Post Spring Stock Report: 5 on the rise.

With a new era of Florida State football upon Seminole Nation, the Tribe took to practice fields 14 times this spring and capped camp off with the fist ever Garnet and Gold Game under new head coach Jimbo Fisher. Find out five players made the most of their spring and have a leg up heading into summer workouts.

QB Christian Ponder:

How is it that the returning MVP of Florida State's team is one of five players who stock shot up this spring? Simple; following Ponder's season-ending shoulder surgery, it was originally thought that he would be sidelined for all of spring camp. Ponder worked extremely hard rehabbing and didn't miss a snap this entire spring. Not only did Ponder participate, he looked just as sharp as he did before he went down in the fall. Ponder still is not 100% healthy but at roughly 80%, still looked like a top 5 QB in the nation this spring. Any questions of if the shoulder surgery would hurt him heading into next season have been answered. Look for Ponder to have a monster season and have a very good chance of making a trip up to New York City this December.



LB Jeff Luc:

From a super-senior to a true freshman. Jeff Luc made a very smart choice to enroll early at Florida State this January and it has paid off in a big way. Luc came in and has had the chance to work with new linebackers coach Greg Hudson just as much as every other player at his position. Adjusting from the high school level to big-time college ball is never easy but Luc has made the transition and earned several reps this spring. He will likely head into fall camp as the second-string middle linebacker behind senior Kendall Smith, but will have the opportunity to take the starting job if his progression continues at this rate.



CB Greg Reid:

Although soon-to-be sophomore Greg Reid led the nation in punt returns last year and proved to be the most impactful player on special team for the Seminoles, his skills as a defender left some question marks. Under new defensive coordinator Mark Stoops, Reid has begun to blossom in a zone heavy defense which puts players in positions to make plays. Reid showcased his talent all spring but stood out the most in the second scrimmage of the spring snagging four interceptions. Reid has all but locked down a starting position at corner this fall and will only get better as time goes on.

CB Xavier Rhodes:

It should come as a relief to Florida State fans that two of the five players on this list come from the secondary. Rhodes was limited last season as a true freshman and man heavy defense which he struggled with at times. Heading into spring camp, no one really expected him to make a real push at a starting job but his consistent day-to-day performance and extensive growth as a cornerback in Mark Stoops new defense has him as the odds on favorite to take the starting job opposite of Reid. A solid fall camp will only solidify that further.

DE Markus White: Up to this point, it wouldn't be a stretch to call Markus White a bust. He came is with expectations through the roof and in two seasons, has failed to perform on Saturdays. It looks as that will change this coming fall. He finally has a real coach to work with and has embraced the change. Effort has never been an issue with White but with the technique and understanding of the game he is developing, White should be poised for a breakout season. He was very consistent during spring camp and was the best player on the defensive line during the Garnet and Gold Game.

Honorable mention:

Defensive players: Terrance Parks, Brandon Jenkins, Dionte Allen, Nigel Carr, Everett Dawkins.

Offensive players: Rodney Smith, Chris Thompson, Bert Reed, Debrale Smiley, Henry Orelus.

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