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Seminole Sunday Summary: Newcomers Shine in FSU Spring Game

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Florida State football held its annual spring game on Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium and the story was the newcomers.

Early enrollee Malik McClain was the leading receiver on Saturday. McClain reeled in a long touchdown pass from Jordan Travis.

UCF transfer McKenzie Milton also shined at quarterback. Milton passed for 96 yards and a touchdown to Bryan Robinson.

Georgia transfer Jermaine Johnson was a monster from his defensive end position. Kevin Knowles, another early enrollee, had the game’s lone interception.

The third and final touchdown of the day was a long scoring strike between a pair of walk-ons. Gino English found tight end Austin White to conclude the game.

FSU will now turn its attention to the recruiting trail and the fall. The Seminoles open the 2021 season at home against Notre Dame on Sept. 5.

Football

Weekly Commitments: Landen Thomas, Unranked 2024 TE*; Rodney Hill, 3-Star ATH (No. 493 overall)*
Weekly Decommitments: None
2022 Recruiting Class Ranking*: No. 10 nationally, first in ACC (8 total commitments)*
Big Picture: FSU had to have liked what it saw from newcomers in Saturday’s spring game. The Seminoles also picked up a commitment over the weekend.

Men’s Basketball

Record: 18-7
Ranking: No. 14 AP Poll; No. 10 Amway Coaches Poll
Recognitions: Leonard Hamilton (2021 Ben Jobe Award)
Weekly Commitments: None
2022 Recruiting Class Ranking*: N/A (zero total commitments)*
Big Picture: FSU notched a second straight top-10 finish in the Amway Coaches Poll this week.

Baseball

Record: 16-11 (11-9 ACC)
Ranking: No. 18 Baseball America; No. 17 D1Baseball; No. 22 NCBWA; No. 28 Collegiate Baseball
Past Week: (2-2), beat North Carolina on Sunday, 8-0; lost to Jacksonville on Tuesday, 8-7; lost at Louisville on Friday in 10 innings, 4-3; beat Louisville on Saturday, 8-5
Upcoming: at Louisville (Sunday); at Florida (Tuesday); vs. Boston College (Friday and Saturday)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: FSU bounced back from a disappointing performance against Jacksonville and a heartbreaker in the series opener against Louisville with a big win on Saturday. FSU can win the series on Sunday.

Track and Field

Ranking: Men No. 17 USTFCCCA, No. 6 South USTFCCCA; Women No. 9 USTFCCCA, No. 4 South
Past Week: Idle
Upcoming: Tom Jones Memorial (Friday and Saturday)
Recognitions: Jayla Kirkland (ACC Women’s Co-Track Performer of the Week)
Big Picture: FSU was idle this past week, but gets set to go back to Gainesville.

Men’s Tennis

Record: 8-13 (2-8 ACC)
Ranking: None
Past Week: (1-1), lost to Miami, 4-2; beat Boston College, 7-0
Upcoming: at Duke (Friday); at North Carolina (Saturday)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: FSU picked up its second ACC win of the season this week. The Seminoles wrap up the regular season with two matches in North Carolina next week.

Women’s Tennis

Record: 16-3 (11-2 ACC)
Ranking: No. 4 ITA
Past Week: (2-0), beat Virginia Tech, 6-1; beat Miami, 4-3
Upcoming: vs. UCF (Thursday)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: FSU women’s tennis is on a 7-match winning streak. The Seminoles finish conference play behind only North Carolina.

Men’s Golf

Ranking: No. 1 Golfweek Coaches Poll; No. 2 Golfweek/Sargarin; No. 2 Golfstat
Past Week: Finished third at Calusa Cup
Upcoming: ACC Championships (April 23-26)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: FSU capped a strong regular season with a third-place finish in Naples. The Seminoles will have a couple weeks to rest before the ACC Championships.

Softball

Record: 26-6 (14-2 ACC)
Ranking: No. 9 NCFA Coaches; No. 9 Softball America; No. 7 D1Softball
Past Week: (3-0), beat Notre Dame on Sunday, 5-0; beat Duke on Friday, 5-0; topped Duke on Saturday night, 3-0
Upcoming: vs. Duke (Sunday, doubleheader); at Syracuse (Friday); at Syracuse (Saturday, doubleheader)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: FSU is rolling. The Seminoles have won 12 games in a row. They currently sit atop the ACC.

Volleyball

Record: 14-5 (9-5 ACC)
Ranking: N/A
Upcoming: NCAA Tournament (TBD)
Recognitions: Emma Clothier, MB (All-ACC first team); Taryn Knuth, MB (All-ACC first team); Morgan Chacon, OH (All-ACC second team); Jasmyn Martin, OH (All-ACC second team)
Big Picture: FSU finished the season strong, but with a smaller field for the NCAA Tournament, the Seminoles were left out for the first time in more than a decade. FSU finishes the year with a record of 14-5.

Women’s Golf

Ranking: No. 4 Golfweek/Sargarin; No. 5 Golfstat; No. 4 WGCA Coaches Poll
Past Week: Finished ninth at the LSU Tiger Classic
Upcoming: ACC Championships (Thursday-April 18)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: FSU had its worst performance of the season in Baton Rouge, but did finish strong.

Beach Volleyball

Record: 24-4
Ranking: No. 3 AVCA
Past Week: (2-3), lost to UCLA twice on Sunday by 4-1 and 3-2 scores; lost to Florida International on Friday, 3-2; beat Stetson on Saturday, 5-0; beat North Florida on Saturday, 5-0
Upcoming: vs. Southern Mississippi (Saturday, Gulf Shores, Ala.); vs. Tulane (Saturday, Gulf Shores, Ala.)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: FSU hit a rough bump, losing four of five matches. The Seminoles rebounded with two wins on Senior Day.

*247Sports Composite rankings

Mike Ferguson is the editor of The Daily Nole. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeWFerguson

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