#9 Florida State at Boston College 8 PM ESPN
The ninth ranked Seminoles travel to Chestnut Hill to take on their first tough test of 2015. Last week, they struggled to put away a game South Florida team to reach 2-0 (it seemed like most of the bigger schools had a tough time with inferior opponents last week). Boston College had two relatively easy games against FCS (D-1AA) opponents as a tuneup before FSU. BC head coach Steve Addazio may be the most underrated coach in the entire country. His Golden Eagles squads are always well coached and very sound in all aspects fundamentally even if they are outclassed athletically. I wouldn’t be surprised if a "bigger" program comes calling with a very lucrative offer relatively soon. FSU is considered to be using 2015 as a reloading year after sending a record breaking 29 total draftees over the previous three years. However, it’s not to say that the Noles are totally barren in terms of draft talent this year. Can the Golden Eagles pull off the upset at home? Or do the youthful Seminoles take a victory back home?
Boston College prospects to watch
Steven Daniels 5’11 257 LB Senior
The defensive general for BC. He’s a bigger than the typical inside linebacker at 257 pounds. His measureables (height/weight/speed) are less than ideal. Versatility is a plus as he’s experienced in both outside and inside. Pass coverage skills are a massive liability but going downhill in run support is a positive. A lot of people have compared him to Jeff Luc due to their similar sizes but there is potential to be this generation’s London Fletcher if he can drop some weight.
Connor Wujciak 6’2 296 DT RS Senior
The quintessential definition of a run stuffing defensive tackle with lack of pass rush skills. High motor that constantly runs. Bloodlines are good as well because his father played for Notre Dame’s 1973 title winners. Does all the little things to improve really well. Coachable.
Florida State prospects to watch
Everett Golson 6’0 200 QB RS Senior
Golson is a graduate transfer from Notre Dame who elected to leave South Bend after allegedly falling out with HC Brian Kelly. He has a propensity to turn the ball over at alarming rates, which hasn’t shown itself thus far in Tallahassee. Golson is very scattershot but has enough arm strength to make all the big league throws. Pocket presence is not ideal. Mental toughness is unquestioned. He’s very position specific in that he doesn’t have the ideal measureables to change positions in the pros.
Jalen Ramsey 6’1 204 DB Junior
Ramsey is arguably the Seminoles’ best player. Athletic ability, instincts, and ball skills are very good. Versatile defender as he’s played safety, corner, and some linebacker. Had a monster 2014 season as a sophomore, winning several games by himself (see Louisville and Miami games in particular). He will play 2015 as a boundary corner exclusively after the pro departure of several teammates at that position. Barring a dip in form and/or injury, Ramsey is likely a top ten pick next year should he take that route. Funny note: Ramsey is also one of kick returners but he has to change his jersey on the sideline before every kick due to the NCAA rule that no two players on the same unit can have the same number. WR Kermit Whitfield also wears #8 so Ramsey has to switch to #17. He asked permission from former Noles legend Charlie Ward to wear his retired #17.
Terrance Smith 6’4 224 OLB RS Senior
Smith was the heir apparent to current Jaguar linebacker Telvin Smith. Speed is the name of his game and he brings not much else to the table. Smith is one of two linebackers on the roster currently healthy and active after multiple injuries and transfers. He needs a good 2015 campaign to get drafted late.
Chris Casher DE 6’4 250 RS Junior
Casher is an above average athlete with very little that could translate to outside linebacker. It was an embarrassing sight when he was ordered to drop back into coverage by DC Charles Kelly (who’s proven to be in over his head but that’s another story for another time). A four star recruit from Alabama. Has some pass rush moves but needs further development.
Roberto Aguayo K RS Junior 6’1 203
Aguayo is the best kicker in all of college football, no questions asked. Possesses a strong leg and is one of the most accurate kickers in history. He has made four of five kicks from 50 yards and beyond in his career. Hasn’t missed an extra point attempt (150+ tries) so far in his illustrious career. 2013 Lou Groza award winner and runner up for the 2014 award. He actually contemplated declaring for the 2015 draft before deciding to return to school. Could’ve been drafted within the first 3 or 4 rounds had he done so. He has the draft option again this year. Would be the second kicker in school history to declare early should he choose that. (Sebastian Janikowski is the first and only kicker in NCAA history to do so).