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May 28, 2013

Top 40 FSU Players for 2013: No. 36-40

Voting Criteria: Player's importance to the team in 2013, talent and potential for the upcoming season. A player's long term/NFL potential was not taken into consideration.

Voting Panel: Warchant.com Publisher Gene Williams, Warchant.com Managing Editor D.C. Reeves and ESPN Radio Tallahassee host Jeff Cameron.

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No. 40TE Kevin Haplea Analysis
North Hunterdon
Annandale, N.J.

Height: 6-4
Weight: 252
Year: Senior

Depth Chart Projection: No. 2 TE

2012 Stats: 3 catches for 31 yards, 1 TD

Recent Update:
Insider Report: DE's work on coverage, Haplea gets another fresh start

Haplea transferred from Penn State last summer and had very little time to learn FSU's offensive system before he was thrown into the mix. He played in 12 games last season primarily backing up Nick O'Leary or serving as a blocker in two tight end sets. This past spring Haplea earned significant playing time with the first team offense and earned praise from new tight ends coach Tim Brewster.

With a full year, including a spring practice, to get more comfortable with the offense look for Haplea to see more playing time and become a notable contributor in 2013.

Voting Rundown: Gene Williams - UR/45 / D.C. Reeves - No. 38 / Jeff Cameron - No. 36

No. 39LB Ukeme Eligwe Analysis
Stone Mountain
Stone Mountain, Ga.

Height: 6-2
Weight: 231
Year: RS Freshman

Depth Chart Projection: No. 2 MLB

2012 Stats: Redshirt season

Recent Update:
2013 Position Breakdown: Linebackers

A former Rivals100 recruit, Eligwe redshirted in his first season at Florida State. He might have played some in 2012 but sustained a minor hand injury last fall.

This past spring Eligwe backed up senior Telvin Smith at middle linebacker. While we don't expect the same MLB rotation between Smith and Eligwe as we've seen with Smith and Vince Williams the past two seasons, he should be in line for significant work on special teams this fall.

Eligwe recorded a tackle and had two pass break-ups in the spring game.

Voting Rundown: Gene Williams - UR/42 / D.C. Reeves - No. 33 / Jeff Cameron - UR/43

No. 38FB Chad Abram Analysis
Lakeland, Fla.

Height: 6-0
Weight: 240
Year: Senior

Depth Chart Projection: No. 1 FB

2012 Stats: Four carries for 20 yards. Also, had 5 tackles and 1 FF on special teams.

Recent Update:
Insider Report: Running backs comfortable with Graham

A former safety who moved to fullback before the 2011 season, Abram has spent most of his time on special teams. He saw very limited time in a backup role at fullback in 2011-12 behind Lonnie Pryor and Debrale Smiley.

With both Pryor and Smiley graduating, Abram is the lone scholarship fullback on the roster and as a result enters as the unquestioned starter. Since moving to fullback he has improved both his ability to run and catch the ball out of the backfield. While he may not be asked to be as dynamic as Pryor, he'll play an important role in FSU's ground game.

Voting Rundown: Gene Williams - No. 38 / D.C. Reeves - No. 40 / Jeff Cameron - No. 38

No. 37DE Chris Casher Analysis
Mobile, Ala.

Height: 6-4
Weight: 250
Year: RS Freshman

Depth Chart Projection: No. 2 DE

2012 Stats: Recorded one tackle vs. Wake Forest. Took a medical redshirt after playing in two games.

Recent Update:
Insider Report: DEs work on coverage

After being forced to sit out his senior year of high school, Casher was slated to play as a true freshman. However, after playing in two games he suffered a knee injury that resulted in a redshirt.

While not quite 100 percent recovered from his knee injury, Casher took part in spring practice and recorded a sack in the spring game. He will be competing for a starting position this fall and, at the very least, should see significant playing time coming off the bench in 2013.

Voting Rundown: Gene Williams - No. 32 / D.C. Reeves - No. 39 / Jeff Cameron - No. 34

No. 36DT Jacobbi McDaniel Analysis
Madison County
Greenville, Fla.

Height: 6-0
Weight: 288
Year: RS Senior

Depth Chart Projection: Reserve DT

2012 Stats: Took a medical redshirt in 2012. Career: 36 tackles, 10.5 TFLs, 1.5 sacks, 2 FF, 1 int.

Recent Update:
Timmy Jernigan: 'I feel like it's my D-line now'

The former five-star recruit has suffered through numerous injuries during his college career. The most serious was his last injury, a dislocated ankle suffered during the 2011 season that sidelined him all of last year.

McDaniel has been given a clean bill of health and saw the field for the first time in a year and a half when he participated in spring practice. He impressed coaches with his bounce back and he recorded two tackles and a sack in the spring game. McDaniel should see significant playing time rotating in off the bench at defensive tackle this fall.

Voting Rundown: Gene Williams - No. 33 / D.C. Reeves - No. 34 / Jeff Cameron - No. 37

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