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Which players could breakout on offense for Florida State in 2021?

The term “breakout season” is a regular phrase thrown around. At Florida State, players like Dalvin Cook break out as true freshmen. Breakouts might occur after redshirt years, like Jameis Winston in 2013 or Cam Akers in 2017. 

Below, I chose five players that could breakout on the offensive side of the ball in 2021, I recommend you to check this virtual sports betting software to bet for your favorite.

1. Lawrance Toafili 

From the five players on this list, Toafili might be the most popular candidate for a breakout campaign. In 2020, the 6-foot, 185-pound  true freshman tailback rushed for 356 yards on 37 carries. He found the end zone twice, including a 73-yard touchdown run in a 56-35 win over Duke. Toafili showed arguably the best straight line burst from the position last season. A full offseason in the strength and conditioning program only means an improved version of  Toafili this fall, which could result in an impressive statistical year.

2. Corey Wren

Wren, a member of the Seminoles 2020 recruiting class, played in five games last season. Wren is the true definition of a “weapon.” He can line up in the backfield or slot, and take anything from a jet sweep to a screen pass. His ability to make plays in open space is a trait head coach Mike Norvell and offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham covet. A breakout season is a real possibility if Wren can stay healthy and find his offensive role early in the season. 



3. Robert Scott, Jr.

Scott Jr started seven of eight games at right tackle in 2020 and earned a position on 247Sports’ True Freshman All American Team. A breakout season is hard to dissect for offensive linemen with little to no individual statistics to track. However, with advanced metrics from outlets like Pro Football Focus, individual pass and run blocking can be measured each week. If Scott Jr. can help the ‘Noles offense improve in all areas while posting impressive metrics, a breakout season could be in the realm of possibility. Under the coaching of offensive line coordinator Alex Atkins, Scott Jr. should improve nonetheless in his second year entrenched as a starter. 

4. Malik McClain 

The first of two true freshmen to make the list. At 6-foot-4, 195-pounds, McClain seems physically ready to contribute immediately at the receiver position. At IMG Academy, McClain served as a deep threat with the ability to rack up yards after the catch. In the spring game, ‘Noles fans saw him find an opening in the middle of the defense and take a Jordan Travis pass from all the way for a 44-yard touchdown. He also did this:

https://twitter.com/FSUFootball/status/1380997095339999233?s=20

With a receiving room that is fairly open, McClain could put up gaudy numbers as a true freshman if he cracks the rotation. 

5. Joshua Burrell

Lastly, Burrell is the second receiver to round out the list. The former four-star recruit from Blythewood, South Carolina, projects similarly to McClain as a sleeper to see the field early at the receiver position. While some fresh out of high school might take time adjusting to the physicality of the college game, Burrell seems prepared for the challenge. Here is a clip from February of him squatting 425lbs. 

https://twitter.com/LogansTwitty/status/1366078602035548165?s=20

Over the offseason, Norvell seems to be embracing the youth movement. If any of these players perform strongly in fall camp, they could be in line for breakout seasons in 2021.


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