Florida State: Countdown to Kickoff 2013



The defending conference champion Seminoles led all schools with six selections on the 2013 Preseason All-ACC Team selected by the media … The selections included senior CB Lemarcus Joyner, who made the teams as a safety last year but has changed defensive backfield positions heading into this season … Joyner made the pre-season team with 32 votes at the cornerback position, but also received an additional 11 votes at safety … The Seminoles, picked second behind Clemson in the 2013 Atlantic Division preseason media poll, will have a bit of a new look this season with at least 13 new starters and six new assistant coaches … Fourth-year head coach Jimbo Fisher owns a 31-10 record at FSU, and his .756 winning percentage ranks eighth among active FBS coaches … Fisher's first three seasons as head coach saw the Seminoles score a total of 1,387 points … The 2013 FSU coaching staff boasts a combined 197 years of collegiate coaching experience and 126 bowl game appearances.

Numbers & Notes

3rd - Florida State junior WR Rashad Greene ranked third nationally in punt returns in 2012, averaging 15.4 yards per runback including two TDs in his 20 returns. Greene was also the Seminoles’ leading pass receiver with 57 catches, 6 for touchdowns.

3.86 - Florida State led all schools nationally in fewest yards allowed per play on defense. The Seminole stop--who lose seven starters but still return Jim Thorpe Candidate CB-S Lamarcus Joyner and Butkus Award candidate LB Christian Jones--allowed an average of only 3.86 yards per offensive play rushing or passing.

5th - Florida State’s recruiting class was ranked 9th nationally by ESPN.com. It was the fifth consecutive year for the Seminoles ranked in the nation’s top 10 in recruiting. FSU’s football recruiting classes were rated 2nd in 2012, first in 2011, 6th in 2010 and 8th in 2009.

10.3 - In his first three seasons as a head coach, Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher has averaged 10.3 wins per year, posting a 31-10 record after succeeding the legendary Bobby  Bowden for the 2010 football season.

11 - Florida State led all schools nationally with 11 of its 2012 team chosen for the 2013 NFL Draft. That tied an ACC record (Maryland, 1975) for the most players from one team drafted by the NFL.

2012 In Review
In his third season at the helm at Florida State, Jimbo Fisher has brought the Seminoles back to the top of the Atlantic Coast Conference and into the national spotlight...Now the task for the Seminoles’ head coach is to keep them there...FSU ended the 2012 season on a high note, downing Northern Illinois in the Discover Orange Bowl to finish with a 12-2 overall record, 7-1 in the ACC, ranked 10th nationally by AP and 8th by USA Today and won their first ACC Football Championship since 2005...The Noles won their fourth straight bowl game and earned their third straight final national ranking behind the play of QB EJ Manuel and PK Dustin Hopkins on offense and a defense which ranked 2nd nationally in total defense and 6th nationally in scoring defense, led by DE’s Bjoern Werner, the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, and Cornellius “Tank” Carradine, LB Christian Jones and S Lamarcus Joyner....Hopkins ended his career as the NCAA and ACC career leader in points by kicking (466) and career field goals (88)...Hopkins earned first-team All-America honors while Werner was a consensus first-team All-America...CB Xavier Rhodes earned 2nd-team All-America honors, Carradine was a third-team All-America pick and WR Rashad Greene was an Honorable Mention selection...Hopkins, Werner, Carradine, Rhodes and Joyner were first-team All-ACC, while Manuel, T Cameron Erving, G Tre’ Jackson, C Bryan Stork, RB Chris Thompson, DT Everett Dawkins, DT Timmy Jernigan and LB Christian Jones were 2nd-team All-ACC...Greene, T Menelik Watson, G Josue Matias, DT Anthony McCloud and LB Vince Williams were Honorable Mention All-ACC...Freshman CB Ronald Darby was named the ACC  Defensive Rookie of the Year and was a first-team Freshman All-America selection.

Who’s Gone
Between staff attrition--Fisher saw six assistant coaches leave for new jobs--graduation and early entry into the NFL Draft, Florida State lost more than any other school, 13 starters in all, five on offense, seven defense, including the entire defensive line and PK Hopkins.

2013 Preview
Fisher has always been his own offensive coordinator and though he loses a lot of playmakers on offense, FSU does return four starters on the all-important offensive line led by All-ACC Gs Tre’ Jackson and Josue Matias, T Cameron Erving and C Bryan Stork...Junior Bobby Hart is the likely candidate for the open tackle post, with C Austin Barron, C-G Sterling Lovelady and G Jacob Fahrenkrug competing for playing time...Heading into the fall, the trio of redshirt sophomore Jacob Coker and redshirt freshmen Jameis Winston and Sean Maguire will battle for the starting QB position after junior Clint Trickett opted to transfer after spring practice ..The Noles are deep at RB with TBs Devonta Freeman (660 yds, 5.9 avg.) James Wilder, Jr. (635 yds, 5.8 avg) and Mario Pender battling for playing time...The WR corps is deep as well, led by Greene (57 catches) and including lettermen Kenny Shaw (33 catches), Kelvin Benjamin (30), and Christian Green... Junior Nick O’Leary (21 catches) and sophomore Christo Kourtzidis are the TEs with touted PK Roberto Aguayo stepping into Hopkins’ very big shoes...Defensively, new coordinator Jeremy Pruitt will have to rebuild a line which lost all four starters...DEs Mario Edwards, Chris Casher, Dan Hicks and Giorgio Newberry are a good start along with DTs Jernigan, Demonte McAllister, Jacobbi McDaniel, Eddie Goldman, Derrick Mitchell and Nile Lawrence-Stample...MLB Christian Jones and WLB Telvin Smith provide stability at linebacker, with SLBs Terrance Smith and Nigel Terrell, early enrollee MLB Freddie Stevenson and redshirt freshman WLB Ukeme Eligwe competing for playing time...Lamarcus Joyner, a Jim Thorpe candidate, is the leader of  the secondary and has moved to CB in the spring with starting CBs Nick Waisome and Ronald Darby missing spring with injuries... Both Darby and Waisome will be back for the fall... S Terrence Brooks returns as a starter where he is joined by S Karlos Williams... CBs Keelin Smith and PJ Williams and S Tyler Hunter, the 2012 starting nickle back, also in the mix.