CeCe Jefferson

Dalvin Cook, defense lead No. 13 Florida State to pounding of No. 12 Gators


Keeping Florida State running back Dalvin Cook contained is no easy task, but Florida managed to do that for much of the night. But as many previous opponents can confirm, Cook is bound to make a spectacular play. He did just that with a run right up the middle of the defense and powered his way into the end zone in the fourth quarter of No. 13 Florida State’s (10-2) 27-2 victory over No. 12 Florida (10-2).

Cook scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns in the win, including one in the final minutes that served as the cherry on top of the sundae for the Seminoles. With 183 rushing yards, Cook ended his season with one last solid performance to merit discussion about a trip to New York City for the Heisman Trophy, although this one got off to a slow start by comparison as Florida’s defense was as good as it could be for a while. Florida State’s defense was also clicking on all cylinders in this one, holding the Gators to just 262 yards of offense. As Florida prepares to play for the SEC championship next week against Alabama, after this performance against the Seminoles and last week’s effort against FAU, there should be some serious concerns about Florida’s ability to do anything on offense that will challenge Alabama.

To be fair, Florida’s defense really was pretty good, although the final score may not suggest so. Cook’s two fourth quarter touchdowns turned a defensive battle into a bit more of a blowout than it really was for the majority of the night. Florida held Florida State to just two third-down conversions out of 13 and 304 yards of offense.

The win for the Seminoles clinched a fourth straight season with double-digit victories. Florida State may not be playing for an ACC title (Clemson will be facing North Carolina next week in Charlotte), but Florida State has not had four straight 10-win seasons since the height of the Bobby Bowden era from 1987 through 2000. Under Jimbo Fisher, Florida State has won at least 10 games in all but one season (2011). With that kind of track record it is easy to see why LSU, hypothetically, would be interested in Fisher as a possible successor to Les Miles, but Fisher says he is not leaving Tallahassee.

Florida State looked to be on track to pitch its first shutout of the Gators in the history of the series, but all of that changed in spectacular fashion. Sean Maguire had a ball knocked out of his hand as he was attempting to pass by Cece Jefferson. The ball wiggled loose and was not easy for anyone to pounce on. After a mad scramble for the ball 25 yards back from the line of scrimmage, it was Maguire who finally landed on it in the endzone for a safety, giving Florida two points. Florida looked to have a great return by Valdez Showers on the free kick return, but an illegal block in the back took the ball all the way back to Florida’s 14-yard line.

Florida State has now won three in a row against the Gators for the first time since stringing together three straight wins from 1998 through 2000. The win also marks Florida State’s third straight win in The Swamp, the first time Florida State has done that in the history of the rivalry.

CeCe Jefferson now officially a Florida Gator


Better later than never, I suppose.

Five-star defensive lineman CeCe Jefferson is now officially a part of Florida’s Class of 2015. Days after announcing his commitment to Florida on national television, Jefferson’s recruiting drama is now a thing of the past as Florida confirmed the arrival of Jefferson’s somewhat long-awaited National Letter of Intent Monday morning.

Jefferson made a major signing day announcement when he declared for the Florida Gators and new head coach Jim McElwain. Jefferson’s announcement was quickly derailed temporarily by a decision to hold off on sending in the official letter of intent as his father confirmed they were holding out until making a final decision after Florida lost defensive line coach Terrell Williams to the NFL’s Miami Dolphins. This led to Florida bringing in Texas Chris Rumph, which has brought on its own recruiting drama in Austin in the domino effect of the late offseason assistant coaching carousel.

Jefferson was the final piece of Florida’s recruiting class.

Five-star DE CeCe Jefferson gives Florida a bump with big commitment

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While on a visit to Auburn in January, Class of 2015 defensive end CeCe Jefferson said he talked it over with other Class of 2015 standouts defensive end Byron Cowart and linebacker Jeffery Holland and agreed the three would all commit to the same school. Cowart announced his commitment to Auburn but now there is some question over his status. Holland gave his commitment to Auburn as well. CeCe Jefferson did not uphold his end of the supposed deal by announcing his commitment to Florida Wednesday afternoon.

It is thew second huge pick-up for Jim McElwain and the Gators after landing offensive tackle Martez Ivey earlier in the day. For a recruiting class that was lagging behind the competition in and out of the conference, McElwain is managing to close on a high note with this recruiting cycle.

Jefferson is ranked the second-best defensive end in the nation by Rivals, and he is the eighth top recruit overall in the state of Florida. The five-star talent was a top target for a number of schools, especially those in the SEC. Alabama, Auburn and Ole Miss were all in the running heading down to National Signing Day. Jefferson took official visits to Auburn and LSU in January to wrap up his recruiting process, with LSU getting the last visit. Despite getting the last visit, LSU was cut from the final running earlier this week.

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