FSU Player-by-Player Part 2: Offense

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 two: offense.

Dumaka Atkins: The redshirt sophomore is one of FSU's reliable blockers on the offensive line and had a good summer. The Sarasota native is battling for the starting spot at center.

Russell Ball: After an impressive spring in which he was almost impossible to tackle, Ball suffered yet another knee injury and will likely miss the entire 2006 season. He redshirted last year.

Evan Bellamy: A true freshman, Bellamy struggled a bit in the early stages of summer workouts but battled back. He will use two-a-days to battle for playing time this year.

Geoff Berniard: One of the biggest players on the Seminole rosters, Berniard has used the spring and summer sessions to bounce back after a redshirt freshman campaign in which he didn't see too much playing time.

Shannon Boatman: One of the more impressive players from the spring, the junior college native figures to be the starting right tackle come opening night in Miami this year.

Lorenzo Booker: Like Buster Davis on defense, Booker is the undisputed leader on his side of the ball. The fifth-year senior is finally the starter at tailback and very well could have the best season of his Seminole career this season. Booker is also just as dangerous as a receiver.

Greg Carr: Plain and simple, Carr is a defensive coordinator's nightmare. He showed that last season, this past spring and was a constant in one-on-ones and seven-on-sevens this summer. The 6-foot-6 standout could be headed for an All-American season as he has improved his one troublesome area: route running.

Jacky Claude: A quiet leader, Claude was one of the bright spots on a 2005 offensive line that is credited with a few losses. A staple at left guard, Claude had a great spring and summer.

Brandon Davis: True freshman will likely redshirt in his first season with the Seminoles. With depth a concern, however, an injury at the center position could mean his play will be a necessity.

Chris Davis: After shaking the injury bug, Davis became the 'Noles most reliable offensive weapon last year and should continue that this season. He found his niche as a position receiver and not a homerun threat like everyone wanted him to be and prospered by utilizing his ridiculous moves 10 yards from the line of scrimmage.

Matt Dunham: Possessing a rare mix of size and ability, Dunham is listed as the No. 2 fullback but will be used in a variety of ways as an h-back for the Seminoles in his first season in Tallahassee.

Jamaal Edwards: After redshirting last year, Edwards looked good in the spring and even better in the summer. The North Carolina native will provide a change of pace at tailback because of his size and ability.

De'Cody Fagg: An underrated receiver, Fagg nearly took over the game against Boston College last season before being injured. With an NFL-type body Fagg could have a big season if he can avoid injury.

John Frady: Frady will battle with Atkins for the starting nod at center this year. The Jacksonville has battled with injury throughout his career but bounced back in the spring and had a healthy summer.

Richard Goodman: If the sophomore can duplicate what he does during the summer in two-a-days and the regular season, he may have a Heisman Trophy coming his way. Well, maybe not but Goodman cannot be covered one-on-one and does not drop anything.

Charlie Graham: FSU's one returning player at tight end, Graham, unlike his fellow position mates, is more of a blocking-type tight end. He is currently the starter and it's his spot to lose.

Tyler Graves: A freshman offensive lineman that showed deceptive athleticism, Graves could see some action on the offensive line this season.

Robert Hallback: Former walk-on receiver is a talented possession-type WR but has battled with some injuries throughout his career. Still, he provides talented depth at the receiver position.

Matt Hardrick: Orlando native came to FSU a bit of out shape but bounced back and bounced back in a big way. No. 78 will likely see plenty of action at guard after showing the work ethic to do what it takes to get prepared for two-a-days.

Mario Henderson: After a relatively quiet career, Henderson's coming out party came on Dec. 3 against Virginia Tech in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship game. Now, he is the set-in-stone starter at left tackle for the Tribe.

Seddrick Holloway: True freshman fullback from Tallahassee had a good summer but will likely see a redshirt if he can't work into the fullback rotation that is a few players deep.

Xavier Lee: FSU's No. 2 signal caller, Lee should see some action in the FSU offensive gameplan this year. To what capacity is not yet known. Lee took his time to rehab from offseason shoulder surgery and appears to finally be 100 percent.

Damon McDaniel: As a true freshman, it will be a battle for McDaniel to earn playing time at receiver this year but he could play himself into a prominent role on special teams. He had an excellent summer session.

Cory Niblock: Niblock was injured late last season and consequently missed the entire spring rehabbing. Now back to full strength, the Jacksonville native figures to be the starting right guard come September.

David Overmyer: After spending most of his career at offensive tackle, Overmyer switched to guard during the spring and was a surprisingly strong performer. He must battle with Niblock for time and guard and still could be used at tackle.

Rod Owens: After injuring his knee late last year, Owens has battled back and was a constant at summer workouts and in one-on-ones. It is still not yet known if he will be cleared to play this season, however, and may have to redshirt if not ready to play.

Preston Parker: Like McDaniel, Parker had a great summer in his first bit of action as a Seminole. He also may have to find his niche on special teams to start his career but looked excellent in one-on-one drills.

Caz Piurowski: As a 6-foot-7 and 277-pound tight end, Piurowski is a big target for the quarterback. He had a great first summer in Tallahassee. He even showed his mobility in one-on-ones on several occasions and will be an important offensive piece this year.

Christian Ponder: An early-enrollee freshman, Ponder will likely redshirt in his first season at quarterback. However, if coaches want to establish a separation in freshman signal callers, Ponder would likely be the one to receive some play time.

D'Vontrey Richardson: The other freshman quarterback, Richardson is an athletic specimen that will most likely redshirt in his first season. But like Ponder, it is not set in stone yet. Richardson had a good summer but struggled some in one-on-ones.

Daron Rose: True freshman offensive lineman is a smart athlete and most likely will see some action this fall. He had a very good summer and showed excellent athletic ability.

Joslin Shaw: A talented receiver, Shaw battled with a hamstring injury during the summer but still figures to battle for a starting spot in two-a-days. Shaw excels at run blocking.

Marcus Sims: The younger brother of Ernie, many have thought that Marcus would eventually wind up at linebacker. Well, the Tallahassee native is a tailback through and through and figures to be the power back that FSU has lacked since Greg Jones graduated. Marcus is already built like an NFL back.

Antone Smith: When it comes to Smith, there isn't much to say to justify his overall dominance in any drill or play that he is a part of. One of the strongest, fastest and most talented threats on the offensive side of the ball, the true sophomore will get the ball this year. Seminole fans hope it's a lot.

Joe Surratt: FSU's starting fullback, Surratt is a talented blocker but improved on his running ability and pass catching in the spring. He had a very good summer as well.

Brandon Warren: After missing the entire summer while waiting for the necessary academic clearance, Warren is officially in Tallahassee. Could he become that standout pass-catching tight end that always seems to be on the opposing squad? We shall see.

Drew Weatherford: Last but not least, Weatherford returns after a freshman campaign that saw him become the most prolific first-year passer in ACC history. The Land O' Lakes native was nearly flawless during the spring and is a leader of his team. Expect big, big things from No. 11 this season.

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