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Seminoles Spend Thanksgiving Preparing For Second-Ranked Gators

Florida State takes last opportunity to look at Florida scout teams on Thursday.

Thanksgiving is about food, family and football. It was no different on the campus of Florida State Thursday for the Seminole football team. The squad spent Thanksgiving Day with its football family on the practice fields as preparations for Saturday’s showdown with the Gators concluded with a 15 period practice. Following the workout, the team had turkey dinner at the training table.

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Majority Of The Seminoles’ Game Plan For The Gators Is Now In Place

FSU will practice on Thanksgiving as the team prepares for second-ranked UF.

While most of America is preparing for a long holiday weekend, the 22nd-ranked Seminole football team is working through thanksgiving in preparations for the second-ranked Florida Gators. The Seminoles finished installing most of their game plan for Tim Tebow and the high octane Gator offense on Wednesday but the coaches know Urban Meyer’s offense isn’t the only concern. Florida will bring one of the nation’s best defenses to Tallahassee as well.  

  • The team practiced for 21 periods in shells. Due to thanksgiving, the squad was able to hit the practice fields 45 minutes early on Wednesday.
  • Both the offense and defense worked versus scout teams for the first 17 periods.
  • In pass rush Everette Brown, Kevin McNeil and Neefy Moffett each recorded multiple sacks. Justin Mincey, Ben Lampkin and Markus White also got sacks. Ryan McMahon won a couple battles for the offensive line. Rodney Hudson, David Spurlock, Zebrie Sanders, Rhonne Sanderson, Andrew Datko and Antwane Greenlee also got wins.
  • In 7-on-7 the only completions of note came from Drew Weatherford to Preston Parker and D’Vontrey Richardson to Corey Surrency. Jamie Robinson had a pass break-up.
  • In 1:00 drill the defense was all over the Seminole quarterbacks. Brown had two sacks while White, McNeil and Moffett also registered sacks. Jamie Robinson, Roosevelt Lawson and Toddrick Verdell broke up passes. The biggest offensive play was the biggest for the defense as well. Weatherford converted a third-and-long to Parker but Michael Ray Garvin stripped the ball and the defense recovered to end the drill.

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Florida State vs. Florida: Let’s Give Thanks

Nov. 26, 2008 – Scott Kotick, Seminoles.com Columnist

Growing up in Tallahassee, Thanksgiving always meant two things: a gluttonous feast with my family and two days until the Florida game.  It was the best three days of the year and the memories of those historic games in Florida State football history will last a lifetime. 

My entire family was born and raised in Tallahassee.  So as a young kid, I would sit around the dinner table with my uncles and listen to stories from the 1966 game about the famous Lane Fenner touchdown catch from Gary Pajcic that was called off, the Orange Bowls against Oklahoma in the early 1980’s, and the Warrick Dunn touchdown catch in 1993 to set up our first national championship–immortalized by Gene Deckerhoff and Vic Prinzi. 

“Ward takes the snap, play action, drops, looks, popped out of the pocket, runs to his left, throws it downfield.  It’s caught by Dunn, he’s got the first down to the 40, Dunn to the 50, Dunn down the sideline to the 40, Dunn to the 30, he separates, he’s to the 20, the 10, the 5…Touchdown Florida State!  Warrick Dunn on 3rd down!”

That 1993 game was certainly the best game to experience as an eight year-old kid, yet nothing can compare to the fireworks in Tallahassee the next Thanksgiving when the Gators traveled up to Doak Campbell Stadium.  

The picture hangs on my wall still to this day: “The Comeback.”

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Seminoles Continue Preparation For Saturday’s Game Against Florida

Florida State plays host to Florida on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

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The Florida State University football team continued its preparations for Saturday’s game against No. 2 ranked Florida on the FSU Practice Fields. The Seminoles practiced for 22 periods in shells (shoulder pads and helmets) in their second of four practices during a normal game-week. The Seminoles will work on both Wednesday and Thursday putting in their game plan as they play their highest ranked opponent of the season.

Practice Highlights

Pass Skeleton: Christian Ponder completed passes to Preston Parker (three), Antone Smith, Taiwan Easterling and Greg Carr. Drew Weatherford completed passes to Josh Dobbie, Cameron Wade and Rod Owens. De’Vontrey Richardson completed a pass to Rod Owens

11 on 11: Christian Ponder completed passes to Rod Owens (20 and 10 yards), Greg Carr (40 Yards) and Taiwan Easterling (five yards). Drew Weatherford completed passes to Bert Reed (25 and 10 yards) and Jarmon Fortson (40 yards). Myron Rolle had one pass break up.

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Seminoles Get Back To Practice After Getting Back In The National Polls

FSU players trying to take a look back at Maryland before looking ahead to Florida.

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This was one of the better Monday’s of the year for Florida State football. The Seminoles returned to the practice fields for 12 periods sporting a new top 25 ranking and a new Rhodes Scholar as well. On top of that, kicker Graham Gano was named one of three finalists for the Lou Groza Award and Everette Brown was named a Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week. Not a bad start to a very important week that will culminate Saturday at 3:30 p.m. versus No. 2 Florida.

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Graham Gano Named A Finalist For The Lou Groza Award

Gano will be in Orlando for the Home Depot College Football Awards Show.

Florida State senior kicker Graham Gano has been named one of three finalists for the Lou Groza Award and will travel to Orlando December 10 for the Home Depot College Football Awards Show. Gano is joined by Josh Arauco of Arkansas State and Louie Sakoda of Utah in vying for the school’s third Groza. Former Seminole Sebastian Janikowski won the award in 1998 and 1999.

Gano leads the nation in field goals per game and has connected on more 50-yard field goals than any FBS kicker. The senior made 18 consecutive field goals at one point this season included in that streak were five straight from 50 yards or better. Gano is 21-for-23 and his only two misses came from 50 yards or better. He is the ACC’s leading scorer despite the fact he missed the first two games of the season due to surgery to repair a torn meniscus.

The award is named in honor of one of the all-time great kickers in football history, Lou Groza. Groza played 21 seasons for the Cleveland Browns setting numerous franchise records, including most games played, most points scored, and an amazing 107 consecutive games in which he scored a point. The 1,608 career points he scored is still a Browns’ franchise record, and he ranks third all-time in league.  Groza was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1974.

Graham Gano also received his fourth ACC Specialist of the Week award on Monday and he was joined by junior Everette Brown who was named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week

The newly minted Lou Groza finalist kicked 18 times for the second time in three games in the Seminoles upset win over No. 22 Maryland. Gano improved to 21-for-23 this year in field goals and for the sixth time this year (in nine games played) he had double digit points (13) and for the sixth time FSU won the game. Gano handled all the kicking for FSU and none of his three punts were returned by Maryland.

Brown was named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week for his dominating performance versus Maryland. For the third time this season Brown recorded three or more sacks in a game as he pulled down Terp QB Chris Turner 3 ½ times. He also forced the fumble that linebacker Derek Nicholson scooped up and returned for a TD to put the Seminoles up 14-0. His 4.4 tackles for loss upped his season total to 20.5 and Brown is now leading the nation in TFL and is tied for second in the FBS with 12.5 sacks this season. He set personal-bests for sacks and tackles for loss in a game versus Maryland and for the third time this year he has either tied or set a personal best for sacks in a game.

Everette Brown Named The Walter Camp National Defensive Player Of The Week

Everette Brown was named the Walter Camp National Player of the Week Sunday morning. Brown had 3.5 sacks and forced a fumble to lead Florida State to a 37-3 victory at 22nd-ranked Maryland. Brown, who finished the game with five tackles, led the Seminole defense as it held the Terrapins to just 252 yards of total offense. With the victory, Florida State improved to 8-3, 5-3 in the ACC.

Seminoles.com To Stream Live Coordinator Press Conferences

Seminoles.com will expand coverage of video streamed press conferences this season to include each football post-game press conference. Tom Block and the Seminoles.com crew will bring each post-game home football press conference live on Seminoles All-Access. For each road game, Seminoles.com will provide the full length press conference as video on demand.

Fans can continue to watch each Monday afternoon press conference with Jimbo Fisher, Mickey Andrews and the starting quarterback. The Monday press conferences will start at 1:30 and conclude by 3:00pm EST.

For both the post-game and Monday press conferences, Seminoles.com will offer the press conferences free as they are streamed live. Once the press conference end, you will need to be an All-Access subscriber to view them.

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