How Does FSU Rebuild the Offense?

An in depth look at what Florida State lost on offense from 2014 and how they replace them.

Florida State has to deal with some major losses on the offensive side of the ball, but just how much production did they lose?

Quarterback

Losses: Jameis Winston

Returning: Sean Maguire, J.J. Cosentino

Additions: Everett Golson, De’Andre Johnson, Deondre Francois

What FSU has to replace at Quarterback:

2014 Stats

Jameis Winston

Sean Maguire

Yards

3907

339

Touchdowns

25

1

Interceptions

18

2

If you follow sports at all you know that Jameis Winston was taken No. 1 overall in the NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and will not be back in Tallahassee this season. Being the starting quarterback for 13 of the 14 games the Seminoles played he accounted for 92-percent of the Seminoles passing yards and 96.2-percent of the passing touchdowns. That’s not surprising considering the backup quarterback plays very rarely.

Who replaces Winston?

The two likely candidates to replace Winston, Golson and Maguire, will have very large shoes to fill. Maguire has worked in the Florida State system for the past three years, and did start the game against Clemson last year. Golson started for two years at Notre Dame, including last year’s game against Florida State in Tallahassee. He has 41 career touchdowns to go with 20 interceptions.

Running Back

Losses: Karlos Williams

Returning: Dalvin Cook, Mario Pender

Additions: Jacques Patrick

What FSU has to replace at running back:

2014 Stats

Dalvin Cook

Karlos Williams

Mario Pender

Rushing Yards

1008

689

222

Rushing TDs

8

11

4

Yards Per Carry

5.9

4.6

5.0

Receiving Yards

203

265

56

Receiving TD’s

0

1

1

Karlos Williams put up decent numbers in 2014, but lost his starting job to true freshman Dalvin Cook halfway through the season. Williams was the teams big back last season and accounted for 36.1-percent of the rushing yards by Florida State running backs and 50-percent of the rushing touchdowns. He also averaged 50.6-percent of the receiving yards by running backs and one of the two receiving touchdowns.

Who Replaces Williams?

Florida State signed the top big back in the country last season in Jacques Patrick, and, with him early enrolling, he will have a big impact in short yardage and goal line situations next season. Dalvin Cook will still be the number one back this season. Mario Pender had injury issues last season, but did show big play potential when he was healthy. With a more experienced Cook, a healthy Pender, and Patrick the Seminoles should be better at this position than in 2014.

Tight End

Losses: Nick O’Leary, Kevin Haplea

Returning: Ryan Izzo, Jeremy Kerr, Mavin Saunders

Additions: Jalen Wilkerson

What FSU has to replace at Tight End:

2014 Stats

Nick O’Leary

Kevin Haplea

Ryan Izzo

Receiving Yards

618

19

7

Touchdowns

6

0

0

Nick O’Leary was the best tight end to ever play at Florida State and won the Mackey Award for the best tight end in the country in 2014. Kevin Haplea was a transfer from Penn State, but didn’t make much of an impact outside of being an extra blocker in his career. The Seminoles return just 1.1-percent of the total yards and 0-percent of the touchdowns from last season. O’Leary also turned into a very good blocker later in his career and will be missed in that role as well.

Who Replaces O’Leary?

There isn’t a player on the roster that can replace what O’Leary gave the Seminoles for the last few seasons. Instead they will have to go with a tight end by committee with Ryan Izzo and Mavin Saunders. Saunders is extremely athletic, but hasn’t played the position very long. He played receiver in high school and is still learning how to block properly. Izzo is the steadier tight end that can block and is a decent receiver. Seminole fans should expect a drop off in production here.

Wide Receivers

Losses: Rashad Greene, Scooter Haggins, Christian Green

Returning: Ja’Vonn Harrison, Travis Rudolph, Ermon Lane, Bobo Wilson, Kermit Whitfield

Additions: George Campbell, Da’Vante Phillips, Auden Tate

What FSU has to replace at Wide Receiver:

Lost From 2014

Rashad Greene

Christian Green

Scooter Haggins

Receiving Yards

1365

120

18

Touchdowns

7

1

0

Remaining

J. Harrison

T. Rudolph

E. Lane

B. Wilson

K. Whitfield

Rec. Yards

9

555

267

527

145

TDs

0

4

1

4

0

Rashad Greene was not just the best receiver on the Florida State roster last season, but also one of the best receivers in Seminole history. He accounted for 45.4-percent of the receiving yards by receivers and 41.2-percent of their touchdowns. Christian Green never lived up to the hype and was passed up by younger players. The same goes for Scooter Haggins.

Who Replaces Greene?

Florida State has plenty of young talent on the roster, but they need to step up. Bobo Wilson, Travis Rudolph, Ermon Lane, and Ja’Vonn Harrison all have the ability to make big plays. The incoming freshmen are also very talented with Campbell providing a deep threat that was lacking last season. Auden Tate is also a very big physical receiver that already blocks very well.

Offensive Line

Losses: Cam Erving, Tre Jackson, Josue Matias, Bobby Hart, Austin Barron

Remaining: Rod Johnson, Wilson Bell, Ryan Hoefeld, Derrick Kelly, Chad Mavety, Kareem Are, Brock Ruble, Corey Martinez

Additions: Ethan Frith, Abdul Bello, Cole Minshew, David Robbins

What FSU has to replace on the Offensive Line:

Every starter that Florida State had for the opening game of the 2014 season has graduated. Four started over thirty games for the Seminoles and three of them were drafted in the 2015 NFL draft. The fourth, Josue Matias, was invited to the Tennessee Titans camp within hours of the draft ending.

Who Replaces The Line?

It’s not all doom and gloom for Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett. Freshman All-American Rod Johnson returns to anchor the line at left tackle. The Seminoles have recruited very well and have high caliber players ready to step into almost every role. Kareem Are and Chad Mavety are both former JUCO players who redshirted last season and still have two years to play. They will start at left guard and right tackle. Then there’s Wilson Bell who is currently the starter at right guard.

Center is the main position of question for the Seminoles. Ryan Hoefeld started four games last season, but seemed outmatched at times. Hoefeld had a knee injury that cost him valuable time in the spring and Alec Eberle stepped onto the field with the first team. Corey Martinez was also working at the center spot during the Spring. That position will be a major question throughout fall practice and into the season.

Overall

The Florida State offense is losing a lot of production from the 2014 season, but there is reason for optimism. There is a lot of young talent at the skill positions and offensive line, while quarterback will either have a 3-year system veteran or a player who started a national championship game at quarterback leading them.

The problem is that the talent is still young and inexperienced. It could take some time for them to come together, but the schedule does set up favorably for the Seminoles for the first month of the season. Still there will be some growing pains as the team does gain more experience.

It may not be the season that Florida State fans have come to expect after going 27-1 over the last two, but the future is definitely bright in Tallahassee.


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