Breaking Down The 2015 FSU Roster: Offense

Florida State has to replace a lot on Offense in 2015. Find out who the Noles will turn to below.

While Florida State is still in the running for its second straight National Championship, it’s time to take a look at how the roster will shake out in 2015. The Seminoles will be losing a ton on offense with almost the whole offensive line graduating. Here’s how the offensive roster will stack up in 2015.

Quarterback

This all depends on Jameis Winston leaving to be the first or second player taken in the NFL draft. If he doesn’t leave he will obviously remain the starter. If he does leave as expected here is how the roster will shake out.

Returning:

Redshirt Junior Sean Maguire

Redshirt Freshman J.J. Cosentino

Current Commits:

4-star Deondre Francois

4-star Kai Locksley

3-star De’Andre Johnson

Still On The Board:

None

Leaving:

Redshirt Sophomore Jameis Winston (Maybe)

Outlook

The 2015 quarterback race will come down to two players if Winston does leave. It will be extremely hard for one of the freshman to come in and take the job with minimal time in the playbook. John Franklin is also expected to make the move to receiver full time with the numbers Florida State is bringing in during this class. Maguire is the favorite to win the job coming into the season having been in Jimbo Fisher’s system for three years compared to Cosentino’s one. If Cosentino is able to pick up the playbook well enough he may be able to challenge Maguire for the starting position.

Running Backs

Returning:

Sophomore Dalvin Cook

Redshirt Junior Mario Pender

Junior Ryan Green

Current Commits:

4-star Jacques Patrick

4-star Johnny Frasier

Still On The Board:

4-star RB Jordan Scarlett

Leaving:

Senior Karlos Williams

Outlook

Dalvin Cook will be the feature back coming into the 2015 season, and should have even more of an impact than he did this season. Cook didn’t start getting meaningful carries until the sixth game of the season. Mario Pender has battled the injury bug all season, but he will be a big part of the offense if he can stay healthy. Ryan Green is the forgotten man of the bunch, and has been passed up by the younger guys. Jacques Patrick will be the big man of the group and should get carries as a true freshman, particularly in short yardage. Frasier is currently committed to the Seminoles, but it’s unclear whether or not he will stick. Florida State would go after Miami commitment Jordan Scarlett if Frasier decommitted.

Fullback

Returning:

Junior Freddie Stevenson

Sophomore Jonathan Vickers

Current Commits:

None

Still On The Board:

None

Leaving:

None

Outlook

The fullback position is set for at least two more years with Stevenson and Vickers. Both are also on special teams.

Wide Receiver

Returning

Junior Jesus Wilson

Junior Kermit Whitfield

Redshirt Sophomore Isaiah Jones

Redshirt Sophomore John Franklin III

Sophomore Ermon Lane

Sophomore Travis Rudolph

Redshirt Freshman Ja’Vonn Harrison

Current Commits:

4-star George Campbell

4-star Auden Tate

3-star Nyquan Murray

Still On The Board:

4-star Da’Vante Phillips

4-star Ryan Davis

Leaving:

Senior Rashad Greene

Redshirt Senior Jared Haggins

Redshirt Senior Christian Green

Outlook

Florida State will miss Rashad Greene. He is the career leader in nearly every receiving category at Florida State. That being said the 2015 receiving corps will be just fine. Slot receivers Bobo Wilson and Kermit Whitfield both return. The staff brought in three outstanding freshmen a year ago, two of which have had a big impact on the 2014 season. Add in the class that the Seminoles are bringing in this year and the receivers may be more talented overall than in 2014. George Campbell and Auden Tate should both see time as freshmen, particularly Campbell. Da’Vante Phillips is very likely to end up in this class, but Davis may end up on the outside looking in with limited spots available.

Tight End

Returning:

Redshirt Sophomore Jeremy Kerr

Sophomore Ryan Izzo

Redshirt Freshman Mavin Saunders

Current Commits:

3-star Jalen Wilkerson

Still On The Board:

None

Leaving:

Redshirt Senior Kevin Haplea

Senior Nick O’Leary

Outlook:

Florida State is losing the best tight end in the history of the program in Nick O’Leary. Replacing him will be an extremely tough task until 2016 when 4-star Isaac Nauta comes in. The Seminoles will have to go with a combo of the three remaining tight ends. Ryan Izzo is the most complete tight end of the bunch at this point and will likely start. Jeremy Kerr is mainly a blocking tight end and Mavin Saunders is extremely raw at this point and needs time to develop. Saunders has the highest ceiling of the three, and if he is able to pick up the blocking portion he will be a handful to deal with.

Offensive Line

Returning:

Redshirt Senior OG Ruben Carter

Redshirt Junior OT Chad Mavety

Redshirt Junior OG Kareem Are

Redshirt Sophomore OC Ryan Hoefeld

Redshirt Sophomore OG Wilson Bell

Sophomore OT Roderick Johnson

Redshirt Freshman OT Derrick Kelly

Redshirt Freshman OG Corey Martinez

Redshirt Freshman OT Brock Ruble

Redshirt Freshman OC Alec Eberle

Current Commits:

4-star OT Abdul Bello

3-star OC David Robbins

3-star OG Cole Minshew

3-star OT Ethan Frith

Still On The Board:

4-star OG Jalen Merrick

Leaving:

Redshirt Senior Cam Erving

Senior Bobby Hart

Senior Tre Jackson

Senior Josue Matias

Senior Austin Barron

Outlook:

Florida State will be replacing nearly all of their entire starting offensive line next season. True freshman Roderick Johnson will be the only returning starter in 2015, and he didn’t start until the eleventh game of the season. The Seminoles brought in two of the top JUCO offensive linemen in the country last year, Kareem Are and Chad Mavety. Both were able to redshirt this season and are expected to start in 2015. Ryan Hoefeld got valuable experience as a starter when Austin Barron went out early in the season. He is expected to be the starter at center. The most interesting position battle on the offensive line will be at right guard between Wilson Bell and Ruben Carter. Bell has been working with the second team in drills, but Carter is the seasoned veteran with actual game experience.

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