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Florida State Seminoles, fans celebrate 63rd annual kickoff luncheon

Florida State fans packed into the Donald L. Tucker Center on Friday for the football program’s 63rd annual kickoff luncheon.

Interim president Garnett Stokes, athletics director Stan Wilcox and coach Jimbo Fisher each gave remarks, and each member of the top-ranked Seminoles football team was introduced to the crowd of about 2,000.

Of course, quarterback Jameis Winston received one of the loudest applauses.

Last year’s Heisman Trophy winner did a little dance move, then struck a pose as he walked across the stage.

Fisher rallied the faithful while also reminding them of the importance of booster contributions.

Fisher also needled in-state rivals Florida and Miami, pointing out that of the state’s “Big Three” football schools, only FSU has an indoor practice facility.

“Don’t think it doesn’t make a difference,” Fisher said.

• The team will hold a closed practice on Saturday and then take Sunday off.

• The Seminoles will begin their normal game-week preparations on Monday.

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