We move on in our series looking at the weakest and strongest positions on each team in the ACC with Florida State.
Strongest position: Defensive back.
I considered a number of positions here, running back and offensive line chief among them. But then I looked at the secondary. The Noles return three of four starters AND have depth in spades. This should be the best group in the ACC. Xavier Rhodes is a big loss at cornerback. But otherwise, the backfield is loaded. Safety Karlos Williams, is a former five-star prospect with a boatload of game experience. He will be the only new starter, joining Lamarcus Joyner, Terrence Brooks and a combination of Nick Waisome/Ronald Darby returning at cornerback. Darby was the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year. Joyner opted to return to school and then moved to cornerback, a position switch many believe will allow him to be even better his senior season. Florida State was the No. 1-ranked pass defense in the nation last season, allowed the second-lowest completion percentage of any team and allowed the fewest pass plays of 15 yards or more (41 in 14 games) of any team in the country. As for depth, Florida State has highly heralded guys like P.J. Williams, Tyler Hunter and five-star Jalen Ramsey waiting in the wings.
Weakest position: Kicker.
No matter how much promise Roberto Aguayo has shown so far, the Seminoles are trading in one of the most prolific kickers in NCAA history for a redshirt freshman with zero playing experience. Aguayo may end up being just as good as the departed Dustin Hopkins, but heading into the season kicker is a big-time question mark. Because with Hopkins, you always knew what to expect. With Aguayo? Not so much. Last season, Hopkins set a new NCAA career scoring record for kickers (466 points) and set NCAA, ACC and FSU records with 88 career field goals. He was as close to automatic as it comes. No doubt Aguayo has some huge cleats to fill this season and beyond.
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