11 Returning Starters (6 on Offense, 5 on Defense)
Key Players: QB Drew Weatherford, RB Lorenzo Booker, WR Chris Davis, WR
Greg Carr, DT Andre Fluellen, LB Lawrence Timmons, LB Buster Davis, CB Tony
Carter, ROV Myron Rolle
Florida State lost some big-time players off last season’s ACC Championship
squad, but as usual will have former High School All-Americans waiting in the
wings. Drew Weatherford will be a more experienced quarterback, and the defense
should be very good.
Florida State has a good group of wide receivers, perhaps the best in the
ACC. Even after kicking Fred Rouse and Kenny O’Neil off the team in the
offseason, this group shouldn’t miss a beat. Chris Davis led the team in
receiving last season with 51 catches for 666 yards and five touchdowns, and
will be a major part of the offense again this season.
Greg Carr, who stands 6-6, is the big play threat. As a freshman last season,
he caught 30 passes for 618 yards and nine touchdowns. With a year of experience
under his belt, he has the opportunity to move to the same level as Georgia
Tech’s Calvin Johnson. De’Cody Fagg is very experienced and will play a major
role in FSU’s offense as well.
The offensive line still has to be considered Florida State’s weakness.
Almost every player on the line has played more than one position, which has
hurt their development. They do return five players with starting experience,
but there is still a tremendous amount of uncertainty up front, at least when
you compare it to the rest of the positions on offense.
Florida State only returns three full-time starters in the front seven, but
it should still be their strength in 2006. Lawrence Timmons is ready to be the
next great FSU linebacker, and Buster Davis will still be very good. Up front,
Andre Fluellen should have a great year at defensive tackle.
Darrell Burston and Alex Boston have never been flashy players at defensive
end, but they do have starting experience. This front seven will be blockable
only by the best of offensive lines.
The Seminoles still have some question marks in the defensive secondary. They
lost both starters at the safety positions, and returning starting cornerbacks
Tony Carter and J.R. Bryant struggled at times last season.
True freshman Myron Rolle is expected to start from day one at strong safety.
He can make a big impact if he is as good as expected, but there will probably
be some growing pains.
Florida State’s key game falls on September 16 against Clemson. The
Seminoles can lose to Miami and still make the ACC Championship Game, but losing
to a divisional rival is another matter. If FSU loses to Miami and
Clemson, the chances of making it to Jacksonville for the championship game get