Found August 30, 2013 on Pitt Blather:
Between closed practices for the final preparation of FSU-Pitt and actual football all weekend, there probably won’t be a lot of real news this long weekend. Plenty of anticipation. Hype. Excitement. Lots of other things. But not news. Well, I mean barring something really stupid and frustrating happening off the field. Because that never happens. Anyways, FSU’s running back depth took a very minor hit as their #3 RB, Mario Pender, was declared academically ineligible for the year. The redshirt freshman is that because this is second time that has occurred. That’s right. He redshirted last year because of academic issues. A year later, he’s still academically ineligible. A 4-star RB that can’t seem to focus on the classroom. Geez. Imagine that. Looks like Isaac Bennett and probably James Conner will be good to go for Monday night. Maybe. Probably. People seem to think so. FSU Coach Jimbo Fisher is from West Virginia. One more reason to take a dislike to the guy. He didn’t like Pitt, but he paid attention to them growing up. “You can’t be a Pitt fan in West Virginia, but I did follow them,” And he proved that point to a Florida columnist by rattling off details of Pitt games from the 70s and early 80s. Small skirmishing war of words — such as it is — between the FSU DBs and Pitt’s Devin Street. “He’s a big, athletic guy,” junior safety Karlos Williams said. “He loves to get the ball. He loves to compete. Compared to our receivers, he’s not a Rashad Greene, he’s not a Kenny Shaw, he’s not a Kelvin Benjamin. But he’s their playmaker. “We watched film on him. He’s not a great receiver, but he’s a productive guy. He’s the go-to guy for Pitt. And we’re going to have to go out there and stop him.” Nice. That’s a safety, mind you. Someone who won’t be covering Street. Senior Lamarcus Joyner, who is listed at 5-foot-8, was asked about the challenge of facing a big receiver like Street. “I go against guys like that every day,” Joyner said. “In Kelvin Benjamin, we’ve got a guy that’s much bigger. So I see that kind of stuff in practice. … (Street is) not one of the fastest guys I’ve ever seen, but definitely has good hands. And a great route-runner. Big, physical guy. So he’s got what it takes to get the job done.” Unsurprisingly, Street isn’t taking the bait. “Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion,” Street said. “Karlos, just from watching film, he’s a great player. Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion. I can’t do anything about it, he just went public with it. I can just go out there and show how productive I am on Monday night.” So… yeah. That’s essentially nothing. Well, other than this. Street said the Florida State defensive backs are fast and physical, but he added, “Sometimes, they get lost in coverage. They have holes in their defense. They are a great team, but it’s football.” He also pointed out that FSU cornerback Lamarcus Joyner, one of the best players at his position in the ACC, isn’t perfect. “Just from watching film, I think we can attack him in different ways,” he said. “Sometimes at corner, you have to be patient. I see he is a little aggressive, but he’s a great player.” It’s a battle of mild, passive-aggressive words. Oh, and the coin toss will be a crowded spot. But not with the usual cute, adorable kids from Children’s Hospital . Nope. Old, white guys. ACC commissioner John Swofford, who will be in town for the game and participate in the coin toss with the presidents and athletic directors from both schools… #goacc

FSU's Mario Pender declared academically ineligible

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State tailback Mario Pender was hoping to rebound this season from a sports hernia injury that he suffered in the 2012 preseason. But Pender has been declared academically ineligible, coach Jimbo Fisher said after Thursday's practice. Pender was expected to challenge for the No. 3 tailback spot behind juniors James Wilder Jr. and Devonta Freeman...
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