College Football News May 4: Florida State Flourishes in NFL Draft

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Florida State’s 11 draft picks — “essentially a starting [side],” writes Fox Sports Florida’s Bob Ferrante — led all programs represented in the weekend’s NFL draft.

This year’s 11 Seminole draft picks pushed the program’s 3-year total to an all-time high. Over that same stretch, Florida State won three ACC champions, reached the inaugural College Football Playoff, won the Orange Bowl and claimed the final BCS Championship.

Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher told Ferrante:

“For FSU to be able to get the modern three-year record, it’s a testament to our assistant coaches and our support staff, and our ability to develop players. But most importantly it’s a testament to the work these players have put in.”

A Father in Texas Takes on Sexual Assault in Sports

Juliet Macur, The New York Times

Sexual assault cases have been an increasingly glaring pockmark on sports, football in particular. Texas father Bill Miller is taking a proactive approach to addressing the problem by reaching athletes at a young age, Juliet Macur writes.

Miller, 64, led an initiative to take an educational video about sexual assault and respecting women into Texas public high schools, and then he persuaded state officials to make viewing it mandatory for every student-athlete. (In 2013-14, that was about 805,200 athletes, according to the University Interscholastic League.)

Miller’s approach certainly won’t eradicate sexual assault cases in sports, but improving awareness is a step in the right direction.

Defensive Strides Crucial to Arizona’s Pac-12 Title Bid

Today’s U

Rich Rodriguez-coached teams have long been synonymous with explosive offense, but Arizona’s best player, Scooby Wright, is a linebacker. Moreover, the Wildcats’ pursuit of a Pac-12 championship is contingent on coordinator Jeff Casteel’s unit continued improvement.

Arizona was one of the worst defenses in college football its first season under Rodriguez’s staff, but the Wildcats have steadily improved each season.

USC Secondary’s Growing Pains Help Unit Improve

Athlon Sports

USC’s secondary relied heavily on underclassmen in 2014, including a number of freshmen like Adoree’ Jackson, John Plattenburg and Chris Hawkins. The Trojans defensive backs endured ups and downs, customary of a young unit, but head coach Steve Sarkisian said 2015 should bring considerably more ups.

$220 Million Guarantee for A New Colorado State Stadium

Associated Press

Contractors building Colorado State’s new, on-campus football stadium guaranteed that any overruns in the proposed $220 million budget will not be billed to the university.

That’s a huge step for making Colorado State’s venue a reality, and should assuage any fears about the stadium’s construction, which the Board of Governors approved in December.

Hughes Stadium, Colorado State’s current home, is two miles off campus. The 32,500-seat venue only added lights in 2000.