Experience a Factor on Defense?

The losses were heavy to the NFL draft on the defensive side of the football. The offense has 96 total starts returning, today we look at where the defense stands.

Three players return on the defensive line with starting experience: Jacobbi McDaniel (18), Timmy Jernigan (2), and Mario Edwards (2). Other players who have logged significant snaps are Demonte McAllister and Dan Hicks. There is no question that this was one of the spots that was hardest hit to the NFL draft and FSU must rely on relatively inexperienced personnel like Chris Casher, Nile Lawrence-Stample, and Eddie Goldman.

Christian Jones (27) and Telvin Smith (1) are the only returning linebackers with starting experience. Jones has been a mainstay on defense the past 2.5 years and it appears as if he will slide to the middle as a senior. Telvin's starting number is deceiving as he has played significantly in a back-up role. Terrance Smith, Markuss Eligwe, Matthew Thomas, and E.J. Levenberry appear to be the main depth.

The secondary is very stable with Lamarcus Joyner (27), Terrence Brooks (14), Nick Waisome (14), Tyler Hunter (3), and Karlos Williams (1) all having made starts. Ronald Darby played a ton a year ago. P.J. Williams and Jalen Ramsey are players that have had great camps and they have worked themselves into the mix.

Amazingly FSU returns 108 starts on defense which is 12 more than the returning number on offense <------ the side of the football that is considered "more stable".

If we combine the starts we get the number of "204". 204 starts divided by 22 starting spots equals 9.27 starts per position on the field. You tell me if that means that FSU is inexperienced?


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