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  1. macc24usc

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    After a dismal campaign the Florida State Seminoles have went in a new direction this afternoon hiring young protege head coach Shaun Macc. Macc served as a coach in the Nike Football Training Camps the last few years and has served as a defensive backs coach for Southern California under Lane Kiffin. He is most known for his work in the Elite 11 QB Competitions so his experience coaching and around young talent is going to certainly benefit him when recruiting. It's no question FSU brought him in for his ability to haul in talent, he is an expert recruiter who stops at nothing to bring in talent taylor made for his system.

    "I want to thank everyone today for having me here. It's great to be a Seminole and the man expected to lead the new charge - into ACC supremacy and national championship contention."

    Macc brings in with him a fresh offensive system - a balanced pro style with West Coast concepts. On offense he preaches speed and power and will substitute his players to utilize them for their strong suits. He is known for the dual backfield where two running backs shine, some duos both eclipsing 1000 yard seasons. He always has a productive quarterback whose often times a bit too confident and throws a lot of interceptions - Macc's achilles heel.

    Defensively, expect to see a stout 4-3 system in line with emphasis put on his defensive backs to do a lot. Not only cover in pass but also ALL help out in run support. Macc's ability to coach defensive backs has produced a ton of talent in the NFL and guys who play for him are a known commodity among scouts. Kids recognize this at an early age and gravitate towards him. Macc likes to recruit big nasty's on his DLine, sometimes guys with some character flaws that he sacrifices for raw power and aggression. Macc's Lineman are known to draw a flag or two, and he's not afraid to let them hear it when they do.

    "I want to bring a big nasty defense here to Tallahassee, I want people to be scared when they see us on their schedule and I want Doak Campbell Stadium to have it's old feel back. I don't want to be able to think on those sidelines"
     
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    In what's been an exciting week thus far throughout social media and ESPN reporting Florida State recruiting is really heating up after the hire of Coach Macc.

    Players have been using there twitter accounts to express great interest in the program,

    @MJ88ALLDAY (consensus #1 WR Marcus Johnson, North Ft. Myers, FLA) - "@CoachMacc at FSU! WOW! My recruiting just heat up big time. New top 3 - UF, GT, FSU in no order! I would love to catch passes in his offense"

    @PatDunbarMLB (#1 MLB according to espn, Pat Dunbar, Fort Riley North, KS) - "I may be giving some extra through to my recruiting. One of my favorite coaches at The Opening this summer just took a job and they've been calling me all week"

    @NOFLYZONEAG23 (highly recruited ATH Aaron Gallagherm, Warington, FLA) - "Florida State may have broken into my top 10 this week"

    Some real quality prep stars have given FSU an extra look and it appears Macc is on a roll with a lot of these kids. A victory over ranked Notre Dame this week could mean huge implications for FSU and there class thus far, who have allready received a 4* pledge from local star DE Malcolm Cook.

    "Malcolm is first and foremost, a terrific character kid. When seeing him play this summer you really admire his tenacity and approach but when you talk to this kid or try to coach or teach - his feedback and turnaround is phenomenal. You can tell this kid something once and an hour later see him allready have had it perfected and added to his bag of tricks. He isn't an especially quick End, he has great strength and ability to forcefully push off of blocks and make plays. He is a nightmare in the run game for offenses and always makes tackles when his team needs him to on sweeps or reverses when he's the last guy among the front 4. His play stands out and I can see his senior year being filled with highlight tape material. You don't find a guy who hits this hard in high school often" his future coach said about him.
     
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    NCAA has reported it's week 2 matchup with FSU and Notre Dame will NOT feature FSU head coach Shaun Macc this week. NCAA violations on the hiring of a coach mid-season force him to sit out one game prior to coaching his team. It was a questionable decision by the school to bring him in but his recruiting prowess alone is enough to get the Noles in the right direction.
     
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    Haha great stuff on your first day, good reads. Keep it up
     
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    In a crazy turn of events the NCAA accepted FSU's appeal to allow their new head ball coach coach in what could've been an ACC Coastal decidiing game, vs. Notre Dame.

    Coach Macc's Seminoles lost to a much more talented ND team, by a score 24-17. Coach Macc is thrilled about his teams effort despite a narrow margin loss. He raved about how hard his team played and how close they came in this game.

    "With a bit more talent here in Tallahassee we will be able to compete with Notre Dame and there should be more classics for fans for years to come."

    Notre Dame secured victory over North Carolina last week, FSU's opponent next week by a large margin. The Tarheels also put up 24 points on ND so it's likely we will see two matched offenses duking it out here. It should come down to defensive play and who wins the turnover battle. Macc always preaches - turnover battle and 3rd down conversion tell the tale of the game.

    The Seminoles jumped out to a 21-3 lead over Pitt this week and almost let it slip out of their grasp. The defense stood tall and the offense took a knee after forcing a punt late in the 4th to ice the game 24-17.

    "Our defense really stood tall and kept us in it. We got some really explosive plays out of our offense and we padded enough of a cushion to keep the W. It might not have been the prettiest victory but we will take them any way we can in a super competitive division like the ACC"
     
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    FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES 1/3 SEASON WRAP-UP

    We're through 6 weeks in the college football season and the Florida State Seminoles appear to be a team on the uprise. They began the season dropping low-margin games to 2 top 3 teams in this weeks power rakning - Georgia Tech in week 2 and Notre Dame in week 3. These two games were lost by a total of 15 points, and the 5 point heartbreaker was to a Georgia Tech squad without their Head Coach Shaun Macc. Since Macc's come in, he's revived life in Tallahassee with signing big prospects and winning some big games. Macc's first game against Notre Dame many believe the Noles came within inches of bringing the game into overtime with a team anybody could make an arguement is the top team in the country. They certainly have the countries best player in Heisman contender JR Gant. They caused him to throw two interceptions, held him to 61 yards rushing and 0 touchdowns on the ground. All the while on the road in the hostile environment in South Bend. Although the Noles would've loved to take this one home, there's no question the team and it's fans consider this a big time moral victory moving forward. The Noles went into Pittsburgh the next week and held onto a 24-16 victory over the Panthers at Heinz Field. True freshman wideout Chip Mitchell had his breakout game and set the tone for the receiving corps really opening the eyes of many earning his respect with his ability to stretch the field. Mitchell has been by far the teams most explosive player on either side of the ball, coaches are raving about his ability to break tackles and find holes in coverage. Mitchell has rumbled into the endzone an astonishing 8 times so far through just 6 games, and most of those catches have been big time plays that he burned coverage down field.

    The next week the 1-2 Noles took on North Carolina in Chapel Hill and dropped another game 34-24 in what was a game that could've been said they had it in their hands. Coach Macc quoted after the game "we let it slip away and let our gameplan fall apart" as visuals of Tar Heel RB Ron Brady running for 100+ 2nd half yards despite a quiet first half put the Heels on top. This was a big loss for the Seminoles because they lead a majority of the game and allowed the Heels to explode for 17 4th quarter points. Coach Macc and his team went back to the drawing board and prepared all week for their next opponent, North Carolina State.

    NCSU came into Tallahassee and they quickly regret making the trip. This game was an onslaught of defensive explosiveness for the Seminoles as they harassed NCSU QB Jones all game and allowed him to throw just one completion. The final score was a 34-14 and Coach Macc couldn't have been happier with his defense allowing a dismal 60 yards of total offense for the WolfPack. Chip Mitchell had another solid outing with a season high 9 catches for 165 yards and a TD, that was the go-ahead score for a lead they would hang onto the rest of the game coming seconds before going into the half.

    Coach Macc and a prepared Seminoles team went into Death Valley this week and handled rival Clemson easily by a score of 28-14. Clemson didn't score in the 2nd half and the Noles stepped on the gas peddle despite playing without offensive captain and sparkplug QB Steve Pennington. Pennington went down with bruised ribs in the first drive of the game and backup QB Brian Morgan had a smooth 12/27 279 yard 4TD 2INT game and looked poised on the road, vs. a rival and appeared to not skip a beat in terms of the chemistry Pennington and Mitchell have developed as he found the freshman for a season high 3 TD scores, 5 catches 171 yards. This gave the Seminoles fans a glimpse into the future of the team as Morgan looks to take over the reigns of the QB position that will be vacated by SR Pennington after this year. Morgan isn't as mobile as his upperclassmate but he is certainly able to huck the ball down field just as well. It will be an interesting transition the Seminoles make into the prototypical offense run by Coach Macc, known as a West Coast concept style.

    Offensively, we've talked about "King" Chip "The Ripper" Mitchell as many ESPN commentators have given him nicknames with his continuous cameos on SportsCenter Highlight of the Nights, the true freshman wideout sensation standing all of 5'10 tall and 177 lbs. but it may be on the other side of the ball that takes claim to the teams most effective player. SR DE Tommy Woods (6'5 285.lbs) is a FORCE off of that weakside edge. He has used the success of MLBs Mike Wesley and James Pettway to pave his way into stardom within the FSU campus, as he has recorded 7 sacks allready this season (15 tackles, 11 TFL) and he doesn't appear to be anywhere near complete. Woods destroys the competition and plays with a reckless abandon. He is the defense's shining star despite having two impact players at linebacker in Wesley and Pettway, who have (25 tackles, 10 TFL, 2 sacks, 1 INT) and (15 tackles, 6 TFL, 3 sacks, 1FF) on the year, respectively.

    So here are the Florida State Seminoles, 3-3 and clawing back form a rough start to the campaign. 2 of the 3 losses were on the road, the only other to GT by the smallest margin. Looking ahead, if the Noles can win out the rest of their non-user season games they will go into the heated rivalry with the user coached Florida Gators 8-3 and a win in the Swamp would give the Noles a 9-3 record looking from the outside in at a potential BCS bid. This would be an amazing ending to the first year head coach Macc, but it looks like they'll need to battle with GT, NC and ND as those 3 other solid ACC teams will be looking for bids as well.

    Also looking ahead, think about next season - Notre Dame, North Carolina, Clemson, and the Florida Gators should all be coming INTO Tallahassee. Many question if the team will be able to bounce back from a huge talent loss after this senior class graduates but Macc is hopeful he can address a few issues in the recruiting class this season. Speaking of recruiting, the team has inked 3 prospects - two within the ESPNU150 and the other within the ESPNU300 the #197 overall prospect RB Matt Alexander who many believe has the potential to be a productive back in his second year with the program.

    The season may not have started out like the team planned, but there is no question this is a team on the uprise and a team that's playing solid football. They have only one remaining user game on the year so a, dare I say 9 or 10 win season is still very capable. You couldn't expect much more from a first-year head coach in this league and that would give FSU all kinds of momentum heading into next season.
     
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    FSU END OF SEASON OVERVIEW/ NEXT SEASON PREVIEW.



    FSU had a slip up a few weeks ago in Gainesville, the topic of discussion not many on the team were willing to have. A late 4th quarter collapse with a game at hand in the Swamp left a sour taste in the mouthes of anybody who was rooting for the FSU Seminoles. It left a gut wrenching feeling for all ACC conference selection Josh Beach, a senior who would play his second last collegiate game that night, and allow a Gator receiver to streak down the field on a desperation 4th down attempt for a touchdown in the 11 point 4th quarter collapse. The goal all year was a BCS Game and even though the Noles had an 8 game win streak going into Gainesville AND an 11 point 4th quarter lead……. they fell short of that goal, what appeared to be the fairy tale ending to the first year head coach taking a classic power football factory and rebuilding it in such short time.

    The test is not over for Shaun Macc, oh no. He understands what lies ahead may be the toughest task of his career. He loses senior talent all OVER the field in Tallahassee and returns only 8 starters.


    QB - He loses the veteran leadership of a QB who finished the year with nation 2nd-ranked 41 passing touchdowns, also a school record. What really will be interesting is determining whether or not the complete style transformation from Pennington to current SO Ryan Morgan, who is a tall (6'4 192.lbs) pocket passer who without question has a better pocket awareness and displays a much stronger arm velocity and accuracy wise. Morgan however gives up a ton of athletic measureables. Morgan comes back with 2 years of experience and he is likely to mature fast this off season as he's the bonafide front runner next year, next years starting QB headed into camp.

    His “would be backup” Traevon Banks, a freshman former 5star recruit FSU’s prized possession from the 16 class. Banks had it in his recruitment he would play day 1, a pitch to get the program some notoriety. Banks has a ton of raw athletic skill and can quite literally play all over areas of the field and be effective. He is a 6’3 190.lbs rangy athlete whose strongest skill set are in pass coverage where he excels in man, zone and press. Banks however was used in high school as the option QB and believed he could beat out senior Stephen Pennington for the job. He considered cornerback a “chore” putting emphasis on “secondary” when referring to the DB unit. He began the year feeling like he was owed something until his new coach came in. The two butt heads for a long time with Macc attempting to convince Banks to redshirt to improve his already terrific game. He declined so Macc opted to keep him on the bench and his name as the THIRD string QB on the team depth chart to prove a point. Banks initially reacted poorly but after a short talk with his coach telling him he believes he projects at this level as a QB….but at the NFL level as a shut-down corner…argueably the most athletically demanding position in all of sports. Banks eventually bought into the system and agreed to make the transition beginning this off-season. He will join a defensive back corps likely to be alarmingly thin in depth and talent next season with all four starters graduating.

    Expect FSU to swing for the fences next year and attempt to bring in a big time talent at the QB position.

    RB – Not many feel like Brandon Hurst will test the pros, he bought into his coaches system early and he shined in certain games. The recruitment of ATH Chris Fields has been alarming from a carry-sharing point of view but it`s been said that Fields may substitute well with Hurst and create a change of pace for defenses. Hurst has the big play ability, he`s flashed some big time plays with 3 over 20 yards this year on a long of 62. He had a terrific 119 yard 2TD Champ`s Sports Bowl and that`s what brought most of the pro talk out. Hurst is likely to return, his professional ceiling is much higher if he displays the ability to be effective in a 2 back system – what most professional teams currently run. The Seminoles had really one pace on the ground – Brandon`s and he`s not particularily a runner known for speed. The chance to improve the Seminoles piss-poor effort on the ground this season is strong with 3 young starters returning and the addition of Fields.

    There will be a need to replace Hurst, but with Fields and fellow 4star Matt Alexander create not glaring desire to find this as a position of need.

    WR/TE – This group was quite far the most surprising of the bunch. What looked to be an immediate need for talent recruiting wise turned out to be an offensive unit that, gasp – carried the team this year. Pennington`s numbers are without question some of the best of a FSU QB ever, but the emergence of true freshman Chip Mitchell was a pleasant surprise and really caught the eye nationally of the new head coach. Cue up ol Coach Macc former receivers coach to come in and produce a unit that delivered a 1658 yard, 24 TD receiver (Mitchell)…. A 796 yard, 10 TD (SR Matt Robertson, and on just 29 catches!!!) ….and TWO above 500 yard 30 catch receivers who combined for 10 TDs. Some think Pennington`s season was all his doing, don`t be surprised next year if this unit produces more than this seasons total of 3562 yards.

    5star standout Marcus Johnson joins Chip Mitchell and current JR Joel Gant to make up the likely top 3 receiving targets next year. Johnson is a mammoth compared to Mitchell and many feel as though he has even better hands. Marcus will play flanker next year and assume the role of Matt Robertson. 4star TE Scott Clay may be buried in depth the next couple of years. He may make a switch to fullback.

    OLINE – This unit loses two first team all-conference selections in G Leon Johnson and RT Joseph Burks. Returning 3 upperclass starters is much better than losing 3 seniors so expect the incoming 4star T Tom Wynn to redshirt, but jump right into the mix the following year. They return what will likely be a pre-season All American LT Brian Robertson, C Dion Hawkins who will be just a junior along with G Joel Ewing… will be SR LT David Watson will jump at the opportunity at playing time, so expect a switch for him to the right side and there to be an all-out battle for the rights to that starting LT spot. Will-be seniors Mike Morris and Tom Johnson will battle for Leon’s vacant LG spot. 4star commit Ben White appears to have suffered an awful knee tear that will cause him to miss his freshman year and is apparently expected to set him back physically by light years. Coach Macc has confirmed he will remain loyal to Ben’s scholarship and proceed to help him rehabilitate.

    It’s unknown if the Noles are content with their young OLine or if they will go at other big names next year. Look for them to keep local talent but not reach too far for unlikely candidates.

    DLINE - Here’s a unit that loses it’s 4th best pass rusher in DE Tommy Woods, many had on their end of the year All American ballot but will bring back 3 will-be seniors, DE Scott Potts and DTs Mike Thomas and Scott Curtis, considered good young talent. Woods had 9.5 sacks, 16 tackles going for a loss. He was disruptive but the second best end on his team. This was a unit that did a lot of the “heavy lifting” allowing the linebackers to be so dominant, they will need to improve next year to stand up to teams like North Carolina, Notre Dame and Florida late in games.

    The coaching staff really knocked one out of the park in this area in recruiting this year.
    This team is set next year they won’t skip a beat replacing Potts will be incoming freshman Ricky Slaughter a 3star prospect out of Wyonming. Slaughter is a beast of a man at 6-7 250.lbs and possesses a frame much like Tommy Woods but with a considerable advantage in speed rush. He and will-be senior Matt Jackson will be a fierce battle.

    LB – This is a unit that took two extremely strong and sound linebackers in Mike Wesley and James Pettway and stretched their potential to be first-round potential picks in this years upcoming NFL Draft. The play of those two was outstanding, combining for 86 tackles and 24.5 sacks… it would be impossible to duplicate those kinds of numbers, especially being very thin at depth after this class leaves. It’s unknown if Macc will go again with the Base Nickle 4-3 package and run with just two linebackers or if it was strictly a personnel decision. Current SO OLB Chris Booker and FR Marcus Holt saw limited action this year, but Booker shows promise and could be that #2 coming into next year. Holt is a bit of a project and may transfer to MLB but he would be behind incoming 5star Patrick Dunbar.

    Patrick Dunbar is the teams prized recruit and 4* ATH Nathan Johnson is no slouch. He is a huge prospect who can diagnose a play and make tackles consistently. Although considered very raw at this point, after a redshirt year his blend of size, speed and ability to get off blocker is going to give him a run for his money in the linebacker corps. He should be a star in his later years.

    CB – Here is a unit that wishes it could return more talent. Seniors Josh Beach and Tony Howell were all-conference worthy and Howell is much of the reason so many members of this years team bought into Macc’s system so early. Beach churned out a magical Champs Bowl Game, redeeming his nightmare performance in the week 14 matchup with the Florida Gators where the replay of that UF receiver running down the field to take the lead plays in his head over and over. He was all over the field and was one of the more dominant players on this defense. Beach’s 7 picks lead the team, Howell matched up against the best receiver on every team they played this year. Next year, it will be a very interesting fall camp. There better be some big-time improvement from junior-to-be Dwayne Gamble because he will be on an island every game next year. The addition of aforementioned Traevon Banks is promising but he would’ve been much more prepared had he worked with this unit all of last season. His skills are there but his on the field awareness will need to improve. Justin Johnson wasn’t capable of playing at this level this year, let’s see if an offseason proves otherwise.

    This was the biggest upset of the class. They needed help, just one big cover corner and they whiffed on a few. Coach Macc panicked and grabbed commitments from two medium caliber junior college prospects to fill a need at depth and Chad Newton was a late commitment who has the size and athleticism, but currently lacks the man coverage skills to be the guy next year, so look for them to hit the ground running on some local and pipeline talent.

    S – Not enough can be said of the transformation of Tony Givens. The talent was always evident but the 6-5 199.lbs safety really put it together during the 3rd week and became the unspoken leader of the defense. His 72 tackles on the year lead the team and his 4 picks was tied for 3rd. His 2 sack Champs Bowl performance reminded many why him not being a first ballot All American was a real insult. His presence gave the Seminoles their attitude and his role will be missed. Coach Macc is a well known for his production of professional defensive backs and Givens season is direct proof. He has projected as a high 2nd round pick with the ability to rotate between Rover Linebacker and Free Safety. His partner Scott Walker really over achieved and brought in 6 picks on the year, 2nd on the team.

    Another area of concern for the Noles. They brought in Dee Robertson who is a spitting image of Givens with the 6-5 200 pound frame but he’s not projected to be as college ready as expected. Look fore this to be a position recruits flock this year and look for it to be one Macc takes advantage of.
     
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    End of Year Overview
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    Last year around this time we were discussing the FSU regular season after a painful loss to the rival Gators. The team only had the bowl selection to look forward to and they would find out they wouldn't need to go too far from home because it would be the Champs Sports Bowl against USF in Orlando. They proceeded to take practice very seriously, but it was clear those returning had their eyes allready set on next year.

    A year later the Noles lost to defending National Champs Notre Dame before giving ACC powerhouse Georgia Tech a game to remember. They knocked off cross ACC opponent North Carolina and an overtime thriller in Tallahassee went the Seminoles way as they extracted revenge versus the rival Gators.


    We talked seniors and draft projections, current players and potential roles, and talked about the incoming recruits and what we thought the staff would focus on target wise in recruiting. I'll take a few peices I predicted about each unit from last year and summarzie how right or wrong I was.

    QB - "loses veteran leadership"

    The team may have lost their captain QB Steve Pennington, but that role was quickly assumed by Chip Mitchell. The do it all receiver sets an example with not only his play but in between the whistles. It's not neccesarily a bad thing this happened breaking in a new QB and he may be around for the next generation QB at FSU, #1 QB 4* Shaun Reddick, from all the way across in Farmington Hills, MI. This pocket passer is undoubtedly the next QB in line. Expect Reddick to make a push for playing time, especially if Morgan continues to have turnover issues.

    RB - "There will be a need to replace Hurst, but with Fields and fellow 4star Matt Alexander create not glaring desire to find this as a position of need."

    This was a unit that, let's be honest lacked. Maybe they were overshadowed by a high octane passing attack, they had all the talent to at least within the top 50. Instead they finished as the second last in the country. Look for this to be an area that is addressed prior to Reddick coming in and being expected to sling it like Ryan Morgan.

    We were right about them not making any of the elite prospects as targets but don't let that you believe they may not have received some elite talent. Coach Macc added two speedsters to his running back stable, both 3* gem prospects Rashad Moore (Fountain, CO) and Deon Moss (Conyers, GA). Both of these guys flash too much speed to be kept on the bench. Expect Moore to be the teams return specialist and Moss to be the back-up tailback. He flashes a 2nd and 3rd gear that Chris Fields lacks, if Fields could transform to the short-yardage, power back that could really open up the playbook for Moss to get some looks.

    WR - " don`t be surprised next year if this unit produces more than this seasons total of 3562 yards."

    Add in true freshman Lonnie Woodson's 519 yards and 7TDs because he played more receiver than TE.... and we were right on the money with a bowl game still to play. Marcus Johnson was a huge signing for the Seminoles but dropped off towards the end of the year according to some scouting websites, labelled a "bust". He's been everything but. Literally taken over as the teams #1 guy in games and that's scaring seeing as Chip Mitchell gets just as many looks. The duo formed for 140 combined catches, 70 a peice. The idea of them returning improved, is scary.

    The possibility of Chip Mitchell entering the pro draft fore-going his senior season is enough to believe this staff will focus primarily on this unit next season. Despite having last word with WR Marlon Washington, on campus for a visit last week he was sure about his decision to stay home despite the Sooners late on the recruit front. The coaching staff said this was the most unpredictable miss because this was a guy who they had at camps in the spring. Washington is a flat out monster receiver with amazing top-end speed so this is a big miss and the staff will likely attempt to go at another speedster or two next fall.

    OLINE - This will be the unit that received the biggest shakeup of them all. Just about all thats known is that incoming freshman Marvin Caldwell will redshirt and stay at guard. The rest remains to be seen because there are not tackles in-coming capable to take a starting position after whiffs on top prospects.

    They will need to make an impact in the recruiting cycle this year.

    DLINE - "This team is set next year they won’t skip a beat replacing Potts will be incoming freshman Ricky Slaughter"

    This could be a unit that plays 4-full seasons together. There projects to be four freshman on the defensive line, from a pure talent based stand-point currently. The staff was lucky enough to keep Ricky Slaughter the mammoth DE caged up in a redshirt, along with DT Malcolm Cook. The staff is hard at work on top remaining uncommitted prospects DT Rocky Johnson and DE Marcus Williams, who would likely play over an upperclass that is not as physically gifted.

    I wouldn't be surprised if they attempted to stock pile some talent here to create a rotation after next year.

    LB - Wow. Not enough can be said about true freshman Patrick Dunbar. His ability to flash in this defense made doubters believe Macc may be capable of maximizing the talent of a freshman other than a wide receiver with Dunbar's monsterous 75 tackle, 52 solo, 29 TFL, 24 sack, 2FF season. We believed he would be good - we didn't think he would be argueably the best defensive player in the country. Coach told us he would make this guy the center of his defense and all Dunbar did is likely bring a Bednarik and Nagurski trophy to Tallahassee - which would be firsts for both, for the record.

    OLBs were a top priority in this cycle and they missed on the top 2 guys. Luckily, linebackers coach found some 3* gems, almost identical OLBs in Brad Montgomery and Ben Brantley. Both look the part of two guys you want getting off the bus first to represent the toughness of your team and run like the wind. With some seasoning tackling, these two could be a deadly combination. Dunbar being so dominant allows the staff to use a scholarship grooming a backup for when he leaves.

    CB - "Here is a unit that wishes it could return more talent"

    We apparently couldn't have been farther off because this unit bolstered TWO Thorpe Finalists. Traevon Banks was by far the teams most improved player and towards the end of the year was playing his best football. He is an absolute ball-hawk that scored that scored 6 touchdowns, some as he was the teams return specialist. Dwayne Gamble came into spring camp and showed us immediately he was not messing around. He proved early he was ready to elevate his game to the level neccesary he took over the #1 spot and played against every teams top receiver. Absolute shame his injury comes before the Bowl Game - and while you never hope a kid gets hurt it could almost guarentee he's back for another year.

    Two early whiffs on top targets may very well have been a blessing in disguise to land Chris Bryant and Travis Hunter, two out of state 4* lockdown corners. They're on the field right away to form a 4-deep rotation very capable of making plays and defending the pass all around. Another area the staff may want to consider stock piling.

    S - "Another area of concern for the Noles. "

    0/2 defensive backs. We really underestimated Macc's staff on those aspects. Unfortunately for Seth Bleak - there might be too much talent coming in to keep their starting spots. Understand that there is still a spring camp to be played and it's expected these two will progress but there's no denying Jordan Smith is just too good to not take over a spot. He is going to thrive in Macc's system and could bring home a few Thorpe awards.

    Our team really likes what Curtis Brown has done to finish out his senior year. He was a guy late in the year that got and offer and committed. He's got good size and he may very well get on the field with good speed and zone coverage skills. But this is a unit that could use some help, potentially on some low-risk targets.
     
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    2019 FSU Spring Game Recap

    4/14/2019
    by Corey Dowler | ESPN.com
    TALLAHASSEE -- Ryan Morgan took the field today with little to no signs of rust. In fact he was chucking the ball around the field unlike we'd ever seen him before, quite the feat for a guy who passed for 3700 yards last year and nearly 40TD passes. He appears to have refined his mechanics in the off-season and improved his accuracy espeically on the deep ball. He looked exceptionally well finding freshman TE Darren Heyward who is likely to be a big part of the team's offense this year. It couldn't be any more obvious that Morgan's #1 priority is limiting turnovers, look for an improved rushing attack to help that.

    Backup QB Paul Cain may be the most accurate QB of the bunch but gives up arm strength and leadership qualities found in Morgan. Cain is a serviceable backup and it's a surprise to see him not elect to transfer out to greener pastures this off-season.

    Freshman QB Shaun Esserie got a lot of work in this off-season graduating early from HS and enrolling early at FSU. He has an arm just as advertised by those when he was being recruited and looks very comfortable in the system.

    For the game, the offense and defense both had shining moments. The teams pass defense is likely it's strength on that side of the ball, between the freshman 4 pass rush they will dial up and the new pieces on the team in Travis Hunter and Chris Bryant adding some athleticism to a defensive back unit that lacked that last season. The top 4 appear to be Dwayne Gamble, Traevon Banks and the two freshman likely get a ton of reps in Nickle and Dime situations. We expect a lot out of Christ Bryant who is a lockdown corner who will likely replace Gamble when he graduates this year. Promising play from FS Jordan Smith has been evident as the coaching staff moved an All American to the other safety spot to fit him into the lineup. He moves well and tackles without any help.

    Clearly the passing offense is the teams strength with the ball. Marcus Johnson has worked hard this off-season to improve his quickness and route runnning, he looks primed for a big year with a ton of targets. Chip Mitchell looks like a lightning bolt out there, he's really improved his quickness and should draw a ton of attention from defenses. Freshman Darren Heyward is our early candidate for break-out freshman as he looks to be the teams #3 target despite being on campus for just a few short weeks.

    RB Chris Fields may be the offenses most improved prospect as he's assuming the role of the feature back this season. Fields gets to top speed very quickly and provides a bruising style that makes it tough for defenders to bring down on initial contact. We expect Fields to garner 15-20 touches per game as he's very valueable in the passing offense as well. Deon Moss the freshman tailback brought in this year looks terrific as well. He provides some nice speed that should create balance running the ball. This is an area the offense completely understands they will need to improve from last years dismal effort. It appears some new formations and sets have been installed to improve this area. Moss has been taking a majority of the 2nd string hand offs. Freshman RB Reshad Moore can flat-out fly. He has been extremely fun to watch on special teams thus far and appears to be the lead candidate for the teams return specialist.

    The outside of the OLine could use a boost with two first-year players assuming the tackle spots. Thankfully this means they won't need to search far to replace them for a few years to come, still the coaching staff hoped they could bring in a blue-chipper to assume one of the spots. Thomas Wynn will play the left tackle spot and has vastly improved his pass blocking skills. Wynn also possesses a solid awareness for being young and at a very demanding position. The middle of the OLine should do a majority of the heavy lifting as there are 3 veterans in those spots.

    MLB Patrick Dunbar only won every defensive award last year with his breakout freshman campaign and were going to expect even more this year. We've seen some consistent play from OLB Joe Brewster a 3rd yr sophomore whose made terrific strides understanding the playbook. He could see some playing time because of it.
     
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    2020 Spring Camp Roundtable / Stat Projection
    Offensive Edition

    The Seminoles have been hard at practice with many returning, and many new faces receiving plenty of playing time with the first and second team units. We're hopeful this is the year for the Noles as they may be poised to make a serious title run.

    Quarterback
    Shaun Essiree (6-3 195.lbs, RS FR) OR Chad Butler (6-2 230.lbs, FR) OR Josh Clemens (6-2 192.lbs, FR)

    Essiree looks like the man to beat in this race, but Butler will be looked upon if his upperclasmen runs into any trouble during the year. We've seen a very close race for the top spot with Essirree's command of the huttle as well as experience with the playbook being the deciding factor he's the #1. He's also grown quite a bit into his frame and really looked great all spring, physically. Butler has the better natural arm and can make throws on the run, whilst not being as mobile in the pocket. Coach Macc will not ask his QBs to move too much, but Essiree's athleticism could give him some confidence asking them to move around. Josh Clemens will come in and give his team a dual-threat option so expect him to see some meaningful playing time utilizing his legs more so than his arm.

    Essirree - 3850 yards 35TD 10INT
    Butler - 1200 yards 6TDs 2INT
    Clemens - 600 yards passing 3TDs 2INTs 700 rushing 5 TDs

    Runningback
    Chris Fields (5'10 224.lbs, JR) ; Jordan Davis (5'10 195.lbs, FR) OR Deon Moss (5'8 195.lbs, SO)

    Fields will once again serve as the teams feature and down-in-distance back. He should garner a majority of the handoffs with his tough style of running while Moss and Davis come in to change the pace. Davis is more college ready than Moss was at thi point in the year and the freshman proved he could be the main-back when Fields went down with an injury and he rifled off 180+ yards in one game. Moss a versatile speedster who has enough power to have given him plenty of looks from inside the redzone, accounting for 7 touchdowns on the ground to Fields 14. This could be a terrific three-headed monster for FSU's ground game this season.

    Fields - 1200 yards 15TDs 400 receiving 2TDs
    Moss - 400 yards 5 TDs 200 receiving
    Davis - 220 yards 2TDs

    Wide Receiver
    FLANKER - Chip Mitchell (5'10 187.lbs, SR) OR Jalen Byrd (6'4 198.lbs, FR) ; Lucas King (6'3 188.lbs SR)

    Depending the type of formation you will see, it's likely going to be a whole season of Chip Mitchell as close to the QB as possible as he's as deadly a slot ninja you can find in the college level. The 4173 career receiving yard, 53 TD star has taken a big time leadership role with this offense this spring and it's shown. He's working with the younger guys on route running and being very vocal about what it takes to be a successful Seminole. He's Coach Macc's voice on the field.
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    Jalen Byrd has come in an learned a lot from both Mitchell and Johnson. He's learned the art of precise route running from CM87 and how to use his big strong frame from Johnson. He's allready emulated a lot of Johnson's moves to establish position and body control along the sideline and it's been promising. He's a hard worker and a dedicated student of the game. He projects as a true, outside receiver with his build and blend of size and speed.

    Mitchell - 58 catches 1100 yards 10TDs
    Byrd - 40 catches 765 yards 8TDs

    SPLIT END - Marcus Johnson (6'5 215.lbs, JR) ; Lucas King ; Maurice Payne (6'1 186.lbs, SR)

    This could be the year a Heisman trophy comes to Tallahassee. The way MJ88 came back form a devastating knee injury last year and lit up the Hawkeyes of Iowa State in the Fiesta Bowl was a game to remember. His 15 catch 350 yard game put him over 1000 yards for the 2nd time in his young career and led his team despite being a pass-heavy offense and missing half of the teams games. This young man has accounted for 138 receptions, 2845 yards and 30TDs in his two seasons here and we expect a career year out of him this season. He's too big, too strong and too fast to defend and Coach Macc has shown he knows exactly how to use him. This is a tough matchup for any defensive back and our early favorite to win the Heisman Memorial Trophy.

    Payne and King may take a step backwards if Byrd continues to produce. Based on how Coach has used freshmen in the past, these upperclassmen may want to consider a transfer.

    Johnson - 80 catches 1750 yards 18TDs


    Tight End
    Darren Heyward (6'5 252.lbs, SO) ; Lonnie Woodson (6-4 230.lbs, RS SO) OR Scott Clay (6'4 248.lbs, JR)

    Lonnie Woodson suffered a seaosn ending injury in fall camp last season and it paved the way for Darren Heywards All American season that accounted for 46 grabs for 854 yards and 8TDs all ranking 3rd on the team. Woodson is back and in passing situations expect to see him as the #2 while Heyward is looking like a Mackey Award candidate early. The two had nearly identical numbers in their first seasons in the offense and while Heyward is the more physically gifted of the two, Woodson has a knack for beating coverage and breaking plays open. This is a great position battle to watch in camp thus far.

    Heyward - 35 catches 600 yards 10TDs
    Woodson - 20 catches 450 yards 3TDs

    Offensive Tackle
    LT - Thomas Wynn (6'6 317.lbs, RS SO)
    RT - Josh Cody (6'3 287.lbs, RS SR)

    These two are returning starters who really look the part. Cody has settled in nicely at the right tackle spot and has really improved thus far from his early struggles as a starter. These two guys that were slated as starters from the get-go and haven't done anything to lose that spot. Expect early enrollee Marcus Hill to make a push for one of the spots but it's unlikely he cracks the lineup only so that he can redshirt and start for 4 years after a year of seasoning.

    Offensive Guard
    LG - Nate Johnson (6'7 305.lbs, RS SO)
    RG - JJ Gordon (6'4 341.lbs, RS JR)

    These road graders have had as good a spring as any player on the offensive line. Johnson who Seminoles will remember was recruited to play linebacker has found his home as an athletic offensive lineman whose outstanding in run block. Gordon saw his spot taken from him by the younger athletic Johnson because of his ability to pull and get out in front but it's looking like the two run blockers will both see starting time this year. Replacing an All American like Joel Ewing is no easy feat but the Seminoles won't have to replace either of these guys unless Gordon has a break-through season, which would be a double edged sword and welcomed by many FSU fans.

    Center

    C - Derek Jones (6'2 277.lbs, RS SR)

    Jones has waited patiently for his time to come and he will be the starter form the beginning. His senior campaign won't just be proving himself, but his leadership as he will have the task of mentoring an incoming freshman who will be a four year starter. About as ready to play at this level as they come, the undisputed leader of the offensive line this year he's a workhorse and should pave the way for countless big runs up the gut with two big time graders blocking beside him at either guard.
     

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