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Jimbo Fisher Looks To Get Seminoles Back Among Nation’s Elite in 2010

March 6th, 2010 – By Scott

It wans’t that long ago that the Florida State Seminoles were one of the most prominent programs in college football. During a 14 year span from 1987-2000, the Noles finished in the Top 5 in each of these seasons and winning the national championship in 1993 and 1999. The turn of the century has not been kind to FSU. They have not finished in the Top 20 since 2004 and have relinquished their position as the most dominant team in the ACC. Now, it seems as though the program has made changes that were desperately needed to get them back among the elite in NCAA College Football.

Bobby Bowden has retired and now the Jimbo Fisher era begins. Noticeable changes have begun in Tallahassee that range from a mostly renovated coaching staff to a new way of conducting off-season drills. With spring practice set to begin on March 16, Fisher and the Noles will begin a journey to rebuild a once-dominant program.

Florida State has made huge strides as far as recruiting is concerned. During the turmoil of the future regarding Bowden during the 2009 season, FSU looked to hopefully finish with a recruiting class in the Top 25. Once Bowden made his decision to retire following the Gator Bowl, things started heating up when Fisher was officially announced as the head coach and in turn, landed Florida State the No. 6 recruiting class in the nation. Four of these recruits are already enrolled and will participate in spring practice.

On the defensive side of the ball, things have really taken change for the program. Long time defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews has retired and Fisher has landed Mike Stoops as his coordinator to rebuild a defense that ranked 94th in the nation in scoring defense. The future looks bright on the defensive side of the ball as they have 12 defensive recruits over the past two years that were four or five star prospects.

Offensively, FSU performed well last year and should only continue to improve as they return most of their starters. Quarterback Christian Ponder and running back Jermaine Thomas are back, as well as both of their leading receivers. The Noles averaged 30 points and 421 yards per game in 2009.

The future looks bright for Florida State, the only question is how quick can they get things turned around? It seems as though every program goes through their up and down years and Fisher hopes to restore a once dominant program back among the elite.

For the 2010 NCAA Football Season, College Football Sportsbooks have already released odds to win the BCS National Championship. Currently, the Seminoles are a 50 to 1 underdog to win the BCS National Title Game.

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