Wayne McGahee III

FSU Post Spring Depth Chart: Offense

Taking a look at where things stand on the post spring offensive depth chart.

With ten starters returning to the offensive side of the ball there wasn't much movement on the depth chart this spring, but there were a few surprises. 

Quarterback

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

With Maguire out for the spring, Francois was able to take most of the first team reps, and is right in the mix for the starting job this fall. Malik Henry has moved past JJ Cosentino on the depth chart, and after a poor spring game performance it is unclear where Cosentino's future with the team lies. Head coach Jimbo Fisher has said that Maguire will be back to normal by June, but Maguire is still very hobbled by his ankle injury, and that time table is in question.

Running Back

Starter 2nd Team 3rd Team 4th Team
Dalvin Cook Jacques Patrick Ryan Green Amir Rasul

Dalvin Cook is the unquestioned starter at the running back position despite having shoulder surgery prior to the spring game. Cook is expected back for the start of summer workouts. Jacques Patrick looks to be progressing the way Florida State has hoped, and is starting to run with a lower pad level. Ryan Green showed out in the spring game, and his ability to catch the ball out of the back field will get him on the field in the fall. Rasul will come in with the rest of the freshman class in June. The one player not listed above is Mario Pender, who missed most of the 2015 season and all of spring practice. It is unclear at this time what his status with the team is.

Full Back

Starter 2nd Team 3rd Team
Freddie Stevenson Johnathan Vickers Gabe Nabers

Stevenson is the starter at the position, and has been a very good lead blocker since taking over the role. Vickers has spent time at running back and at full back, but with the move of Ryan Green his future looks to be at this position. Nabers will come in and is a likely redshirt candidate.

Tight End

Starter 2nd Team 3rd Team 4th Team 5th Team
Ryan Izzo Mavin Saunders Jeremy Kerr Jalen Wilkerson Naseir Upshur

Izzo had a great spring, and is the unquestioned starter at this position. He has improved as a blocker, and will be a primary target for whoever wins the starting quarterback job. Saunders is still struggling to become a better blocker and that will limit his time on the field. He has shown to be a reliable receiver as evidenced by a strong connection with Malik Henry in the spring game. Kerr is a good blocking tight end, but a shoulder injury kept him out for all of spring practice. Wilkerson is still out of shape after his shoulder injury last season. Upshur is coming in with the rest of the 2016 class in June.

Wide Receiver

Starter 2nd Team 3rd Team 4th Team
X Travis Rudolph George Campbell Ja'Vonn Harrison Da'Vonte Phillips
Y Kermit Whitfield Nyqwan Murray
Z Bobo Wilson Auden Tate Ermon Lane Keith Gavin

Florida State returns all three starters, but the depth chart behind them looks a lot better after the spring than before it. Murray, Campbell, and Tate all made strides this spring. Tate's spring game performance will be huge boost to the unit if it translates over to the fall. Harrison and Phillips both missed most of the spring with injuries. Harrison was praised by coach Fisher before he suffered a turf toe injury that ended his spring. Phillips has been fighting a groin injury since he stepped on campus. Gavin will arrive with the rest of the 2016 class in June.

Left Tackle

Starter 2nd Team 3rd Team
Roderick Johnson Ethan Frith Josh Ball

Johnson is the top returning offensive lineman in the ACC, and has firm control over the left tackle position. Behind him there are plenty of question marks. Frith struggled in the spring game against the scholarship defensive ends and walk-on Isaiah Smallwood. Josh Ball is coming in with the rest of the 2016 class in June. 

Left Guard

Starter 2nd Team 3rd Team
Kareem Are David Robbins Landon Dickerson

Are took a big step forward this spring, and has solidified the left side of the line. Robbins had a surprisingly good performance in the spring game, and is turning into a capable backup. Landon Dickerson is coming in with the rest of the 2016 class in June.

Center

Starter 2nd Team 3rd Team 4th Team
Alec Eberle Corey Martinez Andrew Boselli Baveon Johnson

Eberle and Martinez have been fighting for the starting center position for more than a year now. Eberle finished the spring as the first team center with Martinez with the second team. Boselli was dealing with a hand injury for most of the spring, and still needs time to adapt to the position. Baveon Johnson is coming in with the rest of the 2016 class in June. Ryan Hoefeld has had multiple shoulder surgeries over the past year, and his role going forward is unclear.

Right Guard

Starter 2nd Team 3rd Team 4th Team
Wilson Bell Cole Minshew Rick Leonard Mike Arnold

Bell has been the starter at right guard for nearly a year at this point, but Minshew and Leonard are both fighting for a starting spot. Minshew performed very well in the spring game, particularly when run blocking. Leonard has moved back and forth between right guard and right tackle. He was the first team right guard for a week or two during spring practice, which is very impressive for a guy that moved over from defensive end this spring. Mike Arnold is coming in with the rest of the 2016 class in June.

Right Tackle

Starter 4th Team
Brock Ruble Or Derrick Kelly Or Rick Leonard Jauan Williams

This position is completely wide open at this point. Ruble was the first team right tackle for most of the spring, but Leonard also saw reps with the first team at the position. Kelly is still recovering from an ACL injury suffered last season, but he was the starting right tackle before the injury. Ruble had a chance to take the position this spring, but could not separate himself from Leonard. Williams is coming in with the rest of the 2016 class in June.

Kicker

Starter 2nd Team
Ricky Aguayo Kevin Robledo

Aguayo has stepped in this spring, and done a very good job. He connected with a 57-yard field goal in practice during the spring, and hit both 40-plus yard field goals in the spring game including the game tying field goal with four seconds left on the clock.


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