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Notes on FSU football’s depth chart for Virginia Tech

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NCAA Football: Florida State Spring Game Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports

It’s another sign that Florida State football is right around the corner: a new depth chart. The Seminoles released their first depth chart of the Willie Taggart era today, and we’ve a few observations from the initial offering:

On offense, there’s no clear-cut backup quarterback; check out the infamous “OR” between James Blackman and Bailey Hockman. And FSU is definitely not shy about touting its impressive running back depth. Five deep!

We heard great stuff about freshman receiver Keyshawn Helton throughout fall camp, and that’s reflected below, as he’s listed as being in a basic dead heat with proven returning WRs Nyqwan Murray and D.J. Matthews. And forget this nonsense about rookie receivers not contributing early: the final WR spot includes two redshirt freshmen (Ontaria Wilson and Tamorrion Terry) and a true frosh (Tre’Shaun Harrison). Speaking of receivers, George Campbell is nowhere to be found.

The offensive line looks like we thought it would, with a wrinkle: Mike Arnold is listed as even with presumptive starter Cole Minshew at RG. At tight end, Tre’ McKitty gets the nod as expected, but it’s worth mentioning that former fullbacks Gabe Nabers and Johnathan Vickers are listed above Naseir Upshur.

Defensively, the early message is clear: with a lack of proven linebackers surrounded by a deep DL and a talented secondary, the ’Noles will be small and fast. As in DeCalon Brooks being listed as a co-starter at the SAM spot— at 211 pounds. Freshman safety Jaiden Woodbey assumes the STAR role, as expected. No real surprises in the backfield, although another frosh, Asante Samuel Jr., makes the two-deep.

Special teams look about how we anticipated, although it’s a little surprising not to see Harrison’s name among the kick returners.