Spring roster breakdown: Defense part 1

With spring practice set to begin in less than a month, Renegade Report will be providing analysis of every player on the FSU football roster. First up, part one of the defensive players, names A through L.

Mister Alexander:
Redshirted last season in his first year in Tallahassee after sustaining a knee injury prior to the opening game. The Texas native should be able to go full strength this spring and will be competing for backup duties at either of the safety spots. He also has a chance to earn playing time on special teams.

Marcus Ball:
Talented true freshman was having a stellar first year as a Seminole before he was sidelined with a knee injury. How much work he will be able to get in during the spring is not yet known but expect him to be competing for the starting outside linebacker spot come fall.

Alex Boston:

Bartow native was moved from defensive end to defensive tackle last year to provide added depth due to staggering number of injuries on the inside. Boston should begin the spring as one of the starting defensive ends and continue to provide veteran leadership for the entire line.

Everette Brown:
Brown built a reputation for himself prior to the start of last season before ever playing a down of college football as his name consistently showed up in practice reports while he redshirted in 2005. In his first full season of play as a Seminole last year, the North Carolina native didn't disappoint despite his lack of experience and should be a playmaker for the 'Noles in '07.

J.R. Bryant:
Miami native hasn't lived up to his billing as one of the top prep cornerbacks in the nation not too long ago and his 2006 struggles led to his consequent fall on the depth chart during the year. Bryant is one of the most experienced players on the FSU roster and has one last spring to make his mark.

Tony Carter:
Jacksonville native has not relinquished his starting role in two seasons of work for the Seminoles and don't expect that to change this spring. Carter is arguably FSU's best cover corner and his steady play has been given for the defense for two straigh seasons.

Emmanuel Dunbar:
Struggled with back problems all season and never could get healthy enough to play in a game for FSU. Dunbar's status for the spring is not yet known but it is likely he will be able to play. If he can shake the injury bug, No. 91 could be an important piece to the defensive tackle depth chart during spring ball.

Andre Fluellen:
Redshirt senior was one of the only consistencies on the defensive line last season and is the starting defensive tackle at the start of the spring. Fluellen is one of the most talented players on the defensive roster and his decision to stay in school and not declare early for the NFL draft is an obvious boost for the Seminoles.

Michael Ray Garvin:
The New Jersey speedster is beginning his junior campaign with one key question to answer: Can he become a steady defender for Mickey Andrews defense? After a strong showing in the team's opener against Miami in 2006, Garvin struggled in coverage at times the rest of the year. He will have to use the spring to continue developing his skills to keep some of the youngsters at bay.

Paul Griffin:
Junior college transfer should be granted a medical redshirt after sustaining a knee injury early in the 2006 campaign. It is not yet known what role Griffin can play this spring but he is one of the better defensive tackles on the FSU roster and will be very much needed in 2007.

Letroy Guion:
Junior from Starke has battled with injuries throughout his career in Tallahassee but has the tools to be a talented player for defensive tackles coach Odell Haggins. Guion has starting experience and could be a starter next to Fluellen when spring ball starts. The only question is, can he keep hold of that No. 1 position?

Geno Hayes:
The next great FSU linebacker? In two words, probably yes. The Madison County product is a speedy defender that could be one of the Atlantic Coast Conference's best. After being injured against Duke last season, Hayes struggled to find his playing groove when he returned late in the year. Still, expect the junior defender to be one of FSU's best defensive players this spring and in the 2007 season.

Anthony Houllis:
Former walk-on started last season before injuring his knee, thus allowing a certain freshman sensation to become a member of the first team. Now entering his final year in the garnet and gold, Houllis won't be a starter but he provides quality depth to a position that sorely needed healthy bodies a year ago.

Ochuko Jenije:
Like Alexander, Jenije redshirted in his first season with the Seminoles. Expect the speedy cornerback to provide depth this spring at defensive back and on special teams.

Anthony Kelly:
Daytona Beach native made the switch from defensive end to his more natural middle linebacker spot a year ago but injuries derailed his season before it even started. In fact, Kelly has been injury-prone since he enrolled at Florida State after his work in the junior college ranks. Can he stay healthy through the spring? That's a good question.

Anthony Leon:
Has the tools to be a defensive force for the Seminoles but is a wild card at this point. Leon doesn't have much experience on the gridiron as he started playing organized football a lot later than most of his teammates. Still, the Miami native will be counted on this spring to show what he can do at the safety spot.

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