2017 Fall Camp Week 3 Review

In this episode of the Renegade Report, Herc. & Nolebra Kai recap the 3rd week of FSU’s 2017 fall camp.

Backup center Baveon Johnson will miss the 2017 season with a torn meniscus. With his injury, Alec Eberle’s health and improved play become even more important if FSU is to compete for a National Title this season.

Keith Gavin continues to receive high praise from Jimbo Fisher. Despite not recording a single catch as a freshman, we wouldn’t be surprised if he is FSU’s leading receiver this season.

Deondre Francois was kicked out of practice by Jimbo Fisher this week. He now joins Jameis Winston, Rashad Greene, Lamarcus Joyner and many other great players that have been kicked out of practice for one reason or another.

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2017 Fall Camp Week 2 Review

In this episode of the Renegade Report, Herc. & Nolebra Kai review week 2 of FSU’s 2017 Fall Camp.

The 2nd week of fall camp concluded with a scrimmage on Sunday night in Doak Campbell Stadium.  Jimbo Fisher seemed pleased with the effort and execution from all 3 phases of his team despite having 10-12 players not participate with various injuries.

The biggest news of the week came when Jimbo Fisher announced that if this was a game week, Derrick Kelly would be the starting left tackle.  Needless to say, Nolebra Kai is not happy with the constant “tinkering” on the offensive line.  Cole Minshew missed the scrimmage but Jimbo said that he, along with everyone else who missed the scrimmage, will be back at practice this week?

We wonder aloud will Matthew Thomas be included in the group of players who return to practice this week.  It has been long rumored that his final year of eligibility was in question due to academics.  Most of us feel that the “illness” that caused him to miss practice last week was really a final push to get qualified.

In an effort to improve the return game, FSU auditioned several different players for kickoff and punt return roles.  As it stands right now, Derwin James and Keith Gavin will be the kickoff returners.  Cam Akers and Amir Rasul will back them up.  It’s still not clear who the starting punt returner will be.

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2017 Fall Camp Week 1 Review

In this episode of the Renegade Report, Herc. & Nolebra Kai recap the first week of fall camp.

Week 1 began with Jimbo Fisher’s introductory press conference and ended with an open practice inside Doak Campbell Stadium.

An already thin unit took a hit when wide receiver Da’Vante Phillips was arrested and charged with 5 felonies. Malique Jackson has switched from cornerback to receiver in a last ditch effort to earn some playing time. George Campbell being healthy instantly went from being a bonus to being a necessity.

The starting offensive line caught many in the fanbase off guard with Rick Leonard starting at left tackle and Derrick Kelly taking starting reps at right tackle. Alec Eberle seems to be cemented as the starting center.

Levonta Taylor is currently taking first teams reps at the field corner position. What other young DBs are inline for significant playing time?

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2017 Fall Camp Preview

In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc. & Nolebra Kai preview the start of FSU’s 2017 fall camp.

The Seminoles enter the 2017 season with high expectations. Most project FSU to be a top 5 team in the initial rankings and a September 2nd date with Alabama is the talk of college football.

If the Noles are to live up to the hype this season, there are some key questions that need to be answered in fall camp.

The most important question that needs to be answered is who will be the starting offensive line and how much have they improved. Deondre Francois took a beating last season and without a quality backup, his health is the key to this team reaching their full potential.

Defensively, the 2017 Seminoles are loaded with talent, depth and experience at every level. The question is what role with everyone play and are they ready to deal with no huddle – hurry up offenses?

FSU was routinely on the losing end of the special teams, hidden yardage stats in 2016. Improvement in that area should be another focus of fall camp.

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2017 Spring Practice Preview

In this episode of the Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai preview FSU’s 2017 Spring Practice.

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Life without Dalvin Cook begins.  We expect a committee approach to replacing his productivity.  Although he’s true freshman, we expect Cam Akers to be Jacques Patrick’s primary backup to start the season.

Fans will delight in the fact that it is literally impossible for the offense to feature a “midget package” at wide receiver.  Jokes aside, the development of this unit will be the key to Deondre Francois’ development.

The offensive line will feature more size but does bigger equal better?

We also discuss Dameyune Craig’s return to FSU as an offensive analyst.

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2016 Season Recap

In this episode of the Renegade Report, Herc. & Nolebra Kai recap the Noles’ 2016 season.

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FSU finished the 2016 season by winning their last 5 games and 7 of the last 8.  Despite that finish, Herc. still feels like the season was a disappointment.  Jimbo Fisher and the coaching staff didn’t push the right buttons early in the season to get maximum effort from the players.  The offensive line continued to struggle.  The biggest disappointment was all the injuries (notably Derwin James) that prevented us from seeing just how good this team could be.

Despite the disappointments, there were several positives takeaways from the season.  FSU swept Florida and Miami for the 4th straight season.  They also proved to be the more physical team in their Orange Bowl victory over Michigan.

We also discuss whether or not there will be some coaching changes in the off season.

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FSU vs UF Preview & Prediction

In this episode of the Renegade Report, Herc. & Nolebra Kai preview Saturday’s game against the Florida Gators.

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With a win Saturday night, FSU seniors would finish their career a perfect 8-0 against Florida and Miami.  To accomplish that, the Seminoles defense must shut down the Gators’ rushing attack and force Austin Appleby to beat them through the air.  Marquez White and Tarvarus McFadden will have to contain a dangerous receiver in Antonio Calloway.

Offensively, FSU’s receivers must beat man coverage and win their one-on-one battles against a talented Gators’ secondary.  Will Jimbo Fisher utilize Deondre Francois’ mobility in the running and passing game to help neutralize the Gators’ attacking defensive line.  With no game next week, expect Dalvin Cook to get as many carries as necessary to win the game.

We also discuss the Jimbo Fisher to LSU rumors and what should be Jimbo’s negotiating play this time around.

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Fast Start Fuels FSU Blowout Over Boston College

In this episode of the Renegade Report, Herc. & Nolebra Kai recap Friday’s 45-7 victory over Boston College.

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The Noles hosted a rare weekday home game in which both the offense and fan base showed up early. Dalvin Cook had a quiet 100 yard rushing game and Auden Tate had his first 100 yard receiving game. Senior night was capped by Sean Maguire coming in to throw 2 TD passes.

The defense dominated a limited Eagles’ offense. The key to their success was holding BC to 96 yards on 35 rushing attempts.

We also pose the question: Is Steve Addazio a suitable replacement for Rick Trickett?

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Putting The Clemson Loss In Perspective

In this episode of the Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap the Noles 37-34 loss to Clemson.

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Dalvin Cook scored 4 touchdowns, Deondre Francois’ toughness was once again on display and Nyqwan Murray had a coming out party but when it mattered most the offensive line cracked under pressure and prevented the offense from scoring a game tying field goal or a game winning touchdown.

Statistically, the defense gave up basically the same number of yards on the same number of plays as the 2015 defense did against Clemson.  However, the 2016 defense gave up 14 more points; including the game winning touchdown with 2 minutes left after the offense scored the go ahead touchdown.

How will this heartbreaking loss affect the team going forward? How healthy will the team be physically?  The bigger question may be, how well will the team bounce back emotionally?

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