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.
Friday and Saturday are special days for the many FSU students that will take part in Fall 2012 commencement ceremonies at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Included in this semester's graduation celebration are 26 current and former student-athletes.
Saturday marks the last time that many members of the 2009 signing class will play at Doak Campbell Stadium. Seminoles.com's Brandon Mellor looks back at that '09 class and breaks down the careers of each signee.
QB Trickett solidifies hold on No. 2 spot after leading first-team offense.
In preparation for the Aug. 6 start of FSU football's fall camp, Seminoles.com previews an offensive and defensive position every day this week. Thursday: Offensive linemen and special teams
2013 OUTLOOK:Interior lineman who served as a 12-game starter in his first season with the Seminoles in 2011, but played in just the first four games in 2012 before suffering a season ending injury. Has the versatility to play either guard spot or center, where he played for the first two games of his career at FSU. Missed all of spring practice with a shoulder injury but is another experienced player that will add depth to the unit this fall.
2012: Played in the first four games of the season against Murray State, Savannah State, Wake Forest and Clemson...played a season-high 20 snaps in the win over Wake Forest...graded out a season-best 79 percent on 19 snaps against Murray State.
2011: Junior college transfer was one of just two Seminole linemen to start all 12 regular season games...opened the season as the starting center, but started the next 10 games at left guard, where he was replacing unanimous All-American Rodney Hudson...a gifted athlete who had to learn Rick Trickett's zone blocking scheme in short order after arriving on campus as a January 2011 enrollee...turned in his best performance on the road in a win over Boston College, where he graded out at 80 percent with two knockdowns and went without a penalty or a missed assignment...credited with a season-high five knockdowns while grading out at 77 on the road at Clemson...Fahrenkrug's 747 snaps ranked second on the team behind Zebrie Sanders...surrendered just 2.5 sacks on the year.
PERSONAL: Widely considered the top offensive lineman in the JUCO ranks...four-star recruit according to Rivals.com, who lined up at left guard for his North Dakota State College of Science team...played in the Minneapolis suburban high school of Robbinsdale Cooper for three years...once weighed 400 pounds and used athletics as a way to improve his health...No. 11 on the SuperPrep JUCO 100...the No. 4-rated overall JUCO prospect and the top-rated offensive lineman in the nation by Rivals.com...rated a four-star recruit by 247Sports...named 2010 First Team NJCAA All-American...also named Academic All-Conference, First Team All-Region 11 and First Team All Midwest Football Conference...earned honorable mention All-Region honors as a freshman at North Dakota State...born October 18, 1990.