FSU walk-on shakes up depth chart

September, 1, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich


Florida State recently released its depth chart for the Miami game, and it reflects seniority across the board with one true surprise: Craig Yarborough is listed as the starter at left end with freshman Toshmon Stevens as his backup.

So the Noles are going to count on a walk-on to replace Neefy Moffett?

Not quite.

Again with the seniority, it's possible that defensive ends coach Jody Allen is sending Kevin McNeil a message because his eligibility was in question at one point this summer, and McNeil might not be in the greatest shape right now because he missed a few practices. Yarborough usually helps out on special teams, but I don't expect him to be on the field too long against the Canes.

Andrew Carter at the Orlando Sentinel tells me FSU fans are all up in arms over this, and unless Yarborough is the next Everette Brown, they should be. This just in: Florida State opens with Miami. Not Western Carolina. It will be worth watching how long Yarborough stays in the game. Then again, maybe I'm not giving him enough credit. If that's the case, he should probably be on scholarship.

Offensively, the competition at right guard between David Spurlock and Brandon Davis should be ongoing and might change from week to week, but for now, Spurlock, the sophomore, has the nod over the junior.

At placekicker, that battle went down to the wire and was decided by Saturday morning's scrimmage in which freshman Dustin Hopkins went 4-for-4 and beat James Esco. Hopkins has the stronger leg, and his range has been compared to Graham Gano. I'm told Hopkins could be one of the Noles' best kickoff guys since Sebastian Janikowski.

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