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Bright, Sunny Skies Welcome Seminoles At First Orange Bowl Practice

Dec. 27, 2012

DAVIE, Fla. – The 13th-ranked Florida State football team began its on-location preparation for the Jan. 1 Discover Orange Bowl with a 90-minute practice session Thursday at Nova Southeastern University. It was the first of four workouts for the Seminoles in the days leading up to their showdown with No. 16 Northern Illinois at Sun Life Stadium.

Fitting of the locale, the Seminoles were greeted by sunny, clear skies as they worked out in shells – shoulder pads, helmets and shorts.

“Great weather. Great practice,” said FSU Head Coach Jimbo Fisher. “Really liked the way the guys came back today. We were enthused and executed very well. I was worried about being off four or five days and how we’d come back, but I thought we were very sharp especially the first day back and kids were locked in and focused assignment wise. [We] had very few missed assignments and techniques. I’d say very good practice even better than we’d practice at home. I liked their attitude and what we did.”

The Seminoles will return to the practice field Friday at Nova Southeastern from 11:35-1:35. Friday’s schedule begins with a morning press conference at the Harbor Beach Marriott in Fort Lauderdale, where offensive coordinator James Coley will be joined by offensive standouts EJ Manuel, Devonta Freeman, Rashad Greene, Rodney Smith and Dustin Hopkins. The team will also take part in a beach outing later in the afternoon.

Osceola and Renegade Heading South

Seminole fans who love seeing Osceola and Renegade storm the field with the Florida State football team will get to experience that thrill in a part of Florida that hasn’t seen college football’s top tradition in more than three decades. Florida State and the Discover Orange Bowl are proud to announce that Osceola and Renegade will be on hand for the January 1 BSC game marking the first trip to South Florida for Osceola and Renegade since the 1990 Blockbuster Bowl.

Werner Grabs Another Honor

FSU junior defensive end Bjoern Werner has been stockpiling awards on the heels of one of the finest seasons in Seminole history. Werner, a unanimous All-American, added another Thursday when he was named “Connecticut Player of the Year” by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.  The honor is bestowed upon the top college football player who is either a resident or played high school football in the state.

Werner, who was born and raised in Berlin, Germany, played two seasons of high school football at the Salisbury School. He is just the third player to have earned both All-American and Connecticut Player of the Year honors from the Walter Camp Football Foundation, joining former BYU quarterback Steve Young and Syracuse defensive end Dwight Freeney.

Werner led the Atlantic Coast Conference with 13 sacks and was second with 18 tackles for loss. He has also amassed 40 tackles and seven pass breakups en route to earning ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors for a unit that ranks second nationally in total defense.

Two Former `Noles Named To Pro Bowl

Cornerback Antonio Cromartie and kick return specialist Leon Washington are headed to the NFL Pro Bowl on the heels of outstanding 2012 seasons for the New York Jets and Seattle Seahawks, respectively.

Cromartie and Washington are among 16 former ACC players chosen to participate in this year’s NFL all-start game. That is the second-highest total of all college conferences, trailing on the SEC, which produced 20 Pro Bowlers. The Big 12 was third with 11, followed by the Pac 12 (10), Big Ten (8) and Conference USA (4).

It marks the second Pro Bowl appearance for both Cromartie and Washington. Cromartie earned a spot in the 2007 game while playing with the San Diego Chargers, while Washington represented the Jets in the 2008 game.

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