Now at the end of a spring-practice period that saw him return to the starting lineup, junior right tackle Bobby Hart is intent on working hard to stay there, writes Brandon Mellor.
Quotes from the 2013 Florida State Spring Game
Ryan Pensy, Scott Kotick, Layne Herdt and Brandon Mellor from Seminoles.com share their thoughts on FSU's spring practices, which come to an end Saturday at the annual Garnet & Gold Game.
Seminoles wrap up week of practice looking forward to Garnet vs. Gold game.
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.
2013 SPRING OUTLOOK: Athletic third-year lineman, who played as a 17-year old true freshman in 2011 and started the final nine games. Leading candidate to start at right tackle, who also is versatile enough to move inside and play guard, where he some action in 2012.
2012: True sophomore who played in eight games seeing time mostly as a reserve guard and on the placekicking unit on special teams...played 19 snaps in the win over Murray State...saw action in a season-high 20 plays, grading out at 75 percent in the win over Wake Forest...played 10 snaps in each the win over Duke and Boston College.
2011: True freshman offensive tackle who celebrated his 17th birthday during preseason camp and was inserted into the starting lineup for the final nine games of the season, including the Champs Sports Bowl...earned second team CFN Freshman All-America honors...saw limited action in the first two games of the season and didn't see the field again until he made his first career start on the road against Wake Forest on Oct. 8, when he stepped in for injured senior Andrew Datko at left tackle...was moved to right tackle the following week at Duke, where he became a fixture...his career-high five knockdowns came in the road win over the Blue Devils...posted his season-best grade of 77 in the regular season home finale against Virginia...also posted a grade of 74 with a pair of knockdown blocks against NC State...was penalty-free in three of FSU's final four regular season games...allowed just 4.5 sacks, pitching shutouts in five of his nine starts...gained valuable experience that should translate well into the future for an offensive line that was forced to use seven different lineups due to injury in 2011...earned one of six freshman academic awards for his work in the classroom and voted a Top Newcomer on offense at the team's annual banquet.
PERSONAL: Anchored a St. Thomas Aquinas offensive line that helped the Raiders compile 5,612 yards of total offense on their way to the 2010 Class 5A State championship and a No. 3 national ranking...rated a five-star offensive tackle by Scout.com and four-star lineman by Rivals.com...considered a relentless drive blocker with good feet in pass protection...ranked as the No. 8 offensive tackle by Rivals.com, No. 77 nationally at any position and No. 19 in the state...Scout.com ranked him the No. 4 offensive tackle in the country...rated a four-star prospect and the No. 16 offensive tackle by 247Sports...No. 25 on the ESPNU 150 and No. 4 overall offensive tackle...selected to Under Armour All-American team...First Team All-Broward County by Sun Sentinel as a senior...No. 14 on Bill Buchalter's 2011 Florida Top 100 for the Orlando Sentinel...All-Broward County First Team by The Miami Herald as a senior...No. 43 on Mobile Press-Register Super Southeast 120...member of the Times-Union's Florida Super 75 where he was rated as the No. 1 offensive tackle...No. 32 on the SuperPrep Florida 110...Second Team 2A All-State offensive lineman as a junior at Fort Lauderdale's Cardinal Gibbons...coached by legendary South Florida high school coach George Smith at St. Thomas Aquinas...also played forward on a highly ranked travel AAU basketball team until last summer, playing against the likes of former Ohio State phenom and NBA first round pick Jared Sullinger and Winter Park High senior Austin Rivers...qualified for state in wrestling as a sophomore...born August 21, 1994.