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Camp Memories: The Parade of QBs

Camp Memories: The Parade of QBs

  • 1:08:09
  • 1 day ago

Jimbo Fisher developed a reputation as a “quarterback whisperer” during his heyday at Florida State.

Three consecutive starters -- Christian Ponder, EJ Manuel and Jameis Winston -- turned into first-round draft picks. So with this production came interest from blue-chip quarterbacks across the country who hoped Fisher could mold them into a first-rounder as well.

This led to a parade of ultra-talented quarterbacks coming to Tallahassee during the summer to either meet or throw for Fisher. At its peak, the Jimbo Fisher Camp was playing host to multiple draft picks or blue-chip quarterbacks each summer...and that’s where On The Bench’s Camp Memories Series picks up. Josh Newberg and Bud Elliott of 247Sports sit down with Brendan Sonnone to go over the quarterback talent that came to Tallahassee in the mid 2010s, and how some developments drastically changed the outlook of the FSU program.

Episodes of This Show

  • Camp Memories: The Golden Age of the Jimbo Fisher camp

    Camp Memories: The Golden Age of the Jimbo Fisher camp

    • 1:18:44
    • 3 days ago

    On The Bench continues its Camp Memories series with a look at The Golden Age of Jimbo Fisher Camps.

    Fisher made evaluation-based camps a priority when he took over as the Florida State head coach, which is where our series picks up. Josh Newberg is joined by Chris Nee and Corey Dowlar to recall some of the epic names who camped at FSU in 2010, 2011 and 2012 when Jimbo started to get things rolling.

    From Mario Edwards Jr. flips to unearthing gems like Devonta Freeman, we relive the glory years of the Jimbo Camps.


  • A 5-Star on campus, weighing the top half of FSU’s roster

    A 5-Star on campus, weighing the top half of FSU’s roster

    • 0:52:27
    • 6 days ago

    Florida State recently received an unofficial visit from five-star offensive tackle Tristan Leigh.

     And another five-star visitor -- Amarius Mims -- is expected soon.

     On The Bench has the latest details on these developments, and what they mean symbolically as FSU tries to revamp its line. Plus, OTB breaks down 20-11 on our list of FSU’s 40 Most Important Players of 2020.

  • Camp Memories: Seminole Showtime to Jimbo Camps

    Camp Memories: Seminole Showtime to Jimbo Camps

    • 0:58:27
    • 8 days ago

    The soap opera that is recruiting tends to hit its peak around National Signing Day, but the groundwork for the fireworks is set during the dog days of summer.

     Prospect camps are ingrained in the fabric of recruiting, often setting the stage for dramatic arrivals, breakout performers and major developments that define a recruitment. This has been the case for more than a decade now, which is where On The Bench’s Camp Memories series begins.

     The first episode in the series features Newberg along with two veterans of the scouting world and FSU recruiting camps: Charles Fishbein of Elite Scouting Services and Dwyer High head coach McKinley Rolle. The three discuss the origins of the Seminoles Showtime camps and how they helped create buzz at FSU, and how Jimbo Fisher changed the camp tactics after he took over as head coach. This is a must-listen for fans of FSU recruiting.

  • Expanding the DE board, the middle of the roster and more

    Expanding the DE board, the middle of the roster and more

    • 1:03:31
    • 15 days ago

    Florida State is expanding its recruiting board at defensive end, which is arguably atop the most important positions in the 2021 cycle.

    The crew at Noles247 goes over the recent offers and reasons for casting a wider net at DE in the latest episode of On The Bench.

    Plus we go over the middle of FSU's roster and what to take away from our rankings of the 40 Most Important Players.


  • Expanding the DE board, the middle of the roster and more

    Expanding the DE board, the middle of the roster and more

    • 1:05:48
    • 15 days ago

    Florida State is expanding its recruiting board at defensive end, which is arguably atop the most important positions in the 2021 cycle.

    The crew at Noles247 goes over the recent offers and reasons for casting a wider net at DE in the latest episode of On The Bench.

    Plus we go over the middle of FSU's roster and what to take away from our rankings of the 40 Most Important Players.

  • JUCO commit, attrition, Doak, white numbers and more

    JUCO commit, attrition, Doak, white numbers and more

    • 0:36:11
    • 20 days ago

    Florida State picked up a commitment from Junior College tight end Koby Gross this week.

    On The Bench breaks down how Gross will fit in at FSU in the latest episode. Plus we go over the departure of Anthony Grant, the possibility of renaming Doak Campbell Stadium and more.

  • Meet The Beat, ft. the guys at Noles247

    Meet The Beat, ft. the guys at Noles247

    • 1:48:40
    • 27 days ago

    Our ‘Meet The Beat’ series has afforded us to get to better know the writers, reporters and hosts behind Florida State coverage in the market.

    OTB conducted interviews with legends of the FSU beat (like Jeff Cameron), current-day beat writers (Wayne McGahee), trendsetters (Ingram Smith) and others during the series. 

    We wrap up the series by having some of our favorite guests interview us, the staff at Noles247. For fans of the show and the website, this will give you a chance to get to know us better.

  • A look behind 247Sports' rankings updates, Altmyer's bump (and future bump?) and more

    A look behind 247Sports' rankings updates, Altmyer's bump (and future bump?) and more

    • 0:21:28
    • 28 days ago

    247Sports released its updated rankings for the 2021 recruiting class, and a couple Seminoles saw a sizable bump.


    Luke Altmyer jumped up in the rankings as much as any three-star quarterback, and there still appears to be room for growth in the rankings. 247Sports national recruiting analyst Bud Elliott gives an in-depth look on how Altmyer and other FSU recruits were evaluated during this batch of updates.

  • Listener mailbag

    Listener mailbag

    • 1:07:50
    • 1 month ago

    You have questions about Florida State, we have answers.

    Josh Newberg, Chris Nee and Brandon Sonnone of Noles247 answer listener questions about the state of FSU’s recruiting, the program’s outlook and expectations in 2020, and more in the latest episode of On The Bench.