July 6, 2012

Breakout players for 2012- No. 4 Cameron Erving

Over the month of July, Warchant.com will count down the top five breakout candidates for 2012. In order to qualify, the player had to start six or fewer games in 2011.

4. Cameron Erving (6-5, 304) Moultrie, Ga. (Colquitt Co. HS)

Offensive Tackle

Class this fall:
Redshirt sophomore

Injury status: None.

2011 Stats: Recorded 20 tackles, 2.5 for loss, and one sack.

High School Accolades: Rivals.com rated Erving a three-star defensive tackle prospect out of high school. He was rated the 74th best prospect in the state of Georgia.

Despite playing defensive tackle his senior season for Colquitt County High School, Erving recorded 98 tackles, including 48 solo stops.

Notable: After a productive season as a reserve defensive tackle in 2011, Erving made the switch to offensive line over the spring. He lined up primarily at left tackle.

With the position switch Erving switched jersey numbers from No. 98 to No. 75.

Erving played in three games as a true freshman in 2010, but was granted a medical redshirt after a back injury shut him down for the remainder of the season.

2011 Review:
Erving was a solid contributor along the defensive line for Florida State in 2011, which made his position change all the more surprising this spring. The 6-foot-5, 304-pound Erving saw action in 11 of 13 games. Of his 20 tackles, 11 were solo. Playing alongside Timmy Jernigan Erving made sure there was no drop off from the first to second team defensive tackles.

Spring Review: Without a doubt the biggest surprise of the spring was the fact that almost every single practice Erving lined up as the first-team left tackle for the offense. Despite never playing the position in high school, Erving was a natural during the spring. Erving spent the majority of the spring trying to block Brandon Jenkins[/d], and he did a good job holding his own in a number of those battles.

2012 Depth Chart Outlook: Despite being a regular contributor at defensive tackle, switching to offensive line looks to have put Erving in a better position to be a starter in 2012. After taking the majority of the first-team reps at left tackle during the spring, Erving is now the guy to beat for the starting job in the fall.

Erving will likely be pushed by junior college transfer [db]Daniel Glauser for the starting job in the fall. Glauser worked behind Erving at tackle in the spring. If Bryan Stork does indeed lock down the starting job at right tackle, Bobby Hart, who started nine games (including one at left tackle) could also be in the mix for playing time at left tackle if Erving struggles.

2012 Breakout Season: Despite having never played offensive line in actual game, Erving could be tasked with protecting quarterback EJ Manuel's blind side in 2012. Erving was praised throughout the spring and seemed to make a seamless transition.

The 304-pound lineman is deceivingly athletic for a big man which is why he was able to adjust to a new position so well. Erving spent the entire spring going up against a potential first-round draft pick in Jenkins, which will only pay off for him during the season. If Erving is able to help stabilize an offensive line that struggled throughout 2011, then he will certainly be a breakout player for FSU in 2012.

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