FSU football picks up a massive need at the quarterback position in Oregon State signal caller DJ Uiagalelei. The Seminoles only had two scholarship options on the roster heading into 2024: Brock Glenn and Luke Kromenhoek.
Florida State certainly needed to add a veteran option to command the group while the younger players get properly developed. However, a quarterback can only do so much in an offense if he is not protected.
Having quality offensive linemen is pivotal to a team's success. Offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Alex Atkins has done a great job with changing the narrative of the unit in Tallahassee. A few years back, before Atkins took over, the Seminoles were considered one of the worst offensive line units in college football.
However, the times have changed as Florida State has emphasized adding veteran bodies to the rotation. The unit struggled at times to protect since they had a variety of injuries on the offensive line. But Florida State still performed well with not allowing a high amount of sacks where they ranked 48th in the FBS in sacks allowed (1.79).
The Seminoles only had two seniors in the trenches with interior offensive linemen Casey Roddick and D'Mitri Emmanuel. As I alluded to in a previous article, the Battle's End collective has been charged with retaining pivotal pieces on the roster.
On Monday, the NIL collective announced relationships with four key offensive linemen on the team: Darius Washington, Maurice Smith, Robert Scott, and Keiondre Jones.
It is amazing to see veteran pieces returning to the team for another season. While I still believe that Florida State will need to get two offensive linemen in the transfer portal, this is a firm foundation for a football team that is looking to make the College Football Playoff in 2024 after wrongfully not being selected in the "invitational" by the 13-member playoff committee this season.