Preview 2019: Florida State. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

Preview 2019: Florida State. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

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Preview 2019: Florida State. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

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4. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE FLORIDA STATE DEFENSE

16 of the top 20 tacklers are back, and the experience has to start translating into production for an underwhelming defense that didn’t generate enough of a pass rush or pressure, allowed 32 points per game, and was oddly miserable in the secondary with the worst pass defense in the ACC. But …

There’s going to be a massive payoff in the defensive backfield. This group took its lumps last year – a lack of a steady pass rush had a little bit to do with that – but there’s a massive load of supremely talented young players.

The corner tandem of Asante Samuel and Stanford Samuels will eventually be a thing, 6-4 Hamsah Nasirildeen is a big-time tackler – he led the team with 91 stops – along with 6-3 Jaiden Woodbey. There’s more talent on the way with freshmen Akeem Dent and Brendan Gant ready to play an immediate role.

The linebacking corps can move, it’s experienced, and it has to start doing a whole lot more. 228-pound senior Dontavoius Jackson was the second-leading tackler with 75 stops – he’s a potential high-volume guy – Leonard Warner is a big thumper DeCalon Brooks is a good-looking young option. There’s enough depth to play around with, too.

– Can the defensive line start to be a whole lot better despite the loss of top pass rusher Brian Burns and inside man Demarcus Christmas? Marvin Wilson is about to become a superstar defensive tackle, but the pass rush has to emerge on the ends with Joshua Kaindoh and Janarius Robinson two very large, very interesting options.

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