FSU Player-by-Player Part 1: Defense

With two-a-days set to begin, RenegadeReport.com's Brandon Mellor breaks down each FSU player, one-by-one. Find out what to expect from each Seminole heading into the 2006 season. Part one: defense.

Mister Alexander: True freshman safety missed most of the summer with an irregular heartbeat. He was finally cleared in late July but is likely headed towards a redshirt this year.

Marcus Ball: Standout linebacker has impressed since the day he stepped on campus for the first time in June. Georgia native should see extensive time on special teams this season and may work himself into the LB rotation.

Alex Boston: Is Boston ready to become the next great Seminole pass rusher? After coming on strong at the end of last season and performing well this summer, it appears No. 98 may be headed that way.

Everette Brown: Arguably the player with the greatest buzz despite never seeing the field in his short career, Brown looked great this past spring and even better this summer. Expect big things from the 6-foot-4 standout this year.

J.R. Bryant: One of the Seminole defense's vocal leaders, Bryant has been relatively quiet this summer but will be heavily relied upon this fall.

Darrell Burston: One of the few seniors on the FSU roster, Burston looks to have finally shaken the injury bug that has plagued him throughout his career in the garnet and gold. Still, the pressure is on for him to produce with so many young ends gunning for more playing time.

Tony Carter: After being slowed during the spring due to offseason surgery, FSU's young but now-experienced cornerback has recovered fully. After a true freshman campaign where he was baptized under fire, the standout cover-man should be even better this year.

Buster Davis: The undisputed leader of the defense, Davis is now in the spotlight at linebacker after the departures of Ernie Sims and A.J. Nicholson. The Daytona Beach native lead by example this summer and that won't change come two-a-days and into the season.

Emmanuel Dunbar: Sophomore defensive tackle gained a lot of valuable experience last year and will battle for position at a spot of depth that must deal with the loss of standout Brodrick Bunkley.

Andre Fluellen: With Fluellen, it's not if but when. When will he take his position as the next NFL-bound defensive tackle under the direction of Odell Haggins. Fluellen, a redshirt junior, appears to be about there and looked great this summer.

Rodney Gallon: The Tallahassee native gets lost in the shuffle many times because of the plethora of star power that seems to always define the Seminole linebacker corps. But Gallon is a talented player that plays bigger than his size and should figure into the rotation this year.

Michael Ray Garvin: FSU's fastest player was a standout in summer workouts and hopes to carry that into the fall. Despite the fact that Carter is locked into the starting spot at cornerback, Garvin will see lots of playing time this year. Look for him to get a shot at kick return as well.

Paul Griffin: A former junior college player that enrolled at FSU in January, Griffin proved to be a sparkplug on the interior of the defensive line this past spring. While he was listed as the No. 2 noseguard to conclude the spring, many expect Griffin to be the starter come September.

Letroy Guion: After a freshman campaign that was highlighted by lots of early playing time but made negative by several minor injuries, Guion battled back this summer. He will work into the defensive tackle rotation frequently.

Geno Hayes: A ferocious hitter, Hayes appears on the cusp of becoming the next great Seminole linebacker. After earning his passage on special teams last year, the Madison County product should be a starter on the outside this year.

Anthony Houllis: Former walk-on safety is penciled in as the No. 1 guy at rover but will likely lose his job to a certain freshman phenom. Still, Houllis is a talented player that will be relied upon heavily this season.

Ochuko Jenije: True freshman cornerback is lightning quick but proved in one-on-ones this summer that he still needs some time to develop. He is likely headed towards a redshirt.

Aaron Jones: After struggling mightily in the early stages of his career, Jones came on strong in the spring and even stronger in the summer. The Orlando native has always had the tools to become a great one and now it look as though he is putting it together.

Anthony Kelly: After playing out of position at defensive end last season, Kelly has moved to middle linebacker. Heading into two-a-days he is listed at No. 4 on the "Mike" depth chart.

Anthony Leon: Already possessing the size of an NFL player, Leon should see plenty of special teams action this season and may figure into the rotation at free safety. The 6-foot-4 and 215-pounder looked very good in summer workouts.

Korey Mangum: After redshirting last season, Mangum had a strong spring practice session and will see reps at boundary corner.

Darius McClure: The Alabama native has battled with a shin injury this offseason but that didn't stop him from putting in several strong showings in seven-on-seven drills during the summer. It is likely that he will see extensive playing time at free safety this year.

Ryan McMahon: True freshman defensive tackle has had a quiet first summer and will more than likely take a redshirt this year with the purpose of gaining some added muscle and bulk.

Kevin McNeil: Like McMahon, McNeil is a freshman player that is likely headed for a redshirt as he has the upside skill-wise but lacks the size to compete right away.

Justin Mincey: One thing is for certain about Mincey: he is a big man. Measuring in at 6-foot-6 and 280 pounds, the Georgia native, who spent a year at Hargrave, will work himself into the defensive end rotation this year.

Neefy Moffet: After seeing plenty of action as a true freshman last season, Moffett will once again be counted on this year to provide added depth and pass rushing skills at defensive end. He struggled at times with conditioning drills throughout the summer, however.

Derek Nicholson: Depending on where Davis lines up will determine if Nicholson is a starter on not. If Davis moves to the weak side, the North Carolina native will find him entrenched as the go-to-guy in the middle. Either way, the rising star will see plenty of action.

D.J. Norris: The redshirt junior has battled with several injuries throughout his career in Tallahassee and the same was true for the suumer. If Norris can shake the injury bug he could be a dominating pass rusher.

Jamie Robinson: Possessing a good mix of size and speed, Robinson had an excellent spring and figured to provide a push for the starting spot at boundary corner. But after severely spraining his ankle he is slated to miss two-a-days and likely the opener against Miami.

Myron Rolle: FSU's early-enrollee freshman had a great deal of hype coming out of high school last December. Then the New Jersey native backed it up with an inspiring spring. He then followed that up with a great summer and just may find himself starting at rover in his first collegiate game once two-a-days are complete.

Kendrick Stewart: When spring practices ended, Stewart found himself atop the depth chart at noseguard. As two-a-days kick off, it's his job to lose and he, like Rolle, could find himself starting in his first career game.

Budd Thacker: A true freshman defensive tackle, Thacker may be headed for a redshirt to gain added muscle but that doesn't mean he didn't have a great summer in his first months in Tallahassee.

Jae Thaxton: After being forced to take a medical redshirt last season, Thaxton is poised for a big sophomore campaign. One of the hardest hitters on the team he has the size of a defensive end at linebacker. He will battle with Nicholson for reps.

Lawrence Timmons: Despite the fact that Davis is the leader of the linebacker corps, Timmons is arguably the player that everyone will be watching this season. He has the speed, size and skills that NFL scouts drool over and very well could play himself into a first round selection and early departure for the pros this year.

Toddrick Verdell: After transferring from a junior college this offseason with three years of remaining eligibility, Verdell was considered a tweener between safety and linebacker. Well, he will stay at LB and will likely earn his playing time on special teams right away.

Dekoda Watson: Already drawing comparisons to Timmons because of his size, Watson could possibly see time this season as a true freshman on special teams and possibly in the LB rotation.

Roger Williams: A notoriously big hitter, Williams is one of the few veteran leaders in the defensive secondary. The Georgia native has struggled a bit in coverage, however, and must continue to improve in that area if he wants to hold onto the starting spot against McClure and Leon.

Recardo Wright: A talented freshman linebacker, Wright had a very good summer for the Seminoles. He will most likely see a redshirt this season due to the talented depth at the LB spot.


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