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Written by Reginald Eller | 25 October 2011

To help us preview the Florida State - North Carolina State match up, I had the opportunity to ask the voice of the Wolfpack - Gary Hahn - some questions.

Gary Hahn, has entered his 19th season as the radio voice of NC State football and basketball on the Wolfpack Sports Network.

Before coming to NC State, Hahn worked on statewide radio sports networks for the University of Louisville, Ohio State University, and the University of Alabama. He was part of the broadcast team when Louisville won the NCAA Basketball Championship in 1980. He also called the 1985 Rose Bowl for the Ohio State Radio Network. In addition, Hahn described the 1986 NIT Championship that was won by the Buckeyes.

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Written by Reginald Eller | 24 October 2011

GREENSBORO, NC – The Atlantic Coast Conference Monday announced the following gametimes and networks for Nov. 3-5:
Thursday, Nov. 3
Florida State at Boston College, ESPN, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 5
Virginia at Maryland, ACC Network, 12:30 p.m. (split network)*
North Carolina at NC State, ACC Network, 12:30 p.m. (split network)*
Duke at Miami, RSN, 3 p.m.
Notre Dame at Wake Forest, ESPN2 at 7 p.m. (could slide to ABC/ESPN2 at 8 p.m.)

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Written by Adam Tolliver | 24 October 2011

For the second week in a row, the Florida State Seminoles have recorded a conference win ending with a score of 41-16. This time, the visiting Maryland Terrapins were the victims of the lopsided affair. Florida State had another 200+ yard rushing day (minus sacks) and also added 264 yards through the air. It was a day in which several players were able to have standout days on the road to victory and we are happy to give them their just shine.

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Written by Reginald Eller | 22 October 2011

The Florida State Seminoles came out of the gates in a hurry up offense versus the Maryland Terrapins – poised to attack what the Terps were giving them, and attack is what they did.

The Seminoles moved to 4-3 on the year, now with a 2-2 conference record as they defeated the Maryland Terrapins (2-5, 1-3 ACC) 41-16 Saturday evening. 

E.J Manuel and the FSU offense came out firing as it seemed to pick up on a flaw in how Maryland lined up defensively.  On the game – Manuel was 18-of-26 for 264 yards with a touchdown and one interception.

FSU jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead with a 7-yard E.J Manuel run, an a 26-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Shaw – and then the Seminoles seemed to slow down. (Was the slow down aided by this call from officials?)

Florida State did not have much success – nor did they dedicate themselves to the ground – early, but as the Seminoles extended their lead the ground game came along.  True freshman, Devonta Freeman, had his second 100-yard rushing game in a row on 11 carries – while Jermaine Thomas ran like Jermaine Thomas of old gaining 86 yards on 9 carries.

In total – Florida State ended the game with 218 yards on the ground which is another marked improvement from earlier in the season. (Note: FSU truly had 252 yards on the ground. Manuel was sacked 4 times for 34 yards)

Bert Reed lead the FSU receivers with 5 receptions for 76 yards – and it was nice to see him playing well today coming off injury.  Kenny Shaw also hauled in 6 catches for 65 yards, and Rodney Smith had 3 for 64.

Defensively it was another dominating performance by the FSU front-seven – as the Seminoles held the Terrapins to 59 yards on the ground.  Telvin Smith had 2 sacks on the game from the linebacker position, while Brandon Jenkins added 1.5 sacks, and Timmy Jernigan 0.5.  Leading tacklers for the Seminoles were Nigel Bradham and Vince Williams who each had 7 a piece.

In total – FSU and their 482 yards of total offense was another impressive performance by the Seminoles as they seem to be gaining more confidence week-by-week.

Up next the Seminoles will welcome North Carolina State to Tallahassee for a Noon kick as FSU goes for their third win in a row. 


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Written by Adam Tolliver | 21 October 2011


On the heels of the Seminoles' first win in four calendar weeks, they finally make their way back home tomorrow to host the Maryland Terrapins. While most people will point to the Duke win and say "It's just Duke", at this point in the season Florida State needed to prove that they could play a clean, well executed game. Last week, as most weeks are with a team as talented as Florida State, was more about them than it was about who they were playing. Maryland features an offense with a few dynamic athletes and of course, a mobile quarterback. How will the Seminoles respond to the challenge this week? Let's take a closer look.

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Written by Reginald Eller | 20 October 2011

Johnny_HolidayThe Maryland Terrapins (2-4, 1-2 ACC) travel to Tallahassee Saturday to take on the Florida State Seminoles (3-3, 1-2 ACC) with the records not accurately reflecting the talent level on either of the teams.

Maryland comes in off an offensive explosion – in defeat – versus the undefeated Clemson Tigers, while Florida State got back on the right track against the Duke Blue Devils.

I had the privilege and great opportunity to ask “the voice” of the Maryland Terrapins – Johnny Holliday – some questions regarding the match up between the Terrapins and Seminoles.

Holliday has been “the voice” of the Maryland Terrapins since 1979.  Holliday has long had a career in the public eye – from Hullabaloo, The Roger Miller Show, ABC’s ‘This Week’, and the list goes on.

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Written by Reginald Eller | 20 October 2011

PonderBack in 2005, Christian Ponder’s Senior year was creeping by at Colleyville Heritage High School in Texas – as he was mulling over offers from Oklahoma State and Georgia Tech.  There was always one school that Ponder dreamed of playing for – the school his father, David Ponder, played linebacker for.  That school was Florida State.  As Bobby Bowden extended the offer to the Longhorn State signal caller – Christian Ponder’s journey began.  A journey that Sunday will see another dream of Christian’s come true – becoming a starting quarterback in the National Football League.


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Written by Adam Tolliver | 20 October 2011

As we enter week eight (yes, that's right, week 8!) of the College Football season, Florida State football fans may begin to gain a better appreciation for the depth that has been built along the defensive line on the Seminole roster. It was at this point in 2010 where the Seminole defense, which had been quite impressive, began to slide and suffer. The thick of competition and injury attrition had taken its toll on a talented, but not very deep defensive line and the performance began to reflect such. Starters Everett Dawkins and Jacobbi McDaniel were both suffering from upper body injuries (broken thumb and dislocated elbow respectively), both of which played through them for the sake of the team. Backup Demonte McAllister played through both an elbow and knee injury as well. In addition to these injuries, they were simply playing on empty tanks. There was not enough depth to have a proper rotation and afford them the type of rest and relief that they needed early in the season in order to remain fresh throughout the year. Fortunately in 2011, that is something that has changed.

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Written by Reginald Eller | 19 October 2011

The Seminoles (23-11) reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1993 and fourth time overall... FSU’s 71-57 second-round win over second-seeded Notre Dame in the Southeast Regional marked its first-ever NCAA win over a team seeded as high as No. 2 (the Seminoles defeated a nationally second-ranked North Carolina team in the 1972 NCAA semifi nals, prior to the days of tournament seeding) ...this year’s NCAA Tournament appearance marked the 13th in school history ... Leonard Hamilton is the second coach in school history to lead the Seminoles to three consecutive NCAA Tournaments.

Coutesy- The ACC.

2011-12 ACC Preseason Predictions

ACC Operation Basketball, Charlotte, N.C.

59 Ballots


Team Finish:
1-North Carolina (57) 706
2-Duke (2) 649
3-Florida State 560
4-Virginia 463
5-Miami 455
6-Virginia Tech 411
7-Clemson 403
8-NC State 316
9-Maryland 264
10-Georgia Tech 176
11-Wake Forest 109

12-Boston College




Preseason All-ACC:
Harrison Barnes, UNC 59*
John Henson, UNC 47
Tyler Zeller, UNC 46
Malcolm Grant, Miami 32
Seth Curry, Duke 20 (t)
Mike Scott, Virginia 20 (t)

*denote unanimous


Preseason Player of the Year:
Harrison Barnes, North Carolina 57

John Henson, North Carolina

Preseason Rookie of the Year:
Austin Rivers, Duke 57
James Michael McAdoo 1
Nick Faust, Maryland 1



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Written by Adam Tolliver | 18 October 2011

The Florida State offense is continuing to show true explosive ability as the 2011 season continues to wear on. The passing game in particular is where FSU's bread is buttered and what makes that so remarkable is that is holds true regardless of whether EJ Manuel, the regular starter, or his back up Clint Trickett are in the game. As the Seminoles continue to develop their ground attack, the big pass play downfield may become an even more high percentage play than it has been thus far. Just how often has Florida State successfully stretched the field in the near complete absence of a ground attack? One of our contributors, the stat freak Chuck Blunt, breaks it down here. For those that haven't been paying attention, this FSU passing game has come up with at least one 50+ yard reception in each of it's first six games this season.

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