Work left to do

While several players took advantage of spring camp, others did not help or even hurt their stock. NoleDigest examines five players who are facing uphill battles heading into summer workouts and fall camp and what they need to do in order to boost their stock.

RB Jermaine Thomas:

This one may come as a bit of a shocker but of all the running backs, Thomas probably had one of the quietest springs. Most believe he is still the top option at the position, but he has left more to be desired from new running backs coach Eddie Gran. Thomas has great vision and quickness but needs to work on his toughness. Gran wants punishing backs who refuse to run out of bounds and prefer to run defenders over. Once Thomas can develop this, he will likely be a favorite of Gran. If he does not address this issue, Thomas' starting job could be in jeopardy.

LB Kendall Smith

Smith has done a good job embracing a leadership role among the linebackers but his play on the field has to improve. As a senior, this is Smith's last chance to impress scouts if he plans on continuing his football career in the future. He is still shaky in pass defense and needs to improve upon his tackling skills which both can be addressed by putting in the work this offseason. With a freshman in Jeff Luc breathing down his neck for the starting job at MLB, improvements are a must or else Smith will find himself coming off the bench in the fall.

WR Willie Haulstead:

With the graduation of Rod Owens and the likelihood that Taiwan Easterling does not return to the football field, the opportunity is there for Haulstead to earn meaningful minutes this season. Coming into the spring, it looked like he had a leg up on fellow sophomore Rodney Smith but that changed during the course of the spring. Haulstead has all of the tools to be an outstanding receiver but consistency and focus have hindered him a bit. If he can take care of those two aspects, look for Haulstead to play a big role in the offense this season.

CB Ochuko Jenije:

Jenije did not had a bad camp by any means, but the younger talent around him showcased more ability during the spring. Jenije has the physical tools, but lacks the playmaking ability which Greg Reid and Xavier Rhodes have shown. Jenije is in a similar situation as Smith is at linebacker. Jenije will be a very solid backup but if he wants to earn a starting job during his final season as a Seminole, he will need up his play during fall camp.

TE Beau Reliford:

Reliford did a nice job filling in for the injured Caz Piurowski last season but needs to improve in order to be a truly effective tight end this season. His blocking needs to improve as well as his overall understanding of Jimbo Fisher's offense. Physically, there is no reason why Reliford should not be one of the top tight ends in the ACC, but lack of experience playing football has slowed him a bit. Reliford needs to spend a lot of time this summer working on blocking techniques and understand the role of a tight end in Fisher's offense. If Reliford can do this, he will be just as good, if not better than Piurowski was prior to his injury last year.

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