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Florida State returns breakout players for 2014 run

Quayshawn Nealy, Nick O'Leary AP

Florida State is already lining up a solid roster for a chance to defending their championship title in 2014. In addition to the Heisman Trophy winning quarterback, Jameis Winston, a pair of First Team All-ACC offensive linemen and top two wide receivers, the Seminoles announced a few more key players who will be returning for one more season in Tallahassee on Thursday.

Running back Karlos Williams, tight end Nick O’Leary and left guard Josue Matias will all return to the team in 2014. All were starters in the 2013 season, including in the BCS Championship game victory over Auburn.¬†According to David Hale of ESPN.com, a decision from leading rusher Devonta Freeman is expected to be made by Monday, with the deadline looming for underclassmen to declare for the NFL Draft.

Williams was the second leading rusher behind Freeman in 2013. Williams rushed for 730 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Seminoles. Williams was moved from defensive back to help provide some depth at the position but his athleticism quickly made him a key contributor on the offensive side of the football almost immediately after being inserted in the backfield.

O’Leary was Florida State’s top tight end in the 2013 season. He finished the season fourth on the team’s receiving list with 557 yards and seven touchdowns. Matias will join returning All-ACC linemen Cameron Irving and Tre’ Jackson to provide protection for Winston and create running lanes for the ground game.

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8 Responses to “Florida State returns breakout players for 2014 run”
  1. theesquireof212 says: Jan 9, 2014 8:09 PM

    Big Nasty Cam Erving will be the 1st tackle off the board in 2015.

  2. blacknole08 says: Jan 9, 2014 8:11 PM

    Dynasty.

  3. halbert53 says: Jan 9, 2014 9:16 PM

    I don’t see a dynasty for any team or conference under new playoff system. Heretofore teams in BCS bowls had several weeks to game plan for a specific opponent. For example OK decided to up tempo offense against Bama, and Auburn added more passing to its game plan against FSU.

    Should be similar amount of time for the first round but only one week after that until NC game.

    Versatility will be key to winning NC. Using rankings this year FSU would have played Bama in one semifinal and Auburn and MSU would have played in the other. For illustration purposes, let’s assume FSU and Auburn won their semifinal games.

    To win the NC, FSU would first have to defense a pro-style ball control offense with a quick strike capability (similar to FSU offense ). Then a week later would have to defense an up tempo run oriented offense.

    Other playoff teams could be in same situation of having to defend two vastly different types of offenses , with only one week against the second opponent.

    Bottom line is it is going to be difficult for any team to win the NC, and probably impossible to win two in a row with the playoff season.

    FSU should be in thick of NC title chase but teams like SC, OK, Auburn and USC should be improved just like FSU.

  4. theesquireof212 says: Jan 9, 2014 9:23 PM

    Not true halbert, back to back to back Top 3 classes, and that will continue to be. Those other teams can improve, but there is still a gap between FSU and the rest of them.

  5. mcjon22 says: Jan 9, 2014 11:42 PM

    Most will just take this as fandom, but FSU should actually be better next season then they were this past year.

    Winston will get better. He was a freshmen who will be much more knowledgeable of defenses he see’s, hot routes, check routes, ect.

    Karlos Williams will get better. He learned the position on the fly. He wasn’t a RB until week 4 of the season. Now he has an entire off-season to hone his craft as a RB.

    And the defense will be better because it won’t take 5 games for them to learn/understand a new defense.

    And look at the schedule. Bigger ‘names’ but outside of MAYBE Notre Dame, the schedule is equal to, if not slightly weaker than last years. Clemson lost a ton, Miami has to break in a new QB, UF has to break in a new everything, Louisville lost Bridgewater, Ok st is losing 19 starters.

    Next years team could be more impressive that this past years when it is all said and done.

  6. theesquireof212 says: Jan 9, 2014 11:53 PM

    I agree. Experience, continuity, and even more depth from this #1 class? The biggest hurdle will be complacency, and Jimbo already said he won’t allow it.

  7. jdbaker01 says: Jan 10, 2014 10:04 AM

    I hope it ends up as Bama vs FSU next year. Bama tried to be nice and let Auburn play in the nat’l championship, but since they couldn’t be trusted to keep championship in SEC and in the state of AL then we won’t be so generous next year.

  8. realfootballfan says: Jan 10, 2014 12:00 PM

    Williams is going to be scary. Take a look at him blocking on that kickoff return on the all 22 in order to see how athletically gifted he is. He was running stride for stride with a little guy who runs officially a 4.37. Speed and power combo that you can’t teach. If the offensiv line gets better, don’t be surprised if this offense looks even more dynamic next year.

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