Florida State Football: Post-Spring Two-Deep Depth Chart

Randy ChambersAnalyst IApril 17, 2012

Florida State Football: Post-Spring Two-Deep Depth Chart

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    The Florida State Seminoles have wrapped up their spring practices and recently played a spring game that featured tons of points. Now we won't see this team until August, as they'll then prepare even more for the regular season that kicks off in September.

    But now that the spring is over, it's time to look at how the depth chart would look if the season had started today. The spring provides many players with the chance to slide up the depth chart with great performances, but who's exactly going to top 18 starters returning?

    Here's the 2012 post-spring Florida State depth chart.

Quarterback

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    Starter: E.J. Manuel

    Backup: Clint Trickett

    Last season, Trickett played well in Manuel's absence and he played even better in the spring game. But don't expect there to be a quarterback competition.

    Manuel has a decent track record and is the senior leader. Next season, this team will belong to Trickett; until then, Manuel will be under center once again.

Running Back

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    Starter: Devonta Freeman

    Backup: Chris Thompson

    Freeman was the best runner on this team last year, racking up over 500 yards and eight touchdowns. Neither Thompson or Freeman participated much in the spring due to injuries, but they'll be fine by the time the season rolls around.

Fullback

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    Starter: Lonnie Pryor

    Backup: Debrale Smiley

    Senior fullback Pryor will stay in his starting role as a very solid fullback. He blocks well and is a versatile weapon that has scored 15 combined touchdowns in the last three seasons. He runs the ball well and has caught 28 passes in his career.

Wide Receiver

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    Starter: Rashad Greene

    Backup: Kenny Shaw

    Greene didn't play in the spring game due to injury, but he'll be ready to go when the season kicks off. He'll remain in his starting role after being the top receiver last season as a freshman. He totaled nearly 600 receiving yards and scored at least one touchdown in the first five games. 

Wide Receiver

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    Starter: Rodney Smith

    Backup: Christian Green

    And the big, physical receiver in Rodney Smith at 6'6'' will start once again this season. Smith has been consistent in catching over 30 passes the last two years, but we'll like to see him get in the end zone more often. He only has seven career touchdowns.

Tight End

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    Starter: Nick O'Leary

    Backup: Dan Hicks

    Florida State isn't quite known for producing very effective tight ends, but that may all change with the talented sophomore Nick O'Leary. He has a great skill set and many believe that he was just scratching the surface his freshman year when he caught 12 passes for over 150 yards.

Left Tackle

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    Starter: Cameron Erving

    Backup: Daniel Glauser

    Having Erving protecting the blind side is going to take some time. After all, he has never played on the offensive side of the ball before. He is a converted defensive lineman, but head coach Jimbo Fisher isn't worried about the switch at all.

    “He just gets it, boy,” Fisher said via Orlando Sentinel. “He’s got a chance to be a very, very good football player.”

Left Guard

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    Starter: Josue Matias

    Backup: Ruben Carter

    Matias is absolutely huge, as you can see in the picture. He's still a little raw at his position, but should eventually blossom into something special. He's a former 4-Star recruit who's excellent in run-blocking and opening up running lanes.

Center

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    Starter: Austin Barron

    Backup: Sterling Lovelady

    Barron didn't play much his freshman season and when he did, he suffered injuries and at times showed that he was a freshman. He'll have to grow up quick as he'll likely be the starting center on this offensive line that is trying desperately to improve from last season.

Right Guard

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    Starter: Tre Jackson

    Backup: Trey Pettis

    Jackson is a big lineman who has excellent foot work and has blocked well throughout the spring against the pass and the run. He's a physical player who's capable of playing either side of the line and should be an upgrade from last season.

Right Tackle

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    Starter: Bryan Stork

    Backup: Bobby Hart

    Stork can do it all for this team. He's played tight end, center, right guard and now will open up the season at right tackle. This really shouldn't be a big deal, because he's used to switching around and he's a veteran player that does his job well.

Defensive End

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    Starter: Brandon Jenkins

    Backup: Toshmon Stevens

    Jenkins wasn't as dominant as he was his sophomore season, but 41 tackles and eight sacks isn't too shabby. He'll remain in his starting role and try to add to the 21.5 sacks he has in the last two seasons combined.

Defensive Tackle

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    Starter: Timmy Jernigan

    Backup: Anthony McCloud

    Jernigan missed the spring game and a few practices with an MCL injury that will keep him out a month or so. He'll be ready to go by the time the season starts and with his play last season and the athleticism he displayed, he'll be a starter on the defensive line.

Defensive Tackle

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    Starter: Everett Dawkins

    Backup: Demonte McAllister

    Dawkins should remain the starter at defensive tackle, the same position he's held the last two seasons. However, McAllister has had a tremendous spring and has added weight and become much more explosive on the defensive line. Don't be surprised if you see him on the field quite a bit this season.

Defensive End

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    Starter: Bjoern Werner

    Backup: Cornellius Carradine

    There is talent all over this defensive line, but none may be as talented as Werner. The guy has a ridiculous combination of speed and power and his 10 sacks in the last two years shows that. He didn't participate in the spring game, but he'll be there come September.

Linebacker

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    Starter: Christian Jones

    Backup: Jeff Luc

    In Jones' first year as a starter, he finished with 56 tackles, six tackles for loss, three sacks and three passes broken up. Now that he'll likely switch from the strong-side to the weak-side linebacker, he'll get to make even more plays and use that athleticism.

Linebacker

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    Starter: Nick Moody 

    Backup: Nigel Terrell

    With Florida State making switches all over the field, former strong safety Nick Moody will make the switch to linebacker. This will add more size at the linebacker position and help in pass coverage. It's taken a while for Moody to get going, but he's had a great spring is beginning to spread his wings.

Linebacker

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    Starter: Vince Williams

    Backup: Telvin Smith

    Vince Williams suffered a broken leg in the spring, but will only need a month to recover. That means that he will remain the starting linebacker for Florida State and try to build on a 54-tackle and two-sack season.

Cornerback

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    Starter: Greg Reid

    Backup: Tyler Hunter

    Greg Reid has really been an up-and-down player throughout his Florida State career and hasn't quite lived up to expectations since he stepped on campus as one of the top corners from the 2009 class. Although things may change, as he says he's more mature and head coach Jimbo Fisher had some words as well.

    "Greg Reid is playing as good of football as anybody on our football team right now," Fisher told the Orlando Sentinel.

Cornerback

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    Starter: Xavier Rhodes

    Backup: Keelin Smith

    Rhodes is an excellent complement to Reid and provides an above-average cornerback tandem and possibly the best in the ACC. In his second year as a starter, he was very consistent and should be in for his best season yet as he tries to improve his NFL stock even more.

Free Safety

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    Starter: Lamarcus Joyner

    Backup: Justin Bright

    Nothing really needs to be said about Joyner considering he was a 2011 All-Conference player. He did everything for Florida State last season, including four interceptions, 54 tackles, three passes broken up and he was a solid kick returner.

    I think it's safe to say his starting job is safe.

Strong Safety

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    Starter: Terrence Brooks

    Backup: Karlos Williams

    Brooks really changed the momentum of the spring game as he intercepted Manuel and returned it 51 yards for the touchdown. He's really the X-factor for the defensive backfield because he has the potential to be a difference maker.

    Brooks is a former wide receiver and corner, so he has great ball skills and closing speed. Having somebody like this in the back is just so unfair for opposing offenses.