Florida State enters the spring without veterans Terrance Parks, Mike Harris and Nick Moody in the secondary where defensive coordinator Mark Stoops will analyze the development of several young players.
The FSU football team's 6-foot-6 redshirt freshman wide receiver has gotten himself in shape and is poised to contribute in his first spring in Tallahassee. Plus notes on the safety competition and injury updates on Chris Thompson and EJ Manuel.
Seminoles.com Senior Writer Brandon Mellor breaks down FSU's returning defensive players and looks at the 'Noles' needs on the defensive line, at linebacker and in the secondary heading into National Signing Day 2012.
About Parks... Three-year letterman who played in 43 career games for the Seminoles...big, physical safety who started 23 games over the final two seasons and finished his career with 99 career tackles, 10 passes defended and one interception in helping turn around FSU's defense into one of the best in the nation.
Hard-hitting safety who finished as the team's sixth-leading tackler with 47 tackles in helping FSU rank as the No. 4 defense nationally - second-best defense against the run and No. 20 in pass defense ... played in all 13 games and made 11 starts in his second season playing safety...had a career-best seven tackles in his final game as a Seminole - an 18-14 win over Notre Dame in the Champs Sports Bowl...previous career-high of six tackles came earlier in the season versus Oklahoma, Clemson, at Boston College and at Florida...had five tackles at Wake Forest...made four stops versus Maryland... intercepted first career pass at Florida and returned it 29 yards for a touchdown to seal FSU's 21-7 win in The Swamp...earned one of six community service awards given out at the end of spring practice.
2010 Came into his own as the Seminoles' starting strong safety in all 14 games after playing sparingly through his first two seasons...enjoyed his best game as a pass defender with a career-high three pass breakups in the win over Boston College...his career-high 44 tackles ranked ninth on the team and included a career-best five twice - against South Carolina in the Chick-fil-A Bowl and on the road at NC State...had four tackles each in four other games...credited with fumble recoveries in wins over Wake Forest and Florida.
2009 Appeared in nine games, including the first six of the season, primarily as a spot reserve and on special teams...managed only six tackles, highlighted by a career-high two in the road win at No. 7 BYU...worked at both rover and free safety...had tackles in three consecutive games- Jacksonville State, BYU and USF...did not play in four of the final seven games...made the transition from cornerback to safety during spring practice in 2009.
2008 True freshman cornerback who played in seven games...majority of playing time came as a special teams' standout where he registered two tackles on the year...cross-trained at safety to provide depth later in the season.
Rated as the 36th-best player in America by ESPN and fifth-best cornerback...was a four-star prospect according to Scout.com and had a three-star ranking from Rivals.com...participated in the Under Armour All-America High School Football game...recorded 45 tackles, four interceptions and two fumble recoveries as a senior for the Creekside High School Seminoles...blessed with both size and strength...graduated from high school with a 3.0 GPA...chose Florida State over Ohio State, Alabama, Auburn and Tennessee...born April 14, 1990.