Freshmen Have Been Impressive

Florida State's camp got underway Thursday as they prepare for the 2010 season after a long summer of conditioning and 7-on-7's. FSU signed a good class last year, and many are expected to play a role this year. Several freshmen have been garnering attention early from the coaches.

Florida State returns 14 starters in 2010 and there is a hand full of players who've seen playing time that'll be depended on this fall. While experience returns there is a good chance the Seminoles will see several contributors from the 2010 recruiting class. FSU's class from last year was one of the nation's best as they signed several players that are expected to play in the fall.

Over the summer many of the incoming freshmen have been impressive in both the weight training and 7-on-7's the team has participated in. Fall camp is the true litmus test so we'll see if they can continue impressing, but so far the coaches have liked what they've seen.

Now that camp has gotten underway and the coaches are watching the freshmen in person, it looks like several are emerging as players that will make an instant impact this season.

Christian Green: The word coming from summer workouts was Green looks like he'll compete for major minutes ass a freshman. He was hard to stop one-on-one, giving guys like Greg Reid all they could handle. While FSU returns 3 of their top pass catchers in Bert Reed, Jarmon Fortson and Taiwan Easterling, Green has showed that he can play a big role in the offense this year. Sophomore E.J. Manuel has been impressed with the 4 freshmen wide receivers, as he said, "all four of those guys can go. "Every one of them is different. Jimbo was raving over them, actually. We had them in 7-on-7 when they first got here and they've done a great job. They listen. They don't have a lot of egos. They're great kids and they have a lot of personality, too."

Kenny Shaw: The biggest knock on Kenny coming in was never about ability, but about the need to add weight. Kenny was the best route runner in the nation arguably last year, and that has shown already. Head coach Jimbo Fisher has been very impressed by Shaw, saying, "he's as quick as heck and a great route runner. He's very polished, has very natural hands and can run."

Christian Jones: Simply put the arrest and suspension of Nigel Carr has propelled Christian into the role where he'll play a ton in the fall. Physically Jones is ready, and now he's been working hard to learn and cross train at both outside spots. Word from summer was how impressive Jones was in coverage. He can run with the tight end and he showed ability to cover the quicker guys in the slot.

Jeff Luc: Playing in the spring gives Jeff a leg up on the other freshmen. He's primed to be the primary back-up at MIKE. Rising junior Nigel Bradham had this to say after the second day of practice about the freshmen linebackers, "there are a lot of great young linebackers and they are going to get a lot of playing time," said Bradham, who mentioned Christian Jones, Jeff Luc and Telvin Smith by name. "Jones and Luc, they are like a different breed. They are pretty stout, I feel like they will be ready."

Lamarcus Joyner: Joyner didn't get off to a hot start when summer 7-on-7's were going on but that changed pretty quickly. Joyner has been praised by those close to the program. The comparison to Greg Reid is natural because they are similar in stature and playing style, but Joyner has shown a high level of aggression and explosiveness.

Chad Abram: Chad makes this list because there are a lot of question marks at safety behind Terrence Parks and Nick Moody. Chad has shown better ball skills than first thought, and he hass already made plays the first few days of practice.

Coach Fisher also had this to say about the highly-touted rrecruiting class, "I haven't seen them all summer," said Fisher, who talked excitedly about the newcomers. "I wouldn't throw any of them back. If our live-well was full, I'd get another live-well. I saw some things out there – energy level, ball skill (and) big guys changing direction. The young guys were running around. When they got to the drills, they knew what to do; they were just trying to find out where the drills were. The attitude was good and the work ethic was good."

Based off of what we've heard so far others like Darious Cummings, Greg Dent, Jarred Haggins and Will Tye have stood out so far. It looks like the 2010 class is off to a great start!

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