Follow @SBNRecruiting 2 job ahead of Franklin III and Cosentino. The Official Athletics Site for Florida State Seminoles. display: block; FSU reloaded in February, signing five defensive tackles. But if we're looking for potential cracks, if we're looking for weaknesses that might appear this season -- and lord knows we have to look pretty hard -- it does bear mentioning that the second string will be pretty inexperienced. The Seminoles have both former blue-chippers and proven starters at nearly every position, and there's absolutely no reason why they shouldn't start the season at No. 'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); Please also read our Privacy Notice and Terms of Use, which became effective December 20, 2019. It worked in 2013 … will it work again in 2014? Welcome to FSU Seminoles Football. Backups: Sean Maguire and John Franklin III. Note: players in bold below are 2014 returnees. If the defense is only top-10 caliber and the offense has its first bad game since 2012, then that puts FSU on upset watch. An injury or two cause clear regression. Williams, safeties Terrence Brooks and Nate Andrews), the results were ridiculous and impressive. Fisher praised both Lawrence-Stample and Hollin in the spring, and both will be part of a deep rotation of defensive tackles. He loves to run outside the tackles and use his burst to get into the open field, so he is a threat to score anytime he touches the ball. And if FSU is at less than perfect form, then the Seminoles could get upset by any number of teams away from Tallahassee: Oklahoma State, Louisville, Miami, et cetera. width: 100%; Granted, part of that was simply because FSU was too good to be affected by such things, but again, this is college football. There are holes to fill, but none are insurmountable. Contributor I August 22, 2014 Comments. Consensus All-American, Rimington Trophy. And the defense is expected to be just as stingy, which could help the Seminoles win the ACC title and earn a spot in the new College Football Playoff. A young team gets better as the year progresses. Even with the loss of Joyner and Brooks in the secondary, it's hard to fear too much for FSU's back four. Converted defensive back Karlos Williams takes over at running back; in a backup role last season, he proved both explosive and devastatingly efficient, and with another offseason of acclimation to the position, there's little reason to doubt that he'll be one of the nation's better running backs. Derrick Henry’s punishing running style is fueling the Titans on their undefeated start. That said, FSU's punting game really was atrocious in 2013. Ramsey is a fast, physical safety. But the former basketball star has soft hands and is exceptional in the red zone. O'Leary could have better numbers in 2014 simply because he's FSU's No. There was always something holding FSU back and allowing naysayers to believe they weren't as close as they were. Tier 33. If he stays healthy, Haggins could win the slot receiver job. To learn more or opt-out, read our Cookie Policy. Check out the advanced-stats glossary here, 2013 Florida State football's 10 things to know, Florida St. Seminoles blog Tomahawk Nation, Winston has never been charged with anything worse than stealing crab legs, he was investigated for his role in a sexual assault, shaky/shady investigation tactics on the part of the Tallahassee police department, really needs to stay off of anything that has only two wheels, The big 2014 ACC football guide, from Wake Forest to Florida State, 2007: The inside story of the greatest CFB season ever, The all-time ‘consensus’ national championships list, The evolutionary history of option football. } Until the BCS Championship game against Auburn, a 48-34 win at Boston College was the only FSU game decided by fewer than 27 points. Fisher and new linebackers coach Bill Miller have plenty of choices. For the most part, I try to lay out four tiers, but I couldn't avoid five this time. Confused? But there were only ups for Florida State. 2 receiver. They will probably have more players picked in the 2015 draft than any team of the last 20 years. Hope that one year you don't lose to NC State. Florida State Football Florida State Football: Depth Charts, Complete 2014 Preview and Predictions Bob Ferrante @ @bobferrante. But Pruitt still figured out how to make one hell of a difference. There was certainly plenty of Stage 1 (denial), and at least a little bit of Stage 2 (anger). Tier 4 could really be more like Tier 3a. He has steadily improved (19 tackles, two sacks in 2013), and while it's not likely he will have a Jernigan-like season, Goldman could collapse the pocket from the middle and be an effective run-stopper. But following the Seminoles' romp through the 2013 season, there was no more doubt about whether FSU's glory days were left in the past. Players in italics are questionable with injury/suspension. And granted, FSU has recruited well enough that a lot of these youngsters came with an impressive pedigree -- four-star freshman quarterback J.J. Cosentino, four-star sophomore running backs Green and Mario Pender, five-star freshman running back Dalvin Cook, four-star sophomore receivers Isaiah Jones and Kermit Whitfield, five-star freshman receivers Ermon Lane and Travis Rudolph, et cetera. That really was just about the only weakness, though, for the team as a whole and for a special teams unit that included an explosive kick returner in BCS title game hero Kermit Whitfield and a nearly perfect place-kicker in Roberto Aguayo. Seasons tend to take on a certain ebb-and-flow quality. Georgia Tech. There are ups and downs for almost everybody. Barron has five games of starting experience and should start at center. And in 2013, one extra piece -- a confident, calm, quarterback -- pushed the 'Noles over the top. The three freshmen should be able to contribute more as the season goes on (Fisher's playbook is very complex), and expect all three to be vying for starting jobs in 2015. Daub, Pugh and Purifoy are all highly regarded and could contribute as backups in 2014. The Seminoles ranked third in Def. But if you're looking at both upside and proven entities, FSU is suddenly in better shape than even Alabama. Boston College11. In the end, nothing could stop FSU's run -- not a slow start in the BCS Championship, not Auburn's late-game Malzahn magic, not Auburn assistant Dameyune Craig's familiarity with FSU's signals and play-calling (Craig was FSU's quarterbacks coach for three years before becoming Gus Malzahn's offensive co-coordinator), and not Winston's participation in the calorie-heavy Heisman banquet circuit. Of FSU's 35 sacks, just 6.5 came from Edwards Jr., Casher and Walker. There was a peak in the middle, I guess, but it was all pretty fantastic. All Rights Reserved. Obviously. Projected starters: Mario Edwards Jr. and Chris Casher, Incoming freshmen: Lorenzo Featherston and Rick Leonard. Yes, injuries could strike. There was no more wondering if the Seminoles could come through when it counted the most under Jimbo Fisher.