Quite a few players saw their stocks rise this spring and have moved their way into a starting role or at least contending for playing time.
Stock on the Rise
1. Ja’Vonn “Pigg” Harrison: Harrison came into the spring as the No. 4 receiver with early enrollee George Campbell hot on his heels. However, during the spring he proved to be starting quarterback Sean Maguire’s favorite target and moved into the starting lineup ahead of Ermon Lane. Harrison proved why that move was made when he had six catches for 94 yards in the Spring Game.
2. Rick Leonard: Leonard benefited from injuries to Jacob Pugh and Lorenzo Featherston, and he made the most of his opportunities with the first team. Jalen Ramsey and head coach Jimbo Fisher had nothing but praise for the 6-foot-7 monster from Maryland and he has definitely thrown his hat into the ring for playing time this season. He earned the co-defensive MVP of the spring award.
3. Keith Bryant: Bryant had a rough first two seasons at Florida State and was passed on the depth chart by two freshmen last season. That may have lit a fire under him because the light bulb has apparently turned on. Due to a couple of injuries to the defensive tackles Bryant was able to get some time working with the first team defense the last couple weeks of spring and in the spring game. He won’t be starting this year, but he could be a big part of the defensive line rotation come the fall.
4. Wilson Bell: Coach Fisher announced Bell as the starter at right guard during his spring press conference, but when practice came around Derrick Kelly was in that role. From that point on Bell worked his tail off, and when Kelly went down with injury he cemented himself into that starting spot for the rest of the spring and was arguably the best offensive lineman in the spring game.
5. Demarcus Walker: Walker was the other recipient of the co-defensive MVP of the spring award, and really came on towards the end of the spring. He seems to be meshing very well with new defensive ends coach Brad Lawing and will be squarely in the rotation at defensive end this fall.