Florida State looks to rebound from back to back 7-6 seasons this year as they continue the upward swing under the new coaching staff. A key position for the Seminoles this year on the defensive side of the ball is at corner. NoleDigest introduces the players who we'll see play in 2008, talking about why they came to FSU and a scouting report on what we'll see from them this year.
Name: Tony Carter
Why he chose Florida State: Carter had ties to FSU as he was born in Tallahassee, as well as his aunt and father went there. Tony's dad played basketball at FSU. After going through the process the comfort level with the coaches and the players trumped the other programs.
Scouting Report: Carter is the most experienced cornerback on FSU's roster as he's started over the past 4 years. Entering his final year at FSU he worked hard over the summer, gaining good weight and working on his speed. With the suspensions early on Tony will be relied on to be the playmaker from this position. Tony's been criticized for giving up the big plays, so look for him to improve on that this season.
Name: Patrick Robinson
Why he chose Florida State: After feeling pressured to commit to Florida, Patrick made the switch on Signing Day as he signed with his longtime favorite in FSU. Patrick had a great trip to FSU, and had then teammates Evan Bellamy and Anthony Leon going to FSU with him.
Scouting Report: Robinson was the top playmaker at corner for FSU last season when he had a stretch of 5 games with at least one interception. Robinson has gotten much bigger over the off-season and is primed for a huge year. There is talk of him going pro after this year, but he needs to become more consistent with the mental aspect of his game. Sky's the limit for Robinson in 2008.
Name: Michael Ray Garvin
Nickname: Mike Ray
Why he chose Florida State: FSU beat out Georgia, Oklahoma and a host of other schools for Garvin. After a fantastic official Garvin knew where he wanted to go, so he went ahead and made the decision. The tradition, playing time and proximity of the schools within the ACC made the decision easy for Garvin and his family. FSU's up and coming track program didn't hurt, either.
Scouting Report: Garvin missed spring due to track and the prep for the Olympic trials, but since getting back with the team he's showed major improvement in the passing game. Garvin will be starting opposite Carter due to the suspensions, but he'll be a major part of the rotation this fall when Robinson comes back. If he's worked on his coverage skills, Michael could have a good season.
Name: Dionte Allen
Why he chose Florida State: Dionte grew up in Michigan, but the Seminoles were his favorite school growing up. After a visit where he got to see the campus, meet the coaches and hang out with NFL players, Allen was sold. Allen wanted to compete with the best, and he felt coming to FSU was where he's get a chance to do that.
Scouting Report: Dionte has been battling a lower leg injury but is expected to see time this year. What we'll see from Dionte is still up in the air because he took the redshirt last year and missed the majority of the spring because of the injury. Before he got hurt he was playing very well.
Name: Ochuko Jenije
Nickname: Chuko or Chu
Why he chose Florida State: The location and wanting to play for the hometown team, as well as wanting to play with Marcus Sims, won out over Clemson in the end.
Scouting Report: Jenije will be a guy who'll see a lot of snaps early but will play the role of a back-up when all of the other guys return. Athletically Jeniji has it but has yet to put it all together with the other aspects of the game.
Name: Korey Mangum
Why he chose Florida State: The comfort Mangum felt at FSU was better than TCU, Houston and Kansas. After going through the whole process he felt FSU was the right "fit".
Scouting Report: Mangum's role on the team will be much like Jeniji's, but Mangum will also be a guy who can play in nickel packages for FSU.
Name: Terrance Parks
Why he chose Florida State: Parks wanted an offer from the Noles, so when they offered him at the Bowden Camp he jumped on it. After looking at a few schools, the comfort level and bond Parks had developed with the coaching staff won out. The overall picture was the best option for Terrance.
Scouting Report: Parks is going to play early and often after enrolling early. He has elite size and speed and is extremely aggressive. He brings something to the table that FSU hasn't had with those attributes. Cornerback is a hard position to make a major impact as a freshman, but he'll be able to back-up and learn from Carter and Patrick Robinson. Terrance is expected to be a major contributor in 2008.