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Class-by-Class Breakdown: Freshmen

May 21, 2014

Brandon Mellor Brandon Mellor Managing Editor
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Wilson Bell

Bell quickly showcased his bright future as a true freshman last year and appeared in two games before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Now healthy, Bell provides depth as the second-string left tackle behind redshirt senior Cameron Erving.

Bell could find himself in a starting role at that spot come 2015.

Bryant spent 2013 getting bigger and stronger and could be a factor at DT this season

Keith Bryant

A highly-touted defensive tackle prospect, Bryant will get ample opportunities this fall to make his presence known in the center of FSU's defensive line.

After redshirting last year, Bryant will be one of several big bodies in the trenches tasked with helping replace star Timmy Jernigan.

Dalvin Cook

The former five-star prospect enrolled early this past January but was unable to take part in spring practices following shoulder surgery. Cook's highly anticipated debut will take place when camp starts in August.

Cook's undeniable talent should lead to some early opportunities in his career. He'll have to fight for playing time on a depth chart that features returning players Mario Pender, Ryan Green and Karlos Williams but Cook's elite ability gives FSU coach Jimbo Fisher yet another game-breaking option on an already potent offense.

Kain Daub

Like Cook, Daub enrolled at FSU early but did not take part in practices this past spring because of an NCAA Clearinghouse issue. Fisher said early in the spring that the program fully expects Daub to be cleared in time for fall camp where he'll become part of a young and talented rotation of linebackers.

A former four-star recruit, Daub could earn early playing on special teams as a rookie.

John Franklin III

How many college programs can tout that one of its quarterbacks is also on the track team? The reigning national champions can. After running the scout-team offense during his redshirt first year in Tallahassee, Franklin moved into the No. 3 quarterback role this past spring and then helped the FSU track squad win an ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championship in the 4x100m relay.

Franklin's athleticism is certainly evident and in the spring he showcased a nice touch on the football and good understanding of the many concepts and requirements of the Fisher offense. Entering his redshirt freshman year, Franklin will backup Jameis Winston and Sean Maguire as he continues to prepare for the starting-job competition in the future.

Stephen Gabbard

Another early enrollee, Gabbard is set to replace Philip Doumar as the Seminoles' long snapper. He has the chance to serve in this role for the next four years for the Seminoles.

Ryan Hoefeld

With Bryan Stork recently drafted in the fourth round by the New England Patriots, Hoefeld is now the No. 2 center on FSU's roster behind senior Austin Barron.

Last year Hoefeld spent the season snapping the football on the scout team and now he's just one snap away from playing time while providing depth to a senior-laden offensive line.

Hoskins showed his playmaking ability in the 2014 spring game

Ro'Derrick Hoskins

Hoskins came in as a linebacker but spent his redshirt first year cross-training there and at defensive end. This past spring, Hoskins worked exclusively at defensive end and figures to be an integral part of a pass-rushing rotation that lacks many bodies.

Hoskins has good quickness first step and drew praise from Fisher during the spring for his ever-improving play. In the spring game, he showed big-play potential by dropping into coverage and intercepting a pass that he then returned for a touchdown.

Expect to see No. 18 on the field this season.

Tyrell Lyons

Like Hoskins, Lyons is now playing a position different than the one he came to Florida State playing last summer. A former linebacker, Lyons is now firmly in the mix for playing time at safety in FSU"s talented secondary.

With so many talented returning players, Lyons likely won't be in position to start in 2014 but he'll provide quality depth and will still get his chances.

Trey Marshall

Marshall is another early enrollee for the `Noles. He benefits from being able to compete all spring where he found a role as the backup nickel back behind Jalen Ramsey. Marshall figures to have plenty of opportunities to make plays in his rookie year after his strong spring.

Matthew Thomas

The former five-star prospect played in four games last year and registered three tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack but was given a medical redshirt after sustaining a shoulder injury early in the year.

Thomas is one of the most talked-about young players on FSU's roster, with several media outlets forecasting him as a Freshman All-American candidate. Expect to see Thomas utilizing his 6-foot-3, 224-pound frame in a similar role to Christian Jones last year; he can play linebacker but he'll also be tasked with rushing the passer and creating chaos in the opposing backfield.


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