Florida State lost four out of its five starting offensive linemen from last year’s 13-1 (8-1 ACC) team, but head coach Jimbo Fisher has faith in this year’s crew.
In an interview with ACC Now Fisher said, “We’re very comfortable with where we are at. … That group pleased me and exceeded expectations.”
The Seminoles must find a way to replace 2014 starters Cam Erving, Tre' Jackson, Josue Matias and Bobby Hart, all of which have gone on to the NFL.
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Sophomore Roderick Johnson is the lone returning starter and Fisher will look to him to lead the way.
“Rod Johnson is a left tackle who we feel very comfortable with,” Fisher told ACC Now. “He played last year and started as a freshman.”
Fisher said the supporting cast can be equally strong.
“(Last year) we redshirted two junior college guys in Kareem Are, a left guard who is about 6-6, 335 (pounds). … He’s really had an outstanding spring and I think has a chance to be a high draft pick when he leaves,” Fisher told the ACC Now. “The other guard, Wilson Bell, is a guy who I think came on more than anybody in the spring. He’s about 6-5, 325 and he’s physical and strong. He can be a really good player.
“At right tackle is (Chad) Mavety, who is the other junior college player. … He may be the most talented across the board.
“Alec Eberle will be the guy at center. He’s about 305 pounds and I think he’s going to be an outstanding player. … We feel very comfortable with where we are at.”