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.
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.
Seminoles.com's Brandon Mellor breaks down FSU's returning offensive players and looks at the 'Noles' needs at quarterback, running back/fullback, wide receiver, tight end and offensive line heading into National Signing Day 2013.
2012 OUTLOOK: Experienced lineman, who can play either inside or outside, but contributed heavily to the line in 2011 as a seven-game starter at right guard. Missed spring practice recovering from hip surgery, but his return in the fall will add even more depth to a young unit. Will be one of 11 Seminoles to play in the fall that has already received an undergraduate degree and will pursue a second bachelor's degree during his final playing season.
2011: A redshirt sophomore with impressive physical skills, Faircloth emerged as one of FSU's most steady performers during a season when the line was hit hard by injury...saw limited action in three of the first five games, predominantly at tackle, before earning his first career start at right guard on the road against Duke...started the final seven games of the regular season at right guard and closed out the regular season with a season grade of 74 percent...played 456 snaps on the year and registered nine knockdowns, including two each against Miami, Boston College and Maryland...was penalized just one time - fewest among any FSU lineman with 200 or more snaps... yielded just two sacks...posted a season-high grade of 82 on the road at Boston College, which came on the heels of a solid 79 against NC State...prior to 2011 Faircloth had played in only 14 games, including 13 in 2010, with most of those appearances coming on special teams...missed the Champs Sports Bowl game following a hip injury.
2010: Played in 13 games mostly on the placekicking unit on special teams...played 58 snaps in four games along the offensive line...graded out at 100 percent at Virginia and 85 percent against Samford playing in a reserve role late...totaled a career-best three knockdown blocks against Wake Forest. 2009: Only appearance came on the road in the Seminoles 54-28 win at No. 7 BYU...a member of the 2008 signing class who delayed his enrollment until January 2009 and participated in spring practice...worked behind standout Andrew Datko and Rhonne Sanderson on the left side.
PERSONAL: A converted defensive tackle who did not play on the offensive side of the football before arriving at Florida State...played on the defensive line at Jacksonville private school powerhouse Bolles, logging 80 tackles...earned second team 2A All-State honors...missed his junior season with a knee injury...chose FSU over Memphis, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and UCF...born February 1, 1990.