Dear Jacobbi

There are only 39 days until FSU's first game of the season vs. Samford. NoleDigest.com write's a letter to 10 players that are expected to make the biggest impact in 2010. Today we continue with Jacobi McDaniel.

Jacobbi McDaniel

Hometown: Greenville, Fl (Madison County)

Position: Defensive Tackle

Ht/Wt: 6'0, 290

Year: Sophomore

Stats: (2009) 25 tackles, 4 for loss, 1 sack. 3rd Team Freshmen All American.

Dear Jacobbi,

From the moment you were identified as a big-time player from the "Big Bend Area" Florida State fans have been counting on you to make a huge impact down the road. Is that time this year? We think so.

The biggest jump for a DT is from year one to year two and we expect a big season. You are blessed with skills beyond your relative youth and the valuable experience you gained last year should really pay off. We love that you play the game hard, fast, physical, and with a strong desire to win.


McDaniel on bench during Spring Game
Steve Chase, Scout.com

It sounds crazy, but when re-watching games last year it becomes apparent that you were the best defensive linemen. Your burst and low center of gravity create a match-up nightmare and when you master the new technique(and scheme), the world better watch out. Future opponents should be downright frightened.

Your play on the field is ultimately what is seen by the public, but it is your work inside the locker room that truly makes a great team mate. Your "force", perhaps some would like to use the term "edge" keeps people on their heels. You are one of the players whose voice will be heard by all team mates. That is just as much of a challenge as anything physically you will encounter. The culture must change and it can't be just the coaches who are on board.

Make no mistake Jacobbi, the cavalry is coming in behind you. This staff can flat recruit and they are going to bring in elite defensive linemen this year(perhaps as many as 5-6). Don't let the relative ease of your early playing time get to your head, don't get too comfortable.

The term "sophomore slump" exists because so many previous players(on all teams) have become complacent, have thought that it is time to put it on "cruise control". That is a recipe for disaster not only for you personally, but this team.

We are confident that you will not allow that to happen. We prefer the words "All ACC" after your name.


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