This is the 19th in a series of articles counting down the most important players for Florida State in 2012. There are 40 days until FSU football, and that's how many are left on the list. That means no off days. Oh, and these are not in any specific order.
Giorgio Newberry | 6'6, 278 | RS-FR| Defensive End
Background (Courtesy school bio)
A four-star defensive end who enjoyed a stellar senior season recording 83 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and eight sacks...ranked the No. 10 strongside defensive end by Rivals.com and No. 18 defensive end by Scout.com...rated a four-star prospect by 247Sports...named first team All-Area defensive end by TCPalm...finished his junior season with 40 tackles and three sacks while also garnering first team All-Area honors...No. 17 on Bill Buchalter's Florida Top 100 for the Orlando Sentinel...member of the Florida Times-Union's Super 75 where he was rated as the No. 3 defensive end...No. 54 on the Sporting News Top 100...No. 27 on the ESPNU 150 and No. 3 overall athlete...selected to the Under Armour All-American team...played right tackle, left tackle and even some center in high school and did the same in the Under Armour All-American game despite being projected to play defense in college...No. 67 on Tom Lemming's MaxPreps.com Top 100...rated No. 25 in the Gainesville Sun's top 50 seniors list for the state of Florida...No. 19 on the SuperPrep Florida 110...chosen by ESPN760 as the No. 3 player in the 10 players to watch in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast...coached by Chris Hutchings...November 26, 1991.
You don't realize how valuable your health is until you don't have it. Florida State football knew this concept all too well in 2011 along the offensive line and at the quarterback position -- the two spots in which injuries could not be sustained.
But the defensive line was deep enough that even with some injuries, newcomer Giorgio Newberry was able to take a red-shirt.
With newcomers at defensive end like Mario Edwards Jr. and Chris Casher, many are overlooking Newberry. While Edwards and Casher are tremendously talented, ignoring Newberry would be a mistake.
Newberry is a jumbo defensive end at close to 280 pounds. He is still pretty raw, but is slated to play a couple hundred snaps in 2012. Florida State lists him at right end, which means that he is backing up Brandon Jenkins.
FSU hopes that Newberry doesn't have to be a big piece of the 2012 puzzle. But if injuries mount, the 'Noles could do a lot worse than Newberry.
And the red-shirt freshman needs to get all the experience and coaching he can, because he'll be asked to play a lot of snaps in 2013, as FSU faces massive graduation losses after the 2012 year.