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- We were very encouraged by the depth, in particular on the interior & size (only one player of 19) weighing less than 300.
- Thought that even if Rod Johnson went pro the foundation for long term success had been laid - in large part based on a freshman class, one that Rick Trickett called the best he ever had
- We did have concern with depth at Tackle, noting very little after Rubble of any kind of fill in player
- Had confidence in Trickett getting the most out of players and having the unit well posed for future
- Wanted to see Baveon get some snaps to set up legit battle for 2017 starter role at Center
- 9 different players started at least 2 games. Did not expect that.
- The line was better at run blocking than pass pro, but not by as an extreme margin as one might think. Consider: FSU almost never ran Cook on passing downs (105th nationally), which was probably a mistake by Fisher (did break tendency against Michigan). On passing downs, FSU was throwing, and opponents knew it. And Francois held the ball forever and a day. On third-and-4 or more, Francois had a passer rating of 155.5, 10 touchdowns, zero interceptions, and five scrambles for first downs. What that stat doesn’t show is sacks, which he took a lot of.
- Bruce Feldman ranked this unit at nations 6th best unit going into season
- Tackles: Leonard, Kelly, Ball, Ruble, Frith
- Guards: Dickerson, Minshew, Robbins, Arnold
- Centers: Eberle, Boselli, Martinez
- Out for year: Johnson, Williams, Scott