FSU returns four standouts on an ever-improving line that is now in need of a new starter at right tackle in the wake of Menelik Watson's early exit to the NFL Draft.
As part of an ongoing series of articles, get a glimpse of each member of FSU's 2013 signing class. Up next: center Ryan Hoefeld.
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.
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.
2013 SPRING OUTLOOK: Smart interior lineman, who made an immediate impact at the center position as a true freshman in 2011 and carried the momentum into 2012. Has four career starts under his belt, three as a freshman and one a sophomore. With four starters returning, will be in the mix to fill that fifth spot especially if there is a change of roles due to the opening at tackle.
2012: Continued to gain invaluable experience at the center position as a true sophomore and also contributed on the placekicking unit on special teams...played in nine games, including one start against Savannah State grading out at 75 percent after playing just the first half...posted a grade of 79 percent against Murray State.
2011: Gained invaluable experience at the center position as a true freshman...played in nine games, including three starts...one of four freshmen starters in the Champs Sports Bowl against Notre Dame...had the second-highest grade among freshmen against the Irish (73), with one missed assignment in 62 snaps...with just 38 snaps under his belt, was thrust into the starting lineup due to injury at Boston College...was remarkably effective against the Eagles, posting a season-high grade of 81 percent over 54 plays...was perfect on snaps and committed just two missed assignments while grading out at 92 percent on passing plays... earned a second consecutive start against Miami but was replaced by starter Bryan Stork in the early going...made impressive physical gains over the summer prior to his freshman season after arriving at FSU with little fanfare...earned one of six freshman academic awards at the team's annual banquet for his work in the classroom.
PERSONAL: Sleeper offensive lineman in the class of 2011, who had a coming out party as a senior...showed to be quick on his feet and exhibited toughness in the trenches...helped St. Thomas Aquinas to a Class 5A state title in 2010, which included helping the offense rack up 5,612 yards of total offense...named to EliteScoutingServices Class 5A All-Tournament Team...ranked No. 40 on the Sun Sentinel's Broward County Top 50 List...joined fellow teammates Bobby Hart and Rashad Greene in the 2011 FSU signing class...another one of veteran offensive line coach Jay Connolly's products, which include former Seminole and Green Bay Packer offensive lineman Andrew Datko and former Seminole and Buffalo Bills deep snapper Garrison Sanborn...also played third base for St. Thomas Aquinas' baseball team...member of the 2010 SunStateFootball All-State Finals First Team Offense...born Oct. 19, 1992.