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.
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.
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.
With last season's career-threatening injury on his mind, Chris Thompson runs for a career-high 197 yards and two touchdowns in No. 5 FSU's 52-0 win against divisional foe Wake Forest
No. 7 Florida State racks up 285 yards on the ground and kicks off the 2012 season with a blowout victory over Murray State.
AP Photos: No. 5 Florida State vs. Wake Forest
2012: Senior running back played in six games on the season...had a career game against Duke rushing for 42 yards on nine carries, including a career-high run of 21 yards...scored three touchdowns on the season with two coming against Murray State in the season opener as well as an 18 yard score against Wake Forest.
2011: Reserve fullback who saw action in five games gaining 14 yards on six carries...scored his first career touchdown on a one-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter against Maryland.
2010: Reserve tailback who carried the ball five times for 28 yards during the season... saw action against Samford and Virginia.
PERSONAL: Enrolled at FSU in January 2010 after taking a redshirt during his second year at Itawamba (Miss.) Community College..attended high school and Itawamba with fellow Seminole Anthony McCloud...like McCloud, signed with Seminoles in 2008 before taking path to junior college...burst on the scene with 180 yards on 30 carries in his first start at Itawamba in 2008...finished the season with 569 yards on 102 carries (5.6 ypc) and two touchdowns...ranked as the No. 73 prospect in the country according to Allen Wallace of SuperPrep JUCO 100...Thomasville Times-Enterprise's Offensive Player of the Year at Thomas County Central in 2007...the Yellow Jackets had a perfect regular season record during Smiley's senior season before losing in the class AAAA semifinal...all-state selection...selected to play in the GACA North-South All-Star game...set records at Central for touchdowns in a season (35) and career (81), as well as rushing yards in a season (2,028)...born November 4, 1988.