Name: Dan Hicks
Eligibility: (RS) Senior
Weight: 259 lbs
Position: Defensive End
Twitter Handle: Unable to find nor confirm account
2012 Season Stats: Missed entire season due to injury
Prognostication: Dan Hicks is switching positions, again. He moved to the tight end position for last season. The move there, though, happened to be very short-lived — as last season saw the big man miss the entire season because of an injury. For Hicks going back to the d-line, the move is likely welcome and a place where he can battle for legit playing time. The only reason the coaching staff moved him to tight end to begin with was because of the deep DE rotation that they have always had. Feeling that not having Hicks on the field in any capacity would be a waste of talent, Florida State coaches did their best to find ways to keep him involved. Even coming off an injury, it is pretty safe to assume that Dan Hicks is still an important part to whatever the coaching staff plans on doing this season — especially on the defensive side of the ball. He was projected as a starting defensive end after spring practices.
Strengths: There is a stereotype that players have to live up to whenever enrolling in a Florida State football program — being an amazing athlete. Hicks certainly lives up to that billing. That is why coaches thought his move to tight end would have been as easy as pie. It’s not that the move didn’t work either. It was only the injury that prevented Hicks from succeeding in that role. With only one year of eligibility left, though, the move back to DE is probably the wisest for the immediate impact that he is likely to have. Especially if you adjust him (fictitious) impact rating from the time it would take to adjust to catching footballs.
Weaknesses: A player misses an entire season because of injury and, yeah, his health is going to be the biggest question mark heading into the season. Still — because, awesome — if the injury doesn’t hamper Hicks’ athleticism don’t expect many ‘major’ flaws to be popping out of your picture-box while watching him play. Also, it is worth pointing out that Hicks isn’t huge when compared to some other defensive ends across the nation.
Fairly random, but awesome, Dan Hicks factoid: Despite being famous for playing for Florida State, this version of Dan Hicks is not nearly as popular as other versions. Just Google the young man’s name and you will see a slew of different Dan Hicks ahead of him on the search engine. I mean, our Dan Hicks doesn’t have an IMBD page, right?
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