21 Chris Casher
The 2013 Homecoming Celebration has begun here in Tallahassee. Fans can have a closer look at what's buzzing around campus before the 3:30 p.m. kickoff.
The Seminoles defeat the Wildcats 54-6.
Florida State lost a handful of NFL talent on the defensive line this off-season but the 'Noles boast a roster full of potential stars ready to step up in their absence.
Wednesday a host of future Florida State football players will put pen to paper and officially join the FSU family. Here's a look at what their soon-to-be teammates were ranked when they were going through the recruiting process.
Seminoles.com's Brandon Mellor looks back at what each returning football player did in 2012 and looks ahead at what to expect from them when spring practices get started.
Images from FSU Football's 59-3 win over Syracuse on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 in Tallahassee, Fla.
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2013: Played his first full season after appearing in just two games in 2012 before suffering a season-ending injury...showed his play-making ability by ranking among the team leaders in fumbles forced (one), fumbles recovered (one), tackles for loss (5.0), sacks (2.0) and defensive TDs (one)...was called "defensive player of the game" by Head Coach Jimbo Fisher after tallying 10 tackles, including two for a loss against Bethune-Cookman on Sept. 21...his 5.0 TFL led all freshmen...tied for fourth on the team with two sacks...one of just 10 Seminoles with multiple sacks on the season...had a sack in which he forced and recovered a fumble and returned it 31 yards for a touchdown against Syracuse...also added a pass break-up versus the Orange...recorded five tackles and the first sack of his career against Maryland...three tackles, including 0.5 TFL, at Wake Forest...appeared in 13 of 14 games and finished with 25 tackles.
2012: Redshirt season...played in games against Savannah State and Wake Forest, before suffering a season-ending injury...recorded one tackle against Wake Forest.
PERSONAL:Rated as the 23rd-best player in the 2012 class by ESPNU...Under Armour All-American...top 50 ranking nationally by Rivals (36) and 247Sports (49)...ESPNU 150 member...consensus top 10 prospect at defensive end...ESPN and Rivals has him as the nation's No. 3 DE, Scout has him at No. 7 and 247Sports at No. 8...five-star recruit from Scout...four-star prospect according to Rivals and 247Sports...ranked in the top five in Alabama by ESPN (2), Rivals (3) and 247Sports (5)...another key recruit for the Seminoles from Mobile...joins 2011 signee Jacob Coker as the second straight FSU recruit out of Mobile...played tight end and defensive end in high school but has told FSU coaches he would like to play on the defensive side of the ball at FSU...dominated at the Tallahassee NFTC vying for MVP honors...ran a 4.63 in the 40-yard dash, a 4.29 in the 20-yard shuttle and has a 29.9 vertical jump...compiled 50 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and 10 sacks as a junior at Faith Academy...also made 22 catches for 408 yards...transferred to Mobile Davidson High School to make sure he would graduate and play football at the next level...as a result he had to sit out his entire senior season... stayed very involved with Davidson's football team and became known as "Coach Casher" by the players due to the contributions he made to the team off the field...lifted weights at night and on the weekends to stay in shape...played his first football game in over a year at the 2012 Under Armour All-America Game...also played basketball...father was a Florida State fan when Casher was growing up...cousin of former Auburn All-SEC corner Larry Casher...chose Florida State as a junior over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Oregon and Tennessee among others.