Florida State Football: Can the Noles Replace Missing Pieces
- Updated: February 14, 2014
The Florida State Seminoles are the best team in college football as they defeated the Auburn Tigers to claim a National Title. Now with another solid signing class the Noles look to make another run at the title, but will they be able to replace some of their missing stars that went to the NFL Draft?
It all starts on the offense end for the Noles. While returning wide receiver Rashad Greene has been the Seminoles’ leading receiver in each of the past three seasons, it was Benjamin who was the matchup nightmare for many opposing defenses last year due to his 6-5, 234-pound frame. Benjamin easily led the Noles with 15 touchdown catches, highlighted by the game winner in the BCS title game, and averaged a team-high 18.7 yards per catch. He will not be on the team this year.
He has decided to go pro. His early departure to the NFL will leave a huge void in a Seminoles receiving corps that also loses Kenny Shaw (933 yards last year). While the reliable Greene is one of the more underrated receivers in the country, he does not have the same skill set as Benjamin and the same goes for returning tight end Nick O’Leary, one of the favorites to win the John Mackey Award as the nation’s top tight end. However, O’Leary is never going to wow scouts with his overall athletic ability. It will be up to the Noles to find a suitable replacement to give Jameis Winston another target.
They lost key pieces on defense too. The Seminoles also lose tackles Jacobbi McDaniel and Demonte McAllister, making Eddie Goldman (6-4, 303) and Nile Lawrence-Staple the top defensive tackle returnees. The leadership role along the line will most likely fall to defensive end Mario Edwards Jr., who had a terrific performance in the national championship game and was tied for No. 2 on the team with 9.5 tackles for loss. This will be easier to replace as the Noles have become a hot bed for defensive recruits over the years and they boast one of the best in the country.
The odds on Florida State to win a national championship are +350 at many of the top rated online sportsbooks. They are considered to be the favorites to win it all next year. If the Seminoles can replace the missing pieces that we discussed above there is a good chance that they will be able to play for yet another title. If you believe the Noles will repeat as champions, now might be the best time to place a college football future wager at one of the top rated online sportsbooks.