July 18, 2013
By Scott Kotick (@Scott Kotick), Seminoles.com
The beginning of fall camp is now just three weeks away, so as we approach the beginning of football season, we'll take a look at 13 players to watch for 2013.
The Seminole defense got a big boost in the offseason when Lamarcus Joyner announced that he would return to Tallahassee for his senior season. He is the anchor of the Florida State secondary that should once again be among the best in the nation in 2013.
Joyner is as versatile as they come. He can play any number of positions from corner to safety and was named first team All-ACC in 2012. He's one of those players that is always around the ball and seems to make the big hit just when the Noles need it the most. From sideline to sideline, Joyner has great speed and can cover any number of positions when called upon.
Joyner also brings outstanding return skills to the table on kickoffs, and consistently helped the Noles start with great field position many times in 2012. But his role will become even greater in 2013.
WIth the departure of Xavier Rhodes to the NFL, Joyner will be counted on to use his three years of experience and lead by example alongside fellow veteran Terrence Brooks. The secondary has great depth with ACC defensive freshman of year Ronald Darby, Nick Waisome, and Tyler Hunter all returning with starting experience and a year under their belts.
But Joyner is the foundation. He sets the tone with full throttle style of play that is contagious to every one of his teammates and will be counted on to continue that tone under new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt. He has consistently been one of the most exciting players to watch and should be ready for a great 2013 season.
Check back on Friday as we continue counting down our thirteen players to watch for 2013, continuing with junior wide receiver Rashad Greene.