Wayne McGahee III

Projecting Florida State's Offensive Depth Chart For The Spring

Taking a look at Florida State's depth chart heading into the spring.

Quarterback

Starter 2nd Team 3rd Team
Deondre Francois JJ Cosentino Malik Henry

The Florida State offense has the potential to return all 11 starters next year, but the question is will they? Sean Maguire will be out for the spring after having surgery for a fractured ankle. He  had a very up and down year, and has a lower ceiling than the two others competing with him. What he does have is the experience and knowledge of the system. Losing the spring will not help his chances of winning the job. Francois will have a year under his belt in the Florida State system, and has all the tools to be a great quarterback. Henry will have a lot of ground to make up, but he may be the most talented quarterback on the Seminoles roster. He will have his chance to put a stamp on the position this spring after early enrolling. Cosentino has the tools, but just can't put them together. It would take a large amount of improvement for him to win the job. Whoever wins the starting quarterback job will say a lot about what to expect from the 2016 season.

Running Back

Starter 2nd Team 3rd Team
Dalvin Cook Jacques Patrick Mario Pender

Dalvin Cook returns for what is likely his final year at Florida State with a chance to set every rushing record in Florida State history. Cook will be one of the early Heisman favorites, and is already regarded as one of the best running backs in the country. Jacques Patrick is the big, bruising running back that backed up Cook after Pender was hurt this year. He started the Syracuse game and performed very well in Cook's absence. A full year in the strength program will make a big difference for him. Mario Pender is coming off back to back seasons where he spent the majority of his time out with injury. This past year he suffered a collapsed lung, and then a lung infection that ended his season. He's shown flashes of talent, but just can't stay on the field. 

Full Back

Starter 2nd Team
Freddie Stevenson Johnathan Vickers

Stevenson has turned into an excellent full back. He blocks well, and is a sneaky threat catching the football. Havin him back leading Dalvin Cook will be a big part of the run game. Vickers is also an excellent receiving back, and his blocking has improved. 

Tight End

Starter 2nd Team 3rd Team 4th Team
Ryan Izzo Mavin Saunders Jeremy Kerr Jalen Wilkerson

Izzo is the clear starter at the position. He had a good season as a blocker, and also made an impact in the passing game. Saunders has come a long way from where he was in high school, but he still has a long way to go. He's not a great blocker, and that's caused an issue with him getting on the field. Kerr is a blocking tight end that will be in on most two tight end sets. Wilkerson has had injury issues throughout his high school career, and now at Florida State. 

Left Tackle

Starter 2nd Team 3rd Team
Roderick Johnson Abdul Bello Ethan Frith

Johnson is firmly entrenched as the starting left tackle at Florida State. He was a freshman All-American, and last year was awarded the Jacob's Blocking Trophy for being the best lineman in the ACC. Abdul Bello missed valuable time with a knee injury this season. He's very raw, but has a very high ceiling. Frith was Johnson's backup in 2015 after Bello went down with injury.

Left Guard

Starter 2nd Team 3rd Team
Kareem Are Corey Martinez David Robbins

Are is also entrenched as the starting left guard. He had an up and down year at Florida State, but is the best option at the position. Corey Martinez started some at center before being replaced. He needs more time to develop. Robbins is the same way. 

Center

Starter 1st Team 2nd Team
Alec Eberle Ryan Hoefeld Andrew Boselli

Eberle was the third center to start for Florida State in 2016, but he made the most of his opportunity. He heads into the spring with a firm grip on the starting spot. Hoefeld started a couple games for the Seminoles before being replaced by Eberle. Boselli is an early enrollee that will need some time before he's ready to play. He learns quickly, and gets better with every rep he takes. 

Right Guard

Starter
Wilson Bell or Cole Minshew

Minshew was fighting for a starting spot as a freshman before an ankle injury and concussions sidelined him for the year. Bell struggled in 2015, and led the team in penalties. 

Right Tackle

Starter 3rd Team
Derrick Kelly or Chad Mavety Brock Ruble

Kelly was the starter before he was injured and ruled out for the season. How he comes back from his knee injury will be a big factor in this position battle. Chad Mavety also had his share of injuries last season, and will need to put in work in the weight room. Ruble filled in for Kelly and Mavety after their injuries, but looked like he needed more time to develop. 

X Receiver

Starter 2nd Team 3rd Team
Travis Rudolph George Campbell Da'Vante Phillips

Rudolph led the Seminoles in receiving in 2015, and there is no reason that shouldn't be the case next season as well. Campbell was expected to make a big impact during the 2015 season, but inconsistent hands and injuries derailed that. If he can catch the ball consistently he will be a big play target for the Seminoles. Phillips spent most of the year recovering from a groin injury, but will be ready to compete for playing time this spring.

Y Receiver

Starter 2nd Team
Kermit Whitfield Nyquan Murray

Whitfield was the turnaround player of the year for the 2015 season. He finished the season second on the team in yards and tied for first in touchdowns. Murray shined in the little time that he was able to play in 2015. A broken hand limited his playing time, but he should be more of a factor in the spring.

Z Receiver

Starter 2nd Team 3rd Team 4th Team
Bobo Wilson Ermon Lane Ja'Vonn Harrison Auden Tate

Bobo Wilson was the third Florida State receiver to haul in more than 50 catches last season, and will start off the spring in a starters role. Lane was the first receiver off the bench for most of the season, but he struggled to catch the ball. He is the team's best blocking wide receiver, and that will keep putting him in position to play. Harrison has struggled to find the field so far in his career, but his talent will keep him in the discussion. It will be interesting to see if he is able to make the jump this spring. Tate is a physical freak with great body control and the best hands on the team. He was pushing Harrison for his spot late in the season. 

Kicker

Starter
Ricky Aguayo

Out with one Aguayo in with the next. Roberto's little brother Ricky is an early enrollee and will take over the kicking duties for his brother who declared for the NFL Draft.

Kickoff Return

Starter 2nd Team
Kermit Whitfield and Ja'Vonn Harrison Travis Rudolph and Tarvarus McFadden

Whitfield has been a star returning kickoffs for the Seminoles throughout his career, but he's looking for his third partner in three years. Ja'Vonn Harrison has been working with the second team on the return unit, and could step into the role vacated by Jalen Ramsye. Rudolph and McFadden have been returning kicks together on the third team.


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