Spring Practice Preview: WR/TE

FSU lost one receiver due to graduation. This spring will be a new opportunity for many players to step up and emerge as serious playmakers for the Noles'. NoleDigest previews the WR and TE position.



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18 Greg Carr 6-6 210 SR. Carr has a chance to become Florida State's All-Time leader in touchdown receptions this fall. Carr is the leader of this group. He's a big body that will be tough to handle for any cornerback.

9 Richard Goodman 6-0 186 SR. Goodman might not be 100% this spring because he's still recovering from an injury. He is a very explosive player that has big play capability. If he can take that next step as a complete wide out he can become a serious weapon.

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86 Rod Owens 6-0179 RS-JR. "Old School" is a fast wide out that needs to have a solid spring. He was set back due to an injury to his leg. He made a couple plays against UF last season. Owens is ready to breakout in 2008.

22 Taiwan Easterling 5-11 192 R-FR. Easterling redshirted last season. Many eyes will be on the Mississippi native to see what he's capable of doing. Right now though expect Easterling to provide solid depth.

What to expect: Greg Carr can make a quarterback look very good on a jump ball in the red zone. Goodman will be limited but will be involved this spring. Expect FSU's best returning unit to continue playing at a high level this fall.


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5 Preston Parker 6-0 191 JR. FSU's biggest playmaker on offense returns for another year. Parker lined up in the backfield a couple of times due to a shortage of backs. He's a reliable receiver that can make the tough catches. Parker can be a great player as long as he protects the ball.

13 Bert Reed 5-11 165 R-FR. Reed is a player to watch this spring. He has great speed and can make people miss after the catch. Reed is still learning the receiver position.

87 Cameron Wade 6-6 201 R-FR. Wade will be contributing on the scout team and will be providing depth.

What to expect: Parker will be making plays this spring. This position needs Reed to step up and perform. Look for those two players to continue to improve this spring.


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87 Caz Piurowski 6-7 277 JR. Caz played both tackle and tight end last season. This spring he will be returning to the position he started his college career at. Piurowski needs to become a sure handed player.

40 Matt Dunham 6-2 255 JR. Dunham is a player that is still trying to find his role on the team. He has picked up a better work ethic that slowed his progress earlier in his career. This spring could determine if Dunham is going to make his presence felt this fall.

88 Jonathan Hannah 6-4 250 SR. Hannah was ineligible last season. He showed last spring that he was capable of making plays. He must continue to work hard to climb the depth chart.

85 Josh Dobbie 6-4 221 SR. Dobbie saw a little bit of action last season as a walk on. Dobbie will be providing extra depth to a position that has needed it the last couple of seasons.

What to expect: This spring the TE's must impress their new coach. They will also have to fight very hard to receive playing time. Coach Fisher said this off season that "every position is open". The tight end position needs to make an impact this fall but it starts now in the spring.

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