Spring roster breakdown: Offense part 2

With spring practice set to begin in just a short time, Renegade Report has been providing analysis of every player on the FSU football roster. Here is the final part of the series, part two of the offensive players -- names H through W.

Matt Hardrick:
With a strong spring Hardrick has the opportunity to possibly earn a starting job at the right guard spot. He spent his first year with the Seminoles serving as the backup at left guard but with the graduation of Cory Niblock can make the move to the right side. Hardrick must continue to show his dedication to keeping his weight in check.


Seddrick Holloway:
Holloway wasn't one of the more highly touted prospects coming out of Lincoln High School in Tallahassee but that didn't stop him from earning a good amount of playing time his freshman season. In fact, he even started one game. This spring, Holloway must continue to fight for playing time.


Xavier Lee:
Lee's story at FSU has been well-documented. The Daytona Beach native finally found his way into meaningful minutes last year and showed some flashes in games of the type of player many think he can be. The argument can be made that the hiring of the new offensive coaches prevented Lee from transferring this offseason. Now, it will be interesting to see what Jimbo Fisher can do with the 6-foot-4 and 240-pound signal caller.


Damon McDaniel:
Virginia native didn't get many opportunities a season ago but all that could change this season. McDaniel has the opportunity to earn an extended amount of playing time with a strong spring.


D.J. Norris:
Norris is making the switch from defensive end to tight end for his final season in the garnet and gold. He won't, however, be at full strength this spring as No. 82 is still recovery from a shoulder injury. When he is healthy, he provides depth to a position that is short on bodies.


David Overmyer:
Redshirt junior will be battling for playing time at the right guard spot but has experience on his side. The Lilburn, Ga. native must adapt to new offensive line coach Rick Trickett's style of play and if he does that, should get a plethora of reps with the first team.


Rod Owens:
Owens missed the entire 2006 season after injuring his knee late in his freshman year. Now, the Jacksonville wide receiver is back to full strength and ready to battle for playing time on a wide open depth chart. In just one year, Owens showed he has soft hands capable of making tough catches.


Preston Parker:
Parker is in the same category as McDaniel in terms of having an opportunity to be a much larger part of the offense. If the South Florida native can display the same skills during a standout prep career, he has the chance to become a playmaker for the Tribe.


Caz Piurowski:
Piurowski is making the switch from tight end to offensive tackle because of his size but don't be surprised if the second year player still gets some reps at his old position.


Christian Ponder:
Redshirt freshman quarterback has the chance to make a move on the depth chart in his second spring with FSU after enrolling early a year ago. Ponder may not have the same physical tools as some of the other players under center in Tallahassee but with a strong spring could see some playing time in the fall.


D'Vontrey Richardson:
Talented two-sport star must fit spring practice into a schedule that features his important role with the Seminole baseball team. Richardson must learn the playbook of the new offensive coaches being implemented. It won't be easy but don't put anything past the young quarterback.


Joslin Shaw:
Veteran receiver may never be a star for the Garnet and Gold but he is a proven leader both off the field and on. Shaw is one of the better blocking receivers to ever don a Seminole uniform and he will use his final spring to provide quality depth for new position coach Lawrence Dawsey.


Marcus Sims:
Tallahassee native was used sparingly a season ago and has the opportunity in his first spring to earn second string honors at tailback. Sims must do a good job of holding onto the ball as he has struggled with fumbling in his career. He is a big back that could be used in short yardage situations.


Antone Smith:
One of the more popular players on FSU roster because of his freakish athletic ability and tremendous upside, Smith is finally the feature back in Seminole territory. Pahokee native will likely be limited this spring as he recovers from an elbow injury but everyone knows what he is capable of.


Drew Weatherford:
FSU's most experienced quarterback will have to fend off the three other signal callers on the roster this spring as Coach Fisher has said that there is no starter when practice kicks off in early March. Weatherford has been the face of the Seminoles for the past two season and is a talented player. Can he hold on and start on opening night for the third straight year?



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