2012 ACC Preview - Day 6
The Seminoles were able to fend off the Hurricane's 4th quarter comeback and came out victorious, 23-19 at Doak Campbell Stadium in 2011.
Ryan Trapp - Staff Writer
2011 Record (ACC): 9-4 (5-3)
Returning Starters (Off/Def/ST): 15 (6/8/1)
There are no questions about Florida States’ defense. The Seminoles retooled their already stellar front seven with one of the best recruiting classes in the country – highlighted by defensive end Mario Edwards and tackle Eddie Goldman. FSU also returns all-conference standouts Brandon Jenkins and Lamarcus Joyner to what should be one of the best defenses in the country. On offense, EJ Manuel will have one of the deepest receiving corps in the ACC to play with in his second year as the ‘Noles starter. State returns their top four pass-catchers from last season, who tallied a combined total of 17 touchdown receptions. The Seminoles need to mix and match some parts on the offensive line, but it looks like Florida State is poised to make a serious run at an ACC crown.
THE ROAD TO SOUTH BEACH
With a very favorable schedule, Florida State has a chance to run the table in 2012. Road tests against a much-improved NC State club and the Hokies could cause them to stumble along the way, and their regular season finale against Florida could be a tough one. However, confidence should be high after dealing the Gators a 21-7 loss in The Swamp last year. Florida State is in an excellent position to go for its fourth Orange Bowl trophy this season.
2011 Record (ACC): 6-6 (3-5)
Returning Starters (Off/Def/ST): 12 (4/6/2)
The quarterback battle between junior Stephen Morris and Memphis transfer Ryan Williams should be fun to watch. Morris is the better athlete of the two, but Williams is the more polished pocket passer. Whoever is behind center will have an efficient run game featuring Mike James, Eduardo Clements and incoming speedster Duke Johnson. Recruiting coordinator Terry Richardson did an exceptional job bringing in a pair of four-star wide outs in Angelo Jean-Louis and Malcolm Lewis to help replenish the wide receiving corp. The Hurricanes’ young defense has an incredibly high ceiling, highlighted the sophomore pair of linebacker Denzel Perryman and defensive end Anthony Chikillo. Given that incoming freshman Tracy Howard and Devon Bush will have a chance to make an immediate impact in the secondary; the Hurricanes could field a hard-hitting defense to compliment an offense full of playmakers.
THE ROAD TO SOUTH BEACH
A tough three game stretch against UNC, Florida State and Virginia Tech at home could make or break Miami’s season. Surviving that gauntlet and an improvement to his win-loss record in year two in Coral Gables, Al Golden could bring a Hurricane to South Beach for the first time in eight years.
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