The Freshmen Class: Who Plays?

The freshmen have made it through summer 7on7s and the first three weeks of camp, Florida State now begins preparation for game one vs. Samford. Which freshmen are expected to see the field in 2010? NoleDigest breaks it down.

Will not Redshirt

OFFENSE

Debrale Smiley (RB- Thomasville, Ga)

Smiley redshirted in junior college and has three years to play three. Smiley would not shirt anyway as he is ready to go from a physical standpoint.

Willie Tye (TE- Salisbury, Ct)

He certainly could use a redshirt year, but it just does not seem like that is the cards as one of the freshmen will need to play at some point--perhaps both. There are only two TEs who are upperclassmen and typically at least three are needed. Tye could surprise in the passing game.

DEFENSE

Jeff Luc (LB- Port St. Lucie, Fl)


Luc is going to push for playing time
Steve Chase, Scout.com

Luc went through Spring practice and entered FSU as a physical specimen. He is currently running with the second team and has seen some reps at each of the linebacker spots. MLB might be where he is best long-term. Barring injury there is no chance that Luc redshirts. We expect him to be really pushing to see the field by mid-season.

Lamarcus Joyner (CB- Miami, Fl)

Joyner was one of the most heralded recruits last year and he has not disappointed thus far. Athletically he is as good as advertised and he plays bigger and more physical than his size would indicate. His role will probably be evolving as the season progresses and it is safe to say he will be be a contributor in some capacity this season.

Christian Jones (LB- Winter Park, Fl)

Jones is ready to contribute right now probably starting on special teams and then working his way into some snaps as the season progresses. His time will come, perhaps sooner rather than later.

Darious Cummings (DT- Titusville, Fl)

There is not really much choice here with Cummings. He is going to need to be ready to play. He is just outside the two deep at a position that typically see's plenty of nicks and bruises. The good news is that is he is already bigger than expected and he will have some time to develop.

DE Bjorn Werner (DE- Salibury, Ct)

Werner is already on the two deep and is expected to add an infusion of talent to the defensive end position. There is no chance at a redshirt barring a season ending injury. While his youth will hurt some this year, the valuable experience will pay off down the road.

Anthony McCloud (DT- Thomasville, Ga)

Like Smiley, McCloud is not eligible to redshirt, he has three years to play three. McCloud is currently running with the second team after the injury to Moses McCray. He will get plenty of playing time in the Fall.

Up in the Air


Green will make a big impact down the road
Steve Chase, Scout.com

Christian Green (WR- Tampa)

Green is a tough decision because of a myriad of factors. He is a big time talent, but he is raw in the finer points of the position. He has been nicked up for much of camp. Depending on how the wide receivers do in the early part of the year, he could have some real opportunity in the second half of the season. He is the type of talent that is not likely to be here in year 5 anyway(NFL).

Greg Dent (WR- Belle Glade, Fl)

Dent can play this year, he understands the position, has great hands, knows how to get separation, and is physically ready. The question is whether or not there are the snaps for him. While the top four WRs are somewhat established it seems to be open after that which makes this a call that will not be made for awhile. In the end we don't think he shirts.

Kenny Shaw (WR- Orlando, Fl)

You can pretty much cut and paste the Greg Dent write-up here with the one difference being that Shaw could use a year in the weight room. On the flip side the kid is just a natural wide receiver and can make plays right now; he may be able to help this season. We would expect at least one of Dent/Shaw to redshirt.

Telvin Smith (LB- Valdosta, Ga)

Nigel Terrell (LB- Pelham, Al)

Holmes Onwukaife (Leander, Tx)

These three freshmen linebackers are not expected to see the field much with Luc, Vincent Williams, and Jones backing up the starters, but at least one, probably two, and perhaps three will be needed on special teams. It will take some time to sort that out. We would like to see at least one and preferably two shirt.

Chad Abrams (S- Lakeland, Fl)

Abram is physically ready, but has some experience in front of him right now. With the new scheme by Coach Stoops it is going to take some time to get things right in the defensive backfield. In the end, Abrams could be a part of that. He could be valuable on special teams.

Redshirt Candidates

Tank Sessions (TE- Decatur, Ga)


Sessions can use the redshirt year to add size and learn the finer points of the position
Steve Chase, Scout.com

This would be a luxury given the depth chart as it means that Reliford, Little, and Tye enjoyed solid health for the season. As optimists we will take that approach and Sessions can have a year to get acclimated and fill out his frame. He can play and has been impressive at times in camp.

Clint Trickett (QB- Tallahassee, Fl)

Even though he enrolled early and was here for the Spring, Trickett is an ideal redshirt candidate. He needs to get physically stronger while learning the system. A solid 10-15 pounds should go a long way as he will battle in the Spring for the starting job.

Terrence Brooks (CB- Dunnellon, Fl)

As long as he is not required to be on special teams, Brooks seems like a good candidate to redshirt. He has four CBs in front of him right now and Ochuko Jenije would likely be moved back before we went with Brooks. He has had his moments in camp, but has been a little banged up recently.

Danny Foose (OL- Paramus, NJ)

In a perfect world we have the opportunity to redshirt all(or most) offensive linemen. The depth chart appears to be deep enough for Foose to do just that. Coach Viloria has a lot to work with here.

Jarred Haggins (WR- Lakeland, Fl)

The best two reasons to redshirt Haggins are that there is plenty of depth in front of him and he needs the time to adjust to the position. He has looked very good at WR, better than expected.

Cameron Erving (DT- Moultrie, Ga)

Again this would be blessing as he is the 6th healthy DT on the roster right now. He has great size and an appetite for learning, but he would be best served redshirting this year. The big fella looks like he might be a player down the road.

Did not qualify

DeJoshua Johnson (WR- Pahokee, Fl)

Damien Jacobs (DT- Gray, La)

Both players are enrolled at East Mississippi Community College. Jacobs seems like the more likely to come back, perhaps as soon as next year.

OUTLOOK: This is really looking like an excellent class right now. It seems that a good number of players have exceeded expectations and the next level talent is obvious. While this is typically the case at this time of year---it is the time of eternal optimism in the college football world---there seems to be a different buzz with this group. We can only hope that feeling is the right one.


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