Player Speak: Holtz, Gordon

J.P. Holtz--only a sophomore, is looked to as a leader on the offense. Shane Gordon, a more natural leader at middle linebacker and a senior, talks about the challenges of facing Florida State's offense.

For Shane Gordon, there could be no better way for the fifth-year senior to kickoff his senior season, by taking on Florida State. Gordon is a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

"Florida State is a good team, always relevant in getting players out of the state of Florida," Gordon said. "Just like we have to work our kinks out, they'll have to work their kinks out, too.

Gordon returns after battling a nagging ankle injury last year, and an offseason neck surgery. He's coming off arguably the best training camp of his career, and also a career-year in 2012 with 48 tackles, six tackles for losses and a team-best six pass breakups.

Holtz played in all 13 games a year ago, and finished with 13 catches for 173 yards as a true freshman--second-most among returning players.

While the tight end position battled injuries a year ago, and was a bit limited with just three bodies--mostly two--now has four in Holtz, Manasseh Garner, Scott Orndoff and Jaymar Parrish.

Even more unique than that number, the idea that all four can provide something different to the offense.


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