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2011 Florida State Seminoles Football Preview: Over and Under the Radar

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2011 Florida State Seminoles Football Preview: Over and Under the Radar
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Greg Reid's impressive Sophomore season has led many to believe he could be a legitimate contender for the Nagurski Award.

The Florida State Football Program looks to improve on an impressive first year under Head Coach Jimbo Fisher, in which the Seminoles won the Atlantic Division of the ACC, and defeated the SEC East Champion South Carolina Gamecocks in the Peach Bowl.

Under Fisher, the rules are simple: Improve. In all aspects of the game, both on-field, and off. Improvements were apparent in 2010 as the Seminoles took their 2009 brand of defense and went from a bottom 15 program, to a top 40 program, with first-year Defensive Coordinator Mark Stoops, first-year Linebackers' Coach Greg Hudson, and first-year Defensive Line Coach D.J Eliot anchoring the new-look D for the Noles.

Offensively, Florida State was more complete, yet still somewhat lacking in the receiving area—the Noles became more potent than ever in the backfield, showcasing four talented and capable ball-carriers (Jones, Thomas, Pryor, and Thompson.)

2011 should be no different. With only 3 starters lost on both sides of the ball, FSU has not only the returning talent, but plenty of depth at key positions to make a deep run this season, and with a springboard of fortune, FSU could be entertaining a trip up the road to New Orleans on January 9th.

Taking a closer look at the lofty expectations reveals why some experts have the Seminoles pegged as a pre-season contender for the Waterford Crystal.

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