2005 Preview: Florida State

CUTigers.com continues to preview each team on the 2005 schedule.

2004 RECORD: 9-3 overall, 6-2 ACC (2nd).

HEAD COACH: Bobby Bowden 351-102-4 overall in 39 seasons; 278-70-4 in 29 seasons at Florida State.

KEY ADDITIONS: DT Callahan Bright, DE Everette Brown, WR Greg Carr, K/P Graham Gano, DB Michael Ray Garvin, OL Matt Hardrick, LB Geno Hayes, DE Justin Mincey, LB Derek Nicholson, DB Jamie Robinson, WR Fred Rouse, RB Antone Smith, DT Kendrick Stewart, DB Clarence Ward.

KEY LOSSES: OT Alex Barron, OT Ray Willis, OG Bobby Meeks, WR Craphonso Thorpe, DT Travis Johnson, CB Bryant McFadden, S Jerome Carter.

OFFENSE: With the trials and tribulations of veteran quarterback Wyatt Sexton this offseason, expect to see redshirt freshman Xavier Lee be the signal caller in 2005. But regardless of who is at quarterback, the offense will revolve around Leon Washington and Lorenzo Booker, which is the best pair of running backs in the ACC. Willie Reid, Chris Davis and Greg Carr have to provide big plays at receiver if the Seminoles are to return to the top of the ACC.

DEFENSE: It all starts and ends with the linebackers, which may be the best group in the country. A.J. Nicholson, Ernie Sims and Buster Davis lead the way for the Seminoles, which returns its entire two-deep linebacking corps. FSU had the No. 1 ranked run defense in the nation last year and that shouldn't change this season.

INTANGIBLES: Ernie Sims is currently suspended for charges of battery and resisting an officer without violence, and A.J. Nicholson has suffered through two off-the-field incidents this offseason, which could lead also lead to a suspension. However, don't be surprised to see both players back on the team early in the season. Star CB Antonio Cromartie will miss the season after tearing his left ACL.

BY THE NUMBERS: 8 – Number of returning starters. It is a very inexperienced group.

WHAT TO WATCH: Whether a young and inexperienced offensive line can provide time for passing and holes for running.

PREDICTION: 10-1 overall, 8-0 ACC (1st Atlantic-ACC Champions)

RB Leon Washington

RB Lorenzo Booker

Head coach Bobby Bowden

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