Senior linebacker Nigel Bradham paced Florida State in 2010 with 98 tackles, plus he added 5.5 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks and a forced fumble.
Florida State University begins is 65th season of college football at home against the University of Louisiana at Monroe in the 2011 opener. ...
The Seminoles enter a highly-anticipated year with their highest preseason rankings -- No. 5 in the coaches' poll, No. 6 in the AP -- since 2004. ...
FSU, the defending champion of the Atlantic Coast Conference's Atlantic Division, is coming off a 10-4 season. It capped the 2010 campaign with a 26-17 victory over South Carolina in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31 in the Georgia Dome. ...
ULM was 5-7 last season, falling just short of bowl eligibility when it lost to FIU in the Sun Belt Conference championship game. ...
Florida State is 48-16 all time in season openers and 28-6 when opening the season at home. ...
The Seminoles have won 16 consecutive home openers and not suffered any season-opening setbacks at Doak Campbell Stadium since 1974 (Pittsburgh, 9-6).
This is the first meeting between Florida State and ULM. ...
The Seminoles are 8-1 all time against current members of the Sun Belt, with series leads against Troy (5-1), North Texas (2-0) and Middle Tennessee (1-0). ...
FSU last faced a member of the Sun Belt when it defeated Troy 24-17 in 2006 at Doak Campbell Stadium.
Florida State: Second-year coach Jimbo Fisher was 10-4 in his first foray as a head coach last season in Tallahassee after 23 seasons as an assistant at five different schools. He established a new record for wins by a first-year coach of the Seminoles in 2010.
ULM: Todd Berry enters his second season at the helm after guiding the Warhawks to a 5-7 record and within a Sun Belt championship game victory of delivering the school its first bowl appearance. Entering his 10th season as a head coach, he has a 34-67 all-time record.
John Crist is the editor-in-chief of NoleDigest.com, a Heisman Trophy voter and a member of the Football Writers Association of America.
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