ACC Spring Preview: Florida State

ACC Spring Preview: Florida State

Football

ACC Spring Preview: Florida State

Florida State is coming off a solid season in which it went 10-3 in 2016, including an exciting Orange Bowl victory against Michigan. With big a big departure in Dalvin Cook at running back, the Seminoles season could be very different next year. That being said, I’d say prepare for an even stronger FSU squad in 2017.

Who they lost: Florida State is losing a very good amount of players, one of which being their best player in Cook. The running back was only a junior and with another year of eligibility. The Seminoles would have loved for him to stay. This past season Cook rushed for 1,765 yards and 19 touchdowns, also to go along with 488 receiving yards. Cook was one of, if not the best running backs in the country the past couple seasons. Although he is the best offensive player the Seminoles are losing, he is not the only talented player from that offense leaving. They’re also losing leading receiver Travis Rudolph, as well as offensive tackle Roderick Johnson. On the defensive side, they will be losing ACC Defensive Player of the Year DeMarcus Walker at defensive end, who ended up with 16 sacks last season. Also a notable loss on defense is Marquez White who had two interceptions.

Who is coming back: With FSU losing some talent, it is still returning some solid players. The Seminoles will return starting quarter back Deondre Francois, who had an absolute stellar freshman year. He will be a major key to the production of the offense this upcoming season. Leading tackler in linebacker Matthew Thomas will be returning as well. Not only was he the leading tackler, he also had 11 sacks. This team is not returning your usual “superstar” name players, but a large amount of solid players that play well together, which makes them a major threat.

Recruiting Class: Florida State made major moves in recruiting, again. The Seminoles signed a top five class. How do you replace Cook at running back? You go out and get the No. 2 rated player in the country in Cam Akers, who has the potential to step into a superstar role right out of the gate. Along with Akers, they were able to haul in six other top 100 recruits.

2017 Schedule: Although early in the season, FSU’s opener could be the biggest game of its season. On Sept. 2 the Seminoles open up against college football’s powerhouse Alabama, at a neutral site. This could be a game between the top two teams in the country. Then on Nov. 11 they visit defending champion Clemson in Death Valley in a game that will go a long way in deciding who will win the ACC Championship.

Projected finish: 10-2

 

We are now taking orders for our limited edition magazine Mission Accomplished. Remember Clemson’s championship season with this great magazine from the staff that covers Clemson football 365 days a year. Order your’s today to make sure you get a copy!

missionaccomplishedfinalcover

Latest

reply
6hr

How did Clemson’s commitments perform in their games on Friday night? The Clemson Insider has you covered with the top performances from future Tigers in Week 9: Clemson commit Trevor Lawrence took the (…)

reply
1d

Looking Ahead is a feature The Clemson Insider releases from time to time to take a look at where the Tigers stand with their top targets in the 2019 class. In this article, we look ahead at some of (…)

reply
1d

What’s trending on The Clemson Insider? A number of things, including the Clemson football team’s leaders stepping forward, an ESPN analyst on whether the Tigers are the nation’s best (…)

More The Clemson Insider
Home