Watch: Mike Norvell talks at FSU Soccer Tallahassee Youth Camp
The FSU head coach talked in regards to the closing youth camp the teaching workers is internet hosting this yr in Tallahassee Monday, June 21, 2021.
Curt Weiler, Tallahassee Democrat
The countdown to the 2021 Florida State soccer season is underway.
The Seminoles enter the upcoming season, Mike Norvell’s second atop this system, with loads of questions.
Throughout a pandemic-shortened season which restricted the Seminoles to 9 video games in 2020, FSU completed with a 3-6 report. It was this system’s worst report since FSU went 3-8 in 1975, the yr earlier than Bobby Bowden’s arrival in Tallahassee.
Norvell and his workers inherited a roster that, by season’s finish, was the youngest in faculty soccer by way of the proportion of underclassmen. To assist counteract that, the Seminoles hit the switch portal exhausting this offseason, bringing in 10 FBS transfers with plentiful expertise.
Coming into a vital second season atop this system coming off a way more common offseason, Norvell will look to steer FSU to its first profitable report since 2017.
Here is a countdown have a look at the Democrat’s listing of the 40 most necessary FSU gamers for the upcoming season, as compiled by beat writers Curt Weiler and Andre Fernandez, persevering with as we speak with No. 17.
Redshirt sophomore security Brendan Gant
Gant has been one of many mainstays on the FSU protection the final two seasons.
By his first two seasons with the Seminoles since signing as a four-star security out of Lakeland in FSU’s 2019 class, Gant has appeared in all 22 of FSU’s video games.
He noticed his manufacturing improve as a sophomore in 2020 as his 32 whole tackles over the Seminoles’ 9 video games have been probably the most of any FSU defensive again. He additionally had an interception, a compelled fumble and two tackles for loss this previous season, doing just a little little bit of all the pieces.
Because the season progressed, he earned extra taking part in time. He received at the very least 45 reps on protection in every of FSU’s closing three video games.
Per Professional Soccer Focus, his grade improved dramatically from 52.5 as a real freshman to 61.6 as a sophomore.
By his time at FSU, Gant has struggled considerably in opposition to the run and hasn’t made an particularly giant impression as a blitzer from the again finish of the protection. Nevertheless, he is confirmed himself to be maybe FSU’s finest security in protection.
His 76.5 protection grade per PFF final season was the most effective amongst FSU safeties by a notable margin, sixth-best amongst eligible ACC safeties and 76th-best out of 477 FBS safeties.
Whereas a variety of different defensive backs that got here in across the time Gant did have battled accidents, he is remained wholesome and gained some beneficial expertise on the sphere due to this.
He’ll have loads of competitors for beginning spots together with Renardo Inexperienced, Travis Jay, Sidney Williams and some switch additions as nicely. That being stated, he is proven clear progress early in his FSU profession that ought to assist him discover the sphere this fall.
No. 40: DL Shambre Jackson
No. 39: OL Dontae Lucas
No. 38: WR Kentron Poitier
No. 37: DB Akeem Dent
No. 36: P Alex Mastromanno
No. 35: LB DJ Lundy
No. 34: DB Jarques McClellion
No. 33: DE Derrick McLendon
No. 32: RB DJ Williams
No. 31: OL Baveon Johnson
No. 30: DB Brandon Moore
No. 29: WR Malik McClain
No. 28: LB Emmett Rice
No. 27: DB Meiko Dotson
No. 26: OL Darius Washington
No. 25: LB Stephen Dix Jr.
No. 24: DE Dennis Briggs Jr.
No. 23: TE Jordan Wilson
No. 22: DB Travis Jay
No. 21: OL Robert Scott
No. 20: CB Jarrian Jones
No. 19: WR Keyshawn Helton
No. 18: DT Fabien Lovett
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