Five Impact Newcomers

While the losses to graduation were not major for FSU, several incoming players are expected to make an impact on both sides of the ball. Here are five that we expect to see sooner rather than later.

Jeff Luc

Luc enrolled early in January thus he has a full Spring under his belt which should ease the transition to major college ball. Blessed with terrific size and athleticism, it is all going to be upstairs for Luc. Fortunately that is one of Luc's best qualities, he is very intelligent which should allow him to pick up the defense faster than most. He is an instinctive player that brings a much needed physical presence to the defense.

At the very least Luc should bring more competition to the linebacking unit, in particular Kendall Smith. He is viewed as one of the future stars of this team, so it is important to take a long term view to his development.

We could easily see Luc playing more every game and perhaps ending the year as a starter.

Lamarcus Joyner

It would be huge for Joyner to follow in the footsteps of Greg Reid; Reid arrived last season and immediately thrust himself into the mix and backed it up with a terrific freshmen campaign. Joyner is a similar athlete, although he brings some different tools to the table.

Joyner may be short in height, but he is strong and plays the game with a toughness and reckless abandon that is fun to watch. He almost certainly will be given a long look as a returner, probably kickoffs where he can show his electric speed.

Perhaps the biggest question is whether he will ultimately find a home at cornerback or safety. We don't expect that to be decided for awhile and he most likely will get some reps at both spots. He also could conceivably help on offense, perhaps slot wide receiver.

He should be too good and too athletic to keep off the field for long.

Darious Cummings

FSU needs help on the defensive line and Cummings might be the most highly touted freshmen newcomer. He is a bit of a tweener today so it is more likely that he sees time at Defensive End. That is good news as we need bodies competing at the position. His explosive first step and good core strength should be assets that help him make the adjustment.

Cummings initially knocked the coaching staff out when he was an unheralded summer camper before his junior year, he backed that up with a pair of excellent seasons to end his high school career. Big things are expected of him down the road, but if he can give 10-20 quality snaps a game, that would go a long way to shoring up the defensive line both in the short and long term.

Bjorn Werner

Werner is in the same boat as Cummings, a heralded defensive linemen who we need to make an impact immediately. He has a little bigger size today and physically should be ready to compete from day one.

While physically he has all the tools, the learning curve is expected to be steep for Werner. Coming from Connecticut, Werner will see a larger difference in competition than many Florida guys. Still the need is such that he probably gets a lot of leeway and he just may be thrown into the fire.

He is going to get the coaching he needs, Werner just needs to take to the coaching and he should see the field.

Michael Harris

When you sign from JUCO, particularly as a DB, you are expected to step in and contribute. The opportunity is certainly there for Harris, the current starters at cornerback are Greg Reid(Soph) and Xavier Rhodes(RS Frosh). While both players had strong Springs, Harris should be able to jump into the mix early and earn more time with solid play.

Like Reid last year, Harris could see early time in nickel packages and possibly earn a starting role by the end of season.

Harris has not enrolled yet due to a hold-up with the paper work from El Camino, we expect him to be good to go by the start of August Camp.

Notes

We absolutely love Christian Green, Christian Jones, and Kenny Shaw. These might be three of the most talented players in the 2010 class. However all three face uphill battles for playing time as the positions they are expected to play are very deep.

We would expect that each will need a year to get acclimated and start to really assert themselves in the Spring of 2011.

A sleeper could be Chad Abrams. He probably has the most seasoning of the DBs and it would not shock us to see him really put some pressure on the existing Safeties.


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