Spring Analysis: Right Tackle

With spring practice in the books, this week we'll take a look at a few of the biggest question marks for the Seminoles as they entered spring camp. First up is on the offensive line.

Florida State entered spring practice with a few areas filled with uncertainty. Not necessarily areas of concern, though, due to the talent that Jimbo Fisher has stockpiled the last few years. With spring practice officially behind us, this week we'll take a look at the three biggest question marks for the ‘Noles as they entered the spring, and what we've learned since then. First up is the offensive line where the Seminoles had a big hole to fill.

After losing starting right tackle Menelik Watson, who opted to forego his senior season and enter the 2013 NFL draft, the big question for the Seminoles along the offensive line was who would step up and fill the void left at the right tackle position.

The most obvious choice was to have junior offensive lineman Bobby Hart step up and cement himself at the position. After all, Hart did start eight games at right tackle his freshman season.

But a number of issues made that easier said than done. Hart was inconsistent in his play and showed some signs of immaturity in his first two years at FSU.

And even though head coach Jimbo Fisher and offensive line coach Rick Trickett experimented with a number of different options, Hart was determined to make it his own. He realized what he had done to put himself in that situation and did everything in his power to not let that happen again.

"Sitting on the bench as an athlete, it hurts; it does something to you," Hart said. "But when you sit back and start maturing and understanding the bigger scheme of things and understand what you did to get there and know that you never want to go back, you don't want to say it's a good thing but it definitely motivates you. You can't do what you did to put yourself in that predicament. You just [have to] work hard, listen to everything that your coaches say, and just do anything in your power to keep getting better and making an impact."

In addition to realizing some of the personal issues that led to his demotion last season, Hart also made the most of the situation being a backup at guard, which he feels has made him understand the tackle position that much better.

"It helps you better understand what the guard is thinking and as a tackle if you know what they are thinking, you can help them out and communicate better," Hart said. "You know what it's like for them and what they have to do so you can better understand how the whole line needs to play."


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