Florida State Football: What You Need to Know About Seminoles' LB Depth for 2012
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Besides the running back position, maybe there is no more position that is more interesting than the linebackers.
Florida State is losing a few veterans in the linebacker position, so it is wise to peruse a couple of the replacements. Today we will be inspecting Christian Jones, Nick Moody, and Telvin Smith--and hopefully how they can work together to bring Florida State both an undefeated season and a national championship.
Christian Jones proved he was a phenomenon in the high school ranks.
Christian Jones, the rising junior outside linebacker, will continue to turn heads through his dynamic play. He proved it at Lake Howell just down the road from my house, so I know this guy's the real deal. He's even changed his position, going from strong side linebacker to weak side in order to replace the void Bradham's left behind.
His 56 stops are impressive, solid enough for third on the team from last season. Being closer to the line of scrimmage will, on its own, give him publicity and the chance to compete for the All-ACC team. If you'd ask him, though, I'm sure he'd say a national championship ring is a tad more enticing.
Jones should keep opponents honest, forcing the quarterback to have to go long to gain yardage. That is, obviously, key. But his speed should help him get running backs into the Iron Curtain that is FSU's rush defense (on average, no team allowed fewer yards per carry than Florida State).
His skills refer back to his intimidating specimen: 6'4'' and 240 pounds of sheer willpower. I'm scared to critique about him for fear that he will come and destroy me.
Nick Moody doesn't like Gators. Notice how Jeff Demps' mouthpiece flew out after a strong hit.
Fans should have respect for Nick Moody. Really, I have respect for any player that switches positions during their college career.
How ironic that at the end of his football career, Moody is brand new at playing the linebacker position?
Telvin Smith still has some shine from the high school years.
This Georgia linebacker is a playmaker. This rising junior from last year had 28 solo tackles and 42 total. Put in his two fumble recoveries and an interception, and one can see there is the future for this linebacker. He did great in the Champs Sports Bowl, and won one of the three Mr. Versatile Awards for his performance.
He should get more playing time this year, so watch out!