Meet the Seminoles: DT's

The defensive tackle position has been one that has not performed up to the normal FSU standards during fall camp. This position group has been hurt by re-occurring injuries to current players, and the NFL Draft. The success and potential of the entire defense depends on the play of the big men up front because that's where games are won. Meet the Seminole defensive tackles for the 2008 season.

Name: Justin Mincey
Nickname: None
Number: 94

Why he chose Florida State: Mincey loved the playing situation at defensive end. He took an official visit in November of 2004 and had a great visit. He also thought it was pretty cool that FSU had a spear on their helmet just like his high school team. Mincey chose the Seminoles over LSU, Georgia, Miami, Tennessee, and Florida.

Scouting Report: Justin Mincey is 6'5 280lbs and moves very well. As his defensive coordinator was quoted last year in saying "Mincey is a big body that can really cause some havoc on the defensive line". He's a very athletic player. Right now he's trying to get into football shape but he will not be playing until the 4th game of the season. The scary thing about Justin is that he has not reached his full potential and really came on during spring practice.

Name: Paul Griffin
Nickname: "PG"
Number: 54

Why he chose Florida State: Griffin loved Florida State's style of defense and he thought he fit in very well. He really enjoyed his host Andre Fluellen taking him around on his official visit. PG also admired Broderick Bunkley. Griffin had an offer from USC.

Scouting Report: Griffin is the strongest player on the team with a bench press over 530 lbs. Paul is trying to regain that form that saw him dominate the line of scrimmage in his first collegiate game ever at Florida State. He was set back with a knee injury but he's capable of being a very good player for the Seminoles.

Name: Doug Thacker
Nickname: Budd
Number: 72

Why he chose Florida State: Coach Odell built a solid relationship with Budd who was a solid commitment to Virginia Tech during his senior year in high school. He also had a fantastic visit to FSU.

Scouting Report: Budd Thacker is the second strongest player on the team with a bench press well over 500 lbs. Thacker is a vocal player who plays with a lot of emotion. That type of energy rubs off of on his defensive teammates. FSU will need Thacker to perform at a high level this season on a consistent basis.

Name:Moses McCray
Nickname: None
Number: 90

Why he chose Florida State: McCray loved the attention that the Seminoles showed him. Moses loved the school and thought that the facilities were top notch. He chose FSU over Florida, LSU, South Florida, and Rutgers.

Scouting Report: McCray has been thrown in the fire right away due to injuries, and suspensions. The coaches are counting on him to not play like a "freshman" and really contribute to the defense. Moses has the body and the ability to play right away but there is a learning curve for every position. The early playing time that he receives now will benefit him down the line this season.

Name: Everett Dawkins
Nickname: None
Number: 93

Why he chose Florida State: Dawkins admired the fact that FSU was the first school really on him. He liked the fact that FSU was bringing in a nationally ranked class. Dawkins chose FSU over Virginia Tech, Tennessee, and Michigan State.

Scouting Report: Everett came to Florida State as a defensive end. He made the switch to defensive tackle because of the lack of depth at the position. He has an excellent chance to not only play but possibly start at Florida State. Dawkins is undersized for the position but he will have a speed advantage over every player he goes up against. Dawkins is also very active and loves physical play.

Name:Kendrick Stewart
Number: 56

Why he chose Florida State: Odell Haggins was Kendrick's favorite coach during the recruiting process. It was a dream of Stewarts to play at FSU and hear the War-chant playing. Stewart selected the Noles over Iowa, Georgia, Louisville, and South Florida.

Scouting Report: Stewart really is an unknown because he has not played much at Florida State. He has battled injuries in every year that he has played here since 2005. While being very athletic Stewart is undersized for the tackle position. Kendrick needs to be healthy for him to reach his full potential on the field.

*Emmanuel Dunbar was left off due to his injury that could possibly keep him out for an unkown amount of time if any at all.

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