Jan. 20, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Jimbo Fisher's announcement Friday morning that the Florida State football program has added three new spring-semester enrollees is welcome news for a team that has high hopes in the 2012 calendar year.
And while the addition of Cason Beatty, Daniel Glauser and Mario Pender sets the tone for what will undoubtedly be another successful recruiting class come National Signing Day on Feb. 1 and provides further positive momentum for the program moving forward, the trio also helps the Seminoles immediately.
Each player fills a position of need moving into spring practice.
After losing All-American punter Shawn Powell to graduation, Beatty has the opportunity to step in and capture the vacant starting punter job for FSU -- a spot that he could conceivably possess for the next four years.
The 'Noles benefitted from Powell's prolonged presence as he played all four seasons while in Tallahassee, including a freshman year that saw him serve as Graham Gano's holder on field goals and extra points before taking over the punting duties full time as a sophomore.
Glauser steps in as a junior-college transfer that, like Beatty, could also earn a starting job this spring. With a good offseason, Glauser, a standout left tackle at New Mexico Military Institute, could earn the starting job on the left side of the offensive line that long-time starters Zebrie Sanders and Andrew Datko played in 2011.
Not only does Glauser have the opportunity to become a starter for the Seminoles but he can already boast something else quite special. By enrolling at Florida State and joining the football program, the 6-foot-6, 317-pounder becomes the first Division I college football player in history from Switzerland.
As for Pender, the 'Noles new standout in the backfield may not have as good of a chance as his fellow newcomers to earn a starting job right away but the Cape Coral, Fla. native is going to get his chance.
FSU's backfield lost Jermaine Thomas and Ty Jones to graduation and rising senior Chris Thompson is still working his way back after sustaining a serious back injury in last year's game at Wake Forest. That means Pender joins a stable of healthy tailbacks that is just two players deep in soon-to-be sophomores Devonta Freeman and James Wilder, Jr.
Expect Pender to get plenty of "at-bats" this spring.
Be sure to stay with Seminoles.com as the 2012 signing class is officially rounded out on Feb. 1. FSU's official athletics website will provide rolling updates as signed National Letters of Intent are faxed in to go along with video highlights of the new 'Noles, a live web show and much more.
To cap off signing day, FSU fans are encouraged to attend the Jimbo Fisher National Signing Day Party at the Tallahassee Antique Car Museum. Dinner will be served, Fisher and his assistants will all talk about the 2012 signees and handout breaking down each player will provided to those in attendance.
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