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3 Breakout Players: Offense

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With the 2017 season behind us, we can now begin speculating as to what the 2018 season will look like. Many of the impact players from last season declared for the NFL Draft. Now, there are opportunities for some new faces and some that are more familiar to contribute in a large way in Willie Taggart’s first season as head coach of the Seminoles. Here’s three potential breakout players for the `Noles on offense.

Tre’ McKitty – Ryan Izzo’s decision to forego his senior season to enter the NFL Draft has left a massive hole at tight end and that is where Tre’ McKitty steps in. McKitty is an athletic player who is capable of doing many different things on offense including splitting out wide to create matchup problems and also line up in the H-back role. Taggart’s Gulf Coast Offense likes to move the tight end around to create problems for the defense and McKitty fits the bill extremely well. McKitty experienced increased playing time towards the end of last season and I see him impacting the offense in an enormous way next year.

Tamorrion Terry – Wide receiver is one of the positions that will be affected by the coaching change the most. Taggart’s Gulf Coast Offense asks far less from the receivers compared to Jimbo Fisher’s offense. The goal of the Gulf Coast Offense wants to get the ball in the hands of the playmakers and let them make plays. Terry redshirted his freshman campaign but was noted by his coaches and teammates as a breakout player in last year’s fall camp. Terry will fill the void left by the big physical receiver, Auden Tate. At 6-foot-4, 215-pounds, Terry has the size and athleticism to attack the secondary and to be a tremendous threat in the red zone.

Khalan Laborn – The Virginia Beach native recorded an impressive stat-line in the 2018 Spring Game with 140 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries. Laborn also received MVP honors for his performance which led the Garnet team to victory. After being redshirted this previous season, Laborn has a lot to prove and Willie Taggart’s Gulf Coast Offense is perfect for supplying the opportunity to do so. The former consensus five-star prospect was also ranked the nation’s No. 1 all-purpose back by a number of recruiting services. With Taggart’s run-heavy offense, Laborn is destined to have a breakout year.


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