Players with the most to prove this offseason

Although this year's Florida State team is generally young and has a lot to prove as a whole, NoleDigest is taking a deeper look at which players will need to prove something this offseason before the Tribe kicks off against Miami on Labor Day. This part will look specifically at the offense.

Quarterback – E.J. Manuel - Although Manuel will likely not earn a starting job this season, he has to make up a lot of ground after missing all but one day of spring practice due to injury. The five-star quarterback had high expectations coming into Tallahassee and this spring was the first chance for his to get quality reps with first and second team receivers. Unfortunately, the freshman was sidelined and now must use this summer and fall camp to try and push likely starter Christian Ponder to the limit. Manuel must show that he is gaining knowledge of the playbook, and also show the ability to make several different types of throws if he wants to find the gridiron in meaningful playing time at all this coming season.

Running back – Tavares Pressley - Pressley is similar to the situation to that Manuel is in. he was very hyped coming to FSU, but an injury limited the chance for him to show his ability. He was unable to participate in any scrimmages which are where playing time is earned. Luckily for him, freshmen Jermaine Thomas and Ty Jones had difficulties picking up on the offensive scheme and looked lost when they weren't toting the ball. This position will be wide open during fall camp, but Pressley will have the most to prove showing he can come back from an ACL injury and still be effective.

Tight end- Beau Reliford - Reliford has been known for making a few big plays in practice, but has not shown the consistency to be effective as an every down tight end. He needs to prove that he can handle all blocking assignments and make the simple catches more consistently. He is the most athletically gifted player at his position and if he shows ability to do the simple things, he can take a lot of playing time this season.

Wide receiver – Bert Reed - Reed is one returning receiver who had significant contributions last season and has managed to stay healthy. On the field, he has to show the ability to make more plays in traditional routes other than the bubble screen such as slants and then improve his ability to get open in intermediate routes. Reed is also in a situation where he needs to show that he can be a leader off of the field. Last season, he missed games due to suspensions and needs to get on the right track off of the field. That means going to class, staying out of trouble and helping the freshmen receivers along. This will be Reed's third year on campus and he needs to grow up and show the ability to lead the unit as he has the ability to do so.

Offensive line – Brandon Davis - With the departure of Will Furlong, Davis has a golden opportunity to earn a starting job at right guard. He drew praises from position coach Rick Trickett during this spring but will have to prove that he can handle being a full time starter on the line, and not just a guy who gives others a breather. He is a bit undersized at 6'2", 280 pounds, he has the work ethic and personality that Trickett loves his linemen to have which could earn him some serious playing time this season.

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