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FSU preview: Five things to watch


Published:   |   Updated: August 27, 2014 at 07:48 AM

Here are five things to know about the Florida State Seminoles, and a list of Tampa area players on the team:

Running man

The Seminoles lost 1,600 rushing yards and 56 percent of the ground game from the title team to the NFL. Enter Karlos Williams. The preseason all-ACC selection ran for 748 yards and 11 touchdowns after switching from safety last season. The senior needs to prove he can carry the load from the opening whistle, with only youngsters joining him in the backfield.

No fly zone

FSU boasted the top pass defense in the nation in 2013 and had a school-record 26 interceptions. The secondary remains the deepest position on the team. P.J. Williams and Jalen Ramsey are stars. Ronald Darby is one of the top cover cornerbacks in the country and Nate Andrews led the team with four interceptions in 2013. Safety Tyler Hunter is back from a neck injury.

Help the Heisman

Receiver Rashad Greene returns ranked in the top seven in FSU history in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. There is no significant experience at the position outside of Greene. Jameis Winston needs someone to emerge from sophomores Bobo Wilson and Kermit Whitfield, seniors Jarred Haggins and Christian Green and five-star freshmen Travis Rudolph and Ermon Lane.

Junior jacked

Defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr. is ready to join the ranks of the truly dominant Florida State linemen. The former No. 1 recruit in the nation reshaped his body and diet, increased his speed, is squatting 600 pounds and benching 450 pounds. The goal is double-digits sacks and consistent domination.

Trench digging

The Seminoles return five seniors, including four starters on the offensive line. The group has a combined 112 starts among left tackle Cam Erving, right tackle Bobby Hart, center Austin Barron, left guard Josue Matias and right guard Tre Jackson. This unit should set the tone for an offense that lost several starting skill players.

TAMPA AREA PLAYERS ON ROSTER

No.

Name

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Year

School

89

Christian Green

WR

6-2

204

R-Sr.

Tampa Cath

6

Ryan Green

RB

5-10

195

So.

St. Pete Cath

85

Jeremy Kerr

TE

6-5

262

R-Fr.

St. Pete

57

Corey Martinez

OL

6-5

290

Fr.

Tampa Cath

86

Justin Motlow

WR

5-11

182

Fr.

Tampa Cath

66

Keith Weeks

OL

6-4

303

R-So.

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