2006 ACC Preview & Prediction: FSU

The season opener at Miami is once again huge. If the Seminoles can exorcise all the demons from the previous games in this series and win, they could very well be on their way toward a trip to the national title game.

2005 RECORD: 8-5 overall, 5-3 ACC (1st in Atlantic, ACC Champs).

HEAD COACH: Bobby Bowden 359-107-4 overall in 40 seasons; 286-75-4 in 30 seasons at Florida State.

KEY ADDITIONS: S Myron Rolle, S D'Vontrey Richardson, WR Damon McDaniel, DE Justin Mincey, LB Marcus Bell, OL Shannon Boatman.

KEY LOSSES: WR Willie Reid, C David Castillo, RB Leon Washington, LB Ernie Sims, LB A.J. Nicholson, FS Pat Watkins, DE Kamerion Wimbley, NG Brodrick Bunkley.

OFFENSE: Considering the wealth of talent returning for the Seminoles, if everyone stays healthy, there is absolutely no reason this shouldn't be the best offense in the conference.

Sophomore quarterback Drew Weatherford will continue to get better, but that shouldn't be too hard considering the studs in he has to throw to in Chris Davis, Greg Carr, De'Cody Fagg and Joslin Shaw. If that weren't enough, there's always Lorenzo Booker and Antone Smith to hand the ball to.

The offensive line, which was decimated by injuries last year, is back and intact. It is a very experience group up front, which will do nothing but help the maturing Weatherford. If things don't go well this year on offense, head coach Bobby Bowden will have no alternative than to fire his son, Jeff Bowden, as the team's offensive coordinator.

DEFENSE: The Seminoles lost five studs to the NFL, but this isn't the normal football program. Florida State reloads year after year. There's no such thing as rebuilding in Tallahassee.

Ends Darrell Burston and Alex Boston are the key to the entire defense. If they can get some pressure on opposing quarterbacks, that will allow the stud linebackers, led by Buster Davis, to completely disrupt everything else, which in turn will help the secondary make even more big plays.

Be on the lookout for freshman strong safety Myron Rolle, who appears to be the real deal. He was one of the nation's top recruits and after spring practice it was evident why. Overall, there is a little inexperience with the defense, but with all the athleticism and speed, it shouldn't matter much. It will still be one of the best defenses in the country.

BY THE NUMBERS: 18 – Number of touchdowns thrown by quarterback Drew Weatherford, which led all freshmen nationally in 2005.

WHAT TO WATCH: The season opener at Miami is once again huge. If the Seminoles can exorcise all the demons from the previous games in this series and win, they could very well be on their way toward a trip to the national title game.

PREDICTION: 10-2 overall, 7-1 ACC (1st in Atlantic, ACC Champions).


Tommy Bowden & Bobby Bowden



QB Drew Weatherford



RB Lorenzo Booker




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