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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 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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Noles Make It 7 Straight Against Miami

In this episode of the Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap the Noles dramatic 20-19 victory over the Hurricanes.

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Deondre Francois’ toughness was on full display once again as he battled back from injury and big hits to lead FSU to their 7th straight win over Miami. Kermit Whitfield and Bobo Wilson each had 7 catches. 7 different players caught passes from Francois on the day. Dalvin Cook continued his dominance of Miami with 209 total yards and a touchdown.

Earlier in the week, the defensive players pledged to play harder and stop loafing. That effort combined with a simplified scheme led to a much better performance. Charles Kelly’s unit held Miami to 276 total yards. Mark Walton and Joe Yearby combined for 78 yards on 24 carries.

FSU returns home to play Wake Forest before a much needed bye week leading into the Clemson game.

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2016 Spring Practice – Week 3 Recap

In this episode of the Renegade Report, Herc. & Nolebra Kai recap the 3rd week of the Noles’ 2016 spring practice.

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Offensively, Rick Leonard took first team reps at both right guard and right tackle. Deondre Francois continues to take first team reps at quarterback and Bobo Wilson returned to practice. Jacques Patrick was praised for running with toughness and finally using his size to get extra yards.

Defensively, Jimbo Fisher challenged Josh Sweat to play better. True freshman Josh Brown took first team reps at linebacker with Jacob Pugh missing some practices. Marcus Lewis took first team reps at cornerback with Marquez White out for the rest of the spring with a broken bone in his hand.

The week concluded with a scrimmage inside of Doak Campbell Stadium. Jimbo Fisher said the team needs to play with more consistency and toughness. We wonder aloud if he is holding this team to a realistic standard. Is he letting this team develop their own identity or is he trying to force an identity upon them?

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2015 Fall Camp – Week 1 Recap

In this episode of the Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap the first 4 days of fall camp.

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Starting with his opening press conference, Jimbo Fisher has repeatedly talked about how young, inexperienced but talented this team is. With that comes a lot of mistakes and the need to put a bigger emphasis on teaching.

Everett Golson is still viewed as the 3rd string quarterback but he has taken his share of reps with the starting offense. Based on the few minutes of video shot at practice, you can see that some wrinkles have been added to the offense that utilizes Golson’s running ability. On the offensive line, Derrick Kelly has been the 1st team right tackle and not Chad Mavety.

Defensively, we preview the OLB / DE position. Last year’s pass rush was subpar to put it mildly but Jimbo Fisher feels confident that will improve this season. The biggest question we have is how will Charles Kelly utilize all the options he has at those positions?

We also discuss whether or not FSU should start negative recruiting more based on recent comments by Shavar Manuel.

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2015 Spring Practice – Week 1 Recap

In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap the first week of spring practice.

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3 practices are in the books and while some off season questions have been answered, several questions still remain. Seminoles’ fans expected a quarterback battle this spring but it appears that Sean Maguire is fully entrenched as the starter.

It also appears that 4/5 of the starting offensive line has been established. The question is: who will be the starting center?

Defensively, we’ve seen a glimpse of the 2 deep but we’re no closer to answering the biggest defensive question: will the pass rush will improve? We do feel comfortable saying the 2015 defense will be hungrier and nastier than last season.

Jimbo Fisher has been pleased with the attitude and chemistry of this team. We question how much of those feelings are genuine and how much is him trying to instill confidence into a young / inexperienced team.

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Never In Doubt But Never Easy

In this episode of the Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai recaps FSU’s 38-20 victory over Syracuse.

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Jameis Winston was sharp yesterday, going 30-36 317 yards and 3 TDs. Rashad Greene and Nick O’Leary both had record setting days catching the ball. Dalvin Cook had his first career 100 yard rushing game.

Defensively, Charles Kelly’s unit is still giving up too many yards and too many 3rd down conversions. Even though they came up with 3 interceptions, there are still some fundamental and discipline issues that need to be fixed and fixed soon.

Off the field, the Jameis Winston saga continues as several media outlets released stories on Friday night. The most damning was the New York Times story that accuses FSU and the Tallahassee Police Department of favorable treatment for FSU football players.

Despite it all, FSU is still undefeated and still control their own destiny to the College Football Playoffs regardless of their now #2 ranking.

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Noles Dominate Demon Deacons

In this episode of the Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap the Noles 43-3 victory over Wake Forest.

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Even with a 40 point win, FSU has yet to put together a complete game this season. Turnovers on the first 2 drives and erratic play by Jameis Winston prevented the offense from finding any kind of rhythm.

Defensively, the Noles dominated one of the worst offenses in the FBS. Nevertheless, there was plenty to take away from the game. Lorenzo Featherson’s emergence has allowed Charles Kelly to feel comfortable playing Mario Edwards, Jr. inside next to Eddie Goldman. Markus Eligwe’s return provides depth at both linebacker and rush end.

Injuries and missed time are beginning to add up for this team: Austin Barron is out indefinitely with a broken hand and Rashad Greene was forced to leave the game early with a concussion.

Despite it all, FSU is still undefeated and still control their own destiny to the College Football Playoff.

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Concerns Mount As Noles Remain Undefeated

In this episode of the Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap the Noles 56-41 victory over NCState.

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FSU is the ultimate glass half full / glass half empty team right now. On one hand, the defense gave up 41 points and 520 yards of offense to the Wolfpack. On the other hand, FSU outscored NCState 49-17 after the first quarter.

On one hand, Jameis Winston threw for 365 yards and 4 touchdowns. On the other hand, Jameis Winston threw 2 interceptions and lost a fumble.

On one hand, Rashad Greene caught 11 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown. On the other hand, Rashad Greene muffed a punt that led to a Wolfpack touchdown 2 plays later.

On one hand, the Seminoles aren’t playing championship football and do not look like the #1 team in the country. On the other hand, only 4 games have been played and the most glaring mistakes are definitely fixable.

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