Scouting FSU: Seminole trouble spots…
RBs Chris Thompson, Jermaine Thomas, Ty Jones & James Wilder: It’s a formidable backfield quartet. Veterans Thompson, Thomas and Jones have combined for more than 4,000 yards rushing, 46 touchdowns and a 5.7 per-carry average in their careers, while Wilder made his debut by leading the team in rushing against Charleston Southern.
QB E.J. Manuel: Christian Ponder’s various injuries gave the redshirt junior plenty of game experience before he was handed the keys full-time to FSU’s offense, and he didn’t miss a beat in his first two games this year. For his career, he has completed better than 67 percent of his passes.
QB Clint Trickett: He played well when called on against Oklahoma, after Manuel left the game with a shoulder injury.
WR Bert Reed: His 148 career receptions rank fifth on FSU’s all-time list, and he’s a dangerous weapon running the reverse.
DE Brandon Jenkins: He’s considered a favorite for this year’s Bednarik and Hendricks awards after spearheading a defense that led the nation in sacks last season.
LB Nigel Bradham: He’s led the Seminoles in tackles for two straight seasons and is a preseason Butkus Award candidate.
DB Greg Reid: After leading the ACC in passes defended last season with 17, Reid is considered a contender for nearly every national defensive award, while his punt return skills make him a Hornung Award candidate as well.
PK Dustin Hopkins: He came into the Oklahoma game having made 11 field goals and 98 PATs in a row. He’s a Groza Award candidate.
OL Andrew Datko: He’s the anchor for one of the nation’s most experienced offensive lines, and is on the preseason Lombardi and Outland watch lists.
DB Xavier Rhodes: The ACC’s defensive rookie of the year last season, he ranked second to Reid with 16 passes defended.
LB Jeff Luc: After playing mainly on special teams last season, the nation’s former No. 1-rated inside linebacker recruit is an emerging star on FSU defense.