This is the 22nd in a series of articles counting down the most important players for Florida State in 2012. There are 36 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.
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Bryan Stork | 6'4, "312" | RS-JR | Offensive Line
Background (Courtesy school bio)
A tight end in high school, had the frame and the tenacity to make the move to offensive line...primarily a blocker in a run-based high school offense, where he registered 43 pancake blocks...chose the Seminoles over Maryland, Syracuse, UCF and FIU...born November 15, 1990.
Bryan Stork came to FSU as a three-star tight end prospect out of Vero Beach as part of the 2009 class. At 6'4 260 lbs., the Coley-recruit played as an EOL blocker in a run-oriented offense. As a result, Jimbo and Co. eyed him for a move down inside the line. Stork enters his 4th year a whopping 52 lbs. heavier than when he rolled into town, tying with Toshmon Stevens (198 lbs. to 250 lbs.) for most added weight* during their respective FSU tenures (Aubrey Phillips could not be reached for comment).
Having spent this past spring healthy and running with the 1st team OL as its RT, Stork is one of the few locks to start along the offensive line. Barring injury - or the unlikely event Glauser (possible), Watson (improbable), or Hart (::shrugs, throws hands up, reminds self he is 17::) just dominate come Fall practice, Stork should begin the season as FSU's right tackle. Stork is cross-trained at guard and center as well, making him FSU's most versatile lineman on top of its most experienced. There is the possibility that he could move to Center, potentially affording Austin Barron another year to watch and grow (if not redshirt, depending on depth and in-season injuries).
Stork has 22 games of experience, 14 of those starting. One of his early starts came in FSU's 2010 bowl game against USCe, where he was able to contribute as a redshirt freshman to a ground game that generated 218 yards, executing some nice seal blocks from his right-guard position. In FSU's zone blocking scheme, experienced heady players have more value than the most physically-gifted but raw players. But Stork has clearly shown a commitment to adding strength and size, and looked decent - if at times a bit mechanical in pass protection - at right tackle in the spring game.
Stork is the perfect "Trickett special" player, and is capable of leading teammates by doing his job well. He is a positive influence on what will be a still-green offensive line come Fall.
Noteworthy: Stork started 10 games last year, and played in 12 of the Noles' 13 games. And though FSU's line gave up 41 sacks - 57% more than FSU's previous 12-year mean number - Stork personally allowed only 3, and had a 10-game stretch where he yielded zero sacks.