Seminoles' James Wilder Jr. is showing growth on and off the field. Now he'll have a chance to translate that into an even bigger role at running back.
Back and knee injuries ended two seasons for Chris Thompson, but the running back will make the most of Florida State's pro day.
Florida signed five receivers in one class twice since 1997. Neither time, however, did anyone make much of an impact as a freshman. And only three developed into playmakers for the Gators.
With so little production from its wide receivers, Florida has no choice but to make the position a high priority in recruiting.
No team has gone longer without a 1,000-yard rusher than FSU, an inexplicable streak that will continue this season after the season-ending injury to Chris Thompson.
Against Duke, Florida State sophomore backs Devonta Freeman and James Wilder Jr. proved they could carry the load without Chris Thompson.
Florida State lost one of its best offensive leaders and players in RB Chris Thompson, and sophomores James Wilder Jr., and Devonta Freeman will be looked at to replace him.
With friends and family looking on, running back Devonta Freeman stepped in for the injured Chris Thompson and carried Florida State past the Miami Hurricanes.
Dustin Hopkins knows the mantra of a kicker is to move on quickly from misses. He also says he's not hip to FSU's kicking history in the rivalry against Miami.
After struggling against NC State, the reinsertion of Menelik Watson into the lineup plus a few adjustments allowed Florida State's offense to thrive against Boston College.
FSU running backs James Wilder and Devonta Freeman made the most of their opportunities against Boston College, a welcome sight for Jimbo Fisher.
Chris Thompson and Bjoern Werner lead NoleNation's midseason awards.
There was an air of familiarity to No. 3 Florida State's shocking 17-16 loss to NC State on Saturday, and that might be the most disappointing part of the defeat.
FSU running back Devonta Freeman lost a cousin he called his brother just a couple of weeks ago, but he knows his cousin would want him to push through.
Florida State's receiving options are as plentiful as they are diverse, giving EJ Manuel plenty to choose from in the passing game.
James Wilder Jr. not only gets to go home, but he gets to play in his native Tampa as a running back and prove so many wrong.