Tallahassee, FL -- The Florida State football team held nearly four weeks of spring practices in preparation for the Garnet and Gold Game but there was one final task that needed to be completed before the Seminoles could take the field Saturday.
FSU needed to pick teams for the 4 p.m. game.
The 'Noles seniors tackled that job Friday afternoon by holding a "draft" in the coaches conference room to establish the rosters for the Garnet and Gold teams.
The Garnet Team, which is led by such seniors as Rodney Smith, Cornellius Carradine, Dustin Hopkins and Anthony McCloud, selected junior safety Lamarcus Joyner with the first overall pick.
Paced by such seniors as EJ Manuel, Lonnie Pryor, Nick Moody and Brandon Jenkins, the Gold Team then selected redshirt freshman Kelvin Benjamin with the second overall pick.
To see a listing of the complete rosters, view the attached PDF links.
Those fans with keen eyes will notice that there are a few players missing from both rosters.
The following players will not compete Saturday due to injuries and will select teams before kick-off:
The game may not start until the late afternoon but spring-game weekend festivities start Friday evening with the free Friday Night Block Party featuring Dueling Pianos and country-music star Lee Brice.
On Saturday, fans can then enjoy the 4th Annual BBQ Cook-Off on Langford Green outside Doak Campbell Stadium. Former FSU and current Detroit Lions defensive end Everette Brown will serve as one of the guest judges for the competition.
Tailgate lots open at 9 a.m. and parking is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
ESPNU and ESPN3.com will then simulcast the game, which is free toattend. Seminoles.com will also host a live game chat and will provide fullpost game coverage after the final snap.
SEASON TICKETS STILL ON SALE
Season Tickets for the 2012 season are still on sale. Visit Seminoles.com or contact the Florida State Ticket Office at 1-888-FSU-NOLE for any questions. At this time tickets to the Florida State vs. Murray State game are available as part of the seven game season ticket packages on sale. Single game tickets to FSU home games that do not sell out in season ticket packages will go on sale this summer.
Lee Brice To Kickoff Spring Football Weekend
Florida State Athletics in conjunction with IMG College have announced Lee Brice as its headline for the "Friday Night Block Party" in Kleman Plaza on Friday, April 13, 2012 to kickoff Spring Football Weekend in Tallahassee. Brice's hit single "Love Like Crazy" was nominated for three ACM's in 2011 including "Song of the Year" and "Single of the Year". It was also Billboard's "Most Played Song of the Year" in 2010 and holds the record for the longest chart run at 56 weeks, peaking at #3. Brice also co-wrote #1 country music hits, such as Garth Brooks' "More Than A Memory" and Eli Young Band's "Crazy Girl", as well as songs for Tim McGraw and Jason Aldean. Brice's current single "A Woman Like You" is Top 20 on Billboard. Other acts to perform downtown on Friday include Eli and the popular dueling pianos from Howl at the Moon. Additional acts will be named at a later date. This concert event will serve as the official kickoff to what ESPN has tabbed as the "Best Spring Weekend in College Football". At the conclusion of the music Friday night, fans will enjoy a firework show downtown. The fun does not end on Friday night. On Saturday, Seminole fans will get a chance to enjoy the annual barbeque cook-off on Langford Green before heading inside Doak Campbell Stadium for the 2012 Spring Football game scheduled to kickoff at 4 pm.