FSU Football’s Most Important Player Countdown: # 12
The countdown to the Florida State Football Season 2021 is in progress.
the Seminoles enter the upcoming season, Mike Norvell’s second at the top of the schedule, with plenty of questions.
In a pandemic shortened season that limited the Seminoles to nine games in 2020, FSU finished 3-6. It was the program’s worst record since FSU went 3-8 in 1975, the year before Bobby Bowden came to Tallahassee.
Norvell and his team inherited a roster which at the end of the season was the youngest in college football in terms of underclass percentage. To help counter that, the Seminoles have hit the transfer portal hard this offseason, bringing in 10 FBS transfers with abundant experience.
Entering a critical second season at the top of the program after a much more regular offseason, Norvell will look to lead FSU to his first record of wins since 2017.
Here’s a countdown to Democrats’ list of FSU’s 40 most important players for the coming season, as compiled by beat writers Curt Weiler and Andre Fernandez, continuing today with the n ° 12.
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Ontaria Wilson Junior Wide Receiver Redshirt
For a group of FSU wide receivers who are in desperate need of a playmaker this season, Wilson is one of the more viable options.
A high school teammate of former FSU wide-out Tamorrion Terry who signed as a defensive back but converted to wide receiver ahead of the 2018 season, Wilson is FSU’s most experienced returning receiver.
His 382 receiving yards last season were nearly 100 more than any other Seminole, and his two receiving touchdowns were tied for most of the team. Both were career highs as well as he landed a total touchdown in his first two seasons as wide receiver.
Additionally, his 61.0 rating last season from Pro Football Focus is the best among all FSU wide receivers back behind only Terry. However, it’s worth mentioning that it ranked 443rd out of 634 eligible FBS receivers and had a worse rating in 2020 than its 61.7 in 2019.
Wilson has shown flashes to be a prime option for the Seminoles’ passing attack. That being said, he’s missing some elite athleticism that could help him become that option and has had some trouble falling at times.
With Terry no longer at FSU, the Seminoles are in dire need of better talent and greater depth in the wide receiver room. There are a few younger options with more perks, but Wilson’s experience should help him carve out a role again in 2021. The size of a role depends largely on his performance and feeling. of the youngest members of the post group.
Recap of the countdown
No. 40: DL Shambre Jackson
No. 39: OL Dontae Lucas
N ° 38: WR Kentron Poitier
N ° 37: DB Akeem Dent
N ° 36: Alex Mastromanno
N ° 35: LB DJ Lundy
No. 34: DB Jarques McClellion
No. 33: BY Derrick McLendon
No. 32: RB DJ Williams
No. 31: OL Baveon Johnson
No. 30: DB Brandon Moore
No. 29: WR Malik McClain
N ° 28: LB Emmett Rice
No. 27: DB Meiko Dotson
N ° 26: OL Darius Washington
No. 25: LB Stephen Dix Jr.
No. 24: BY Dennis Briggs Jr.
No. 23: TE Jordan Wilson
No. 22: DB Travis Jay
N ° 21: OL Robert Scott
N ° 20: DB Jarrian Jones
N ° 19: WR Keyshawn Helton
N ° 18: DT Fabien Lovett
N ° 17: Brendan Glove
N ° 16: OL Dillan Gibbons
N ° 15: RB Lawrance Toafili
No. 14: DT Robert Cooper
No. 13: BY Keir Thomas
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