FSU Quarterbacks: B-
Heading out of spring camp Florida State’s starting quarterback job looked as though it had been nailed down by redshirt freshman Jameis Winston (6-4 227). With just weeks before the start of the season though, redshirt sophomore Jacob Coker (6-5 235) continues to challenge for the position. Either way, after two seasons with EJ Manuel under center, the Seminoles must now break in a new starting quarterback. Potential is high with both of FSU’s top two quarterbacks, but experience is not — between the pair they have attempted just six collegiate passes.
FSU Running Backs: A
Florida State hasn’t had a 1,000 yard rusher since Warrick Dunn and this might not be the year either, but that doesn’t mean the Seminoles aren’t more talented at the running back position than they have been in years. James Wilder Jr. (6-2 229) and Devonta Freeman (5-9, 203, Miami Central) will share the load for FSU this season. The duo combined for 1,295 yards and 19 touchdowns on the ground last year and those numbers should improve with Chris Thompson (722 yards, 5 TD in 2012) now in the NFL. Joining Freeman and Wilder are speedy freshmen Mario Pender (5-10 192) and Ryan Green (5-10 188).
Wide Receivers: C+
What once appeared to be a position of strength now has a depth chart that is starting to look tenuous. Since spring Florida State’s receivers have dropped like flies. Three seniors — Willie Haulstead, Greg Dent and Jarred Haggins — will all miss the season, and promising newcomer Marvin Bracy left the team to pursue a professional track career last April. That leaves a depleted unit with plenty of potential but very little experience. Starters Kenny Shaw (6-0 170) and Rashad Greene (6-0 180, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas) are both proven commodities and Kelvin Benjamin (6-5 235) and Christian Green (6-2 205) have some experience, but beyond that the Seminoles will need to rely on the contributions of newcomers to move the chains in 2013.
Offensive Line: B+
Florida State’s starting offensive line has come full circle and enters the 2013 season as a veteran unit. Just two years ago the Seminoles were forced to cobble together a line made up of freshmen and sophomores for their bowl game against Notre Dame. A conference title and an Orange Bowl win later, FSU’s line enters 2013 as juniors and seniors and has matured into one of the top units in the ACC. Depth, however, is a major issue facing this unit as Florida State is just a rolled ankle or a twisted knee from finding itself in the same predicament it faced a couple years ago at the Champs Bowl once again. Behind Florida State’s starting offensive line — lead by redshirt senior Bryan Stork (6-4 300) — the Seminoles have very few experienced linemen.
Defensive Line: B+
Florida State lost a lot of talent off 2012’s defensive line to the NFL draft, both starting ends were selected in the first 40 picks and five lineman in total are currently in NFL camps. 2013’s group has enough potential to be even better. In the middle, junior Tim Jernigan (6-2 294) has evolved into one of the most highly regarded defensive tackles in the country. Around him, tackle Demonte McAllister (6-2 298) and former No. 1 overall recruit Mario Edwards Jr. (6-3 278) are starting for the first time after making an impact as part of last year’s D-line rotation, senior Dan Hicks (6-4 260) is back at defensive end after a year on offense and a talented group of underclassmen waits in the wings.