This week’s edition of the Osceola360 looks at former head coaches who have found new homes for the 2019 season, updates on a couple of commitments from the state of Florida and more preseason polls and opinions.
More and more college football programs are hiring former head coaches in football analyst and consultant roles. Alabama head coach Nick Saban has made this common place in Tuscaloosa. He currently has former head coaches Butch Jones (Tennessee) and Major Applewhite (Houston) on his staff as analyst. Larry Fedora has joined the Texas coaching staff as football analyst after being let go at North Carolina at the end of the 2018 season. Earlier this summer former Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis joined Herm Edwards’ staff at Arizona State as a special advisor. This week LSU head coach Ed Orgeron added legendary USC and former LA Rams head coach John Robinson, who led the Trojans to a national championship in 1978, to his staff as a special advisor. Please click on the following link for more on Robinson joining the Bayou Bengals: https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/27099514/lsu-hires-usc-legend-robinson-consultant.
FSU had a great year in athletics during 2018-2019, enjoying highly successful seasons with many of its athletics programs and produced a seventh-place finish in the all-sports Director’s Cup standings. It was the top finish among ACC programs and the second year in a row that the Seminoles finished in the top 10 in the Cup’s final rankings. Boise State, whose football program will start their 2019 against FSU, also enjoyed some great results with its athletics teams in 2018-19. The Broncos finished as the highest-ranked Group of Five school in the Director’s Cup standings with a 59th-place finish. For more on the Broncos’ athletics season please click on the following link: https://www.idahostatesman.com/sports/college/mountain-west/boise-state-university/boise-state-football/article232173607.html.
Boise State and FSU share something else in common. Athlon’s recently released its Top 25 toughest non-conference schedules for the 2019 football season and both the Seminoles and Broncos are among the teams included. For more on the Seminoles’ and Broncos’ non-conference matchups this upcoming season please click on the following link: https://athlonsports.com/college-football/college-footballs-top-25-toughest-non-conference-schedules-2019.
One of the bigger surprises in the ACC last year was the emergence of Syracuse, which won 10 games in a 2018 season that included a win against FSU and giving Clemson more than it bargained for before ultimately losing to the Tigers 27-23. One of the biggest reasons for the success of the Orange was the play of quarterback Eric Dungey, who finished his career at Syracuse by throwing for 2,868 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also rushed for 754 yards and was arguably one of the top two quarterbacks in the ACC last season along with Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence. Syracuse visits FSU in late October this season and the biggest question for the Orange is who will replace Dungey at quarterback. For more on who the signal-caller will be this year for Syracuse please click on the following link: https://www.nunesmagician.com/2019/7/1/20651838/syracuse-football-2019-position-preview-quarterbacks-orange-roster-season-devito-dungey-babers.
The University of Miami picked up a big commitment over the weekend when class of 2020 wide receiver Michael Redding III gave his pledge to the Hurricanes. Redding (6-1, 195-pounds) is considered a four-star recruit by 247Sports and ranked as the 35th-best receiver in the nation and 194th-best prospect overall by the site. He was high on FSU’s list of wide receiver targets, is reported to have had an offer from the Seminoles and made an unofficial visit to FSU earlier this year. Redding is also believed to hold offers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Notre Dame and Penn State among others. For more on the young wideout’s recruitment please click on the following link: https://caneswarning.com/2019/06/30/miami-football-gets-surprise-commitment-4-star-wr/.
Georgia Tech received a commitment that will have an impact on how FSU will recruit the offensive line position this year. The Yellow Jackets picked up a pledge from offensive lineman Michael Rankins from Lennard High School in Ruskin, Fla. Rankins (6-5, 275 pounds) who was considered a key recruit for the Seminoles’ 2020 class. Josh Newberg of 247Sports listed Rankins as a top-10 target for the Seminoles for this recruiting class. He made an unofficial visit to Tallahassee in late June when FSU was thought to be one of his top choices. Rankins is ranked as the 74th overall recruit in the state of Florida and 44th ranked offensive tackle in the nation by 247Sports. For more on the recruitment and commitment of Rankins please click on the following link: https://www.ajc.com/sports/college/michael-rankins-commits-georgia-tech/vjghfKKV0RRTD5z0LNYtBP/.
As we mentioned in the Osceola earlier there are polls of all kinds covering the world of college football during the summer and College Football News recently released its list of the top tight ends in college football heading into the 2019 season. FSU’s Tre McKitty is on that list as well as a couple of other tight ends from the state of Florida. To find out where McKitty ranks with this peers please click on the following link: https://collegefootballnews.com/2019/06/all-america-tight-ends-2019-preseason-cfn.
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