To be crystal clear, not every Juco ends up contributing immediately, or if at all, once they hit the D1 ranks. So with 7 of the 8 still healthy and ready to go for FSU, the Bobcats are relying heavily on this group of juco talent. Currently, Texas State has 5 of the 8 signees either in the "2 Deep" or even receiving 1st team reps. Here's our breakdown of the group: Javante O'Roy, CB (Jr.)
A mid year transfer who arrived on campus in January. Has battled for the opposite corner spot across from David Mims, and had a solid spring and fall camp. At least in practice, O'Roy has a knack for making the correct read, and then making a play. He will be used as a third or "Nickel" corner, and is entrenched in the "2 Deep" behind the aforementioned Mims and Brandon McDowell.
Lumi Kaba, PK/P (Jr.)
Has been the leader at both spots, Place Kicker, and Punter, and presumably will get first crack with RS Fr. James Sherman potentially switching in for field goal tries. Kaba has shown a tremendous leg and accuracy from both kicking positions. He nailed a 60 yard FG during camp and also boomed a 75 yard punt. Most importantly, his placement on punts has nailed him down the position of starter.
Teron Fitzgerald, SLB (Jr.)
Another signee who has had significant reps with the 1's. Is a pure athlete with good size and speed at the Stinger (SLB/OLB) position. Has good range and shown the ability to make plays in the flats, behind the line of scrimmage and in the box. Stephen Smith (Jr.) could be the opening day starter, but to see a lot of Fitzgerald.Chris French, TE (So.)
Has shown flashes of catching the rock when thrown his way, and uses his 6'4" 245lb frame, well for blocking. The emergence of 6'7" Lawrence White (Sr.) and Ryan Carden (Sr.), have had French working with the 2's & 3's. Is one play away from climbing up the depth chart, and has the tools to be an effective tight end.
Guiliano Cattaneo, OL (Jr.)
Signed in late July and has been on campus for less than a month. The 6'4" 310lb O-lineman played guard and tackle at the juco level, but Texas State has moved him inside to the center position. With Jackson Hoskins nursing an undisclosed injury, Cattaneo has gotten plenty of reps with the 1st team. At times he has struggled with low snaps, but progressed as camp went on. His size is also welcomed in the interior. Hoskins is expected to be at 100% for Florida State, but still expect Cattaneo to remain a part of the "2 Deep."
Tyler Siudzinski, RB (Jr.)
Originally, the last of the juco signees before Cattaneo was added. He proved to be a stout running back who runs much bigger than his listed 5'10" 185lb frame. Can run in and outside of the tackles, also has the ability to be used in the passing game. With two seniors ahead of him in Robert Lowe and Chris Nutall, Siudzinski and emerging RS Freshman Stedman Mayberry have seen their reps with the second and third teams.
Kwamane Bowens, WR (So.)
Although he red shirted for Butler JC (KS) last season, the former Hawaii transfer is making serious strides for PT and may surprise us some if he sees plenty of action as the season progresses. He's got speed to burn and showed during camp that he can separate from the defender, and get vertical. With Brice Gunter lost for the season, Bowens and Justin Gamble (Fr.) are set to gain the most in opportunities.
**Steven Eddings, DT (Jr.)
Was expected to contend for a starting spot at the defensive tackle position, but is now out for the season after suffering an Achilles tear. Although he has yet to log a snap for the 'Cats, his loss is a huge one. His 6'4" 295lb frame was being counted on to be a force in the trenches. He will have his senior year of eligibility left, and can petition the NCAA for an extra 6th year after he completes his eligibility.
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