Wayne McGahee III

FSU Post Spring Depth Chart: Defense

Taking a look at the Florida State defensive depth chart now that spring practice is over.

Defensive Line

Position Starter 2nd Team 3rd Team 4th Team
Defensive End Demarcus Walker Adam Torres Keith Bryant Shavar Manuel
Defensive Tackle Demarcus Christmas Wally Aime Cedric Wood Darvin Taylor
Nose Tackle Derrick Nnadi Fred Jones Arthur Williams Justin Shanks

Walker, Christmas, and Nnadi are firmly entrenched as the starters on the defensive line this season. Aime and Jones have shown to be very capable back ups and will be in the rotation quite a bit. Aime has also proven that he can play the defensive end role, and could be the first player off the bench after Walker. Bryant slimmed down and made the move from defensive tackle, but a broken foot ended his spring. Janarius Robinson had shoulder surgery, which ended his spring before it began, but he also needs time to develop. Shavar Manuel will come in with the rest of the 2016 class, but he could be an instant impact type player. Darvin Taylor suffered a major shoulder injury this spring, and it is unclear if he will be able to play this fall. 

Linebacker

Position Starter 2nd Team 3rd Team
Sam Jacob Pugh or Matthew Thomas Keion Joyner
Mike Ro'Derrick Hoskins Sh'Mar Kilby-Lane Dontavious Jackson
Will Matthew Thomas Josh Brown Emmett Rice
Buck Josh Sweat Jacob Pugh Brian Burns

What initially looked like a major question mark for the 2016 season, has been partially answered during spring practice. The emergence of Matthew Thomas and Josh Brown provided the depth that the Seminoles needed, and when you include the incoming freshman, this position group looks much more favorable than it was in 2015. Hoskins, Thomas, and Sweat have the three starting position's locked down. When Florida State put a Sam linebacker on the field, Thomas moved over to Sam, and Josh Brown stepped in for him at Will. Jacob Pugh suffered an ankle injury, and spent most of the spring on the sidelines. Joyner, Jackson, Rice, and Brown will all be coming on campus in June with the rest of the 2016 recruiting class.

Secondary

Position Starter 2nd Team 3rd Team
Boundary Corner Tarvarus McFadden or Marcus Lewis Carlos Becker
Free Safety Trey Marshall AJ Westbrook Calvin Brewton
Strong Safety Derwin James Nate Andrews
Field Corner Marquez White Malique Jackson Kyle Meyers
Star Trey Marshall Levonta Taylor AJ Westbrook
Money Nate Andrews AJ Westbrook

There are still plenty of questions in the secondary for Florida State, but we know that Trey Marshall, Marquez White, and Derwin James will be starters. The question for Marshall is where he starts at. Marshall has worked at safety and at star this spring, and can play both effectively. His position could be based on how quickly Levonta Taylor can come in and learn the system. Marcus Lewis and Tarvarus McFadden have been battling it out for the boundary corner position all spring long. Both players have received rave reviews and will play quite a bit. AJ Westbrook had a very good spring, and he can play a number of positions. Nate Andrews has excelled at the money position for the last three years, and it put him in the best position to succeed. Meyers and Becker will come in with the rest of the 2016 class in June.

Punter

Starter 2nd Team
Logan Tyler Jonathan Hernandez

Logan Tyler will come in with the rest of the 2016 class in June, but will immediately step into the starting punter role. 


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