Daniel Glauser and Bobby Hart are the 55th and 56th players profiled in this series looking at the players likely to impact Florida State's season. There are 6 days until FSU football. The list is not in any specific order.
6'5, 305 | Senior | Offensive Tackle
Background (via school bio)
Standout two-year starter at left tackle for one of the top junior college programs nationally... earned honorable mention NJCAA Football All-America honors this past season as a sophomore at NMMI...helped lead the Broncos to a 9-3 overall mark, a second place finish in the WSFL with a 6-2 record, a berth in the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl and a No. 14 final national ranking in the NJCAA... named to the 2011 All-WSFL first team offense... anchored an offensive line that helped New Mexico Military Institute average 475 yards of total offense which produced a rushing attack that amassed 2,818 yards (234.8 yards per game) and a passing attack that totaled 2,882 yards (240.2 yards per game)... as a true freshman at NMMI, earned the Broncos' "Hustle Award" and didn't allow a sack in his first season as a starter ...rated a four-star JC prospect by Scout.com and a three-star prospect by Rivals.com...chose Florida State over Arkansas, Mississippi State and Oklahoma State.
Part of the reason I elected not to debut this list in any specific order is to allow myself a chance to save players about whom I had questions for last. Glauser is one of those players.
Glauser committed to Florida State in early December and enrolled in time for spring practice. You can read more about Glauser at the link, including a small scouting evaluation by a former college lineman.
It was about that time that we learned Glauser, thanks to some happenings from his days in Europe, would only have a single year of eligibilty. Before the players were banned from Twitter, Glauser confirmed that he was in the process of appealing to try and have eligibility for 2013 as well. Whether that appeal has been heard, and the result if it has, has not been announced by the school.
Glauser was far from great in the spring, though he wasn't awful. His less than impressive performance was overshadowed by the horrible spring game of Bobby Hart (see below).
This fall, however, Glauser has looked better according to our staff who is able to watch practices. Like Watson, he did struggle early in camp, but has been a bit better of late.
As discussed Saturday, Watson appears to have the inside track on the starting job, but it is not a lock. Both players will likely play in the early games, and if Glauser outperforms Watson, it's not outside the real of possibility.
At worst, Glauser should provide some depth for the 2012 season. And having been blighted with the most injured offense in the entire country in 2012 (only offense to lose more than 40 starts to injury), Florida State fans certainly know how important depth can be.
6'4, 316 | Sophomore | Offensive Tackle/Guard
Background (via school bio)
Anchored a St. Thomas Aquinas offensive line that helped the Raiders compile 5,612 yards of total offense on their way to the 2010 Class 5A State championship and a No. 3 national ranking...rated a five-star offensive tackle by Scout.com and four-star lineman by Rivals.com...considered a relentless drive blocker with good feet in pass protection...ranked as the No. 8 offensive tackle by Rivals.com, No. 77 nationally at any position and No. 19 in the state...Scout.com ranked him the No. 4 offensive tackle in the country...rated a four-star prospect and the No. 16 offensive tackle by 247Sports...No. 25 on the ESPNU 150 and No. 4 overall offensive tackle...selected to Under Armour All-American team...First Team All-Broward County by Sun Sentinel as a senior...No. 14 on Bill Buchalter's 2011 Florida Top 100 for the Orlando Sentinel...All-Broward County First Team by The Miami Herald as a senior...No. 43 on Mobile Press-Register Super Southeast 120...member of the Times-Union's Florida Super 75 where he was rated as the No. 1 offensive tackle...No. 32 on the SuperPrep Florida 110...Second Team 2A All-State offensive lineman as a junior at Fort Lauderdale's Cardinal Gibbons...coached by legendary South Florida high school coach George Smith at St. Thomas Aquinas...also played forward on a highly ranked travel AAU basketball team until last summer, playing against the likes of former Ohio State phenom and NBA first round pick Jared Sullinger and Winter Park High senior Austin Rivers...qualified for state in wrestling as a sophomore...born August 21, 1994.
I typically don't link much analysis from FSU's media guide because the school will rarely say anything negative about a player. And not every bit of analysis needs to be sunshine. But this one is pretty good and accurate.
2011: True freshman offensive tackle who celebrated his 17th birthday during preseason camp and was inserted into the starting lineup for the final nine games of the season, including the Champs Sports Bowl...earned second team CFN Freshman All-America honors...saw limited action in the first two games of the season and didn't see the field again until he made his first career start on the road against Wake Forest on Oct. 8, when he stepped in for injured senior Andrew Datko at left tackle...was moved to right tackle the following week at Duke, where he became a fixture...his career-high five knockdowns came in the road win over the Blue Devils...posted his season-best grade of 77 in the regular season home finale against Virginia...also posted a grade of 74 with a pair of knockdown blocks against NC State...was penalty-free in three of FSU's final four regular season games...allowed just 4.5 sacks, pitching shutouts in five of his nine starts...gained valuable experience that should translate well into the future for an offensive line that was forced to use seven different lineups due to injury in 2011...earned one of six freshman academic awards for his work in the classroom and voted a Top Newcomer on offense at the team's annual banquet.
I'll note that Freshman All-American status has more to do with PT than it does with quality play. Overall, Hart played about like his grades suggest (not very good). But, nobody expected Hart to come in and play immediately. Thanks to the ridiculous number of injuries and some bad luck with tackles leaving the program (John Prior left to be with his family back in Ohio due to a family tragedy; Aubrey Phillips couldn't get in shape, transferred to Auburn, and was later found to have a heart problem that likely contributed in part to his obesity and inability to stay in shape; and Jordan Prestwood. unable to make decisions for himself, transferring from FSU after less than a semester to be at Notre Dame with his close personal friend Aaron Lynch, whom he is also likely following to USF after Lynch left the Irish this spring.)
Ideally, Hart should not have played. He turned 17 in August. But he did play. And while he didn't look great, he was not awful in a few games.
It looked like Hart was on track to start again as a sophomore in 2012. Then came the off-season, starting after the bowl game.
Taking The Offseason Off
But the work didn't come.
It's easy to understand how a kid (literally) of 17 could get a big head after starting nine games for one of the top programs in the country. It's easy to understand how the player could fail to recognize that he started those games not due to hard work, but rather due to the misfortune of others. And it's easy to see how a young kid could get caught up in the fun of college and lack the relative maturity of someone a few years older to realize when the fun stops and the work starts.
Immaturity is a problem with young players in any program. And that was the case here, with one of the youngest in college football.
The work didn't get done. Hart did not physically improve his body during the "voluntary" workouts. At a time when he should have been losing the baby fat and adding muscle, it simply didn't happen. Success in doing so would have required consistency, both in attendance and in effort.
And after being dominated in the spring game by defensive end Tank Carradine, Hart acknowledged on twitter that he had to put in the work and that he would not let something like that happen again.
But come fall camp, Hart doesn't look a whole lot different. And not only is he not starting at right tackle as he did for nine games last year, but he's not even in contention for the job.
Instead, Hart has been backing up Cameron Erving at left tackle. Erving is a red-shirt sophomore and Hart is a true sophomore. Tackles do not rotate, which means the opportunity for playing time is very slim. In no way is Hart seen as a potential challenger to Erving at left tackle.
Other media have used the word "dog house," and it's hard to disagree.
In fact, I have serious doubts that Hart is the true backup. If Erving were to go down, it would not be a surprise to see the loser of the Watson/Glauser battle at right tackle slide over and play left tackle. Hart's body style is more that of a right tackle than a left.
Here's the 2012 outlook on Hart from Seminoles.com:
2012 OUTLOOK: Athletic young tackle, who played as a 17-year old true freshman in 2011, starting the final nine games in 2011. One of four linemen with six or more starts returning in 2012.
Note the stark contrast in the praise and detail from the 2011 excerpt.
Still On Track?
It's important to remember that this isn't an attempt to bash Hart. It's simply a short chronicle of what's happened so far in his short Florida State career.
And due to Hart's age, it's best not to jump to any conclusions about how the rest of his career will play out. Did you have great maturity and work habits at age 17? Me neither.
Labeling a kid a bust who just turned 18 and potentially could be starting for FSU in 2015 is pretty foolish. Hart doesn't have special maturity for someone of his age. He just has very impressive physical skills for a kid of his age.
Normally, a second-year offensive lineman who just turned 18 wouldn't even be profiled or analyzed. Hart only appears in this space because of his playing time in 2011. He always had a target date of 2013 as the first year in which he should have competed for a starting job after a redshirt and a learning year. That his timetable was sped up meant expectations should have shifted downward.
The strange thing about Hart's career is the reverse order in which it's unfolded. He's still on track to challenge for a starting job in 2013, but instead of struggling with maturity issues and the adjustment to the college game, redshirting, and then learning, he instead started, struggled, then experienced maturity issues, and now is a potential redshirt. It's backwards.
Florida State has not said whether it plans to give Bobby Hart the redshirt he needed last season. But if the offensive line stays healthy, and Hart is not needed to play meaningful game snaps, it's hard not to see him taking a shirt and coming back in 2013 as a red-shirt sophomore.
That's not to say he won't play in a few of the first four games before suffering the "injury" needed to qualify for a medical RS under NCAA rule.
The above scenario is the ideal one, of course. It's not likely that Florida State's offensive tackles maintain perfect health throughout the season.
Is Florida State in trouble if Hart is taking snaps in meaningful game action in 2012? It wouldn't be ideal.
The physical talent that warranted Hart a four-star rating in the class of 2011 is still there. There's just no reset button for the offseason. And because of that, 2013 is probably the first year in which he has a shot to bust out and live up to his potential.