With the season at hand, here's a segment-by-segment look at the Seminoles moving forward:
Young, athletic and still developing physically, redshirt sophomore Everett Dawkins symbolizes the Seminoles' interior defensive line. One of five underclassmen in the segment, Dawkins made seven starts in '09 and earned "most dependable" honors in the spring.
No interior lineman was more productive than sophomore Jacobbi McDaniel last season. As a true freshman, he made only two starts, but led the segment with 25 tackles, four tackles for loss and two forced fumbles.
The Seminoles expect to get a big lift from the arrival of redshirt sophomore Anthony McCloud from the junior college ranks. A 300-pounder with the ability to push the pocket, McCloud earned "most improved" honors in the spring.
Redshirt freshman Demonte McAllister, the beneficiary of extended reps in the spring, flashed his athleticism with a sack and as pass break-up in the Garnet & Gold game. Junior Moses McCray, who led the segment with nine starts in '09, had offseason surgeries which should improve his production.
Left end Markus White, the lone senior among the top four returning defensive ends, boasts a relentless motor which helped him record 10 1/2 tackles for loss last season. That's tops among all FSU defensive returnees.
Sophomore right end Brandon Jenkins saw action in 12 games last season, primarily as a reserve, though he led the team with four quarterback hurries. A consistent playmaker in practice, Jenkins' three-sack spring game raised expectations of the coaching staff.
Rangy redshirt sophomore Toshmon Stevens' lone tackle for loss in '09 came in FSU's Gator Bowl win. The back-up to White on the left side, Stevens' physical tools fit nicely into the Seminoles' new defensive scheme. Right side end Dan Hicks is a redshirt freshman with a huge upside and a physical frame that fits FSU's needs.