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Last season when David Spurlock went down half-way thru the year with a concussion, Bryan Stork was thrown into the fire as a redshirt freshman.
He seemingly got better with every snap he played the final half of the season.
Then in the presason thanks, to the graduation of All-American Rodney Hudson and starting center Ryan McMahon, as well as a wrath of injuries to the rest of the line, Stork at times was the most experienced lineman on the first-team offense.
He was forced to go from the new guy to a guy offensive line coach Rick Trickett could lean on in practice.
"It was tough because something would happened and I would get blamed for it," Stork said of playing with so many inexperienced guys early in camp. "You've just got to learn whoever you've got with you, you've just got to learn to take them with you because you've been there before and they haven't."
With Spurlock back at right guard, Stork is now on the left side. Spurlock said Stork has continued to improve every day since the season ended.
"Look at him from the bowl game, he took off in the bowl game, he did great," Spurlock said of Stork. "He did really good, he's doing nothing but getting better every single day."
Stork graded out at 80 percent for his performance during the Chic-fil-A bowl, just his fourth career start.
"I was just playing," he said of the 26-17 win over South Carolina. "It was just another game and Coach always says we should get better every game and that's what I think too. So hopefully I left off good and I can just continue."
The Vero Beach native is now charged with the task of replacing Hudson. He said while Hudsons' are big shoes to fill, he's having more trouble adjusting to his chair in the meeting room.
"It's bent back pretty far. I looked down and some of the metal is cracking and it's about to fall in the back, we need to get that fixed," he joked about Hudson's old seat. "It means a lot (replacing Hudson), and Coach Trickett wants that guy in the interior, that dependable guy, and you always want to be that guy. Or try to be."
Green learning by doing
After suffering a shoulder injury early in practice last season, Christian Green was forced to take a redshirt and watch from the sidelines.
Green was tasked with not only learning a new playbook from the sidelines, but he was also learning a new position. Rated a four-star athlete out of Tampa Catholic high, Green played primarily quarterback in high school.
Once he was back to 100 percent in the spring, Green said he began to pick up the playbook a little quicker once he could run the routes full speed.
"It's good watching too, but actually going out there running and learning from your mistake
it's better if you go out there running routes and do it yourself," he said.
Green showed flashes in the Garnet & Gold Game this spring as he hauled in four catches for 35 yards. Now after another preseason camp under his belt he feels he's ready for a full speed test this Saturday against Louisiana-Monroe.
"I feel like I'm ready to go out there and get my feet wet at the college level," he said. "See what we can do as a team, and what I can do."
Jones eager for first start
After playing in all 14 games as a true freshman and registering 18 tackles, three sacks, and three tackles for loss Christian Jones is ready to step into a starting role this fall.
The 6'4,240-pound Winter Park native will replace Mister Alexander at strong side linebacker.
"It feels a lot different," Jones said of the upcoming season. "Especially when it comes time to run out the tunnel. Just knowing I'll be out there more, its just an exciting thing to play in front of all these people so I'm going to be ready and I'm excited about it too."
Fisher said that Jones at times is a bit overlooked but the coach sees a ton of potential in him.
"To play in space for a big guy, he can extend and he is long too. He is always playing the ball, tipping the ball, even if he doesn't get it, he makes them miss because of his jumping ability," Fisher said of Jones early in camp. "He can blitz. We can move him in the middle for some Nickel situations too. I think he can be an excellent football player."
Kenny Shaw, who tweaked his ankle during last week's preseason scrimmage, participated in practice on Wednesday. Willie Haulstead (concussion) was the lone starter not at practice.
Florida State announced on Wednesday that the student allotment for ULM tickets was completely sold out.
Fisher spoke to the Tallahassee Quarterback Club on Tuesday night at the University Club Center. He was asked about freshman Eric Beverly, and he responded by saying that Beverley would likely redshirt and he's playing both fullback and tailback currently.
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