Projecting Florida State’s 2018 Offensive Starters

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In my mind, it’s never too early to look ahead to the next season, especially when you have a new head coach at the helm. I’ve decided to project FSU’s 2018 starting offensive lineup, assuming they are in 11 personnel (1 running back, 1 tight end, 3 receivers). Nothing is set in stone, and players will have a big opportunity to prove themselves to a new coaching staff come spring, but as of now these are the players I think will start Florida State’s 2018 opener against Virginia Tech.

QB: Deondre Francois

Francois is the easy choice simply because he is the most proven candidate. Yes, he and Blackman have the same experience, however, Francois has thrown for 3560 yards while Blackman has only thrown for 2230. That being said I think both Blackman and Hockman will be given an equal opportunity to win the starting job come fall, but my money is on Francois.

RB: Cam Akers

Superstar in the making. Will be a top 5 running back in the country this fall.

WR: Nyqwan Murray, Keith Gavin

These two upperclassmen wide-outs are the only two returning receivers who saw a lot of playing time in 2017, making them shoe-ins for the starting jobs in 2018.

Slot: DJ Matthews

Sophomore DJ Matthews has a lot of potential and should be a very productive player for Walt Bell and Willie Taggart in 2018. He reminds me of a rich man’s Kenny Shaw.

TE: Trey McKitty

With the departure of Ryan Izzo, I believe sophomore Trey McKitty is the best tight end on the roster and will get the chance to show it this fall. Willie Taggart recruited him really hard at Oregon so the athletic tight end should fit nicely in the Gulf Coast Offense.

LT: Josh Ball

LG: Landon Dickerson

C: Baveon Johnson

RG: Cole Minshew

RT: Jauan Williams

On paper, this will be the most talented offensive line FSU has had in years. Will it be the best in years? Probably not, mostly because it is a very inexperienced unit, but the potential is definitely there. We’ll just have to see how much new offensive line coach Grey Frey can get out of this group.

Stay tuned for next Wednesday (2/7) when I will be posting my Projected 2018 Defense, which will probably be a better unit than Florida State’s offense in 2018.

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

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