Preview: Defensive End

Last year, the defensive end position had its bright spots. However, the pass-rush that has seen improvement over the previous two years but still lacked consistency. For the 2003 season, the Seminoles where able to record 36 sacks and the 2004 squad is looking to improve on that solid number.

Eric Moore returns as the starting right defensive end. In his junior season, the former Pahokee (Fla.) high school all-American showed flashes of greatness. With a solid spring and off-season, the 6-4 and 247 pound standout should have no problems improving on his team-leading seven and half sacks. As a junior, he also had an impressive 12 tackles for a loss.

Chauncey Davis, a senior, looks to be the replacement to left defensive tackle Kevin Emanuel. The former Jones Community College standout also showed signs of his tremendous upside as a first year Seminole. Davis was brought in on third downs to replace Emanuel because on his pass-rush abilities. The 6-foot-2 and 247 pound defensive end is known for his freakish athletic abilities. In high school, he had a 41-inch vertical jump. With a year under his belt in the Florida State system, Davis could have a breakout season and challenge for All-ACC honors. As a junior, he recorded 18 tackles, eight tackles for a loss and two sacks.

Kamerion Wimbly did a nice job as Eric Moore's backup. This year, he's in the mix for a starting job with Chauncey Davis or he could backup at both defensive end positions. At times Wimbley took over games but to be more consistent he must improve his size and strength. Right now is playing weight is 230 pounds but Florida State coaches would like to see him bulk up into the 240 pound range. As a true sophomore, he recorded 38 tackles, seven tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks.

Charles Howard, a redshirt senior, had a very productive junior season as a backup at tackle and end. In his senior year, look for the 6-foot-3 and 248 pounder to play defensive end. The former Lake Butler (Fla.) Union County standout has the versatility to play either end spot. As a junior, he recorded 24 tackles, six tackles for a loss and two and half sacks.

Last August Wille Jones, Jr. Jones, a former standout at Miami Carol City and the son of former FSU and Oakland Raiders defensive end Willie Jones, suffered a torn left Achilles tendon and was lost for the season. Jones has been cleared for non-contact drills this spring and the 6-foot-1 and 248-pound end hopes to be ready for the season opener down in Miami. A healthy Jones would be a great addition to the Seminole pass rush. As a senior in high school, he broke the state record for sacks with 32.

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