TALLAHASSEE -- With the college football regular season now complete and the coaching carousel beginning to spin, other teams could potentially look to the Florida State coaching staff to fill vacancies.
Defensive coordinator Mark Stoops’ name already has been unofficially linked to Kentucky.
On Monday, coach Jimbo Fisher was asked whether he had any interest in the Auburn vacancy or any other openings around the country.
“I’m very happy right here. I’m content to be here, this is where I want to be,” Fisher said. “We’re building something special. We’ve got great players. We’ve got great players to come and be here. It’s a great place to live, my family is set up in this community, and I plan on being here a long time.
“[Of course] they may walk in and say, ‘I don’t want you to be the coach no more.’ I mean to say you’re never going to move in this business as a coach, you can’t say that — it’s inevitable. There’s too many things that go on, but I’m very happy. I’m very content. I want to be here.”
The Atlantic Coast Conference announced its All-Conference team Monday, and it was littered with Seminoles. Kicker Dustin Hopkins; defensive ends Bjoern Werner and Tank Carradine; cornerback Xavier Rhodes (Miami Norland); and safety Lamarcus Joyner (Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas) made first team.
Quarterback EJ Manuel; running back Chris Thompson; offensive linemen Cam Erving, Tre Jackson and Bryan Stork; defensive tackle Everrett Dawkins; and linebacker Christian Jones were second team. Offensive tackle Menelik Watson; defensive tackles Anthony McCloud and Tim Jernigan; and linebacker Vince Williams received honorable mentions. In all, 16 Seminoles were honored.
Clearing his head
It’s possible Manuel misspoke when asked about what kind of tests trainers administered to him on the sideline after taking a brutal helmet-to-helmet hit late in the game against Florida, but he seemed unclear as to exactly what transpired.
“I think they went through something, some preliminary tests, and I was able to pass them and go back in there and play,” Manuel said. “So, whatever test they did do, I don’t know for sure, but I passed it, so I was able to go back and play.”
Manuel missed a series before re-entering the game in the fourth quarter.
Carradine tore his ACL late in Saturday’s loss to Florida. The senior defensive end had recorded 80 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and 11 sacks on the season before going down late in the fourth quarter.
“He’s sad and he’s down because he can’t be with his teammates,” Fisher said. “But I mean, from the NFL, if it gets [the surgery] done cleanly, which we think it will be and be fine, he’ll still play in the NFL and be very highly drafted.”