>> Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Entering Bobby Bowden's last season, FSU continues its return toward excellence. The ACC is yearning for one of the Florida schools to return to dominance. The ACC championship game has been beyond a disappointment the last two season, averaging under 35,000 in attendance. Consider that FSU reeled in 36,000 fans for their spring game, and you can understand why ACC officials are screaming for FSU's return to powerhouse status.
FSU is coming off a 9 win season and has the talent on the offensive side of the ball to continue their climb back up the ACC rankings. Christian Ponder is as athletic a quarterback you will find and if he improves in the efficiency department, Jimbo Fisher's offense will excel. Ponder will have a stacked offensive line in front of him that will help keep him off his backside and open holes for the running game. Antone Smith graduated, but FSU will succeed with a tandem of serviceable backs, Jermaine Thomas and Carlton Jones. The only question mark revolves around the wide receiver position. How will the Seminoles replace Greg Carr and Preston Parker on the outside? Senior Richard Goodman and sophomore Bert Reed will attempt to dissipate the worries.
Mickey Andrews defensive has been depleted and will return only three starters from last year's stellar unit. Nose tackle Kendrick Stewart and d-backs Jamie and Patrick Robinson will be surrounded by inexperience. Can Andrew's defense absorb the loss of All-ACC players Myron Rolle and Everette Brown? Their ACC title hopes hinge on the defenses maturation process.
The state of Florida will always be a hotbed for recruiting and FSU continues to compete with the best teams in the country. Bowden landed the seventh best class in the country(rivals.com) and talent is a plenty. The class is headlined by five-star defensive tackle, Jacobbi McDaniel. McDaniel is an explosive lineman who is nearly impossible to block. McDaniel is joined by Greg Reid and Jajuan Harley on the defensive side of the ball and both players will be forced into action immediately. The offense added two solid running backs in Lonnie Pryor and Chris Thompson and the wide receivers corp will ask for help from Willie Haulsted.
September 12th-Jacksonville State-Win
September 26th-South Florida-Win
Ocotboer 3rd-@Boston College-Win
October 10th-Georgia Tech-Win
October 22nd-@North Carolina-Loss
October 31-N.C. State-Win
November 14th-@Wake Forest-Win
Season Projection: 10-2 (7-1 ACC)