Allen Previews the Defensive Ends

The Florida State 2005 pass-rush was led by two players in Broderick Bunkley and Kamerion Wimbley who combined for a total of 16 ½ sacks. Unfortunately, for the Noles, both players have graduated. Four of the Seminole defensive ends that played last season combined for only four and half sacks. That production will have to improve if the Noles want to continue to dominate on defense for the upcoming season.

Renegade caught up with Seminole defensive end coach Jody Allen to preview the upcoming spring practices for his position.

"Our number one goal this spring is to get healthy," Jody Allen said. "Darrell Burston and D.J. Norris aren't going through mat drills and I don't know if they will be able to practice this spring. They both had off-season shoulder surgery and Darrell continues to be bothered by his knee."

Fortunately for the Noles Alex Boston is finally 100 % healthy.

"Alex's knee is finally healthy," Allen said. "He hurt it on the last day of spring. He's had a good showing so far in mat drills. His knee problem from last year was a factor in his play. Alex played much better towards the end of the year. He looks to have regained his quickness. We need him to continue to work hard and play low with leverage. We need him to have a good year."

Alex Boston

As a true freshman Neefy Moffett showed promise with three tackles for a loss and two sacks during spot duty. However, the former Palm Bay high school standout has struggled with off-season workouts.

"Neefy has had some ankle and breathing issues," he said. "I don't know if he has asthma or what. He hasn't had a good showing in mat drills. Last year, he did well in limited situations. This year we need him to step up and be a complete and productive defensive end."

Last year Everette Brown took a redshirt as a freshman. However, the North Carolina native got a lot of practice reps and Allen expects a lot of good things out of him.

"Everette has done well in mat drills and he's healthy," he said. "We need him to step up for us in the spring."

Last year JUCO transfer Anthony Kelly showed promise but a groin/hip injury forced him to take a medical redshirt. According to Allen, it looks like he'll lose his services as a pass-rusher.

"The last time I talked to Anthony it sounded like he wanted to move back to linebacker," Allen said. "I know he was considering three different positions in defensive end, linebacker and tight end. Anthony is going to play were he wants. He's good kid who works hard. He's a lot healthier than last year but he still has a reoccurring problem with his groin/hip."

Justin Mincey, who is currently attending Hargrave Military Academy, is scheduled to be on the Florida State campus sometime over the summer which should give the Noles a huge boost because of his size/speed combination. The 6-foot-5 and 240 pound Mincey ran an impressive 4.7 in the 40-yard dash at this year's Hargrave Combine. As a senior at Charlton County high school, he recorded 86 tackles and nine sacks.

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