Wayne McGahee III

FSU Position Preview: Offensive Line

Florida State's offensive line returns every starter on the Offensive line, but there are a lot of questions about this unit heading into the 2016 season.

Depth Chart

Starter 2nd Team 3rd Team 4th Team 5th Team
Left Tackle Roderick Johnson Ethan Frith Abdul Bello Josh Ball
Left Guard Kareem Are David Robbins Landon Dickerson
Center Alec Eberle Corey Martinez Ryan Hoefeld Andrew Boselli Baveon Johnson
Right Guard Wilson Bell or Cole Minshew Or Rick Leonard Chad Mavety
Right Tackle Derrick Kelly or Rick Leonard Brock Ruble Mike Arnold Jauan Williams

The Florida State offensive line had a rough 2015 season due to injuries, erratic quarterback play, and poor play by themselves. One of the major issues for the position group, other than those three, were the penalties. They committed 32 of Florida State's 89 penalties last season, 23 of which were false starts. 

False Start Holding Illegal Block
Rod Johnson 6 1 0
Wilson Bell 7 1 1
Corey Martinez 1 1 0
Kareem Are 1 1 0
Ryan Hoefeld 1 1 0
Chad Mavety 2 2 0
Derrick Kelly 2 0 0
Alec Eberle 2 1 1
Brock Ruble 1 0 0
Total 23 7 2

At left tackle, Johnson is considered one of the top offensive linemen in the country, and was named the Jacob's Blocking Trophy award winner as the ACC's best offensive lineman in 2015. It's not surprising that his penalty numbers are high considering he was one of just two offensive lineman to start all 13 games for the Seminoles. Still, he needs to become more consistent if he wants to be the top offensive line pick in the 2017 NFL Draft he is expected to be. Behind Johnson there is a whole lot of inexperience. Frith, Bello, and Ball have all been on campus for less than two years, and still need time to develop. Bello tore his ACL as a freshman and hasn't taken any hits since the injury in 2015. Ball got to campus in June. Florida State's title hopes likely depend on Johnson staying healthy. 

Kareem Are started seven games for Florida State last season, and has cemented himself as the starting left guard. He works well with Johnson on the left side of the line, and will be in his third year in the system. David Robbins had a very good spring, and played very well in the spring game. Landon Dickerson arrived on Campus in June.

Alec Eberle took over the starting center position eight games into the season and never looked back. He stabilized the center position, which had been an issue for Florida State for the better part of two years, and will continue to get better as time goes on. Corey Martinez is a capable backup that started the first three games of the season for the Seminoles before giving up the job to Ryan Hoefeld. Hoefeld has dealt with a number of injuries during his career, and was out for the spring with a shoulder injury. Andrew Boselli and Baveon Johnson are both incoming freshman with Boselli getting valuable time as an early enrollee.

Wilson Bell was the other offensive lineman to start all 13 games for the Seminoles, and his numbers are high as well. Bell started every game at right guard, but the right side of the line struggled mightily all season. That is in part because of the revolving door at right tackle for most of the season, but Bell needs to step up his play with Rick Leonard and Cole Minshew right on his heels. Leonard recently moved over from defensive end, and showed a lot of promise during the spring moving between right tackle and right guard. He could earn a starting job at either position. Minshew spent most of the 2015 season dealing with an ankle injury and concussions, but showed great ability before he was sidelined. He was praised all through fall camp in 2015, and was working with the first team at times at center before his injuries. Chad Mavety sat out the bowl game against Houston and all of spring practice with a heart issue. 

Right tackle is the position that is the biggest question mark on the offensive line. Derrick Kelly suffered an injury in fall camp last season, and missed the first two games before taking over for Brock Ruble. Kelly then tore his meniscus, and Ruble took back over before Mavety took the job from him. Ruble then started the bowl game against Houston after Mavety's heart issue came up. Kelly was still out for the spring, and his timetable to return is unknown. Rick Leonard and Ruble competed for the starting spot during the spring. Mike Arnold and Jauan Williams both got to campus in June. 

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