June 6, 2012
Five Questions for 2012: #1 - Will the OL step up?
| size="4">No. 1 Will the offensive line finally come together? |
| ||There is no question what Florida State's biggest obstacle was in 2011-- a struggling offensive line. Injuries decimated Rick Trickett's unit. The most consecutive games FSU had the same lineup along the offensive line was three (Duke, Maryland, and N.C. State). |
Injuries to Andrew Datko and David Spurlock forced them to cut their senior campaigns short. In their absence Geret Faircloth (6 starts) and Bobby Hart (9 starts) were forced into action.
Against Notre Dame Jimbo Fisher elected to enact a youth movement as he started senior Zebrie Sanders alongside four true freshman, including first-time starters Josue Matias and Tre' Jackson. It was just the third start of center Austin Barron's career.
| color="#FFFFFF">Key Stats |
| No. 110 - Sacks allowed (3.2 per game) |
No. 104 - Rushing offense (112.2 ypg)
No. 85 - Offense Third-down Efficiency (38.56)
3.34 - Yards per rushing attempt
14 - Career starts for Bryan Storks, most of any returning lineman.
No. 25 - Red Zone Efficiency (87 percent)
5 - Sacks allowed by Notre Dame in the Champs Sports Bowl
| color="#FFFFFF">Key Note ||Zebrie Sanders is the lone offensive lineman who started a game after week five in 2011 that will not return in 2012. FSU will have eight lineman who started at least one game on its fall roster. |
| color="#FFFFFF">Warchant.com Staff chimes in on the |
Gene Williams, Publisher
D.C. Reeves, Managing Editor
Paul Thomas, Staff Writer
| I think the answer to this question will really depend on something out of Rick Trickett and Jimbo Fisher's control-- injuries. The reason the offensive line struggled so much a season ago was there was no continuity. The most games in a row FSU used the same starters in the same positions was three. I really think that if the line can stay healthy they will be much improved in 2012. I think the key will be the strength and athleticism inside from guards Josue Matias and Tre' Jackson. On the outside Bryan Stork can provide a bit of veteran leadership since he's played every position along the line, and Cameron Erving looks to have all the physical tools on the other side. With this offensive line having an entire spring and soon a fall camp together, they will begin to work much better together as unit than the hodge-podge lineup FSU used a season ago. |
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