The Florida State offensive line were major question marks heading into the 2015 season. Only sophomore Roderick Johnson had any starting experience at the division I level, and he had only started the last five games of the 2015 season. That left four players getting their first starts at Florida State on Saturday night against Texas State, but you couldn't tell with the way they played.
The Florida State offense was able to rack up 636 yards of total offense including 266 on the ground. The left side of the offensive line in particular was particularly dominant. The thirteen runs that Florida State had over 12 yards all went to the left side behind Johnson and JUCO transfer Kareem Are. Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher was extremely pleased with the way those two and right guard Wilson Bell played.
"Rod played well," Fisher said. "I thought the guards played really well too. Martinez and Ruble, for young guys, freshmen in there did a nice job."
Fisher said Johnson was the best of the offensive line group on Saturday.
"For the most part he [dominated]," Fisher said. "He had a really goood game."
Fisher went more in depth about how he thought the two freshmen played.
"Young guys that played well," Fisher said. "Played good for their opening game. I thought they did a nice job. They're going to be really, really good players that got to continue to grow in what they're doing. I'm happy with them. They're going to be really good players."
The offensive line allowed just two sacks for the whole game, and with a quarterback like Golson, who isn't afraid to move the pocket, that is a very good showing.