Florida State Football News 03.22.11

Jimbo went on Mike Bianchi for nine minutes this morning to discuss the opening of Florida State Spring Practice.

Offensive Tackle News

- Florida State offered 2014 offensive tackle Austin Golson out of Prattville, Alabama.  6'5" 270 and athletic.  He has the chance to be very good.  Tuck that away for two years from now.

- Offensive Tackle Jessamen Dunker committed to UF.  Very good player.  Probably not a five star, but 6'6" 315.  Wanted to play in the SEC only and didn't really consider FSU too much.

The U

- Miami's starting linebacker Ramon Buchannon has been suspended indefinitely for getting arrested.  For five felonies.  Including battery on a police officer.  That hurts as Miami isn't exactly loaded at linebacker like they are on the offensive and defensive lines.


Pre-Snap Read: Miami's New Depth Chart
Linebacker lacks star power Buchanan’s unfortunate life choice leaves Miami without the second of two experienced hands at linebacker. Buchanan was penciled in opposite senior Sean Spence, giving Miami a pair of talented, game-tested outside linebackers. Now, since Buchanan might never return to action for the Hurricanes, Miami’s looking at inserting two relatively newcomers on the second level of the defense. The first is redshirt freshman Travis Williams, who will claim Buchanan’s outside spot while the would-be senior spends time alone in the corner. The time was coming for the well-regarded 2010 recruit, but this might be a year too early for Williams. Likewise at middle linebacker, where it will be either Kelvin Cain, who started four games in an uneven debut campaign, or sophomore James Gaines. Long story short: Miami needs all it can get from Spence, who will again be asked to be the star of the defense. He’s more than capable, if he makes similar strides to those he made a season ago – Spence reclaimed his form after an average sophomore season.

According to Miami police, Buchanan said: "I'm a UM football player and I don't give a F--- what you do. I'll get out of it."

- The 'Canes moved Eduardo Clements from running back to corner.  Two things here.  First, the 'Canes corner situation is a disaster thanks to graduation.  Second, Clements was considered by many to be a better corner than a running back.  

- Miami listed Jacory Harris as its starting QB in the latest depth chart.  


2011 Virginia Tech Spring Football: 5 Position Battles to Watch - Gobbler Country
4. Defensive End The Hokies will have to replace both starting defensive ends for the second consecutive year. Last year, they lost two starters due to graduation and early entry in the draft. This year, it's graduation and a position change. Chris Drager, who was arguably Tech's most consistent pass rusher last year, had been moved back to tight end, which is depleted after the departure of Andre Smith. Fortunately for the Hokies, they aren't completely bereft of talent at end. J.R. Collins and James Gayle both played well as freshmen last year and will be joined by redshirt freshmen Zack McCray and Duan Perez-Means. All are still very young and how they perform in the spring will go a long way to alleviating any concerns fans have about what is probably the most important position to what Tech tries to do on defense.

Interesting note on BC's offensive line.

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