FSU Weekly Rewind: Award lists, arrest

July, 15, 2012
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Every Sunday, NoleNation will take a look back at the week that was around Florida State, recapping the top stories and shedding a little light on a few that might have fallen between the cracks.

1. Reid arrested

FSU's starting corner and top return man was arrested near his hometown of Valdosta on Tuesday, and he now faces three misdemeanor charges, including possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

Because all charges are misdemeanors, Reid isn't necessarily facing a suspension. On the other hand, he's faced legal troubles in the past -- albeit minor charges that were quickly dismissed -- and was suspended for a game for a violation of team rules, too.

Given his history -- and a somewhat damning police report -- odds are Jimbo Fisher will feel compelled to offer some sort of discipline that involves Reid missing playing time. That, of course, should be stinging punishment for a starter heading into his final season with the Seminoles who, just this spring, offered promises of increased maturity and accountability.

But for Florida State, this might even be a blessing in disguise. Weeks 1 and 2 won't be big tests for the Seminoles, who welcome to Tallahassee Murray State and Savannah State, both FCS schools. If Reid sits, younger corners like Tyler Hunter and Keelin Smith should see more action, and that experience could help down the road.

2. Watch lists

It's that time of year when the awards debates begin anew, and while the preseason watch lists tend to cast a wide net, Florida State has a handful of players who should be in the mix for awards even as the season progresses.

Everett Dawkins and Timmy Jernigan made the watch list for the Outland Trophy, which honors the top interior defensive lineman. Dawkins, a senior, is the most experienced member of the FSU defense, while Jernigan was one of the ACC's top freshman defenders a year ago.

Defensive ends Brandon Jenkins and Bjoern Werner, along with defensive backs Lamarcus Joyner and Xavier Rhodes, were added to the watch list for the Nagurski Trophy that honors the nation's top defensive player. Jenkins, Rhodes and Joyner were also placed on the Bednarik Award watch list. Joyner and Rhodes were also named to the Thorpe Award watch list, honoring the best defensive back.

Not surprisingly, kicker Dustin Hopkins was named on the Lou Groza Award watch list. He was a semifinalist for the award in 2011.

And finally, quarterback EJ Manuel was added to the watch list for the Maxwell Award, given to college football's top player.

3. Deadline passes

It didn't come as much of a surprise -- head coach Mike Martin virtually guaranteed it two weeks ago -- but shortstop Justin Gonzalez will return to the Seminoles next season after Major League Baseball's deadline to sign a professional contract passed Friday night.

Gonzalez was taken in the 27th round by the Dodgers, which made it unlikely he would forego his senior season with Florida State. Still, making it official offered a bit of relief for the FSU coaching staff, which lost underclassmen Devon Travis, Robert Benincasa and Jayce Boyd to the draft, along with a handful of impact seniors, too.

Among FSU's incoming recruiting class, Jameis Winston (15th round), D.J. Stewart (27th round) and John Sansone (39th round) all passed up on professional deals and will join the Seminoles next season. A handful of others, including lefties Tyler Pike and Andre Martinez, signed contracts.

4. Bowden weighs in

The week's biggest college football story was the release of the Freeh report, which added yet another damning indictment against Penn State and former head coach Joe Paterno.

The evidence appears to show that Paterno, among other Penn State officials, helped cover up sexual abuse perpetrated by former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

In the wake of the report, former FSU head coach Bobby Bowden, second to Paterno on college football's all-time wins list, was asked his thoughts on how the longtime Penn State coach should be remembered.

Bowden stopped short of blaming Paterno, but he suggested that Penn State should remove his statue and didn't dispute the notion that the NCAA should consider vacating some of Paterno's wins and handing down stern punishment upon the football program.

5. Training continues

Former FSU athletes Lacy Janson and Maurice Mitchell continue training in Tallahassee as they prepare for the Olympic Games next month in London.

Mitchell and Janson are among 13 athletes with Florida State ties competing in the Games. Janson will compete in the pole vault, while Mitchell will run in the 200 meter.

Joining them will be Gonzalo Barroilhet (decathlon) representing Chile, Jonathan Borlee (400 meters) and Kevin Borlee (400 meters) representing Belgium, Mateo De Angulo (swimming, 400 meter freestyle) representing Colombia, Kimberly Williams (triple jump) and Dorian Scott (shot put) representing Jamaica, Ciaran O'Lionaird (1,500 meters) representing Ireland and Hannah England (1,500 meters) and Luke Gunn (3,000-meter steeplechase) representing the U.K.

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