VIDEO: Seminoles Sharp in Camp, Prepping For Upcoming Showdown with No.1 Alabama Sept. 2

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Francois looks good, progressing nicely in year two

ABOVE VIDEO: Layne Herdt and Tim Linafelt give their observations from Sunday’s open practice.

TALLAHASSE, FLORIDA – One thing is for certain in Tallahassee, there is no quarterback battle and camp has a business-like feel, as the Florida State Seminoles enter week two of fall camp.

Redshirt sophomore signal caller Deondre Francois is the clear cut No.1 quarterback for FSU and he will lead the Seminoles, who were ranked as the countries third best team last week in the first coaches poll of the season and No.2 on ESPN’s list.  against the nations No.1 ranked preseason team, the Alabama Crimson Tide, in just 25 days.

Two of the nations top three teams will do battle to start the season in the 2017 Chik-Fil-A Kickoff game in the brand new $1.5 billion Merecdes Benz Stadium – home to the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta, Georgia on Sept 2.

The Noles are focused and healthy in the early days of camp.

The LSU days, which included a 2003 National Championship. Jimbo Fischer seated to Nick Saban’s immediate right as former Gators and current South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp sits to Saban’s left.

One of the kickoff games many storylines will be head coach Jimbo Fisher facing off against his former boss, Nick Saban for the first time since Fisher was Saban’s quarterbacks coach and offensive coordiantor at LSU from 2000 until Saban left for the Dolphins following the 2004 season.

The defense, which Fisher praised day in and day out to start camp seemed to be well ahead of the offense as camp goy underway a few short days ago but the offense, especially the wide recievers, is starting to stretch the Noles tough defense.

Here are some some tidbits from Tim Linafelt of the Seminoles.com and Brendan Sonnone from Noles247 Sports.

ABOVE VIDEO: Tim Linafelt sits down with coordinators Lawrence Dawsey, Randy Sanders and Charles Kelly.

Three things I know, Three things I think: (Noles247)

This is FSU’s deepest LB unit in years

Depth, experience and overall talent; these are ingredients FSU’s linebacking corps has typically lacked the past several years. Injuries, off-field issues and attrition weakened FSU’s linebacker depth for years, but the group has finally been replenished after a couple of strong recruiting cycles.

The two starters — seniors Matthew Thomas and Ro’Derrick Hoskins — have a full season of starting experience and ended the 2016 campaign on a high note with strong showings against Florida and Michigan.

Sophomores Dontavious Jackson and Emmett Rice received valuable playing time as rookies last year.

ABOVE VIDEO: Ro’Derrick Hoskins highlights vs Mississippi last season..

FSU also added JUCO transfer Adonis Thomasand promising freshman Leonard Warner to the mix as well.

This is the first time FSU has had this much experience and pure talent since about 2012. The group consists of rangy athletes like Thomas and Rice, as well as couple thumpers such as Hoskins and Jackson.

Add in a versatile Sam linebacker in senior Jacob Pugh — plus his backup Josh Brown — and there are plenty of reasons to feel optimistic about this group.

Click HERE to read more from Brendan Sonnone on Noles247.com >>>

Meet The New Guy: Patrick Ready To Take The Reins: (Seminoles.com)

ABOVE VIDEO: Jacques Patrick | 2016 FSU Highlights.

When Jacques Patrick says he remembers the day that Jimbo Fisher offered him a scholarship to Florida State, he really means it.

It was during the spring of Patrick’s freshman year at Orlando’s Timber Creek High School, nearly six months before he would begin to emerge as one of the state’s top young running backs, that the two met during a visit to Tallahassee.

“April 14, 2012,” Patrick said at FSU’s annual Media Day. “He offered me a scholarship and it was mind-blowing. I didn’t know what a scholarship offer was.”

 Over the next few years, Patrick learned plenty about scholarship offers. While at Timber Creek, he racked up an eye-popping 7,922 rushing yards and 103 touchdowns, a five-star rating from the recruiting analysts at Rivals.com and, more importantly, scholarship offers from more than 50 college football programs around the country.

Click HERE to read more from Tim Linafelt on Seminoles.com >>>

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