Much has been made of the defending-champion Florida State Seminoles’ loss of experienced talent at the skill positions– and for good reason. Top running backs Devonta Freeman and James Wilder, Jr. are off to the NFL, as are starting receivers Kelvin Benjamin and Kenny Shaw.
But despite such apparent attrition, FSU will nevertheless enter the 2014 with the nation’s top QB-RB-WR trio, per a recent article from Bleacher Report. The piece ranks Florida State’s Jameis Winston, Karlos Williams, and Rashad Greene as the nation’s best three-headed attack.
Winston is the reigning Heisman Trophy winner whose play really needs no further endorsement. And while Benjamin’s prototypical NFL size garnered much attention, Greene should finish his ‘Nole career as the school leader in catches, receiving yardage, and touchdown receptions. Furthermore, there are few experienced pass catchers beside Greene (and tight end Nick O’Leary), so Winston will probably rely on him heavily, especially early on.
At running back, Williams acquitted himself impressively last year, and, as a feature back, should eclipse the 1,000 yard mark like Freeman did in 2013. His 8.0 YPC was the second-highest in the country last season, as he brings a unique combination of size and speed to the position. Williams also finds himself in a situation similar to that of Greene– as Mario Pender, Ryan Green, and Dalvin Cook battle for the secondary role, it’s important to remember that only Green has carried the ball at the college level. Fischer will certainly rotate to keep players fresh, but Williams is the undoubted bell cow.
While Williams hasn’t served as a starter before, his potential seems undeniable, especially behind what could be the nation’s top offensive line. The real story will regard who steps up in the summer and fall as compliments to these stars.