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May 31, 2013

Top 40 FSU Players for 2013: No. 31-35

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. 35 WR Jarred Haggins Analysis
Lakeland, Fla.

HT: 6-0
WT: 190
Year: Senior

Depth Chart Projection: No. 2/3 WR

2012 Stats: Eight catches for 108 yards.

Recent Update:
Prespring position breakdown: Wide receiver

Haggins, who signed with a group of highly touted receivers in 2010, has shown promise throughout his career but has seen his potential limited due to injuries. The latest, a knee injury, kept him out of spring practice.

Haggins will have to have bounce back in preseason practices to prove he deserves serious playing time this fall. That's because Greg Dent, co-winner of the Hinesman Award (top player in spring), is clearly rising up the depth chart, Kenny Shaw blew up in the spring game (12 catches, 205 yards), Kelvin Benjamin has all-world talent and Rashad Greene is the clear leader of the unit.

Voting Rundown: Gene Williams - 29 / D.C. Reeves - UR/41 / Jeff Cameron - 32

No. 34 DE Giorgio Newberry Analysis
Fort Pierce Central
Fort Pierce, Fla.

HT: 6-6
WT: 273
Year: RS Sophomore

Depth Chart Projection: No. 2 DE

2012 Stats: 13 total tackles, 2 PBU, 1 QBH, 1 FR.

Recent Update:
Insider Report: DEs work on coverage

Playing behind the ultra-talented Bjoern Werner and Tank Carradine, Newberry saw limited action coming off the bench last season. Newberry had a solid spring while adapting to a new defensive scheme and position coach Sal Sunseri.

With four defensive ends moving on, Newberry will have an opportunity to complete for a starting job. At the very least he should be a regular in the defensive end rotation this season.

Voting Rundown: Gene Williams - 34 / D.C. Reeves - 37 / Jeff Cameron - 30

No. 33 OT Bobby Hart Analysis
St. Thomas Aquinas
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

HT: 6-4
WT: 316
Year: Junior

Depth Chart Projection: No. 1 RT

2012 Stats: Started nine games as a true freshman in 2011. Saw action in eight games in 2012.

Recent Update:
A more mature Bobby Hart battling for a starting spot

As a 17-year old true freshman, Hart was forced in to duty starting nine games at right tackle in 2011. He suffered a sophomore slump and was demoted to a backup last season.

With 2012 right tackle starter Menelik Watson declaring early for the NFL, Hart began spring practice back as the No. 1 RT and performed well enough to hold on to the spot throughout. He should enter preseason practices as a starter.

Voting Rundown: Gene Williams - 23 / D.C. Reeves - 32 / Jeff Cameron - UR/41

No. 32 LB Terrance Smith Analysis
Southwest DeKalb
Decatur, Ga.

HT: 6-4
WT: 214
Year: RS Sophomore

Depth Chart Projection: No. 1 SLB

2012 Stats: 9 tackles, 1.5 TFLs in limited action.

Recent Update:
Insider Report: Terrance Smith gets first-team reps

With the departure of Vince Williams and Nick Moody one of the starting linebacker jobs opened up this past spring. So far that spot has been filled by Terrance Smith who began and ended spring practice as the starting weakside linebacker.

Smith may face some stiff competition but with a solid effort in preseason practices he should be ale to hold on to his starting spot on the weakside.

Voting Rundown: Gene Williams - 30 / D.C. Reeves - No. 30 / Jeff Cameron - 36

No. 31DT Nile Lawrence-Stample Analysis
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

HT: 6-1
WT: 314
Year: RS Sophomore

Depth Chart Projection: No. 2/3 DT

2012 Stats: 10 tackles, 1 TFL in limited action.

Recent Update:
Notebook: FSU defense very vanilla in spring game

With an abundance of depth and talent at defensive tackle Lawrence-Stample was buried on the depth chart last season. The depth chart is still stacked entering this season but not as much as in 2012 with the graduations of starters Amp McCloud and Everett Dawkins.

Lawrence-Stample made a case for increased playing time in the spring game, exploding for a game-high 9 tackles, 4.5 TFLs and 3.5 sacks. To crack the two-deep he will have to battle a talented group that includes Eddie Goldman, Jacobbi McDaniel and Derrick Mitchell.

Voting Rundown: Gene Williams - UR/44 / D.C. Reeves - 26 / Jeff Cameron - 27

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