2007 ACC Preview: Florida State

One thing that has never lacked at Florida State is a plethora of athletic talent, but recently, there seems to have been a slight drop in numbers.

2006 RECORD: 7-6 overall, 3-5 ACC (5th in Atlantic Division).

HEAD COACH: Bobby Bowden 366-113-4 overall in 41 seasons; 293-81-4 in 31 seasons at Florida State.

RETURNING STARTERS: Offense: 6, Defense: 7.

KEY SIGNEES: DE Brian Coulter, LM Kendall Smith, CB Dionte Allen, CB Brandon Paul, OL Antwane Greenlee, DB Bert Reed, LB Maurice Harris.

KEY LOSSES: RB Lorenzo Booker, LB Lawrence Timmons, LB Buster Davis, WR Chris Davis, OT Cory Niblock.

OFFENSE: One thing that has never lacked at Florida State is a plethora of athletic talent, but recently, there seems to have been a slight drop in numbers. It's really unknown just how good the skill positions have been considering there hasn't been a quarterback the past six years worth anything. New offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher was lured from LSU to rectify that situation. He now has to figure out a way to get better play out of Drew Weatherford and Xavier Lee, who was once of the highest recruited quarterbacks in the nation coming out of high school. The other thing lacking of late has been a stud receiver, one who can terrorize defenses. Greg Carr and De'Cody Fagg seem to have the potential to be very good, but they still have to have someone who can get them the ball. Despite having good running backs the last two years, Florida State ranked nearly dead last in rushing because of the awful offensive line. There's a new line coach in Rick Trickett and his main goal is to get this unit much, much better, so the likes of Antone Smith can put up big numbers at running back.

DEFENSE: If the Seminoles can get better production out of the front four, this unit has all the makings of something special. Florida State only had 27 sacks last year, which ranked eighth in the ACC. Sophomore Everette Brown is very good at defensive end, with tackle Andre Fluellen and end Neffy Moffett will be names teams come to know very well. The secondary is loaded with talent and depth. Strong safety Myron Rolle was the nation's top recruit a year ago and he's showed why. He will be in the running for all of the All-American teams. Also, cornerback Tony Carter is a stud, with the other corner spot being locked down by junior Michael Ray Garvin, who has speed to burn. Free safety Roger Williams is very experienced and will be the guiding force back there. The only concern on defense is at linebacker, with the loss of two starters. Eugene Hayes has all the talent to be a stud at middle linebacker, but there's not much surrounding him. He'll have to be the leader and guide the youngsters.

BY THE NUMBERS: 16 – Number of interceptions thrown by quarterbacks Xavier Lee and Drew Weatherford.


Drew Weatherford



WR Greg Carr



DE Andre Fluellen

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