What happens when a program starts to have multiple good/great years recruiting? Depth, competition, and a fight to get on the field for a number of talented players. Playing time is a limited resource and each snap is subtracted from an undetermined but finite number. While we are in the doldrums of summer, we are approaching, no matter how slowly it seems, fall camp. It will be the last preseason chance for players to convince their position coaches and Jimbo Fisher that they deserve a share of those limited snaps.
Inside we'll highlight some players that may not be the presumptive starter but will be hard to keep off the field in 2011.
Unless FSU decides to run 5 wide sets a ton in games, it will be difficult to utilize all the talent in the WR corps. FSU has 3 returning contributing starters in Willie Haulstead, Rodney Smith, and Bert Reed. The future of Taiwan Easterling at this point is unclear as he weighs his options of returning another year or pursuing professional baseball.
Bert Reed was inconsistent at times while playing out of his more natural position in the slot. It took a while for Haulstead and Smith to come into their own, but as the season progressed, it was clear they were becoming more comfortable with the college game. Better routes, and overall more consistent game play. However that leaves an almost glut of talented players that will be called upon to add depth to what an apparently loaded position. Fall camp will determine who gets to play as back ups or even challenge for starting time.
True, many of the young WRs are unproven, but the talent is there. Fans got to see limited glimpses of Kenny Shaw last year and saw Greg Dent reel in 7 catches in this years spring game. Christian Green would have most likely made it on to the field however a preseason injury held him out of competition for playing time. But Green has excellent size and should be the most physical out of the new comers to the position. If he has recovered look for him to earn some snaps.
Current nonstarters most likely to contribute as starter or key back up:
- Kenny Shaw
- Christian Green
- Jared Haggins (reportedly had a great spring)
- Greg Dent
- Kelvin Benjamin (two 6'5" plus receivers on the field at the same time? Sure, why not)
- Rashad Greene
Two other LBs to watch are Holmes Onwukaife and Nigel Terrell. Onwukaife has been rumored to have put on some serious muscle and may have outgrown the standard linebacker size. If that is the case there may still be a place for him on the field just not in a traditional linebacker roll. Terrell, while strong for his size, took a redshirt last year needing to add some size. Look for him to get some clean up duty this year.
Current nonstarters most likely to contribute as starter or key back up in order:
- Jeff Luc
- Telvin Smith
- Holmes Onwukaife
- Nigel Terrell
- Darious Cummings
- Timmy Jernigan
- Nile Lawrence-Stample
- Derrick Mitchell
- Nick O'Leary
- Tank Sessions
- Will Tye