Breaking Down the Defense

The Gold played the Garnet on Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium, here is a look at the defensive players.

Defensive Line

Very good afternoon for the DL. FSU appears to be loaded on the defensive frontline not only for this year, but for the future.

Werner was named the defensive MVP for the Spring and Cornellius Carradine is going to fit in just great at FSU.

FSU is ridiculously deep at the DT position with their top four returning and Cam Erving/Darious Cummings developing. Erving was one of the surprises of the Spring and he played very well today overall.

Yes there is a lack of depth at DE, but the top four should be as good as there is in the country. There was even a couple of Toshmon Stevens sightings, including one sack.

Overall this is the best DL FSU has had in quite some time.

Linebackers

Both MLBs had strong afternoons, particularly Telvin Smith who started the game by seemingly being in on every play. There were some questions about him playing in the middle, even some laughter, but the kid is just a baller and we don't see how he is not heavily involved next year. Vincent Williams really stepped up and he should not be forgotten in the battle for the MLB spot. Jeff Luc is ahead of schedule in his re-hab and you can bet he will return with some added vigor.

FSU has nothing to worry about with Nigel Bradham and Christian Jones. They should start on the outside.

Terrance Smith ran over Freeman late in the game and he had several other plays that bode well for the future. He is yet another solid pick-up that flew a little under the radar. Nigel Terrell also got a lot of run and was solid.

Defensive Backs

L-O-A-D-E-D. It is hard to say what was the best news of the day here, a lot of players had strong days.

Greg Reid had a pick 6 and several other physical plays. Michael Harris did his thing, he is just a rock solid player. Avis Commack, Terrence Brooks, and Chad Abram each made plays as well.

We were very pleased with Terrance Parks who made back to back plays in the first half where he broke on the football better than we have seen in the past. Talent was not the issue, he seemed to think too much at times last year, perhaps the valuable experience has slowed the game down for him. We are optimistic that he puts it all together next year.

Not to go unnoticed was Nick Waisome's added weight. He used that to deliver at least one good hit and he would appear to be way ahead of schedule. He might have to wait his turn, but Waisome is going to be a player down the road.

Overall

This is going to be one of the top defenses in the country next year. We don't think there is any question about that. How good is the question. Top 20? Top 10? Top 5? The best? Only time will tell, but we certainly feel this unit has the potential to be great.

There is size, speed, experience, talent, and believe it or not- remaining upside. This will be year two with DC Mark Stoops as well which means obvious comfort in the scheme.

The defensive transformation in two short years is nothing short of stunning and it speaks to Coach Fisher's vision and outstanding coaching from Eliot, Haggins, and Hudson(as well as Stoops and Buckley). Oklahoma is going to see a different defense next year.


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