Tomahawk Notes 02.18.11

Here is your daily batch of Florida State News & Notes from around the web.

If you don't already, you should really read the fanpost section (right sidebar).  We filter them pretty thoroughly so you don't waste your time reading poor quality submissions.  Those who do follow would know that David Spurlock is moving from guard to center.  Hat tip to reader "Truecolors" for being the first to drop this nugget back on January 24th.  This makes sense for couple reasons.  First, Spurlock suffered two major concussions last year and was shut down.  A center is likely to encounter a bit less helmet-to-helmet contact because there isn't typically a player lined up directly over him.  Second, he has played line for three years now and should know the calls pretty well.  I'm not sure this will work out, but you can't say FSU's coaches aren't trying to put the best unit on the field.  

As for the offensive line this Spring, it should look like this (returning starters in bold):

Andrew Datko (T) Datko had his shoulder worked on (not both, as he is rehabbing the other).  Our for Spring
Zebrie Sanders(T)
David Spurlock (C)- started 3 years but missed most of last season.
Rhonne Sanderson* (G)
Jacob Fahrenkrug (G)
Bryan Stork* (G) Started final few games.
Henry Orelus* (G/T)
Garrett Faircloth* (G/T)
Blake Snider* (G)
Dan Foose* (G/T)
Trey Pettis (G/C)
Sterling Lovelady (C)
Jordan Prestwood (T)

We'll break it down more in the spring preview.

Eagle in Atlanta -- Kevin Rogers (BC's new OC)

Reasons for concerns Look at the list of quarterbacks Rogers has developed at the college level. Do any of them remind you of Chase Rettig, Christian Suntrup or even Dave Shinskie? He has never really relied on the classic pocket passers. His philosophy of over recruiting the QB position and seeing what sticks is more inline with Jags/Logan than the TOB/Spaz way of picking "one guy" each class. Rogers hasn't called plays in nearly 10 years. He has never worked with any of the current BC staffers. How Notre Dame fell apart in 2001 was very disconcerting. His offense is no longer unique.

Overall Rogers is a big improvement over Tranquill. He was not my choice but I think he can still be serviceable. My biggest concern is his ability to adapt his offense to the personnel we have in place. I also wonder how he will work with the staffers we have in place. Staff chemistry is an underrated aspect of college football. I think we have some good guys on the offensive side. I hope they will work well with their new boss. I will have more from Notre Dame folks later this week. As I've said, I have real concerns about the process that landed us Rogers, but that is not his issue. That is a BC issue.

Baltimore Sun Baltimore Sun reports Edsall was at least 6th choice after Petersen, Malzahn, June Jones, RichRod & Leach based on school's public documents.

Charlie Weis among 10 new coordinators who will impact 2011 - Stewart Mandel -

Mark D'Onofrio, Miami (defense): As Al Golden's former college teammate, fellow assistant at Virginia and defensive coordinator at Temple, it's no surprise D'Onofrio followed his boss to Miami. The Owls' historic turnaround under Golden (reaching their first bowl in 30 years) centered largely around D'Onofrio's defense, which ranked 16th nationally last season. D'Onofrio inherits a talented unit at Miami, but one that seemed to play without intensity. As Golden looks to right a team that went 7-6 last year, the defense could be more immediately fixable than the offense.

Chad Morris, Clemson (offense): A self-professed devotee of Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, Morris is now following a similarly meteoric career path. Just two years removed from his time as a high-school coach in Texas, Morris will be directing an ACC offense after producing the nation's fifth-ranked attack at Tulsa last season. Clemson ranked just 88th nationally last season as it slogged to a 6-7 finish and will be breaking in new quarterback Tajh Boyd this fall. Like Malzahn, Morris will emphasize a hurry-up tempo, power running and downfield passing.

Kevin Rogers, Boston College (offense): BC's passing game under third-year coach Frank Spaziani has been virtually non-existent, ranking 93rd and 97th, respectively, the past two seasons. Knowing that, Spaziani could not have found a more ideal candidate to replace retired coordinator Gary Tranquill. Prior to spending the past five seasons as the Minnesota Vikings' quarterbacks coach (where he coached you-know-who), Rogers, 59, was a college QB guru, tutoring Donovan McNabb at Syracuse and Bryan Randall and Marcus Vick at Virginia Tech.

Charlie Weis, Florida (offense): Though not cut out to be a college head coach, Weis showed off his behind-the-scenes offensive acumen yet again with the Kansas City Chiefs last season, producing the NFL's ninth-ranked attack. Now he'll take on the daunting task of transforming the Gators from a spread-option team to a pro-style system. He'll almost certainly help quarterback John Brantley improve (and develop incoming freshmen Jeff Driskel and Jacoby Brissett), but the rest of Florida's returning personnel doesn't seem to suit Weis' preferred style.

FSU will be seeing some new coordinators this year.

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