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Thursday, September 11, 2008 11:41am
By: Accsports Staff

April 21, 2003

Spring 2003 Overview

The PooP

Two years ago, the Sports Journal correctly anticipated what was then unthinkable: the return to mortality of a program that had a ridiculous 14 straight top-four finishes nationally. FSU reclaimed the conference title in 2002, but back-to-back finishes of 8-4 and 9-5 have fans concerned that the Seminoles are beginning to look a lot like everyone else. That's not really the case — this program remains the ACC's gold standard — but it's true that the team's talent level no longer is good enough to render irrelevant its serious depth problems and off-the-field distractions.

Probable 2003 Starters

Offense

Pos. Name Ht./Wt. Class
QB Chris Rix* 6-4/205 Jr.
RB Greg Jones*+ 6-1/248 Sr.
FB B.J. Dean* 5-11/256 So.
WR Craphonso Thorpe 6-2/175 Jr.
WR Chauncey Stovall 6-2/215 Jr.
WR Willie Reid 5-10/190 So.
OT Alex Barron 6-6/316 Jr.
OG Matt Meinrod 6-4/297 So.
OC David Castillo 6-2/300 Jr.
OG Bobby Meeks+ 6-3/295 Jr.
OT Ray Willis* 6-6/295 Jr.
PK Xavier Beitia* 5-10/210 Jr.

Defense

DE Kevin Emanuel* 6-4/240 Sr.
DT Travis Johnson*+ 6-5/275 Jr.
DT Darnell Dockett*+ 6-4/280 Sr.
DE Eric Moore 6-4/245 Jr.
LB Kendyll Pope*+ 6-2/220 Sr.
LB Allen Augustin* 6-1/206 Sr.
LB Michael Boulware* 6-3/220 Sr.
RV Kyler Hall* 6-1/190 Jr.
FS B.J. Ward*+ 6-3/210 Jr.
CB Rufus Brown* 5-9/185 Sr.
CB Stanford Samuels*+ 5-10/190 Sr.
P Chris Hall 5-10/204 So.

* — returning starter
+ — injured/missed spring drills

Coming On Strong

After losing their top three wideouts, the Seminoles uncovered a potential star (converted CB Dominic Robinson) and remain loaded — and perhaps more consistent — in the receiving corps. If embattled QB Chris Rix can follow up his best spring (by far) with his best fall, watch out. Rock-solid returning starters: PK Xavier Beitia, LB Michael Boulware, DT Darnell Dockett, RB Greg Jones, LB Kendyll Pope. Also looking good: RB Lorenzo Booker, OC David Castillo, DE Chauncey Davis, WR Chris Davis, LB A.J. Nicholson, QB Wyatt Sexton, WR Craphonso Thorpe, RB Leon Washington, DE Kamerion Wimbley.

Cause For Concern?

Perhaps more than ever, the Seminoles lack even a single proven, experienced superstar in the trenches. The offensive line lost four starters and, despite progress by the first unit in the spring, still has serious depth questions. The defensive line lost its best player (DE Alonzo Jackson), saw its top two tackles encounter major legal problems and also has significant depth concerns. Also: cover corners, punter.

On The Sidelines

The following players missed all or most of spring drills: LB Michael Boulware (shoulder), WR Chris Davis (knee), DT Darnell Dockett (suspended), DT Travis Johnson (shoulder/

suspended), RB Greg Jones (knee), DB Claudius Osei (ankle), LB Kendyll Pope (shoulder), DT Brian Ross (broken leg), DB Stanford Samuels (shoulder), FS B.J. Ward, FB Torrance Washington (knee), OL Ray Willis (shoulder), DT Jeff Womble. Thorpe split time between football and track.

Spring Cleaning

The following scholarship athletes left the program in the past 12-18 months with eligibility remaining: WR Anquan Boldin (early NFL entry), FB James Buchanan (medical), DB Yohance Buchanan (dismissed), RB Thomas Clayton (transfer/Michigan), LB Cornelius Collier (transfer/Florida Atlantic), DT Travis Johnson (suspended/may return), QB Adrian McPherson (dismissed), RB Lemar Parrish (transfer/Western Illinois/before 2002 season), OL Blake Williams (medical).