2. OL Darius Washington
Offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Alex Atkins has positively changed the narrative of the Seminoles’ offensive line position unit. There were quite a bit of media members that viewed FSU’s offensive line as one of the worst units in the country.
It is remarkable how far they have come as a program. In an interview with head football coach Mike Norvell, he stated how they had eight quality offensive linemen that could be in the rotation. One of those key contributors will be redshirt junior offensive lineman Darius Washington, who can be utilized at the tackle, guard, and center positions.
That level of versatility will be valuable to a position group that tends to have bumps and bruises through the season. Many fans began to realize that aspect last season when Robert Scott Jr., Maurice Smith, Bless Harris, Kayden Lyles, and Jazston Turnetine (in the bowl game) suffered injuries.
If quarterback Jordan Travis wants an opportunity to win a Heisman Trophy, the Seminoles’ offensive line unit will have to be relatively healthy.
Washington will be a pivotal piece in the rotation and will be the first offensive linemen off the bench if something were to happen. His importance cannot be taken for granted.