Focus 2005

Florida State signed just two defensive line prospects last February after signing five in 2003. It's no secret the Seminoles are searching the country for quality defensive end prospects. <b>Aaron Jones</b> of Orlando Edgewater and <B>Emmanuel Dunbar</b> of Deerfield Beach -- FSU's February signees -- are slated for defensive tackle. Can <b>Zac Anderson</b> of East Mississippi CC possibly help the Seminoles?

Florida State lost out on two quality defensive end prospects in February -- Brandon Miller and Darrell Robertson.

While there was probably an opportunity to still sign at least one player at the position, the Seminoles elected to add an extra cornerback to the mix due to a lack of numbers in the secondary.

FSU made good at defensive tackle, however, when the Seminoles lured Aaron Jones of Orlando Edgewater and Emmanuel Dunbar of Deerfield Beach.

Defensive tackles coach Odell Haggins has repeatedly said he wants the pair to enter summer drills with the mindset they must contribute this season.

Still, FSU defensive ends coach Jody Allen knows the Seminoles must concentrate on his position during the 2005 signing period.

FSU is in good shape this season, losing only starter Kevin Emanuel. The Seminoles have seven defensive ends on the roster, including seniors Eric Moore and Chauncey Davis.

A prospect currently on FSU's radar is East Mississippi Community College defensive end Zac Anderson. Anderson, from Baldwin High School in Bay Minette, Ala., left high school as a slender 6-foot-4, 225-pounder but has since gained nearly 40 pounds.

"I put on about 40 pounds since I got here by just working hard and trying hard in the weight room," Anderson told TheInsiders.

"I was a quarterback in high school. If you know Anthony Mix at Auburn, I used to throw to him back then, I just happened to put on a lot of pounds over the summer."

Anderson has a lengthy list of favorites.

"That's a hard question because I like a lot of them. Some of those schools are LSU, Florida State, Texas A&M, and of course the instate schools Auburn and Alabama," Anderson said.

Anderson also has a plan when looking at potential schools. He also is confident in his ability to contribute immediately.

"It's not the only thing, but if I can play early that would be big. I know I can play with those big boys," Anderson said. "I want to see what kind of players are there. See if I can play with them and fit in."

Anderson also feels he can pass rush or run-stop equally well.

"I think I'm one of those players you can stick out there to get that big sack when you need it. If you need me to stop the run, I can make the tackle. I can play every down," Anderson said.

Anderson recorded 10 sacks a year ago and lead EMCC in tackles with 85.

In addition to Moore and Davis, other players expected to contribute at defensive end this season for the Seminoles is junior Kamerion Wimbley, sophomores Willie Jones, Jr. and Darrell Burston and redshirt freshman Alex Boston and D.J. Norris.

Boston had been on the baseball team this spring but has since left to concentrate on football. FSU concludes spring drills this week.


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