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Friday, March 18, 2011
FSU JUCOs ahead of the game

By Heather Dinich

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Two new names ACC fans will likely come to learn sooner than later are both on Florida State's roster.

Granted, with the nation's No. 1 recruiting class, odds are the Seminoles' junior college transfers won't be the only members of this year's class to see the field. Their maturity and experience, though, gives them an automatic edge, and FSU coach Jimbo Fisher can't seem to say enough good things about defensive end Cornellius "Tank" Carradine and offensive guard Jacob Fahrenkrug.

Tank is a fitting nickname for Carradine, who, at 258 pounds is physical, strong, can run, and is a workaholic, according to Fisher. Carradine was also recruited by the likes of Alabama, Georgia and Ohio State. Fisher also raved about Fahrenkrug's focus and ability to move.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever been around two junior college guys who came in as focused and driven from Day 1, right in the mix of it, putting their nose down and working hard, whatever it takes, whether it’s in the classroom, off the field, in the weight room, the yessir, no sir, go at it."

Fisher said Carrdine can rush the passer and play the run. He said he's also "very pleased" with Fahrenkrug.

“Fahrenkrug looks great," Fisher said. "Moves great in short areas, punch, power, I expect him to be a really good football player. And driven. Driven. Hard working. Focused. As focused a guy when it comes to workouts, there is no playin’. His body has done great, he looks great, moving good, smart, though. I think he’s going to be a real good football player. He’s got a lot of power, a lot. And moves extremely well.”