July 25, 2013
By Layne Herdt (@LayneHerdt), Seminoles.com
Our 13 for '13 series continues with one of the most important positions on the field, left tackle and the man owning the position, Cameron Erving.
The 2012 season was on the job training for Erving who moved to the left tackle position after coming to Florida State as a defensive tackle. Erving had never played offense before, but quickly made the adjustment to protecting the quarterback's blind side.
Erving's long arms have helped him keep pass rushers at bay as Erving really hit his stride in the second half of the season grading out 74 percent in the last six games. The Seminoles will rely heavily on their veteran offense line in 2013 and Erving is a key piece to that puzzle. With a new quarterback under center, The Moultrie, Ga., native will be responsible for allowing the new signal caller to not have to worry about backside pressure.
Eving will also be critical in opening up a running attack that includes a pair of upperclassmen in Devonta Freeman and James Wilder, Jr. With an entire year under his belt, Erving has the opportunity to make huge strides in 2013, and if he does, expect Florida State to have one of the top offensive lines in the country.
Erving's ability to completely change positions in less than a year bodes well for his chances, not to mention spending a season going up against first round draft pick Bjoern Werner and second round pick Tank Carradine in practice. Fall camp will be critical for Erving to put all the pieces he has learned together to make a complete left tackle.
Make sure you check back on Friday for another installment of 13 for '13 as we look at senior linebacker Telvin Smith.