Roster Management: The Defense

Florida State opens the 2013 season in a little over two weeks and the roster would appear to be set. All 2013 signee's have enrolled in school and NoleDigest takes a look at the roster, the numbers at the positions, and where FSU is headed.

DEFENSIVE LINE

DE

Dan Hicks (Sr)

Desmond Hollin (Jr)

Mario Edwards (Soph)

Chris Casher (Fr)

Demarcus Walker (Fr)

Davarez Bryant (Fr)

DT

Demonte McAllister (Sr)

Jacobbi McDaniel (Sr)

Timmy Jernigan (Jr)

Nile Lawrence-Stample (Soph)

Derrick Mitchell (Soph)

Eddie Goldman (Soph)

Justin Shanks (Fr)

Keith Bryant (Fr)

Thoughts: Giorgio Newberry moved to TE to help ease the loss of Kevin Haplea and Christo Kourtzidis, but there are still 14 bodies on the defensive line with just three seniors. Jernigan has draft risk. The talent level here is excellent, certainly one of the deepest groups in the country.

Despite being loaded FSU has been aggressive here on the recruiting trail. FSU currently has six defensive line verbal commits with DeMarcus Christmas, Fredrick Jones, and Adam Torres inside and Ricky Leonard, Blake McClain on the outside. Dexter Wideman has the versatility to line up inside or out.

Talent wise and numbers wise FSU could not be in better shape here and the FSU staff will continue to pursue some HHF at this spot led by Lorenzo Carter.

LINEBACKER

Christian Jones (Sr)

Telvin Smith (Sr)

Nigel Terrell (Jr)

Terrance Smith (Soph)

Reggie Northrup (Soph)

Markuss Eligwe (Fr)

Matthew Thomas (Fr)

Freddie Stevenson (Fr)

Rodderick Hoskins (Fr)

E.J. Levenberry (Fr)

Thoughts: This is an interesting situation as FSU has two players who are seniors and experienced and then a large group of unproven underclassmen. Smith began August camp as the third starter, but figures to see increased competition as the season progresses.

Despite the ideal numbers, FSU was aggressive on the recruiting trail and has reeled in Kain Daub, Jacob Pugh, and Delvin Purifoy.

Outside of perhaps Alabama, it is hard to see how a program could be in better shape at the LB spot. DEEP AND TALENTED.

DEFENSIVE BACK

CB

Lamarcus Joyner (Sr)

Nick Waisome (Jr)

Ronald Darby (Soph)

P.J. Williams (Soph)

Keelin Smith (Soph)

Jalen Ramsey (Fr)

Marquez White (Fr)

S

Terrence Brooks (Sr)

Gerald Demps (Sr)

Karlos Williams (Jr)

Tyler Hunter (Jr)

Lamarcus Brutus (Soph)

Colin Blake (Fr)

Nate Andrews (Fr)

Tyrell Lyons (Fr)

Thoughts: Numbers wise FSU is right on it (again) with 15 players. Two of the three seniors are starters and there is a host of young talent itching to get onto the field. While we listed them at CB and S, it appears that the distinction between the two (in some cases) is not very big. Several players could line up at either.

FSU has addressed this spot with Malique Jackson and Trey Marshall and they remain active with 4-5 top prospects from across the country. Ramsey has been as good as advertised and he figures to push for a starting job. Treon Harris is a long-term possibility to join the defensive backfield.

Offense vs. Defense

Jimbo Fisher may be an offensive coach, but the defense----numbers wise---is in a little better shape in terms of depth and numbers. It is not only presently in better shape, but FSU has hammered the defensive side of the ball in recruiting.

Overall we give Jimbo an A- here as he has turned the roster over during his time and the team is clearly MUCH more talented with fewer issues in terms of depth (FSU is not staring a walk-on DL any time soon).

RB and OL remain the big needs at this time.


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