Tavares Pressley was brought in as one of Jimbo Fisher's typical running backs. He is a big, fast athlete who can pick up first downs on short yardage situations and also has the potential to break a long run.
Pressley hasn't had the opportunity to practice much but has shown flashes of what could be an excellent running back in the ACC. According to his coaches however, he still needs to improve before the season starts.
"He's still very raw, said Jimbo Fisher. Still has a long way to go. He's a little too anxious and put too many balls on the ground. The guy hasn't practiced but five times. We just gotta get him reps and get him ready to go as the plan is to use him early and often."
If anybody knows what a running back could potentially become in the future, it's former Florida State running back, now running back coach Dexter Carter. Carter has also seen the potential, but is refusing to lower his expectations.
"One or two runs I saw a lot of potential of the Pressley I know," said the former FSU ball carrier. He's no where close to where I need him or where he should be. He needs to be like someone who just got hired. He needs to go over and beyond what's necessary to get where I want him. He has every tool in his possession to do everything. He's had those tools. In reality, he shouldn't be as far off as he is."
Pressley is expected to be number two on the depth chart right behind Florida State's leading rusher Antone Smith. Jimbo Fisher has always liked to have bigger, more physical running backs in his system and now he has that in Pressley.
Once Tavares can get a grip on the offense and his responsibilities, he is sure to be a huge part of Florida State's offense. Tavares can look to use this season to give Smith relief and convert short yardage downs. If Pressley turns into what most expect of him, he will find himself splitting carries with Smith early into the season. If he can fulfill his high expectations, he could give Florida State a very solid feature running back in 2009 for his senior season.
As most of you know, Florida State does not allow the media to speak with first year players until they make a ‘significant contribution on the field'. There is no doubt in my mind that I will be speaking with him sooner than later.