Florida St 2015 Season Preview The 2014 season was a mixed bag for the Seminoles, as they won 13 games and their 3rd consecutive BCS crown, but got absolutely embarrassed by the Penn St Nittany Lions in the BCS title game. Thankfully, the sour taste of that blowout loss caused all FSU underclassmen to return for their senior seasons with the exception of star DE Jeremy Miller, who was told he was a lock 1st round NFL pick. The team is returning 15 out of 22 starters and looks like a preseason favorite to win the ACC and a good candidate to make a run at the BCS title. Offensive Outlook – The leaders of the offense will again be juniors Brenton Newby at QB and Andy Frank at HB. Both have started the past 28 straight games and their experience will be key to the success of the offensive unit. The team has to replace 2 starters at WR, but the position should be fine with returning contributor Maurice Jones and incoming freshman Jay Arnold, who was the #1 recruit in the nation last year and should bring speed to the offense that was missing last year. TE John Cantrell was a great addition to last year’s offense as a JUCO transfer, and looks to give Newby a solid target over the middle again in his senior year. The offensive line returns 4 of 5 starters, and the hope is that the experience gained by the 3 young players at RG, LT and RT will help them play a bit better in the big games in 2015. Another new weapon for this season will be HB David Carter, who sat out last year following a transfer, and will likely play as much WR as HB this year. He has great speed and receiving skills and should help the offense be more explosive in 2015. Defensive Outlook – The defense was awful in the last 3-4 games of 2014, and the coaches attribute that to having to be a bit too vanilla due to the youth in the secondary. Another year of development at the CB position, and the move to a multiple playbook that will utilize a large amount of 3-4 looks, causes hope that the defense will be more effective in user games. The team lost 3 out of 4 DE’s on the roster, and it appears that one of last year’s starting DT’s (Joseph Chambers or Matt Goodwin) will move to DE this year in the 3-4 base sets. The LB corp should be stacked this season, led by returning senior (and 4 year starter) MLB Chris Wright. He will be joined by OLB’s Grady Keyes and Jermaine Miller and sophomore MLB Eric Moore. Moore is a player that the coaches are excited to see get more playing time, at 6’3” and 268 lbs he is huge for a LB, but he has freakish athletic ability for a player that size (88 speed, 89 strength, 84 agility, 87 acceleration, 89 hit power). If the light turns on for him this year, it could be a great season for FSU. The secondary returns all players from last year, but they need to play better for this team to contend. CB Cory Jackson was the star of the unit last year, winning the Thorpe award as a true freshman, and he is joined by senior CB Skylar Roberts and juniors Alan Minor and Timothy Irvin. FS Robert Bowser and SS Henry Everson are both seniors and 3 year starters and should help anchor the unit. Team Prediction – Depending on the schedule, this team should be favored in nearly every game they play. Anything less than an ACC crown and a shot at the BCS title will be considered a large disappointment.