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Offensive Depth Chart Analysis

FSU Depth Chart Breakdown

Quarterback

Sean Maguire will do everything he can to fend off Everett Golson in fall camp. (Photo: John David Mercer/USA TODAY Sports)

Sean Maguire will do everything he can to fend off Everett Golson in fall camp. (Photo: John David Mercer/USA TODAY Sports)

This area of the depth chart had fans especially surprised.  An experienced, redshirt senior like Everett Golson who has racked up over 6,000 yards in his career at Notre Dame is listed as third string?  Relax, Florida State fans, this isn’t an abomination, Golson has yet to officially practice with the team, thus has earned nothing.  He will be given his fair share of opportunities to win the starting job over Sean Maguire when fall camp starts on August 6th.

Runningback

Freshmen running back Jacques Patrick has all the physical tools to be a huge contributor this fall. (Photo: Stacy Revere/Getty Images North America)

Freshmen running back Jacques Patrick has all the physical tools to be a huge contributor this fall. (Photo: Stacy Revere/Getty Images North America)

Dalvin Cook, who is currently under investigation for battery, still heads this talented group of backs.  However, Cook is still indefinitely suspended and will not be able to practice with the team unless Jimbo Fisher announces otherwise.  Behind Cook are Mario Pender, Jacques Patrick, and Jonathan Vickers.  I expect Patrick, the highly touted freshmen, to assume the role of the short yardage back, similar to James Wilder Jr. and Karlos Williams before him.  Pender is a nice compliment to Cook: He is a speed back that runs with a purpose.  I don’t expect Vickers to get many carries, but that could change drastically depending on Cook’s investigation and the backfield’s ability to stay healthy.

Fullback

#23 Freddie Stevenson with a game clinching touchdown against Louisville

#23 Freddie Stevenson with a game clinching touchdown against Louisville. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

This position is simple: Freddie Stevenson will handle all of the fullback duties.  Stevenson appeared in all 14 games last year and laid many key blocks, although his most impactful moment was a game sealing 35-yard touchdown catch against Louisville.

Wide Receiver

Noles' wide receiver Travis Rudolph is poised for a breakout season

Noles’ wide receiver Travis Rudolph is poised for a breakout season. (Photo: Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

Wide Receiver could be Florida State’s biggest preseason question mark, as far as formulating a depth chart goes.  The Noles have many talented (and many inexperienced) receivers that will all see playing time this year.  First of all, this wide receiver group is led by the heir apparent to Rashad Greene, Travis Rudolph.  Rudolph is arguably Florida State’s best receiver coming back and he will most likely lead the team in receptions do to his ability to run various routes effectively. He did have a couple problems last year with finishing routes but Coach Fisher seems positive about his progression.  Next, you have the bigger receivers in Ermon Lane (6’3”) and Ja’Vonn Harrison (6’2”).  Ermon Lane played a lot last year but did not play a big part in FSU’s passing attack, look for him to grow more comfortable and break out this year.  Ja’Vonn Harrison, on the other hand, redshirted last season but has impressed a lot in spring, Jimbo Fisher even stated that he could possibly be the most talented receiver on the roster.  He could very well burst onto the scene and be a huge part in this year’s passing game.  The Noles also return Jesus Wilson, the veteran of the bunch, who is a speedy slot receiver that had over 500 yards last year.  He will see a lot of playing time in the slot and will make a living on short and intermediate routes.  There are also two incoming freshmen to add to this laundry list of talented wide receivers.  George Campbell (ESPN’s 5-star and #1 athlete), who impressed in the spring, will have his chance to earn some serious playing time by taking the lid off of defenses and making some big plays for the Seminoles this fall.  Another freshman, Auden Tate, who stands in at an imposing 6’5”, should have a chance to play a similar role to what Kelvin Benjamin did in his redshirt freshman season, 2012.  That role is coming in inside the redzone and specifically on the goal line to create mismatches and catch jump balls.

Tight End

6'6" tight end Mavin Saunders (Photo: Harry How/Getty Images North America)

6’6″ tight end Mavin Saunders (Photo: Harry How/Getty Images North America)

Two tight ends will split a strong majority of the playing time this fall: Ryan Izzo and Mavin Saunders.  Although Ryan Izzo has earned the starting spot in the first depth chart, Saunders’ athleticism could provoke Jimbo Fisher to find ways to include him in this offense. When asked about Saunders, Jimbo said that he is 6’6”, 260+lbs, and can run a 4.53. He also said that he could be a Top 15 NFL draft pick down the road. Both tight ends will be effective and make key plays for this offense in the fall.

Offensive Line

True sophomore Roderick Johnson will anchor this Seminole offensive line.

True sophomore Roderick Johnson will anchor this Seminole offensive line. (Photo: Grant Halverson/ Getty Images North America)

This Seminole offensive line is not extremely young, but fairly inexperienced.  This year’s front five is comprised of three sophomores and two juniors.  The leader and most experienced lineman is Roderick Johnson (LT), who is the only returning starter from last season.  The rest of the offensive line should be solid in their first year, including Kareem Are (LG), Alec Eberle (C), Wilson Bell (RG), and Chad Mavety (RT).  The only question mark is Alec Eberle, who has yet to start a game at Florida State, but has continued to impress Jimbo Fisher.

Ryan Stalder

Football Writer and Baseball Writer; Student at Wake Forest University; Twitter: @RyanStalder12



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