Florida State was 4-5. A losing season was in the midst. One of college football's greatest coaches had his job on the line.
And their starting quarterback, future NFL starter Christian Ponder, was injured.
Enter a freshman named EJ Manuel. I don't have to tell you the rest of the story.
Case in point, some freshmen have tremendous impact on their teams, immediately establishing themselves as leaders.
The Florida State Seminoles, being the recruiting powerhouse that they are, have the prowess to churn out great players. With a transition year ahead (road games at Clemson and Florida make a title run more opaque in 2013), the Seminoles can take the chance to cultivate the best crops from their latest harvest.
How the best "crops" will distance themselves remains a mystery, but what matters most is the opportunity. Who will seize the season?