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  • By Steven Lassan, 3 days 21 hours ago

    New uniforms seem to be popping up for a handful of ACC teams this spring, as Florida State and Miami have already unveiled new looks for 2014.

    Syracuse is the next ACC school to get a uniform makeover. The Orange unveiled three new combinations on Wednesday, featuring gray, white and blue jerseys and blue, white and orange helmets.

    However, Syracuse’s nickname is the Orange. So why are the orange jerseys not a part of the uniform redesign?

    Here’s a look at the uniforms for Syracuse:
     

  • By David Fox, 5 days 1 hour ago

    The debate concerning preseason rankings has started around the Athlon Sports offices, and we’re giving you an inside look at all the things that will shape the 2014 countdown.

    Braden Gall, David Fox and Steven Lassan take you inside the process of the rankings meeting as they talk through the teams in the ACC.

    Will anyone challenge Florida State in the Atlantic? Will Louisville be a factor in Bobby Petrino’s return? And how do we sort out the mess that is the Coastal Division?


    The podcast can be found on athlonsports.com, iTunes and our podcast RSS feed.

    Please send any comments, questions and podcast topics to @AthlonSports, @BradenGall, @DavidFox615 and @AthlonSteven on Twitter or email podcast@athlonsports.com.

     

  • By Steven Lassan, 1 week 19 hours ago

    Spring football is all about trying to build as much positive buzz as possible until the fall, and unveiling new uniforms and helmets is just one way to establish momentum for any FBS program.

    Miami’s ACC rival Florida State recently unveiled a new jersey and helmet combination for 2014, and the Seminoles won’t be the only team in the conference with new uniforms, as the Hurricanes unveiled a new design before the spring game.

    Here’s Miami’s updated uniform combination, which features black, green, orange and white jerseys, along with two different helmets (orange and white).

     

  • By Steven Lassan, 1 week 1 day ago

    Florida State’s jerseys haven’t changed much in recent years, but the Seminoles are getting a significant uniform overhaul for 2014. The change isn’t drastic, but the helmets, jerseys and pants were tweaked.

    As with any uniform change, it’s important not to stray too much from what worked the best for the school or the most recognizable design/colors from that program.

    And even though it may take a little time to adjust, it seems Nike and Florida State came up with a pretty good design and overall look for the program.

    Below is a look at Florida State’s new jerseys and helmets for 2014 and be sure to check out this Nike gallery of photos for the uniforms:
     

  • By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 16 hours ago

    Miami quarterback Ryan Williams suffered a torn ACL in a recent scrimmage and is out indefinitely. Williams was slated to open the year as the starting quarterback, but it’s uncertain if he will be able to return in time for the season opener. The senior will have surgery to repair the ACL injury.

    Assuming Williams is unable to return in time for the opener, Miami will likely turn to redshirt freshman Kevin Olsen. 

    Miami will also have touted freshman Brad Kaaya join the team this summer, but it’s unlikely he unseats Olsen or even Williams (if he’s back in time for the opener).

    Williams’ injury is a huge blow for a Miami team that opens at Louisville in 2014.

    Even though an injury to Williams is a setback, the Hurricanes still have a solid offensive line, a standout running back in Duke Johnson, and a rising star at receiver in Stacy Coley.

  • By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 days ago

    Florida State closed out the BCS era with an impressive run to the national title. The Seminoles finished 14-0 and rallied from a halftime deficit to defeat Auburn in the championship game.

    Not only did Florida State take home the crystal ball trophy, the players, coaches and support staff will receive three rings for their successful 2013 season.

    The picture below tweeted by assistant coach Tim Brewster showcases the rings, which includes one from winning the ACC title and one from the BCS to celebrate the team’s national title.

    Check out Florida State’s national championship rings:
     

  • By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago

    Clemson and Georgia are set to meet in the season opener for both teams next season (Aug. 30), but the Tigers will be shorthanded for the meeting in Athens.

    Coach Dabo Swinney announced in his pre-spring press conference four players are suspended for that game due to a violation of team rules. Guard David Beasley, tackle Shaq Anthony, cornerback Garry Peters and defensive end Corey Crawford will all miss the non-conference matchup against Georgia.

    And these aren’t minor losses for Clemson. Peters recorded 28 tackles last season, Anthony and Beasley combined for 11 starts on the offensive line, while Crawford registered 52 tackles and three sacks in 2013.

    While the suspensions are bad news for Swinney and the Tigers, this team has all offseason to prepare for that game without the four players.
     

  • By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago

    Former Texas Tech quarterback Michael Brewer has decided to transfer to Virginia Tech. The news was announced on Sunday, as Brewer announced his intention to transfer after the 2013 season and he will be eligible to play in 2014.

    Brewer was expected to be Texas Tech’s starting quarterback in 2013, but a back injury sidelined him for most of the year.

    In four appearances, Brewer threw for 65 yards and one touchdown on seven completions.

    In two years with the Red Raiders, Brewer threw for 440 yards and five scores and completed 70.7 percent of his passes.

    Mark Leal is considered the favorite to start at Virginia Tech this year, but he has only 48 career pass attempts. Brewer won’t arrive in Blacksburg until this summer. However, Brewer should have a chance to win the starting job in the fall.

    Considering the lack of experience among returning Virginia Tech quarterbacks, landing Brewer could pay off for the Hokies in 2014.
     

  • By Steven Lassan, 2 months 3 weeks ago

    College football’s Heisman Trophy won’t be awarded until next December, but it’s never too early to think about the frontrunners for next season.

    Bovada has released its early odds for 2014, and there’s a familiar face at the top. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is the favorite to repeat, with Oregon’s Marcus Mariota a 7/2 favorite.

    Quarterbacks own five out of the top seven spots in the early odds. Running backs T.J. Yeldon (Alabama) and Todd Gurley (Georgia) are the only skill players in the top seven.

    Also of interest: No wide receivers make the early odds for 2014.

    Here’s the early list of favorites to win the 2014 Heisman Trophy from Bovada:

     

    PlayerOdds
    Jameis Winston (QB Florida State)2/1 
    Marcus Mariota (QB Oregon)7/2 
    Braxton Miller (QB Ohio State)4/1 
    T.J. Yeldon (RB Alabama)5/1 
    Bryce Petty (QB Baylor)6/1 
    Brett Hundley (QB UCLA)12/1 
    Todd Gurley (RB Georgia)12/1 
    Mike Davis (RB South Carolina)15/1 
    Melvin Gordon (RB Wisconsin)16/1 
    Everett Golson (Notre Dame)25/1 
    Trevor Knight (QB Oklahoma)25/1 
    Duke Johnson (RB Miami)33/1 
    Karlos Williams (RB Florida State)33/1 
    Matt Johnson (QB Bowling Green)66/1 
    Rakeem Cato (QB Marshall)66/1 
  • By Steven Lassan, 2 months 3 weeks ago

    With Jameis Winston entrenched as Florida State’s quarterback next season, playing time was going to be limited for Jacob Coker, and the sophomore has decided to transfer from Tallahassee to Alabama. With Coker set to graduate in May, he can transfer to another team and start in 2014. 

    Coker was Florida State’s backup quarterback for the first half of the season, throwing for 250 yards on 18 completions. However, he suffered a knee injury and was forced to miss the final six games.

    As a redshirt freshman in 2012, Coker completed 3 of 5 passes for 45 yards.

    Coker was only a three-star prospect coming out of high school. However, the Alabama native has all of the physical tools necessary to become a starting quarterback for a BCS team.

    At 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds and a strong arm, Coker is expected to be highly sought after this spring.

    The Crimson Tide need a replacement for AJ McCarron, and Coker would be a good fit for their offense.

    With Coker transferring to Alabama, he joins a crowded depth chart at quarterback. Blake Sims has the most experience of any passer on the team, but Alec Morris, Parker McLeod, Cooper Bateman and incoming freshman David Cornwell will compete for the job this preseason.

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