 Punts 4-40.3 4-37.5 Sacks By-Yds 2-6 0-0 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 5-3 Penalties-Yds 4-161 11-79 3rd Down Conversions 8-15 6-12 4th Down Conversions 1-1 0-1 Time of Posession 32:59 27:01 Attendance 82,324 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Chris Thompson 17- 42 E.J. Manuel 5- 27 Christian Ponder 7- 18 Ty Jones 5- 15 Lonnie Pryor 5- 12 Team 2- -2 Receiving Rodney Smith 4- 79 Taiwan Easterling 3- 35 Bert Reed 3- 33 Beau Reliford 2- 30 Willie Haulstead 1- 29 Chris Thompson 2- 12 Lonnie Pryor 1- 3 Passing Christian Ponder 24-16-0-221 Kickoff Return Greg Reid 2- 48 Punting Shawn Powell 4- 161 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Nick Moody 3 5 8 . . . . . . 1 . . Nigel Bradham 5 1 6 . . . . . . . . . Markus White 1 5 6 1.0- 0.0 . . . . . . . . Greg Reid 5 . 5 . . . 2 . . 1 . . Xavier Rhodes 4 1 5 . . . . . 2- 0 . . . Kendall Smith 2 3 5 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Brandon Jenkins 4 . 4 2.0- 6.0 2.0- 6.0 . . . . . . . Terrance Parks 2 2 4 . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Mister Alexander 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . Ochuko Jenije 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Mike Harris 2 1 3 . . 1- 1 1 . . . . . Anthony McCloud 1 2 3 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . . Dan Hicks 2 . 2 . . . . . . 1 . . Everett Dawkins 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Telvin Smith 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Vince Williams 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Demonte McAllister 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Greg Dent 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Bjoern Werner . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Justin Bright . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB    7  Christian Ponder
WR    8  Taiwan Easterling
TB   23  Chris Thompson
FB   24  Lonnie Pryor
RG   52  Bryan Stork
C    60  Ryan McMahon
LG   62  Rodney Hudson
LT   67  Andrew Datko
RT   77  Zebrie Sanders
WR   83  Bert Reed
TE   88  Beau Reliford
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
SS    4  Terrance Parks
FC    5  Greg Reid
FS   10  Nick Moody
WLB  13  Nigel Bradham
SLB  16  Mister Alexander
BC   27  Xavier Rhodes
MLB  29  Kendall Smith
RE   49  Brandon Jenkins
DT   92  Anthony McCloud
LE   98  Markus White
NG   99  Jacobbi McDaniel
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Mike Harris
 3  Justin Bright
 3  E.J. Manuel
 6  Gerald Demps
 7  Christian Jones
11  Vince Williams
15  Ochuko Jenije
18  Dustin Hopkins
19  Josh Gehres
20  Lamarcus Joyner
22  Telvin Smith
31  Terrence Brooks
33  Ty Jones
35  Greg Dent
38  Darren Edwards
40  Matt Dunham
##  NAME
-----------------------------
41  Chad Abram
45  Shawn Powell
46  Vincent Zann
58  Dan Hicks
59  Henry Orelus
64  Dax Dellenbach
66  Jacob Stanley
73  Rhonne Sanderson
81  Kenny Shaw
82  Willie Haulstead
84  Rodney Smith
85  Ja'Baris Little
93  Everett Dawkins
95  Bjoern Werner
96  Toshmon Stevens
97  Demonte McAllister

VIRGINIA TECH 44, FLORIDA STATE 33

12/04/2010, ACC Championship, Charlotte, NC

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From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Title Dreams Dashed, 44-33.

The Florida State football team falls to Virginia Tech in a hard-fought edition of the ACC Championship Game in Charlotte, NC.

By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com.

CHARLOTTE, NC - On a cold and rainy Saturday night in Charlotte, the No. 21 Florida State football team's dreams of a league title came to an end with a 44-33 defeat at the hands of No. 15 Virginia Tech in the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship game.

With the loss, FSU (9-4) will now play in the Chic-Fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31 against an opponent to be named soon. The Hokies (11-2) in turn will head to the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 3, 2011 against Big East Champion Connecticut.

Without the services of starter Christian Ponder, who was held out with lingering effects of an ongoing elbow injury, the Seminoles relied on the right arm of redshirt sophomore signal caller EJ Manuel.

No stranger to the pressure that comes with playing under the lights of a big game, Manuel finished the night with 288 yards on 23-for-31 passing with one touchdown and two interceptions.

Unfortunately for the 'Noles, his counterpart under center for Virginia Tech, Tyrod Taylor, showed the nation why he was voted the ACC's Player of the Year. Taylor finished the night with an MVP performance on 18-of-28 passing for 263 yards with three scores and no turnovers.

The other difference in the ballgame? Third-down conversions.

The Hokies converted on a staggering 13-of-18 third downs and seemed to turn nearly all of them into either long gains or long scores.

In addition to Manuel's work at the helm of the offense, junior tailback Ty Jones notched a career-best three touchdown runs. Sophomore kicker Dustin Hopkins also added a 32-yard field goal and junior linebacker Nigel Bradham tallied two points after taking a blocked extra-point all the way to the house in the fourth quarter.

Sophomore tailback Chris Thompson also nabbed a scoring catch of 20 yards in the final seconds of the game.

Junior receiver Taiwan Easterling led the way for FSU with six catches for 79 yards and sophomore Willie Haulstead posted three grabs for 73 yards.

Remarkably, the Seminoles didn't commit a single penalty all evening long.

Florida State found itself in an early 14-3 hole in the first quarter.

The Hokies had scored touchdowns on an interception return off a lucky bounce and then quick offensive drive that featured a long Darren Evans run.

But FSU answered when Manuel completed back-to-back passes to Easterling for a combined 27 yards and then found Haulstead on a 34-yard pitch and catch to Haulstead down the sideline.

One play later, Jones burst through the middle and over the goal line to cut the deficit to 14-10 late in the first period.

Just as fast as the 'Noles had scored, however, the Hokies retaliated with a steady scoring drive to start the second quarter.

After Taylor then found Jarrett Boykin on a 19-yard touchdown pass that pushed VT's advantage to 21-10, Jones once again ended a successful Seminole drive. Before Jones bounced into the endzone with 5:28 left in the first half, FSU had marched 63 yards on just five snaps.

And while Jones would later add his third score of the game late in the quarter, the Hokies simply proved to be too much and outscored the Seminoles 23-16 in the second half, including Thompson's late FSU score.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
VIRGINIA TECH
14
7
14
9
44
FLORIDA STATE
10
7
7
9
33

1st   3- 0  Dustin Hopkins, 32, field goal, 11:43
      3- 7  Opp, 24, interception return (kick), 8:05 
      3-14  Opp, 9, run (kick), 4:37 
     10-14  Ty Jones, 2, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 1:59 
2nd  10-21  Opp, 19, pass (kick), 10:34
     17-21  Ty Jones, 6, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 5:48 
3rd  17-28  Opp, 45, pass (kick), 11:29
     17-35  Opp, 21, pass (kick), 4:43 
     24-35  Ty Jones, 1, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 1:44 
4th  24-41  Opp, 5, run (kick blocked by  Team), 11:29
     26-41  Nigel Bradham, defensive extra point, 11:29
            Note: Returned the blocked extra point for a DXP.           
     26-44  Opp, 43, field goal, 6:58 
     33-44  Chris Thompson, 20, pass from E.J. Manuel (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 0:07 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 19 21 Rushes-yards 28- 53 43-179 Passing 288 263 Att-Comp-Int 32-23-2 28-18-0 Total Yards 60-341 71-442 Punt Returns 0-0 2-10 Kickoff Returns 7-183 4-90 Interception Ret. 0-0 2-48 Fumble Returns 0-0 0-0 Punts 2-42.0 2-36.5 Sacks By-Yds 3-6 1-3 Fumbles-Lost 2-0 0-0 Penalties-Yds 0-0 4-36 3rd Down Conversions 6-12 13-18 4th Down Conversions 1-3 1-2 Time of Posession 24:59 35:01 Attendance 72,379 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Ty Jones 6- 24 Chris Thompson 8- 12 Bert Reed 2- 10 E.J. Manuel 11- 9 Team 1- -2 Receiving Taiwan Easterling 6- 79 Willie Haulstead 3- 73 Bert Reed 3- 42 Rodney Smith 3- 28 Beau Reliford 2- 27 Chris Thompson 5- 25 Lonnie Pryor 1- 14 Passing E.J. Manuel 31-23-2-288 Team 1- 0-0- 0 Kickoff Return Lamarcus Joyner 4- 112 Greg Reid 2- 57 Lonnie Pryor 1- 14 Punting Shawn Powell 2- 84 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Nick Moody 6 6 12 0.5- 0.0 . . . . . . . . Xavier Rhodes 7 2 9 . . . 1 . . . . . Kendall Smith 3 5 8 . . . . . . . . . Nigel Bradham 4 3 7 1.0- 1.0 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . Markus White 5 1 6 1.5- 6.0 0.5- 2.0 . . . . . . . Brandon Jenkins 3 2 5 1.0- 1.0 1.0- 1.0 . . . . . . . Mike Harris 4 . 4 . . . 1 . . . . . Everett Dawkins 1 3 4 1.0- 3.0 0.5- 2.0 . . . . . . . Greg Reid 3 . 3 . . . 1 . . . . . Mister Alexander 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Jacobbi McDaniel . 3 3 . . . . . . . . . Dan Hicks 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Terrance Parks . 2 2 . . . 1 . . . . . Anthony McCloud . 2 2 . . . . . . . . . Bert Reed 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Gerald Demps 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Terrence Brooks 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Bjoern Werner . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Demonte McAllister . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Ty Jones . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Team . . . . . . . . . . 1 . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB    3  E.J. Manuel
Z     8  Taiwan Easterling
TB   23  Chris Thompson
RG   52  Bryan Stork
C    60  Ryan McMahon
LG   62  Rodney Hudson
LT   67  Andrew Datko
RT   77  Zebrie Sanders
X    83  Bert Reed
X    84  Rodney Smith
TE   88  Beau Reliford
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
SS    4  Terrance Parks
FC    5  Greg Reid
FS   10  Nick Moody
WLB  13  Nigel Bradham
SLB  16  Mister Alexander
BC   27  Xavier Rhodes
MLB  29  Kendall Smith
RE   49  Brandon Jenkins
DT   92  Anthony McCloud
LE   98  Markus White
NG   99  Jacobbi McDaniel
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Mike Harris
 3  Justin Bright
 6  Gerald Demps
 7  Christian Jones
15  Ochuko Jenije
18  Dustin Hopkins
19  Josh Gehres
20  Lamarcus Joyner
22  Telvin Smith
24  Lonnie Pryor
31  Terrence Brooks
33  Ty Jones
35  Greg Dent
38  Jermaine Thomas
40  Matt Dunham
41  Chad Abram
##  NAME
-----------------------------
45  Shawn Powell
46  Vincent Zann
48  Jeff Luc
58  Dan Hicks
59  Henry Orelus
64  Dax Dellenbach
66  Jacob Stanley
73  Rhonne Sanderson
76  Garrett Faircloth
81  Kenny Shaw
82  Willie Haulstead
85  Ja'Baris Little
93  Everett Dawkins
95  Bjoern Werner
96  Toshmon Stevens
97  Demonte McAllister

FLORIDA STATE 26, SOUTH CAROLINA 17

12/31/2010, Chick-fil-A Bowl, Atlanta, Ga

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From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Chicken For Everyone!

The Florida State football team concludes its 10-win season with an exciting 26-17 victory over the South Carolina Gamecocks at the Chick-fil-A Bowl Friday night in Atlanta, Ga.

By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com

ATLANTA, GA - Put two head coaches known to be offensive wizards against each other and naturally the ballgame turns out to be one likely remembered for the play of the defenses.

Well, except for a little bit of EJ Manuel magic at the end.

Manuel came on in relief for injured starting quarterback Christian Ponder and helped guide the No. 23 Florida State football to a 26-17 win over No. 20 South Carolina in the 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

His seven-yard touchdown pass to Taiwan Easterling with just over five minutes to play capped off a fantastic 13-play, 63-yard drive in what would prove to be the game-clinching moment.

Included in that drive, three third-down conversions on a night when moving the chains wasn't especially easy.

So, yeah, it was the offense that pushed the 'Noles to their 10th win over the year in the end. But it was the defenses of both squads that left their mark Friday night. The Seminoles forced offensive guru/head coach Steve Spurrier's South Carolina (9-5) team into five turnovers; including four in the first half.

For the 'Noles (10-4), cornerback Greg Reid played a memorable game as he helped cap off the first year of the regime of another head coach known for his offensive mind: Jimbo Fisher.

Fisher's first season after replacing Bobby Bowden fittingly ended with his FSU team taking down a longtime on-field Bowden nemesis in Spurrier.

Fisher saw Reid knock out Gamecocks freshman star Marcus Lattimore early in the first quarter and then strip the ball from NFL-bound receiver Alshon Jefferey later on. He saw his team get the necessary stops to make him the first Seminoles coach to capture 10 wins in year No. 1.

He also saw his protégé, Manuel, avoid the rush and improvise before finding Easterling for that touchdown -- despite being held to just 85 total yards passing. Manuel was 11-of-15 on the night.

With South Carolina finding success in stopping the pass, sophomore tailback Chris Thompson carried the load and finished the night with 147 yards on 25 carries with one touchdown. Manuel was able to add 46 yards on seven carries while the offense benefited from the defensive takeaways and some good punt returns by Reid.

"I was so happy we were able to win this game," Manuel said. "We were moving the ball how we wanted to. We wanted to get touchdowns but we got field goals instead. Whenever you do that, you have to hope your defense goes out there and gets a lot of stops and turnovers for us, and they did."

Added Fisher: "Both defenses played really well tonight. We played with a lot of toughness."

Not to be forgotten, kicker Dustin Hopkins was a perfect 4-for-4 on field goals. Like Manuel, Thompson, Reid and a host of other playmaking Seminoles, Hopkins is still an underclassmen so the future of Fisher's FSU is certainly bright.

"This game was for the fans," Reid said. "We played ball tonight and it was just fun. If we always play like that we will always win. we are going to go into the off season and work hard. We still had four losses this season so we are going to keep trying to get better."

The Seminoles kicked things off with a bang early as Reid exploded through and concussed the NFL-sized Lattimore on the first drive of the game.

The big hit jarred the ball loose as South Carolina was threatening in the redzone and senior linebackerKendall Smith scooped it up and sprinted 46 yards to the South Carolina 29-yard line.

Nine plays later, the 'Noles struck first with a 29-yard Hopkins field goal.

Like their first drive, the Gamecocks' second possession ended in a turnover. And like that initial drive, it was an FSU cornerback that was the thief behind the takeaway when junior Mike Harris snared a Stephen Garcia pass away from Ace Sanders on the Seminoles' one yard-line.

While FSU wasn't able to get off the goal line and had to punt on fourth down, the turnover trend continued.

On South Carolina's first play of its third drive, Smith intercepted a Garcia pass and that was turned into a 48-yard Hopkins 3-pointer.

"Our defense created turnovers and that turned the game around for us," cornerback Xavier Rhodes said. "We did our job to help the team win. We came to play and didn't back down."

Up 6-0 late in the first quarter, a 27-yard Reid punt return - and not another Gamecocks giveaway - then helped put the Seminoles in South Carolina territory.

But with a 4th-and-1 just off the goal line in the way of Florida State's first touchdown, Ponder short-armed a pass to a wide open Lonnie Pryor out of the backfield.

Ponder, who missed several games this season with various injuries to his throwing arm, was clearly not 100 percent after taking several hits in the first 15 minutes Friday night. And the incomplete pass attempt to Pryor would prove to be his last as he was replaced by Manuel on the very next drive.

Following a Rhodes interception and three-and-out by the Manuel-led offense, the Seminoles finally found the paint just minutes before halftime.

The defense had stopped the Gamecocks on fourth down before Manuel dashed 32 yards to help set up a 27-yard Thompson touchdown run to push the 'Noles' lead to 13-0.

South Carolina then added a field goal as the first-half clock expired and the Seminoles went into the break on top, 13-3.

Both teams emerged from the locker rooms after intermission and FSU then quickly got those three points back. Hopkins' 35-yard boot capped what was a third-quarter-opening 61-yard drive.

South Carolina finally generated some offense towards the tail end of the third quarter thanks to a tricky play call. The Gamecocks advanced deep into Seminole territory and Sanders fielded a backwards pass before tossing it to a wide open Garcia for a receiver-to-quarterback scoring play.

Clinging to just a 16-10 lead, Florida State utilized another stellar Reid return to set up a successful 45-yard field goal for the busy Hopkins.

The two-score lead wouldn't last long, though, as the Gamecocks marched down the field and added a touchdown to make it a 19-17 in favor of FSU.

On the next drive, the FSU offense marched down the field before Manuel's touchdown pass to Easterling.

FSU's defense then did its job and forced a South Carolina turnover on downs.

"They were a better coached team tonight," Spurrier said at the end. "Simple as that."

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
SOUTH CAROLINA
0
3
7
7
17
FLORIDA STATE
6
7
6
7
26

1st   3- 0  Dustin Hopkins, 29, field goal, 8:08 
      6- 0  Dustin Hopkins, 48, field goal, 2:42 
2nd  13- 0  Chris Thompson, 27, run (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 1:02 
     13- 3  Opp, 40, field goal, 0:00 
3rd  16- 3  Dustin Hopkins, 35, field goal, 10:38
     16-10  Opp, 3, pass (kick), 3:49 
     19-10  Dustin Hopkins, 45, field goal, 0:09 
4th  19-17  Opp, 7, run (kick), 11:56
     26-17  Taiwan Easterling, 7, pass from E.J. Manuel (Dustin Hopkins, kick), 5:27 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 18 22 Rushes-yards 45-218 32-139 Passing 90 275 Att-Comp-Int 21-12-1 36-21-3 Total Yards 66-308 68-414 Punt Returns 2-53 2-3 Kickoff Returns 3-62 2-38 Interception Ret. 3-4 1-8 Fumble Returns 2-46 0-0 Punts 3-51.0 2-43.5 Sacks By-Yds 2-11 2-9 Fumbles-Lost 3-0 2-2 Penalties-Yds 6-50 5-58 3rd Down Conversions 6-14 7-14 4th Down Conversions 0-1 1-3 Time of Posession 33:28 26:32 Attendance 72,217 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Chris Thompson 25- 147 E.J. Manuel 7- 46 Ty Jones 4- 12 Lonnie Pryor 2- 10 Jermaine Thomas 1- 6 Christian Ponder 5- 3 Team 1- -1 Receiving Bert Reed 2- 25 Chris Thompson 2- 17 Willie Haulstead 2- 14 Rodney Smith 1- 12 Taiwan Easterling 2- 10 Lonnie Pryor 2- 7 Ja'Baris Little 1- 5 Passing E.J. Manuel 15-11-0- 84 Christian Ponder 5- 1-0- 6 Bert Reed 1- 0-1- 0 Punt Return Greg Reid 2- 53 Kickoff Return Lamarcus Joyner 2- 44 Greg Reid 1- 18 Punting Shawn Powell 3- 153 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Brandon Jenkins 4 4 8 2.0- 5.0 0.5- 3.0 . . . . . . . Nick Moody 4 3 7 0.5- 0.0 . . . . . . . . Markus White 3 3 6 . . . . . . . . . Kendall Smith 2 4 6 . . 1- 4 . . 1- 46 . . . Anthony McCloud 1 5 6 0.5- 2.0 0.5- 2.0 . 1 . . . . . Mister Alexander 4 1 5 0.5- 4.0 0.5- 4.0 . . . . . . . Greg Reid 4 1 5 . . . 4 . . 2 . . Terrance Parks 3 2 5 . . . 1 . . . . . Nigel Bradham 1 4 5 . . . . . . . . . Everett Dawkins 2 2 4 . . . . . . . . . Xavier Rhodes 3 . 3 . . 1- 0 . . . . . . Telvin Smith 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Dan Hicks 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . . Mike Harris 1 1 2 . . 1- 0 . . . . . . Lamarcus Joyner 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . Bjoern Werner . 1 1 0.5- 2.0 0.5- 2.0 . . . . . . . Jacobbi McDaniel . 1 1 . . . . . . . . . Christian Jones . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB    7  Christian Ponder
Z     8  Taiwan Easterling
TB   23  Chris Thompson
RG   52  Bryan Stork
C    60  Ryan McMahon
LG   62  Rodney Hudson
LT   67  Andrew Datko
RT   77  Zebrie Sanders
Y    82  Willie Haulstead
X    84  Rodney Smith
TE   85  Ja'Baris Little
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
SS    4  Terrance Parks
FC    5  Greg Reid
FS   10  Nick Moody
WLB  13  Nigel Bradham
SLB  16  Mister Alexander
BC   27  Xavier Rhodes
MLB  29  Kendall Smith
RE   49  Brandon Jenkins
DT   92  Anthony McCloud
LE   98  Markus White
DT   99  Jacobbi McDaniel
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
 1  Mike Harris
 3  Justin Bright
 3  E.J. Manuel
 6  Gerald Demps
 7  Christian Jones
15  Ochuko Jenije
18  Dustin Hopkins
19  Josh Gehres
20  Lamarcus Joyner
22  Telvin Smith
24  Lonnie Pryor
31  Terrence Brooks
33  Ty Jones
36  Jarred Haggins
38  Darren Edwards
38  Jermaine Thomas
40  Matt Dunham
##  NAME
-----------------------------
41  Chad Abram
45  Shawn Powell
46  Jonathan Johnson
46  Vincent Zann
48  Jeff Luc
58  Dan Hicks
59  Henry Orelus
64  Dax Dellenbach
66  Jacob Stanley
73  Rhonne Sanderson
76  Garrett Faircloth
83  Bert Reed
87  Cameron Wade
93  Everett Dawkins
95  Bjoern Werner
96  Toshmon Stevens
97  Demonte McAllister