Tallahassee Democrat senior writer Steve Ellis has wrote a season preview for the upcoming season on the Florida State Seminoles. He believes that since the FSU schedule is back loaded that they should be able to have a solid year until May when they play the heart of the ACC in Clemson, Miami, UNC, and GT. The full article is available here.
The Tallahassee Democrat also is reporting junior closer Luke Tucker has been shut down for 3 weeks to rest his shoulder from soreness. Some of my contacts at Florida State have stated that Tucker has not been throwing well since the first day of practice so this is not a huge surprise. Last year, He was shut down on Sunday of a 3 game set at Boston College due to soreness also. Buster Posey is expected to step into the closer role for the first few weekends. The article is available here.
GoJackets.com has continued the series of previews which continues tonight with Florida State. They are coming off a disappointing season as they failed to make it out of their regional which was hosted by the University of Georgia. The Seminoles lost All-American Shane Robinson in center field and also will be looking for a new weekend starter with the loss of Tyler Chambliss. They also lost starting catcher Danny Diaz who was dismissed from the program in the fall but Freshman All-American Buster Posey will try to take over behind the plate. The full preview is available here.
Danny Rosen of FSU has been a pleasant surprise in camp this spring. The Tallahassee Democrat checks in with an article about the former walk-on and the contributions he is expected to make during this season. Article can be read here.
BTW I took that picture when I visited FSU earlier this year when Boston College was down there.
The ACC has released their preseason coaches poll. The UNC Tar Heels and the Clemson Tigers are both picked to win their respective division. The Tigers are expected to win the whole conference according to the coaches. The full release from the ACC is available here.
The Tallahassee Democrat has an article in Jan. 18th edition about the expected new center fielder for the Seminoles. His name is Ruairi O’Connor who is entering his redshirt sophomore season. He missed the 2006 season with a wrist injury but in 2005 he contributed with in 40 games including 14 starts. He has a tough shoe to fill because Shane Robinson (former CF) was a two-time All-American and also the national player of the year in 2005. The full article is available here.
The Tallahassee Democrat checks in with an article about newcomer Brandon Reichert. He is entering the season as a senior and this will be the first season he suits up for the hometown team. He signed with Mercer University but was not given his release by Head Coach Craig Gibson. The full article about Mr. Reichert is available here.
Rivals has released their top 25 for the upcoming season. The top team is Rice with UNC, University of South Carolina, Virginia, and Miami rounding out the top 5. I believe that Miami is a little overrated being in the top 5 but we will have to see how the season falls to find out the truth. It is nice to see 3 ACC teams in the Top 5.
The full poll is available here.
Mike Martin was officially enshrined into the ABCA Hall Of Fame today. This was a very high honor for Coach Martin who enters the season with a career record of 1435-493-4 (.744). The full press release on Coach Martin is available here.
Also, The Florida State Baseball team has officially started practicing this week for the upcoming season. They open the season on Feb. 2nd against Tennessee. There is a nice little photo gallery on the official Seminole site here.
Rivals.com has added some Conference Previews with the Big 12, ACC, and SEC already done. They are fairly short but gives the readers a quick synopsis about the key players and teams in the respective conference.
GoJackets.com checks in with a preview on the UNC Tar Heels. They will continue to be a power in the ACC with their hitting but they need to replace both Andrew Miller and Daniel Bard to head back to the CWS Final. Robert Woodard is the only returning starter and Andrew Carignan returns in the Closer role. The full preview is available here.