After some lean years along the offensive line FSU finally has some experience to work with. Two seniors and three juniors head into August Camp as the starters and all have started 10+ games for the Noles.
Senior's Rodney Hudson(6-2, 285) and Ryan McMahon(6-3, 284) headline the group. Hudson(LG) was an AP Second Team All American as a junior. Anytime you have a guy with 34 collegiate starts under his belt, you are in excellent shape. He possesses tremendous leverage, great footwork, and rarely blows an assignment. He did not allow a sack or QB pressure in 2009, that type of dependability is hard to come by. Look for Hudson to have another All American type year and position himself for the draft next April.
McMahon(C) is working on a streak of 39 consecutive starts....39. He has garnered pre-season accolades for the Rimington Trophy(again) and is one of the top Center's in the country. Like Hudson, McMahon is known for his consistency. His veteran leadership sets an example for younger linemen in the locker room.
Andrew Datko(6-6, 303) and Zebrie Sanders(6-6, 290) are the junior starting OTs. Datko(LT) has already seen it all in his first two years and should only be better with that experience. He has continued to add valuable strength to his frame and could play close to 300 this season. He was named a freshmen All-American in 2008 and should add more press clippings over the next two years.
Sanders(RT) is better known as a run blocker or 'mauler'. He possesses an excellent lower body which he uses to drive defenders off the ball. He is still raw as a pass blocker and missed too many assignments, but some of those mistakes can be attributed to youth. The hope is that he has learned. Sanders missed Spring practice due to a hip injury. He is expected to be ready to go, but that is a mild cause of concern at this time.
The final projected starter is David Spurlock(6-4, 285). Spurlock(RG) started all 13 games last year and consistently shows the competitiveness that is in such high demand along the line. That aggressiveness shines through with his run blocking skills. He needs to continue to work on his technique to reach his ceiling.
Sophomore Rhonne Sanderson(6-3, 281), redshirt freshmen Henry Orelus(6-2, 295), redshirt freshmen Bryan Stork(6-6, 284), and sophomore Blake Snider(6-3, 283) will all be competing for remaining snaps. Sanderson would figure to be the first tackle off the bench. Overall this is an excellent group of depth with versatility.
Further depth is provided by junior Antwane Greenlee(6-6, 307) and redshirt freshmen Garrett Faircloth(6-6, 284). Both players have some question marks going forward. Greenlee was out last year and the Spring with a knee injury. Faircloth missed the Spring with a hip injury, he is also transitioning from DL to OL.
Jacob Stanley(6-1, 275) is listed as the second team Center.
Incoming freshmen Danny Foose(6-6, 295) comes in with the scouting report of "Foose is very powerful, especially in his upper body where he uses a strong hand punch to throw defenders away at the snap. He uses his arms to keep separation and does a good job controlling his man and opening holes. His drive blocking can be devastating at times. Foose also does a more then adequate job of pulling and getting to the second level, making blocks in space and showing great hustle and pride in his game."
It is not the biggest line in the country, but it is one of the most experienced. There is every reason to think that this is a top five unit in the country. There is enough talent in the depth chart to not cause much alarm with an injury. To some extent this is the season we have been waiting for in terms of the offensive line. 120+ career starts. Clearly a strength off the team.