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August 27, 2013

A Little More On Florida State's First Depth Chart

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Florida State's first depth chart of the young season was released shortly after the team took the practice fields today, just before 4 o'clock. If you haven't had a chance to check out the Seminoles' two-deep depth chart, you can click here to take a look.

There were some surprises in the listed starters and reserves, most notably Eddie Goldman will be one of the starting defensive ends while Dan Hicks is listed as the starting strong-side linebacker (or the SAM). 

This marks the third position in as many years for Hicks. The 6-4 260-pounder from Oxford, Mississippi was a defensive end at the start of his Seminole career before switching to tight end last season. He missed the year with a knee injury though and switched sides again during Spring. He was a presumptive starter at defensive end entering August, but will start September standing up at linebacker against the Pitt Panthers.

“Guys, Dan can run," said Jimbo Fisher after practice. "Dan’s a 110 [meter] high hurdle champion in Mississippi. You guys forget that Dan can cover."

Aside from Goldman at defensive end and Hicks at linebacker, the defense looked about like you would expect it to. Karlos Williams is listed as the backup free safety but figures to see the field plenty (just as all the DB's do).

Meanwhile, Jalen Ramsey has played well enough to be listed alongside Nick Waisome– last year's starter– as a second string corner. While Waisome has been working back from injury, Fisher was quick to assert that it wasn't Waisome slipping that has the two even, Ramsey has just been "that good."

Two other true freshman, EJ Levenberry and Matthew Thomas, are also listed on the two-deep depth chart on defense. Both are listed as back-up linebackers.

"All three of those guys are very high on the depth chart. They did a really good job, they came in, they’re smart. What the three of them all have in common: they don’t make mistakes, they’re very intelligent, they learn very well plus the athletic ability and size and speed," said Fisher.

"They learned and picked up the system, played hard, competed well and they earned a great job.”

Offensively, expect to see a heavy dose of freshmen in the receiving rotation. Jesus "Bobo" Wilson and Isaiah Jones are both listed on the depth chart and Levonte "Kermit" Whitfield should factor in offensively some during the 2013 season as well.

The rest of the offense looks like expected, the lone potential trouble spot being at right tackle where redshirt senior walk-on Jonathan Wallace backs up Bobby Hart.

Fisher was quick to remind reporters on Tuesday that this is just one game though and things will change week to week. He also added that the team is relatively healthy right now heading into week one.

“We’ve been very pleased, typical sore and banged but everybody should be ready by gametime," said Fisher. "The little bumps and bruises are healing up from camp.”

 

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Florida State Releases First Depth Chart of the Season

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On Tuesday afternoon, Florida State released the first depth chart of the season. There are a few surprises here, most notably Dan Hicks will be starting at the Sam linebacker position and Eddie Goldman is one of the team's starting defensive ends. Take a look at the entire depth chart below and I will be back with an in-depth look later tonight.

Offense

Quarterback
5 Jameis Winston 6-4 227 r-Fr.
14 Jacob Coker 6-5 230 r-So.

Tailback 
8 Devonta Freeman 5-9 203 Jr. or
32 James Wilder Jr. 6-2 226 Jr.

Fullback
41 Chad Abram 6-0 229 Sr.
44 Cameron Ponder 6-1 240 Jr.

Z-Wide Receiver  
1 Kelvin Benjamin 6-5 234 r-So.
3 Jesus Wilson 5-9 177 Fr.

Left Tackle
75 Cameron Erving 6-6 320 r-Jr.
78 Wilson Bell 6-4 314 Fr.

Left Guard
70 Josue Matias 6-6 322 Jr.
60 Jacob Fahrenkrug 6-4 326 r-Sr.

Center  
52 Bryan Stork 6-4 300 r-Sr.
53 Sterling Lovelady 6-3 291 Jr.

Right Guard
54 Tre' Jackson 6-4 330 Jr.
65 Ruben Carter 6-4 309 r-So.

Right Tackle  
51 Bobby Hart 6-4 315 Jr.
74 Jonathan Wallace 6-7 295 r-Sr.

Tight End
35 Nick O'Leary 6-3 248 Jr.
4 Giorgio Newberry 6-6 280 r-So.

Y-Wide Receiver
81 Kenny Shaw 6-0 170 Sr.
89 Christian Green 6-2 200 r-Jr.

X-Wide Receiver  
80 Rashad Greene 6-0 180 Jr.
84 Isaiah Jones 6-4 200 Fr.

Specialists

Placekicker
19 Roberto Aguayo 6-1 203 r-Fr.

Kickoff Specialist
19 Roberto Aguayo 6-1 203 r-Fr.

Punter  
38 Cason Beatty 6-3 229 So. DS
57 Philip Doumar 6-1 225 r-Sr.

Holder
38 Cason Beatty 6-3 229 So.

Punter Returner
81 Kenny Shaw 6-0 170 Sr.
80 Rashad Greene 6-0 180 Jr.
1 Tyler Hunter 5-11 198 Jr.

Kick Returner
9 Karlos Williams 6-1 223 Jr.
9 Levonte Whitfield 5-7 178 Fr.

Kick Returner  
20 Lamarcus Joyner 5-8 190 Sr.
80 Rashad Greene 6-0 180 Jr.

Defense

Left End
90 Eddie Goldman 6-4 303 So.
97 Demonte McAllister 6-2 290 r-Sr.

Defensive Tackle
99 Nile Lawrence-Stample 6-1 305 r-So.
43 Desmond Hollin 6-3 270 Jr.

Nose Guard  
8 Timmy Jernigan 6-2 296 Jr.
55 Jacobbi McDaniel 6-0 295 r-Sr.

Right End
15 Mario Edwards, Jr. 6-3 277 So.
21 Chris Casher 6-4 260 r-Fr. or
44 DeMarcus Walker 6-3 270 Fr.

Sam Linebacker
6 Dan Hicks 6-4 260 r-Sr.
52 Ukeme Eligwe 6-2 240 r-Fr.

Mike Linebacker
7 Christian Jones 6-4 235 Sr.
10 E.J. Levenberry 6-3 236 Fr. or
24 Terrance Smith 6-4 215 r-So.

Will Linebacker
22 Telvin Smith 6-3 218 Sr.
24 Terrance Smith 6-4 215 r-So. or
12 Matthew Thomas 6-3 215 Fr.

Cornerback
20 Lamarcus Joyner 5-8 190 Sr.
13 Jalen Ramsey 6-1 195 Fr. or
6 Nick Waisome 5-10 176 Jr.

Strong Safety
1 Tyler Hunter 5-11 198 Jr.
37 Keelin Smith 6-3 185 r-So.

Free Safety  
31 Terrence Brooks 5-11 200 Sr.
9 Karlos Williams 6-1 223 Jr.

Cornerback
26 P.J. Williams 6-0 190 So.
3 Ronald Darby 5-11 190 So.

 

For a more visual version of the depth chart click hereDownload Depth Chart

 

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