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Friday, July 11, 2008
Florida State position battles

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Seminoles logoI've been breaking down the top position battles to watch heading into summer camp the last few days. Today it's Florida State's turn. Here's a look at the top spots up for grabs in Tallahassee:

QUARTERBACK: Drew Weatherford is the starter and will probably be out there at the start of the season, but it will most likely be a yearlong position battle as it has been the last two years. Christian Ponder and D'Vontrey Richardson will be pushing him.

WIDE RECEIVER: Greg Carr and Preston Parker start but Parker is out the first two games. Junior college transfer Corey Surrency will battle redshirt-junior Rod Owens and talented redshirt-freshman Bert Reed to get on the field immediately.

O-LINE: Now that Evan Bellamy is out, Rodney Hudson may move back to guard (where he was a freshman All-American last year). That leaves true freshmen Andrew Datko and Zebrie Sanders battling to protect Weatherford. If Hudson stays at tackle, you still have two true freshmen (David Spurlock and Rhonne Sanderson) battling to start at LG.

DEFENSIVE END: On the right side it will be a battle for Neefy Moffett to play with consistency and hold off Kevin McNeil.

DEFENSIVE TACKLE: Paul Griffin and Kendrick Stewart enter the year vying to start at NG and Justin Mincey is listed as co-No. 1 with Budd Thacker at DT.

FREE SAFETY: Big battle here to replace Roger Williams. Darius McClure is the veteran who has the spot right now but Jamie Robinson (an All-ACC freshman corner in 2006) has made the move to safety and is challenging him.

PLACEKICKER: Replacing Gary Cismesia (the fifth-most prolific kicker in school history) is falling to punter Graham Gano. In FSU history there has never been one player who handled both the kicking and punting duties. Delaware transfer Zach Hobby will challenge Gano for place-kicking duties.