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Bold prediction No. 4: Meyers leads the team in interceptions

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As we creep closer to the start of the season, we here at NoleGameday are making some early bold predictions for the 2017 season. There are many interesting aspects about this upcoming squad and storylines that we may start to take shape throughout the course of the season. From who leads the team in receiving yards to the state of the backup quarterback unit, let’s take a look at how things might turn out next year.

When the returning leader in interceptions across all of college football returns to your secondary, it’s easy to predict that guy to again lead the team in that statistic.

Tarvarus McFadden returns for his junior campaign after notching eight interceptions in a sophomore breakout campaign. The 6-2, 190-pound cornerback showcased an elite ability to track the ball in the air and then make a play on it. Playing the boundary (or closer) side of the field, he also has more opportunities to snag interceptions as college quarterbacks often do not have the arm strength to test the field (or wide) side of the field.

But we’re not picking him to lead the Seminoles in interceptions in 2017.

The guy we’re picking is Kyle Meyers, a sophomore cornerback out of Louisiana.

Meyers played quite a bit as a freshman, often subbing in at the STAR (or nickel cornerback) spot on third downs last year. He had his ups-and-downs, sometimes giving up catches and missing tackles but he played very well considering he was a true freshman thrust into action.

This year, Meyers has placed himself in a good position to land a starting job in the secondary. Whether it’s the field cornerback job opposite of McFadden or the STAR position in the slot, expect to see Meyers all over the field in 2017.

Going into next season, opposing offensive coordinators will tell their quarterbacks to throw away from McFadden, knowing that he’s a ball-hawk. That will give more opportunities for players like Meyers, especially if he’s in the slot, to snag the ball out of the air when it comes their way.

Meyers did not nab an interception as a true freshman, but he showcased in the spring game that he certainly has the ability to make a play on the ball in the air or jump a route on an unsuspecting receiver.

While he might not grab eight interceptions like McFadden did as a sophomore, Meyers has quietly put himself in a great position to become a playmakers for the Seminoles as a second-year player. Whether it be at field cornerback or at STAR, expect Meyers to lead this team in interceptions in 2017.

Dakota Moyer

Florida State student and writer for NoleGameday.



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