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12/05/18 - (DE) - Brian Burns, Jr, 6-4, 235
Florida State defensive end Brian Burns has declared for the NFL draft. Burns announced his decision Monday on Twitter. He told Yahoo! Sports his time at Florida State was "some of the best years of my life" but also says he can't pass up the opportunity to turn pro. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Burns was named a first-team All-ACC pick has been projected by some draft analysts as a potential first-round selection. Burns had 23 career sacks, which places him in a tie for seventh on Florida State's all-time sack list. He had 10 sacks in his junior season and also set career highs with 52 tackles and 15.5 tackles for loss. He was often one of Florida State's most consistent players on a defense that struggled in the second half of the season as the Seminoles (5-7) missed out on a bowl game. Florida State coaches are still waiting on decisions from a small group of draft-eligible juniors, including quarterback Deondre Francois, linebacker Dontavious Jackson and cornerback Levonta Taylor. - AP College Football


11/20/18 - (CB) - Stanford Samuels III, So, 6-1, 183
NOV 19 ACC DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: Stanford Samuels III, Florida State, So., CB; Pembroke Pines, Fla.,...Samuels recorded a career-high nine tackles and his team-high fourth interception of the season in FSU's 22-21 win over No. 20 Boston College ... Samuels' four interceptions are the second-most for a Seminole in the past 10 seasons, trailing only Tarvarus McFadden's eight in 2016 ... Samuels has registered an interception in each of the Seminoles last two games. - ACC Football


11/20/18 - (OLB) - Dontavious Jackson, Jr, 6-2, 228
NOV 19 ACC LINEBACKER OF THE WEEK: Dontavious Jackson, Florida State, Jr., LB; Alief, Texas,...Jackson led Florida State with 14 tackles in Saturday's 22-21 win over No. 20 Boston College, including his first sack of the season ... Jackson's 14 tackles tied his season and career highs and were one shy of the FSU team high in 2018 ... Spearheaded a defense that held the Eagles' prolific rushing attack to 2.6 yards per carry, 1.7 yards less than BC's average yards per carry coming into the game. - ACC Football


11/20/18 - (WR) - Tamorrion Terry, rFr, 6-3, 197
NOV 19 ACC RECEIVER & ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Tamorrion Terry, Florida State, R-Fr., WR; Ashburn, Ga.,...Second ACC Receiver of the Week honor and first ACC Rookie honor for the Seminole wideout ... Caught three passes for 112 yards, including the game-winning 74-yard touchdown with 1:49 remaining in FSU's 22-21 win over No. 20 Boston College ... It was Terry's second touchdown catch of over 70 yards this season, and he is tied for the national lead with a pair of 70-yard catches ... Terry's eight touchdown catches are tied for the ACC lead, while his 20.8 yards per reception is fifth-best nationally ... Now ranks second in the country among freshmen with eight touchdowns, and his 666 receiving yards on the season are an FSU freshman record. - ACC Football


11/20/18 - (RB) - Cam Akers, So, 5-10, 210
NOV 19 ACC RUNNING BACK OF THE WEEK: Cam Akers, Florida State, So., RB; Clinton, Miss.,...Akers notched his first 100-yard rushing game of the season, running for 110 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown in Saturday's 22-21 win over No. 20 Boston College ... Scored his sixth touchdown of the year on a four-yard run to give FSU a second-quarter lead ... Added a 55-yard run in the fourth quarter ... It was Akers' fifth 100-yard rushing game of his career and led the Seminoles to a season-high 156 rushing yards as a team. - ACC Football


11/18/18 - (QB) - Deondre Francois, rJr, 6-0, 215
Florida State has its first victory over a ranked team in almost two years - and a shot at a bowl game. Deondre Francois threw a 74-yard touchdown pass to Tamorrion Terry with 1:49 left and the Seminoles beat No. 22 Boston College 22-21 on Saturday to keep their bowl hopes alive. Francois was 19 of 39 for 322 yards, shaking off two first-half interceptions for his fourth 300-yard game of the season. Cam Akers had 19 carries for 110 yards for the Seminoles (5-6, 3-5 Atlantic Coast Conference). Florida State, which snapped a three-game losing streak, got the ball back with 2:45 left and needed to drive 87 yards to score a touchdown. Francois said he felt confident. "I smell blood," Francois said. "Really, I was ready to go. I just forgot about the first half. You can't focus on the first half and the mistakes you made. That's what we did as an offense. We continued to be resilient and we drove the ball down the field." - AP College Football


11/10/18 - (QB) - Deondre Francois, rJr, 6-0, 215
QB Deondre Francois is expected to start for Florida State in Saturday night's matchup against No. 3 Notre Dame. Francis missed last week's loss to North Carolina State due to a concussion but will be good to go against the undefeated Fighting Irish (9-0), the Tallahassee Democrat reported, citing a source. Francois started the first eight games for Florida State. He has thrown for 2,039 yards with 13 touchdowns and six interceptions while completing 60.9 percent of his passes.


11/05/18 - (QB) - James Blackman, So, 6-4, 181
NOV 5 ACC QUARTERBACK OF THE WEEK: James Blackman, Florida State, So., Belle Glade, Fla.,...Blackman made his first start of the season, completing 29 passes for 421 yards and four touchdowns in Saturday's 47-28 loss at No. 21 NC State ... Blackman's 421 passing yards were the most for a Seminole since 2013, and his completions, yards and touchdowns were career highs ... Starting for an injured Deondre Francois, Blackman had thrown just five passes on the season entering the game. - ACC Football


11/05/18 - (WR) - Tamorrion Terry, rFr, 6-3, 197
NOV 5 ACC RECEIVER OF THE WEEK: Tamorrion Terry, Florida State, R-Fr., WR, Ashburn, Ga.,...Terry caught five passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns at No. 21 NC State ... It marked his first career 100-yard game and second game this year with two touchdown catches ... Ranks fourth nationally with 22.0 yards per reception on the season ... Seven touchdown catches are second-most in the country among freshmen ... Terry is averaging a touchdown once every 3.3 receptions, the third-lowest TD-to-reception ratio in the country for players with seven touchdown grabs ... The seven touchdown receptions are the most for an FSU freshman since 2011. - ACC Football


10/23/18 - (DE) - Brian Burns, Jr, 6-4, 235
The Seminoles are starting to turn their season around, with three victories in the last four games. The defense has been particularly disruptive and Burns is leading the way. The junior has nine sacks on the season and 7˝ in the last three games. - AP College Football


10/22/18 - (DE) - Brian Burns, Jr, 6-4, 235
OCT 22 ACC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Brian Burns, Florida State, Jr., DE, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.,...Burns continued his dominant season in Saturday's 38-17 win over Wake Forest ... Recorded four tackles with two sacks and two tackles for loss ... Burns now ranks second nationally in sacks per game ... His fourth-down sack in the first quarter was a turning point, spurring the Seminoles' comeback from an early 10-0 deficit ... Burns now ranks seventh on FSU's all-time sacks list with 23 and 10th with 35.5 tackles for loss ... All nine of his sacks this season have come in ACC games. - ACC Football


10/22/18 - (QB) - Deondre Francois, rJr, 6-0, 215
OCT 22 ACC QUARTERBACK OF THE WEEK: Deondre Francois, Florida State, Jr.; Orlando, Fla.,...Francois completed 29 of 40 passes for 353 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions in FSU's 38-17 win over Wake Forest ... It marked his second game of 2018 and the school-record third of his career in which he attempted 40 passes with zero interceptions ... Francois also avoided being sacked for the second time this season ... He now has eight 300-yard passing games in his career and has accounted for 15 of FSU's 20 offensive touchdowns on the season. - ACC Football


10/20/18 - (RB) - Cam Akers, So, 5-10, 210
Cam Akers had two touchdown runs, including a 58-yarder, and Deondre Francois threw for a season-high 353 yards as Florida State bounced back from a sloppy start and scored 38 straight points in a 38-17 win over Wake Forest on Saturday. Akers, who has struggled for much of his sophomore season, had 98 yards on 13 carries for Florida State (4-3, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). The Seminoles set season highs for points scored and offensive yards (485). Francois completed 29 of 40 passes and had two touchdown passes, including a 33-yard scoring toss to Nyqwan Murray on fourth down.

Francois had his eighth career 300-yard game in 21 starts, while Murray caught eight passes for 131 yards. Sam Hartman completed 22 of 46 passes for 227 yards for Wake Forest (3-4, 0-3), which ran 104 plays. Hartman hooked up with Jake Freudenthal on a 9-yard touchdown pass to put Wake Forest ahead 10-0, but the Demon Deacons didn't score on their next 11 drives until a touchdown drive in the game's final six minutes. Brian Burns and Joshua Kaindoh had two of Florida State's five sacks of Hartman. Burns has nine sacks on the season. Florida State, which has one of the nation's top rush defenses, held Wake Forest to 94 yards on 48 carries. - AP College Football

10/08/18 - (WR) - D.J. Matthews, So, 5-09, 156
OCT 8 ACC SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK: D.J. Matthews, Florida State, So., PR, Jacksonville, Fla.,...Matthews returned four punts for 145 yards, including a 74-yard touchdown for his first career punt return score in Saturday's 28-27 loss at No. 16 Miami ... His punt return yardage ranks as the third-highest single-game total in FSU history ... Matthews now holds the No. 3 and 4 spots on that list after a 138-yard game last season ... Punt return touchdown was FSU's first since 2016 ... His 145 punt return yards are one shy of the most in a game for any player this season, while his 212 punt return yards and 35.3 punt return yards per game this season lead the country. - ACC Football


10/01/18 - (ILB) - DeCalon Brooks, rFr, 5-10, 211
OCT 1 ACC CO-LINEBACKER OF THE WEEK: DeCalon Brooks, Florida State, R-Fr., LB, Tampa, Fla.,...In his third career start, Brooks led FSU's linebacking corps with nine tackles, a sack, a quarterback hurry, one forced fumble and a pair of tackles for loss in Saturday's 28-24 win at Louisville...First career sack came on Louisville's opening drive, knocking the ball free from quarterback Jawon Pass and pushing the Cardinals out of field goal position on third down...Brooks' nine tackles set a career high. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football


09/30/18 - (QB) - Deondre Francois, rJr, 6-0, 215
Florida State coach Willie Taggart wasn't expecting Louisville to throw the ball late. Neither was Seminoles defensive back A.J. Westbrook. But Louisville, up three with the ball at the Seminoles 21 and the clock running under 2:00, did just that, and Westbrook, a senior safety, stepped in front to get the interception his team desperately needed. Five plays later, Deondre Francois connected with Nyqwan Murray on a 58-yard touchdown pass with 1:13 left to give the Seminoles a wild 28-24 come-from-behind victory Saturday. For most of the day, it looked like Florida State (3-2, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) would go to 0-3 in conference play for just the second time and continue the tailspin started after blowout losses to Virginia Tech and Syracuse. Instead, they ran to the locker room jubilant with a victory that could reverse their fortunes for the season. "We needed this win to continue the progress that we're trying to do with our football program," Taggart said. "This was huge for our team." Francois completed 16-of-27 passes for 294 yards and a career-best four touchdowns. Murray caught six for 114 yards and two scores. - AP College Football


09/29/18 - (DT) - Darvin Taylor II, , 6-2, 311
Brady Oliveira ran for two touchdowns and North Dakota beat Northern Colorado 38-13 on Saturday. Oliveira had 123 yards rushing on 21 carries for the Fighting Hawks (3-2). James Johannesson led with 141 yards on 22 carries. Nate Ketteringham ran for two touchdowns and had 123 yards passing. Brady Leach kicked a 37-yard field goal to cap North Dakota's 71-yard opening drive and the Fighting Hawks led the rest of the game. Ketteringham ran for his first touchdown from five yards out early in the second quarter, Oliveira had a 15-yard dash for a score late in the half, and Ketteringham notched his second TD from two yards just before halftime. The Fighting Hawks outgained Northern Colorado 474-201 yards. Conor Regan had 99 yards and a touchdown passing for the Bears (0-5). He took over in the second half from Keaton Mott, who started the game. - AP College Football


09/20/18 - (RB) - Cam Akers, So, 5-10, 210
RB Cam Akers was supposed to lead the rushing attack this season, but so far he's only leading them in fumbles. Akers has fumbled in each of the first three games, and while he does actually lead the Seminoles in rushing (38 attempts, 232 yards), it's only because he's getting more carries than last year's starter Jacques Patrick (24 attempts, 105 yards), who is now the backup.


09/18/18 - (OT) - Derrick Kelly II, rSr, 6-5, 320
OL Derrick Kelly was carried off the field against Syracuse late in the fourth quarter and will not play this week against Northern Illinois, head coach Willie Taggart said Monday. Kelly will be replaced by Abdul Bello. Taggart didn't specify the injury to Kelly, but he appeared to injure his leg against the Orange.


09/17/18 - (RB) - Khalan Laborn, rFr, 5-10, 205
RB/WR/KR Khalan Laborn suffered a dislocated kneecap two weeks ago against Samford, and while head coach Willie Taggart said initially, "He'll be back," this season, the news was bad Monday night when Taggart announced Laborn was done for the season and would require surgery on the injured knee.


09/05/18 - (QB) - Bailey Hockman, So, 6-2, 187
QB Bailey Hockman, a redshirt freshman, asked to be released from his scholarship and to transfer Friday before the Seminoles kicked off their season. Hockman was vying for the starting quarterback spot and lost out to Deondre Francois and James Blackman. Hockman was granted the release -- giving the Seminoles just two scholarship quarterbacks -- and landed at his new school Monday: Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College. Florida State head coach Willie Taggart spoke briefly about Hockman's departure, saying: "He said he just wanted to leave," Taggart told 247sports.com. "He wanted to go somewhere else. Wish him nothing but the best."


09/05/18 - (RB) - Khalan Laborn, rFr, 5-10, 205
RB/WR Khalan Laborn had only had one catch for 37 yards, but he had perhaps the most exciting play of the game with his run after the reception that saw him zig-zag across the field and break several tackles. Look for head coach Willie Taggart to find more ways to get Laborn involved this week.


09/05/18 - (DB) - Hamsah Nasirildeen, , 6-5, 210
DB Hamsah Nasirildeen announced his arrival to the Seminoles' defense Monday with a team-high 11 tackles in his first start of his career. Nasirildeen is a sophomore.


09/05/18 - (RB) - Cam Akers, So, 5-10, 210
RB Cam Akers was one of the few bright spots for the Seminoles in the loss to Virginia Tech. He rushed for 82 yards on 14 carries, including the longest run of the game that nearly resulted in a Seminoles score. But his inexperience showed when, on third down after his long run, he fumbled the ball during a handoff from the Wildcat formation, costing the Seminoles a chance at much-needed points late in the third quarter.


08/31/18 - (QB) - Bailey Hockman, So, 6-2, 187
QB Bailey Hockman of Florida State has decided to transfer after losing out in a three-way battle for the starting job, a school spokesman confirmed on Friday. Head coach Willie Taggart announced earlier this week that junior Deondre Francois will start the 19th–ranked Seminoles' season opener against No. 20 Virginia Tech on Monday. Hockman was at Thursday's practice but was absent on Friday. The 6-2, 192-pound Hockman, a left-hander from Powder Springs, Ga., has not decided which school he will attend next. After Francois was announced as the starter, with sophomore James Blackmon as his backup, Hockman seemed resigned to staying with the Seminoles. "Of course, we were upset at first, but it's about winning ball games and whatever gives us the best chance to win is what I think is right," Hockman said after the announcement. "I'll do whatever I can to help this team." Hockman, a redshirt freshman who was Florida State's scout team quarterback last season.


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