Last year, the problems on the offensive line began in fall practice. Multiple offensive linemen, both starters and backups, went down before the season even began. It marked the beginning of a rash of injuries that haunted FSU all season.
Remarkably, FSU has failed to recruit high-quality offensive linemen, and that is why it’s paramount that the projected starters stay healthy. At the very least, they need to make it through fall ball unscathed.
Despite Rick Trickett’s job performance the last five years—his track record is on full display in FSU’s archives—he may be capable of putting together a serviceable offensive line if they stay healthy. He has had healthy lines before that have been manhandled and abused by ACC defenses, but, thanks to a sudden change in philosophy, he now has some big guys to work with.