Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

2013 Florida State Seminoles position by position


Jameis Winston and Jacob Coker are similar quarterbacks — both are at least 6 feet 4 and 225 pounds, have strong arms, are smart and mobile. Winston, above, completed 12 of 15 passes for 205 yards and two TDs in FSU's spring game and has been named the starter.

Running back

There's a wealth of talent, including former Plant High star James Wilder, left, (635 yards, 11 TDs) and Devonta Freeman (660 yards, eight TDs). Both juniors are tough and Wilder said in the preseason that he and Freeman joke about getting "a lot of defensive coaches fired this year, which means them not doing their job or them doing their job but we are breaking through their defensive scheme and making them look bad." Former St. Petersburg Catholic star Ryan Green could also get in the mix.

Offensive line

After once struggling to protect the quarterback and allowing 41 sacks in 13 games in 2011, FSU trimmed that to 26 in 14 games last season. And the Seminoles ran for 2,882 yards in 2012. Four starters return, led by C Bryan Stork and LT Cameron Erving.

Receiver/Tight end

A once deep receiving corps has been thinned significantly. Two senior backups won't play in 2013 — Scooter Haggins (knee) and Willie Haulstead (academics) — and a third, Greg Dent, was charged with sexual assault in June and can't play until the case is resolved. That leaves four receivers with college experience, led by Rashad Greene, above, (57 catches, 741 yards, 6 TDs), Kenny Shaw and Kelvin Benjamin. The door could open for junior Christian Green, a former Tampa Catholic star QB. The only tight end with experience is Nick O'Leary (21 catches, 252 yards, 3 TDs).

Defensive line

Four starters are gone but all of the backups have experience. At tackle, junior Timmy Jernigan has 73 career tackles (and two starts), and senior Demonte McAllister of Alonso High had 33 tackles a year ago as a backup. At end, Mario Edwards Jr., above, started in the ACC Championship Game and Orange Bowl as a freshman (combined 10 tackles), while senior Dan Hicks will likely start on the other side.


Leading tackler Christian Jones (95 including 10 in the bowl win over Northern Illinois) returns. Telvin Smith didn't start last season but was third on the team with 64 tackles (11 in the ACC championship game).


The deepest group on the team. Lamarcus Joyner (who slides from safety to corner) returns along with experienced players Terrence Brooks, Nick Waisome, Tyler Hunter and Karlos Williams.

Special teams

Considered one of the top place kickers in the 2012 class, Roberto Aguayo made 5-of-6 field-goal attempts in the spring game, including from 58 and 51 yards. The 58-yarder would have been second-longest in school history had it come during a regular game.

Bob Ferrante, Times correspondent

2013 Florida State Seminoles position by position 08/27/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 8:56pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Snell to rejoin rotation Wednesday



  2. For starters: Rays lineup vs Orioles



  3. Alex Faedo, Florida advance to face LSU in College World Series finals


    OMAHA, Neb. — Alex Faedo pitched three-hit ball for 71/3 innings in a second straight strong performance against TCU, and Florida moved to the College World Series finals with a 3-0 win Saturday night.

    Florida’s Austin Langworthy scores on a single by Mike Rivera in the second inning during a 3-0 victory over TCU.
  4. Jones: Bucs need success to get national respect


    Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones offers up his Two Cents on the world of sports.

    No respect

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter walks the field during the second day of mandatory minicamp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times
  5. Rays journal: Jumbo Diaz falters after getting within a strike of ending rally

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Saturday's game got away starting with a leadoff walk in the seventh inning by Rays LHP Jose Alvarado, who was brought in exclusively to face Baltimore's lefty-swinging Seth Smith.

    Rays reliever Jumbo Diaz wipes his face as he walks off the mound after the Orioles score four during the seventh inning to give them a 7-3 lead. Diaz was one strike away from working out of the jam before he allowed a two-run double and a two-run homer on back-to-back pitches.