The Florida State Seminoles were considered a top 5 team last pre-season however they did not play up to expectations, starting the season off poorly and finishing strong. It is likely they will be in the top 10 to start the 2012 college football season and could most definitely compete for a National Championship. Here are just 5 players from their outstanding team who are sure to make an impact this fall.
5. Rodney Smith, Wide Receiver:
Last season the junior definitely did not play up to his ability although he still had what many would consider a good year. He had 36 catches for 561 yards and 4 touch downs. This 6 foot 6 big play threat has massive NFL potential due to his un guardable size and this being his last season look for him to leave his mark positively at FSU.
4. Maquedius Bain, Defensive Tackle (Recruit):
The highest rated player in this year’s Seminole draft class; Bain could make an immediate impact for the Florida State defense seeing time as a true freshman season. He is 6 foot 5, 285 pounds and moves like a linebacker. The highly touted defender was recruited by other power houses like USC, Florida and Michigan and is the 40th overall player in ESPN’s top 150.
3. Rashad Greene, Wide Receiver:
Greene was a surprise to many last season, being Florida State’s most productive wide out. He finished last season leading the team in receptions (38), yards (596) and touch downs (7). He has good size and great speed and, looking to avoid a sophomore slump, could help make the Seminole’s a power house duo offensively comprised of him and Rodney Smith. He had an amazing 69 yard touchdown catch last season that displayed just how explosive he can be.
2. Brandon Jenkins, Cornerback:
You could honestly select any of the defensive backs for Florida State as an impact player and our choice is Brandon Jenkins. In 2010 he led the Seminoles in sacks with 13.5 which is un heard of by a defensive back and was also 6th in the nation that season. Last year he followed up with 41 tackles and 8 sacks. Keep an eye out for the 6 foot 3 265 pound corner next season; he should be hard to miss.
1. EJ Manuel, Quarterback:
EJ Manuel is being talked about this season the same way he was last year. Heisman finalist continues to resonate and with the 6 foot 5 QB entering his senior year he fully understands this is his last shot. Manuel has started the last three seasons for the Seminoles and has improved his production each year. Last season he threw for 2,666 yards with 18 touch downs and if he can get that TD total up to 25+ he will most definitely be in the Heisman conversation at the end of the 2012 season.
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