Today we will take a look at the offense and the number of 'starts' that are returning.
At quarterback, FSU returns zero starts. Obviously this is a key position and it has been highlighted much of the off-season. Clint Trickett transferred to West Virginia and with it went the only starting experience on the roster. Jameis Winston gets the nod, but we expect to see Jacob Coker as well during the season.
In recent years we have seen many QB's have stand-out freshmen seasons and Winston is every bit as talented as any of them.
The Seminole's are in a better situation at running back with 13 starts returning. Devonta Freeman (12) and James Wilder (1) have played plenty in their first two years and the juniors should be poised for big seasons. Mario Pender and Ryan Green are more depth, but depth that comes with elite speed. The loss is a big one at fullback with the graduation of Lonnie Pryor, Chad Abram is the first man up there.
Rashad Greene (16), Kenny Shaw (4), and Christian Green (4) combine for a healthy 24 starts at the wide receiver position. Kelvin Benjamin played a ton a year ago and his role is expected to increase. The production and experience here is difficult to match, although it does not necessarily show up in the returning starts number.
Nick O'Leary (13) is back for a second season as a full-time starter. The junior is in the best shape of his career and could become a bigger part of the offense. Giorgio Newberry, who has logged snaps at DE, provides some depth at TE.
The offensive line returns an amazing 96 starts. Bryan Stork (27), Tre Jackson (15), Josue Matias (15), Cameron Erving (14), and Bobby Hart (9) each have extensive starting experience. However that is not all here, Jacob Fahrenkrug (12) and Austin Barron (4) are second team players with starting experience (when healthy). We would say that this is a special year, but five of the seven could return in 2014 which opens the door for a ridiculously experienced line. Regardless, this unit should be one of the nation's best as long as the injury bug does not hit.
As you can clearly see here, on the offensive side of the football, this is a VERY experienced, deep unit. We would say that it is significantly under-valued nationally due to the QB situation. Tomorrow we will look at the defense where things are a bit more unsettled in terms of experience.