March 12, 2012
The Florida State football team starts spring practice March 19 and Seminoles.com has got you covered. In preparation this week we will break down each position on the team with a list of scholarship players lost, returning and added while previewing what to watch for as the Seminoles hit the field in preparation for the 2012 season.
By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com Senior Writer
WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS SPRING:
Just like this time last year, Florida State is charged with the task of replacing some key veterans. This time around, though, FSU may have a distinct advantage courtesy of Bobby Hart's extended playing time last season.
Unlike 2011 when the Seminoles were searching for replacements for four-year starters Rodney Hudson and Ryan McMahon, Hart had the opportunity to start eight games as a true freshman last year after Andrew Datko went down with an injury and Zebrie Sanders switched from right to left tackle.
Hart's eight games of experience will help him immensely as he participates in his first spring as a Seminole. His progression will be key as he tries to hold off FSU's other young linemen this spring and then do the same come fall when intriguing junior-college transfer Menelik Watson joins the team and enters the competition at right tackle.
Unlike Watson, Daniel Glauser has already joined the team after starring at New Mexico Military Institute and has the opportunity to fill the vacated left-tackle spot with the departures of Datko and Sanders.
Also joining Glauser on the offensive line is Cameron Erving, who switched from the defensive side of the ball to offensive tackle this offseason. The former defensive tackle played in all 13 of FSU's games last year as a redshirt freshman and recorded 20 tackles and one sack. Erving decided, however, that his future may be on the opposite line and he will begin his new career at left tackle where he and Glauser will be in arguably the team's most noteworthy competition this spring.
The Seminoles need to play better on the offensive line in 2012 than they did last year and establishing a specific starter at left tackle will go a long way towards accomplishing that goal.
As for the middle of the line, a trio of rising sophomores will look to hang on to the starting jobs they held in Florida State's bowl victory over Notre Dame last December.
Can each of those three take the next step in their development and build off that second half in Orlando? That will be a question offensive line coach Rick Trickett will want to answer by the time the spring game comes to fruition April 14.
Henry Orelus proved to be a versatile player in 2010 as a redshirt freshman when he played in 13 games across a variety of positions on the offensive line. FSU couldn't take advantage of Orelus' versatility last season, though, as the Belle Glade, Fla. native missed the entire year with an injury.
Not only does Orelus' return provide valuable depth but he could also challenge for one of the starting jobs on the interior of the offensive line.