Florida State

Answering questions about FSU’s running backs, offensive line and WRs

Khalan Laborn

I receive questions daily on social media and in person, the answers to which don’t make it into articles. Recently, I’ve fielded great questions about the FSU football program that I wanted to flesh out beyond 280 characters on Twitter.

I figured it was time to do my version of a mailbag – a second mailbag.

Feel free to email me (email hidden; JavaScript is required) or hit me up on social media to see your questions answered

@a_price01: “Who do you think will be the biggest freshman to contribute this season?”

That’s a loaded question. I personally think we will see three freshman make big impacts this season: Jaiden Woodbey, Jordan Young and Asante Samuel.

Woodbey and Samuel are in a position group where young players make an impact early. From what we’ve seen this spring, FSU will play many defensive backs. Safety is full of young, talented players, but Woodbey has the build for what we’ve seen out of the “star” position – a hybrid safety and linebacker.

I think “Black Ice” (Hamsah Nasirildeen) will be that main guy, but I can see Woodbey coming in and making an impact.

Wide Receiver is where I think there will be a constant push. I have to go with Young, a.k.a. Mr. Abusement Park. The way he burst onto the recruiting scene with his hunger mixed in with his speed and measurables fits this Gulf Coast offense very well.

@activeagent: “As a former player, what’s your brutally honest take on uni’s? Traditional, few variations, straight with it? How much affect does it play with recruits?”

I like a certain amount of uniform combos. I think Oregon is too much. But Black, White, Garnet and a Gold Jersey would cool. You should have special games for it.

Personally, I hate our gold pants, but I can see a lot of mix with the pants.

My favorite home combo is garnet top with white pants with the garnet stripe. We wore that a lot at my alma mater @FloridaHighFB. I was a Seminole eight years.

Away? Well, as the rapper Nelly said, “Don’t nothing get them hype on first sight like white on whites!”

As far as helmets go, I like the black helmet. I’m not sure about that Vegas yellow, but a garnet helmet would be cold.

My only regret about playing pre-Bowden collapse was not being able to wear the all black uniforms.

@theycallmejeaux: “How long will we keep Walt Bell or Harlon Barnett?”

@patpoose4real: “Coaching staff expectations, for example, how long should we expect Walt Bell to be around and how long until we move coach Kelly back into the other position and hire a new wr coach?”

If done right two to three years.

The way the college game is now, if you’re successful, you will see coaches go. Walt Bell has been very strategic in his resume building process. He is an excellent young coaching mind. I think if he is able to blend his philosophies with Willie Taggart’s offense, putting up points in bunches, you can see him going to the next stop – hopefully not inside the ACC.

Barnett can revolutionize the way the 4-2-5 defense is run. I think he’s taking over a unit that doesn’t need many upgrades, more subtle tweaks – mainly being able to get off the field in 3rd-and-Kelly (3rd and long) situations.

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