Sept 15, 2012; Tallahassee, Florida, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback Ej Manuel (3) prepares to take the snap from center Bryan Stork (52) during the first half of the game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Florida State Player Profile: Bryan Stork


Name: Bryan Stork

Eligibility: Redshirt Senior

Position: Center

Height: 6-4

Weight: 300

Twitter Handle: N/A

 

Prognostication: A former tight end who made the move to offensive line upon arriving in Tallahassee, Bryan Stork has been a fixture on the offensive line since his redshirt freshman season in 2010. In that year, Stork actually played the guard position in spot duty throughout the season. 2011 saw Stork make 10 starts on the season as a RS sophomore, seeing time at both guard positions. That ’11 season also marked the first time that Bryan Stork would man the center position for the Seminoles, taking over against the Oklahoma Sooners. Last season, Stork was the verteran player on a generally young, inexperienced offensive line that would eventually go on to have an explosive year on their way to the Orange Bowl.

Strengths: It’s cliche when talking about an athlete, but Stork’s versatility is obviously his largest attribute. Many underestimate the athleticism it takes for a big man to be able to play every position on the offensive line. His drive off the ball is trememndous when run blocking is called upon, which was a  huge part of some of the success FSU enjoyed running the ball last season. As far as pass protection goes, you really can’t ask much more out of Bryan Stork in this department. His jump off the ball is impeccable, effective and about as near perfect as you can get.

Weaknesses: Sometimes, because of his talents, Stork is asked to do a lot more than one person can actually do when it comes to some of the downblocking schemes. This can lead to Stork becoming tired and ineffective down the stretch. This isn’t necessarily a weakness of Stork, rather the coaching staff. But, it still hinders the team as a whole.

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