FSU Roster Comparison: 2009 Defense & 2011 Defense

In 2009, Florida State had the 107th ranked defense.  In just one year the 'Noles improved to 41st.  19 of the 22 in the two-deep return and FSU is poised for yet another large jump.  How large?  We'll discuss that this summer.  

When Jimbo Fisher took over he discussed the need to transform the type of player FSU was using on defense, the type of player FSU was recruiting, and the strength/nutrition program.  The results are most drastic on defense as the offense had already been moving in the right direction.

Let's examine the changes:

2009 2011
Defensive Tackle
Everett Dawkins 6-2 258 RS FR Everett Dawkins 6-3 285 RS JR
Demonte McAllister 6-3 263 FR Demonte McAllister 6-2 291 RS SO
Moses McCray 6-2 298 SO Moses McCray 6-2 320 RS JR
Jacobbi McDaniel 6-0 291 FR Jacobbi McDaniel 6-0 301 JR
Justin Mincey 6-5 272 SR Anthony McCloud 6-2 302 RS JR
Kendrick Stewart 6-2 271 RS SR Darious Cummings 6-2 290 SO
Budd Thacker 6-2 276 SR Cameron Erving 6-5 301 RS FR
        Tim Jernigan 6-2 300 FR
        Derrick Mitchell 6-5 300 FR
        Nile Lawrence 6-0 295 FR
Defensive End
Brandon Jenkins 6-2 240 FR Brandon Jenkins 6-3 260 JR
Dan Hicks 6-4 251 FR Dan Hicks 6-4 271 RS SO
Toshmon Stevens 6-5 228 RS FR Toshmon Stevens 6-5 235 RS JR
Jamar Jackson 6-4 240 RS SO Tank Carradine 6-5 260 JR
Kevin McNeil 6-2 257 SR Bjoern Werner 6-4 278 SO
Markus White 6-4 261 JR Giorgio Newberry 6-5 260 FR
Craig Yarborough 6-2 236 RS SO        
Linebacker
Nigel Bradham 6-2 235 SO Nigel Bradham 6-2 240 SR
Vince Williams 6-0 245 SO Vince Williams 6-1 245 RS JR
Mister Alexander 6-2 227 RS JR Christian Jones 6-4 240 SO
Recardo Wright 6-2 226 SR Jeff Luc 6-0 246 SO
Nigel Carr 6-3 230 SO Holmes Onwukaife 6-2 242 RS FR
Aaron Gresham 6-2 233 RS SO Telvin Smith 6-3 220 SO
Maurice Harris 6-0 212 RS SO Terrance Smith 6-3 220 FR
Kendall Smith 6-1 224 JR Nigel Terrell 6-1 223 RS FR
Dekoda Watson 6-2 226 SR Arrington Jenkins 6-2 228 FR
Cornerback
Greg Reid 5-9 175 FR Greg Reid 5-8 185 JR
Xavier Rhodes 6-2 195 FR Xavier Rhodes 6-2 205 RS SO
A.J. Alexander 5-11 180 RS FR Mike Harris 5-11 186 SR
Dionte Allen 5-11 172 RS SO Nick Waisome 5-10 165 FR
Ochuko Jenije 5-10 188 RS JR Avis Commack 6-3 202 RS JR
Patrick Robinson 5-11 194 SR Keelin Smith 6-3 185 FR
Lamarcus Brutus 6-1 185 FR
Safety
Nick Moody 6-2 228 RS FR Nick Moody 6-2 226 RS JR
Terrance Parks 6-1 196 SO Terrance Parks 6-2 223 SR
Justin Bright 6-0 180 FR Justin Bright 6-1 184 RS SO
Gerald Demps 5-10 190 FR Gerald Demps 5-11 206 RS SO
Jajuan Harley 6-2 190 FR Chad Abram 5-11 215 SO
Ed Imeokparia 6-0 186 RS FR Terrence Brooks 5-11 189 SO
Jamie Robinson 6-2 188 RS SR Lamarcus Joyner 5-8 192 SO
Korey Mangum 6-0 202 RS SR Tyler Hunter 6-0 190 FR
        Karlos Williams 6-2 210 FR

Observations:

  • In 2009, FSU had two DTs over 280 pounds.  In 2011 the 'Noles will have 10.  2 < 10
  • FSU's Defensive Tackles are, on average, 23 pounds larger than they were in 2009.
  • In 2009, FSU's DEs averaged 245 pounds.  In 2011, the 'Noles defensive ends average 260.  245 < 260
  • In 2009, FSU had two linebackers of 235+.  In 2011, the Seminoles have five. 2 < 5
  • Lots of turnover at defensive back.  Of the 10 guys who could still theoretically be in Tallahassee, eligibility-wise, 6 remain.  

What do you notice?

Please note that the 2011 sizes are conservatively projected.  You may believe that a player will be bigger than he is listed.  That is fine, but this is a conservative projection as to not embellish the already substantial changes.

Also, I understand that FSU had to do so to find some defensive backs as the situation was a mess when Stoops arrived, but in the future FSU needs to allot more scholarships to the front seven.  Not many more, but the 'Noles need to carry 26-27 DE/DT/LB, even though they like to play a lot of Nickel.  Right now FSU is at 25, though I would expect attrition of at least one, putting FSU at 24.  I will say, however, that FSU seems aware of the need and is more than addressing it this year in recruiting.

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