Seminole Sunday Sauce — Sept. 4, 2022: Four FSU Alums Named Among NFL’s Top 100 Players
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Seminole Sunday Sauce — Sept. 4, 2022: Four FSU Alums Named Among NFL’s Top 100 Players

This preseason, the NFL Network again counted down the top 100 players in the league. Four of them finished their collegiate career at Florida State.

Making the list for the first time was Carolina Panthers defensive end Brian Burns. Burns, who placed No. 76 on the list, played at FSU from 2016 to 2018. Burns made his first Pro Bowl last season, recording nine sacks, 13 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles.

Now the highest-paid safety in NFL history, the Los Angeles Chargers’ Derwin James made the list at No. 43. A standout for FSU from 2015 to 2017, James has made a pair of Pro Bowls over his 4-year NFL career. For his career, James has more than 250 total tackles, 14 for loss, 5.5 sacks and five interceptions. James also made the list for the first time.

The lone offensive player to make the list from FSU was Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook. Ranked as the league’s 31st-best player, Cook dropped 11 spots from last season. Cook starred for FSU from 2014 to 2016 and has made three straight Pro Bowls. Cook has 3,851 yards rushing, more than 1,100 yards receiving and 35 rushing touchdowns over the last three seasons.

Topping the list among former Seminoles is one of the NFL’s top cornerbacks in Jalen Ramsey of the Los Angeles Rams. Listed at No. 9 — a 4-spot climb from last season — Ramsey starred at FSU from 2013 to 2015 and helped the Seminoles win two ACC titles and a national championship. A Pro Bowl selection in each of the last five seasons, Ramsey has 15 career interceptions.

Ramsey and the reigning Super Bowl champion Rams will open the NFL season on Thursday night when they host the Buffalo Bills. Many other former FSU players will begin their NFL seasons next Sunday.

Football

Record: 1-0
Ranking: N/A
Past Week: N/A
Upcoming: vs. LSU (Sunday, New Orleans)
Recognitions: None
Weekly Commitments: None
Weekly Decommitments: None
2023 Recruiting Class Ranking*: No. 22 nationally, fifth in ACC (14 total commitments)*
Big Picture: After starting 1-0 for the first time since 2016, FSU will face its first true test in New Orleans.

Soccer

Record: 1-0-2
Ranking: No. 10 United Soccer Coaches
Past Week: Idle
Upcoming: at Florida (Sunday); vs. Florida Gulf Coast (Thursday)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: After an extended rest, FSU soccer will have a big contest with rival Florida on Sunday.

Volleyball

Record: 6-1
Ranking: N/A
Past Week: (4-1), lost at Cincinnati on Sunday, 3-1; beat Florida A&M on Wednesday, 3-0; defeated James Madison on Thursday, 3-0; beat Yale on Saturday, 3-0; beat Austin Peay on Saturday, 3-1
Upcoming: at Omaha-Nebraska (Thursday); vs. Creighton (Friday, in Omaha)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: After a hard-fought loss to Cincinnati last week, FSU opened its home slate with four straight wins.

Cross Country

Ranking: Women No. 30 USTFCCCA, No. 3 South Region; Men No. 4 USTFCCCA South Region
Past Week: FSU men and women won the Covered Bridge Open
Upcoming: vs. Tennessee (Sept. 16)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: FSU dominated the Covered Bridge Open to start the year. It will be back in Boone, N.C. in two weeks to face Tennessee.

Men’s Golf

Ranking: N/A
Upcoming: Maui Jim Intercollegiate (Friday-Sept. 11)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: FSU men’s golf gets underway this week.

Women’s Golf

Ranking: N/A
Upcoming: Cougar Classic (Sept. 12-13)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: FSU will kick off its 2022-23 season in Charleston in a little more than a week.

Men’s Basketball

Weekly Commitments: None
Weekly Decommitments: None
2023 Recruiting Class Ranking*: No. 37 nationally, fifth in ACC (1 total commitment)*
Big Picture: It was a quiet week for FSU hoops. The Seminoles will tip off the 2022-23 season in a little more than two months.

*Rankings according to 247Sports Composite

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