Jan 1, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles running back Devonta Freeman (8) runs after a reception in the second quarter of the game against the Northern Illinois Huskies at the 2013 Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Florida State Player Profile: Devonta Freeman

Name:  Devonta Freeman

Eligibility: Junior

Height: 5’9″

Weight: 206 lbs

Position: Running Back

Twitter Handle: @DevontaFreeman8

2012 Season Stats: 660 rushing yards, 5.9 ypc, 8 touchdowns


Prognostication: Devonta Freeman is just one — of what feels like millions — of the running backs that is going to be expected to help share the workload. To put it more bluntly, the Florida State Seminoles are not going to have a talent or depth issue running the ball. While that is great for team success it does hamper players chasing individual awards. Expect Freeman to continue to split duties to some degree, although, maybe a few extra carriers per game this season as leaving nearly 6 yards a carry on the sideline feels almost wasteful. It would also make sense — considering how he was relied upon more heavily down the stretch last season — that he and James Wilder Jr. continue to look as one of the best running back duos in the nation.

Strengths: Third year with the team, but almost no wear-and-tear on his body. Devonta Freeman has never carried the ball more than 120 in a season and that happened in his freshman campaign. Big, strong, quick– all that and a bag of chips. For the roles that Jimbo Fisher has his running backs assigned to fulfilling, Freeman does more than live up to his end of playing awesome running back extraordinaire.

Weaknesses:  Devonta Freeman is definitely quick, however, his top-end speed isn’t other-worldly fast. That’s not to say he is slow or anything, but he isn’t exactly in Mario Pender’s league. Freeman could be a little more active in the passing game (only 10 receptions last season), but it is hard to fault him for that as it is more than likely offensive schemes that prevent him from being a more used weapon.

Fairly random, but awesome, Devonta Freeman factoid: During the state championship game during high school, Freeman rushed for 308 yards on 36 carries.


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