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FSU softball: Breaking down the Seminoles' NCAA Tournament path in the Tallahassee Regional, ACC Tournament recap
May 14 2024
FSU softball: Breaking down the Seminoles' NCAA Tournament path in the Tallahassee Regional, ACC Tournament recap
For the 10th year in a row, Florida State softball and Tallahassee will play host to the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. After a second-place finish in the ACC Tournament last weekend, the Seminoles earned the No. 15 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament and will host the Tallahassee Regional at Joanne Graf Field this weekend. The Seminoles will play host to the two-seeded Auburn Tigers, three-seeded UCF Knights and four-seeded Chattanooga Mocs. On this episode of the Seminole Wrap podcast, Gwyn Rhodes and Brian Pellerin take a look back at the past two weeks — Florida State’s pursuit of the ACC regular season crown, wild extra-inning affair against the Florida Gators and the ACC Tournament run — and look ahead to the Tallahassee Regional as well as the regional action coming across the country. Auburn (27-19-1, 19-11-1 SEC, 5-8 on the road) Two-seed Auburn brings to the table one of the best pitchers in the country in Maddie Penta. The senior star has tallied 230 strikeouts in 182.1 IP to go with her sparkling 1.77 ERA. Shelby Lowe and Annabelle Widra are next on the team with 70 and 40 innings respectively. The Tigers lack a major strength in the lineup, but the pitching staff is strong enough to make them a serious threat. UCF (30-23, 12-15 Big 12) The calling card for the three-seeded Knights is depth — both in the circle and on the lineup card. The hitters lack power, but they feature five hitters with at least 98 at bats that hit over .300. They also feature seven pitchers who have made 10 or more apperances this season. Sarah Willis leads the way with 27 and the only one over 100 innings with 120.1. Their first year in the Big 12 brought plenty of tough matchups with softball elite like Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas, but they went 0-9 in those matchups. Plus 0-5 in nonconference matchips with South Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Missouri and Mississippi State. Chattanooga (42-14, 16-5 SoCon) The four seed, Chattanooga, enters this regional as the SoCon champions with their greatest strength being their pitching staff. It’s a trio with 75+ innings and 20+ appearances, all with sub 3.00 ERAs and a total .223 batting average against this season. Peja Goold leads the way with 121 strikeouts across 112 innings, Alyssa Lavdis punched out 86 in 108 IP and, perhaps most impressively, Taylor Long struck out 107 in only 77.1 IP. Their lineup is headlined by Kalli Phillips who is slugging .800 with 30 extra base hits including 15 homers. Four other regular starters are hitting over .300. They also had 68 sacrifice hits this season so they’re not afraid to use their outs to move runners. But their schedule leaves plenty of questions as the only ranked opponent was Lafayette on the first two days of the season and Cal was the only power five opponent. The Mocs lost all four of those games. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Seminoles spring football evaluation: What did we learn from showcase? Where does FSU sit after camp? Biggest strengths, weaknesses
Apr 23 2024
Seminoles spring football evaluation: What did we learn from showcase? Where does FSU sit after camp? Biggest strengths, weaknesses
Florida State spring football is over -- but the Seminole Wrap is back. Perry Kostidakis takes up hosting duty with fearless leader Brian Pellerin out on paternity leave, joined by staff writer Jordan Silversmith who has been up-close and in the trenches all spring long. After a quick recap of everything in the FSU sports world, Jordan shares his answers to some burning questions after Florida State’s Spring Showcase, including: What was there to like the most from Saturday’s showcase? Who was an expected stand out that lived up to the hype? Who was a surprise? What position groups to feel the most confident and most concerned about at this point What has been seen throughout spring that wasn’t on display Saturday? Offensive and defensive spring MVPs The two also discuss the way that the annual spring exhibition has been held under Mike Norvell, while Jordan shares some thoughts on the NFL Draft and the upcoming week in FSU baseball. All that and more on the Seminole Wrap podcast. ---------- 00:00 Introduction 00:13 Quick Recap of Florida State Sports 02:03 Deep Dive into Spring Showcase 02:57 Defensive Standouts and Potential Improvements 06:17 Offensive Analysis: Progress and Concerns 12:10 Transfer Portal Speculations and Team Needs 16:52 Spring MVPs and Standout Performers 20:59 Final Takeaways from Spring Football 26:35 The Spring Game Debate: Showcase vs. Traditional Game 39:22 NFL Draft Prospects and Predictions 45:49 FSU Baseball’s Challenging Week and Outlook 49:36 Wrapping Up: Host Reflections and Audience Engagement Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
FSU football: Mike Norvell interview after April 18 practice -- Seminoles set for Spring Showcase on Saturday
Apr 19 2024
FSU football: Mike Norvell interview after April 18 practice -- Seminoles set for Spring Showcase on Saturday
“I told (the team) after practice, I’m a head coach going into my ninth year, and you get a pretty good sense of a team by how the practice before the spring showcase or game (goes) and what their approach to it is.” Mike Norvell appreciated the effort exemplified by his players on Thursday. Florida State had its last “physical” practice of the spring today before the gates of Doak Cambell Stadium open, and the public gets to see what the team looks like. The Seminoles went out with a bang with explosive plays, competitive situations, and a couple of emotional moments that crossed the line. Although the headman did not admit it, the defense won the final practice. Poor offensive execution, mainly drops, helped Adam Fuller’s unit stay in front, as the offense did not know where to go with the ball most of the day. The key to success came from the stout secondary play that suffocated the wide receivers. Patrick Surtain stapled Azareye’h Thomas and Fentrell Cypress to the field, and they delivered with sticky coverage and pass break-ups. As Mike Norvell mentioned in his press conference, the offense worked heavily on the short passing game and screens, which meant Jaylin Lucas played a featured role. As noted, the Seminoles will suit up inside Doak Cambell Stadium for the first time in 2024 at 4 P.M. on Saturday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
“Explosive plays on both sides...you felt the speed:” FSU HC Mike Norvell interview after Seminoles battle in a physical practice
Apr 10 2024
“Explosive plays on both sides...you felt the speed:” FSU HC Mike Norvell interview after Seminoles battle in a physical practice
Usually, Florida State football takes center stage in Tallahassee. Not today. As the football team started doing their outside work, the baseball team began batting practice. At the same time, Lottie Woad started doing an interview about her accomplishments at Augusta National this past weekend. Of course, Mike Norvell does not care about the outside noise, and he guided his team to one of their cleanest practices of the spring. Both sides of the ball focused on fundamentals in the early portion of practice, such as blocking and tackling. The offense and defense battled competitively throughout the day, each taking turns and winning consistent reps. The day started with the defense dominating, as they only allowed one positive play during 11-on-11 in the first portion of practice. However, the offense responded, and their receivers later led the charge. Momentum swung when Lawayne McCoy caught a pass over the middle, and instantly, AZ Thomas drilled him into the ground. He held on, and it sparked the group. A few plays later, Hykeem Williams found himself wide open as his corner route busted the defense’s zone, drawing praise from Mike Norvell. One of the keys to the resurgence came from the offensive line. Today felt like one of their most consistent days, as they picked up blitzes nicely and gave the quarterbacks a clean pocket to throw in. Of course, the defensive line did what they do during run-blocking drills, but Alex Atkins seems pleased with the group's progress. With positives all around, it felt like the scrimmage on Saturday could be a catalyst for the rest of the spring. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
FSU football: HC Mike Norvell offers insight into second FSU scrimmage
Apr 6 2024
FSU football: HC Mike Norvell offers insight into second FSU scrimmage
Florida State football held its second spring of the scrimmage on Saturday, April 6, with the offense in particular putting on a performance that head coach Mike Norvell was excited to see after an up-and-down week. Some really good moments defensively, a couple big stops, a couple created takeaways — but I thought overall, the offense did a nice job in how they executed.” “The quarterback play was really good: DJ had a couple long, extended drives [and the] offense had some explosive plays put in there...I thought today was his best day. He’s had some good days in spring practice, but today he operated at a very, very high level. You saw the confidence of the ball getting out [and] where it’s going, even on a couple throwaways — you could tell he was in control.” [Brock also] had some good plays, moments. Obviously any time in spring scrimmages, we keep the quarterbacks in tag mode so there are some times where maybe they would get out, maybe they wouldn’t — but it’s still opportunities to have to react to whatever the situation calls for.” “I thought the receivers did a good job, because there had been some missed opportunities throughout the week and I thought they really rose up...It was definitely good to see guys take advantage of those balls coming their way. Lawayne McCoy had a big play, Camdon Frier had a big explosive play.” “[The tight ends] made some tough catches. Brian Courtney had a couple, Landen Thomas continues to show he’s on the fast track. Jackson West had a really big play, explosive pass and Kyle [Morlock]...has really taken a step in who he is. I thought he had a great week of practice this week. I think that group, they’re really about the right things.” While the offense seemed to carry the momentum of the day, he still had plenty of praise for the defense, specifically offering compliments to the defensive front, who said continue to showcase their explosiveness “especially when we get into longer situations,” where “you see those guys pin their ears back.” “Marvin Jones, you saw him, Sione [Lolohea], Tomy [Durojaiye] even had a couple really good plays.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
FSU football: Mike Norvell shares injury updates, talks Seminoles spring ball after April 4 practice
Apr 5 2024
FSU football: Mike Norvell shares injury updates, talks Seminoles spring ball after April 4 practice
Mike Norvell rarely makes definite statements during his media availability after practice. Today, he changed his tune. “I thought the defense was definitely the winner today.” After a mistake-filled practice on Tuesday, Adam Fuller’s group wanted to respond on Thursday. An interception from Justin Cryer on the first snaps of 11-on-11 work sent them in the right direction. All three levels worked in tandem together and wreaked havoc for the offense. The defensive line dominated as they squeezed the pocket against the pass and exploded into the backfield against the run. The linebacking core, led by DJ Lundy, communicated more effectively today than last practice and put all the players on the same page. With everything smooth in front of them, the secondary did its thing as the QBs were frequently forced to pull the ball down, and coaches needed to blow the play dead from coverage sacks. The day was not all bad for the offense as their young freshman stepped up and made plays. Luke Kromehoek, Kam Davis, and Camdon Frier impressed and will be written about later. The coaching staff wants to continue to give their young guns more run, and they trust the work they have put in. Specifically, the Luke-Camdon connection grows every day in practice, and they hooked up for a couple of nice throws and catches during the 1-on-1 portion of practice. After the day ended, Mike Norvell announced Destyn Hill and Jerrale Powers would be out for the rest of spring. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
FSU football: Mike Norvell talks first scrimmage of Florida State spring camp
Mar 28 2024
FSU football: Mike Norvell talks first scrimmage of Florida State spring camp
Florida State switched things up with its first scrimmage of the spring on Thursday, giving head coach Mike Norvell and his staff an early glimpse into where the team sits after putting four practices in the books. “I thought it was a good opportunity for guys to see exactly where they are,” he said following the scrimmage, noting that it was the earliest he’s held one in spring. “No coaches, no extra assistance, having to go out there and communicate, operate, understand the play that you have but also know the details and fundamentals.” “For the most part, I thought the guys did a really good job of understanding. It was a lot better than what I really expected.” With ACC referees in attendance to emphasize a need for mindful reps, the coach said “there a few focus penalties, things that showed up” that will be targeted as the team moves to a more cohesive place. “In the understanding of what to do, we’ve got to continue to improve on how to do. The techniques and the fundamentals, some things with our footwork, our eyes — those are all things that we get an opportunity go and get better.” The offense, in Norvell’s eyes, missed a few opportunities (“throws we’d definitely like to have back, missed opportunities where we had a chance to finish a play but didn’t”) but still managed to execute on some big plays, saying running back Kam Davis and wide receiver Malik Benson both found the endzone while also namedropping running back Caziah Holmes. The offensive line, in Norvell’s eyes, did a solid job while the staff mixed things up with a variety of personnel groupings. Speaking on his quarterback room, he offered some high praise for early-enrollee Luke Kromenhoek, calling his performance “outstanding” for a first-time out. Speaking on the defense, Norvell said the linebackers have “been one of the pleasant surprises to start the spring,” complimenting DJ Lundy for looking “like what we needed him to look like” in a veteran role. Byron Turner, Sione Lolohea, Marvin Jones Jr., Tomiwa Durojaiye, Darrell Jackson and Pat Payton, who had a sack, were pinpointed when talking about the defensive front, who Norvell said “did a really solid job” while making the same caveat that there are fundamentals and finer details still deserving of polishing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
FSU softball: How have Seminoles performed through early part of season? Feat. Sydney Supple, former Northwestern star and current ACC Network broadcaster
Mar 13 2024
FSU softball: How have Seminoles performed through early part of season? Feat. Sydney Supple, former Northwestern star and current ACC Network broadcaster
The Seminole Softball Wrap and hosts Brian Pellerin and Gwen Rhodes are back, chatting about why they took a little break (hint: Perry got married, got lazy and forgot to upload the last pod.) The duo jump right into the thick of Florida State softball's early season performances, including the games in Clearwater, how the weather messed with the Oregon tournament, some key wins, and finally, looking forward to the big game against Alabama. Joining them this time is Sydney Supple, a former Northwestern pitcher currently diving into journalism, covering college softball for big names like ACC Network and ESPN Plus. Sydney adds a ton of great insight into what's going on with FSU softball, specifically calling out the team's solid offense, the evolving pitching strategies, and giving a shoutout to some of the newer players who are stepping up in big ways. The conversation takes a deeper dive into specifics like how disciplined FSU is at the plate, the potential for the pitching staff to shape up as the season progresses, and highlighting a few players who have made a significant impact. It's not just about praising the good stuff, though. They also get into areas the team is working on, like finding the right mix in the pitching rotation and getting the batting lineup just right. Sydney expresses optimism for the pitching staff, calling out some fresh faces that have been promising, and everyone weighs in on how the team is shaping up as they head deeper into the season. They also touch on how FSU's team dynamics play into their strengths and areas for growth, emphasizing the team's work ethic and the culture within FSU softball. Wrapping up, they look forward to FSU's upcoming matchups and the crucial learning opportunities these high-stakes games represent. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Florida State baseball: Can the Seminoles bounce back after last year’s tough season? Previewing the 2024 FSU season with Brett Nevitt
Feb 7 2024
Florida State baseball: Can the Seminoles bounce back after last year’s tough season? Previewing the 2024 FSU season with Brett Nevitt
It’s been a tough last year for the Florida State Seminoles baseball team. Coach Link Jarrett’s first year at the helm in Tallahassee saw a postseason streak end, a losing record, coaching turnover, and most recently, the loss of the legendary Mike Martin Sr. In his first season, Jarrett and the staff suffered at the hands of bad timing as their arrival at Florida State was late in the transfer portal season. The result was poor depth in the rotation and an inability to target problem areas in the lineup. Still, the Seminoles started out strong before falling into multi-game losing streaks at several points in the season. The staff struggled to make it deep into games and the lineup looked lost at times. To combat last year’s struggles, Florida State revamped the staff with coaches Micah Posey and Ty Megahee. On the field, the pitching staff added seven arms from the transfer portal including likely weekend starter Cam Leiter. The Seminoles also bolstered the bats with six transfers including a pair of slugging middle infielders in Alex Lodise and Drew Faurot. These additions along with the returns of Cam Smith, Jaime Ferrer, and James Tibbs should improve an offense that slumped last year. With all the new faces, just how will the Seminoles handle the 2024 season? We’ll discuss this with Noles247’s Brett Nevitt. The former Tomahawk Nation contributor is the best on the beat when it comes to Florida State Baseball. Nevitt will break down which arms to expect in the rotation, which names will make an impact, how the lineup will look, and more. All this and more in our special preview podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
FSU football recruiting: Breaking down Florida State's transfer portal haul on offense -- what do new Seminoles bring to the table?
Jan 16 2024
FSU football recruiting: Breaking down Florida State's transfer portal haul on offense -- what do new Seminoles bring to the table?
The Three Stars are back! On today’s episode, we discuss each offensive addition from the transfer portal and where we think Florida State football could still use some help after spring on that side of the ball. QB DJ Uiagalelei: Measures 6’4 250 pounds. Began his college career for the Clemson Tigers, before transferring to Oregon State and playing in 12 games for the Beavers this past season, completing 57% of his passes, while throwing for 2638 yards (220 yds/game) on a career-high 8.4 yards per attempt and 21 touchdowns (against 7 interceptions). He also added 219 yards on the ground along with 6 touchdowns.He has an incredibly strong arm and should be an asset with his legs in short-yardage situations, as well. RB Roydell Williams: Brings a ton of experience with him to Tallahassee. He played in 45 career games for Alabama over four seasons, both as part of the Crimson Tide’s stacked running back rotation and on special teams. He totaled 234 rushes for 1,165 yards and 11 touchdowns, good for a career average of 5.0 yards per attempt. He also caught 21 passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns. ATH Jaylin Lucas: Makes his impact in the return game.In his true freshman season in 2022, Lucas earned first-team All-America kick returner honors from numerous outlets after returning 22 kicks for 591 yards and two touchdowns. This year, he returned another 22 kicks for 572 yards and a touchdown. WR Jalen Brown: From NT&T when Brown was being recruited by FSU out of high school: The first thing you notice about Brown is his advanced footwork and ability to change direction on a dime. Though he’s still a raw talent, this skillset will help him greatly with mastering routes and improvising when the quarterback scrambles. He’s able to make over-the-shoulder catches look routine and has great spatial awareness when using the sideline against defenders. His confidence is a blast to watch because he often backs up smack talk, and he has the potential to develop into a dependable starter who can break big plays every game. WR Malik Benson: His 247Sports projection out of JUCO: Standout high school track athlete running as low as the 10.4’s in the 100-meter dash. Also had great marks in the 200-meter dash and the long-jump. Is not just a track athlete playing football though. He showed in high school and two seasons of junior college that he can be productive on the gridiron. Uses his explosiveness and top end to take a top off the defense and is also a threat to score on short passes. Is not just fast, but is a slippery open field runner who shows he can break tackles and has good balance. Sudden on double moves and has improved a lot in his route running craft. Adequate size and physical strength but a special athlete who has major big-play ability. Shows he can make contested catches when need be, but remains to be seen if he can consistently do that against Power Five competition. But he projects as a high-impact guy at a major program and has clear NFL early-round upside. IOL Terrance Ferguson Played in 11 games for Alabama over three seasons due to the Crimson Tide’s extensive depth in the OL room. He was considered a prime candidate to become a starter next season for Alabama. Heading into his redshirt-junior season with two years of eligibility remaining, Ferguson has the versatility to play either guard or center and will be a welcome and talented addition to the offensive line unit. IOL Richie Leonard Started all 12 games at left guard for the Gators in 2023, leading the offensive line in snaps with 755 and grading at 65.9 per PFF. He played in 31 total games for UF over three seasons. Heading into his Senior season, Leonard will slot into the rotation at guard and has a ceiling of a starting role, with a floor of bringing experience to the offensive line room. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices