Spring roster breakdown: Offense part 1

With spring practice set to begin in just a few short weeks, Renegade Report will be providing analysis of every player on the FSU football roster. Here is the third part of a the four-part series, part one of the offensive players -- names A through G.

Dumaka Atkins:
Atkins enters spring practice in familiar territory as he continues to battle for starting honors at the center position. Redshirt junior is one of the more athletic offensive lineman on the FSU roster and can line up at guard as well for new coach Rick Trickett.


Russell Ball:
Texas native is coming off another knee injury and durability will always be a concern for the shifty tailback. When he is healthy, however, Ball is a playmaker as he proved last spring that he can do some nifty things with the ball in his hands. But can he stay injury free before the season starts?


Evan Bellamy:
Will be competing in his first spring as a member of the FSU football team and will have to show Trickett what he can do on the line. Bellamy isn't the specific mold of offensive lineman that the new FSU offensive line coach likes to work with so the question is, will he fit into the system?


Geoff Berniard:
Like Bellamy, Berniard is in the same boat in terms of his style of play different from that of Trickett's system. Louisiana native hasn't made much of an impact in his first few seasons with the Tribe so if he's going to make a name for himself, now is as good of a time as ever.


Shannon Boatman:
Junior college transfer from a season ago stepped right into the starting lineup with FSU and at times showed flashes of his athleticism and blocking ability. Boatman has to work on his consistency or he may be in jeopardy of losing his right tackle spot to one of the younger linemen.


Greg Carr:
Will this be the year that Carr becomes an all-around type of receiver? Everybody knows that the 6-foot-6 standout can score touchdowns almost at will but he must use this spring practice period to work on his run blocking and route running if he wants to take the next step and become one of the elite pass catchers in the Atlantic Coast Conference.


Jacky Claude:
Like Boatman, Claude has shown flashes at times and has the ability to be a dominant blocker for the 'Noles. Now a senior, the South Florida product will have to fend off some of the younger guys as he tries to hold on to his starting left guard spot. Experience is on his side but can he adapt to Trickett's scheme?


Brandon Davis:
Davis is in the same category as Bellamy as this is his first spring and there are questions how he fits into the new offensive system. The Miami native will have to use this spring to prove what he can do on the Seminole offensive line.


Matt Dunham:
Georgia native is one of the more interesting prospects on the roster. Dunham can line up at tailback, fullback, h-back or even tight end if need be. Will the coaches utilize his abilities properly? The former offensive coaching staff did not but that could easily change this spring.


Jamaal Edwards:
To some, Edwards' decision to not transfer after a sophomore campaign that saw him only play in mop-up duty came as a surprise. Like Dunham, the North Carolina native's abilities haven't necessarily been utilized throughout his career. Now entering his redshirt junior campaign, Edwards has the chance to finally step into the role as FSU's "big back."


De'Cody Fagg:
As one of the veteran leaders of the offense, Fagg must set an example for all the young receivers that dot the roster this spring. The Quincy native must do this by becoming more consistent in his pass catching. He can be a dangerous force for the Seminoles and has shown the propensity to move the chains on any play but he must get better at securing receptions.


John Frady:
Jacksonville native recently spoke with Renegade Report about the 30 pounds he has lost in the last month. That dedication this offseason bodes well for FSU as it looks to shore up its offensive line this spring. If the other members of the line have been as focused and as determined as Frady, the big bodies up front should no longer be a weakness but a strength of the Tribe this spring and into the 2007 season.

Richard Goodman:
There's no doubting the fact that Goodman has the opportunity to be a playmaker for the Seminoles. He just has to somehow parlay his spring and summer play onto the gridiron when the fall rolls around. Goodman is now a veteran on the offensive side of the ball. Can this finally be the year that he turns the corner?


Charlie Graham:
If there is anyone that has a lot of pressure being placed upon their shoulder pads to perform this spring, it's Graham. The former Madison County star is the only true scholarship tight end on the roster this spring if you take into consideration that the only other player at that spot just switched from defensive end. Graham has to avoid the injury bug that has bitten him on several occasions in his short FSU career.


Tyler Graves:
Of all the young offensive linemen on the team, Graves is the one that most resembles a prospect that fits Trickett's mold. After redshirting in his first year in Tallahassee last season, can the 6-foot-6 guard make an impact in his first spring?



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