Joshua Kaindoh expected to bounce back in 2020

Coming out of high school, Florida State defensive end Joshua Kaindoh was rated as a five-star prospect and many recruiting analysts expected him to develop into an elite player. Through his first three seasons in Tallahassee, Kaindoh hasn’t matched those expectations. It’s not necessarily due to his talent. The Baltimore native was solid as a true freshman (career-high 6.5 tackles for loss and 4 sacks in 2017) but played out of position in former head coach Willie Taggart’s defensive scheme (defensive ends shouldn’t be relied on in coverage) and then suffered a serious leg injury against Virginia that sidelined him for the remainder of 2019.

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With a new head coach and defensive coordinator, the media is expecting Kaindoh to finally show why he was a heralded talent as a recruit during his redshirt junior season. 247Sports’ National Writer Chris Hummer wrote an article on 21 former big-time players who are ready to bounce back in 2020 and Kaindoh made the list. The snippet on Kaindoh is listed below, you can read the full article here.

Reason for detour: Injury

Kaindoh looked primed to break out last season, posting 2.5 tackles for loss and a sack across his first two games. Then he suffered a season-ending injury in Week 3, ending a potential breakout campaign for the former No. 10 overall prospect in the 2017 class. Given a healthy offseason, Kaindoh has the potential to emerge as an edge pass-rusher the Seminoles need to complement Marvin Wilson on the inside.”

The 6-foot-7, 258-pound defensive end is a much better fit in defensive coordinator Adam Fuller’s more traditional 4-3 defense. Expect Kaindoh’s confidence to rise as he’s put in a situation that should be easier for him to produce in. If he can stay healthy, there’s a chance he could finally break out as the elite pass-rusher Florida State missed in 2019 after Brian Burns declared early for the NFL.

Regardless, Kaindoh will be a reliable option alongside an experienced starting defensive front that will include Marvin Wilson, Janarius Robinson, and Cory Durden.

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