I posted this on of the syracuse.com comment boards, but I doubt many over there will understand this.
Dave Rahme posted how SU is now able to Redshirt most of the incoming freshman, which made me think for a second, wow we were worse off than I thought we were.
So I thought, what team had it's ups and downs over the last 5-6 years but have comeback strong and now are back up top. Answer: Florida State. So what does their roster look like? Who played against Clemson, because only the best players will play? What is their experience level? This is what I came up with, hope you enjoy!
Florida State Starting Offense Pos ## Offense WR 80 GREENE, R. SO LT 75 ERVING, C. RS SO LG 70 MATIAS, J. SO C 52 STORK, B. RS Jr RG 54 JACKSON, T. SO RT 71 WATSON, M. Jr TE 35 O'LEARY, N. SO WR 84 SMITH, R. SR QB 3 Manuel, EJ RS SR TB 4 THOMPSON, C. SR WR 15 DENT, G. JR
Florida State Starting Defense Pos ## Defense LE 95 WERNER, B. Jr DT 93 DAWKINS, E. RS SR DT 92 MCCLOUD, A. RS SR RE 91 CARRADINE, C. SR SLB 10 MOODY, N. SR MLB 11 WILLIAMS, V. RS SR WLB 7 JONES, C. Jr CB 27 RHODES, X. RS Jr SS 20 JOYNER, L. Jr FS 31 BROOKS, T. Jr CB 6 WAISOME, N. SO
Reserves/ Special Teams 1-BENJAMIN RS FR 1H-HUNTER SO 2T-SMITH RS FR 8J-JERNIGAN SO 8-FREEMAN SO 9W-WILLIAMS SO 13-DARBY FR 18-HOPKINS SR 19-GEHRES RS Jr 22-SMITH Jr 23-DEMPS RS Jr 24-PRYOR SR 26-WILLIAMS FR 32-WILDER SO 33-HAPLEA Jr 37-SMITH RS FR 38-BEATTY RS SO 41-ABRAM Jr 51-NEWBERRY RS FR 60-FAHRENKRUG SR 62-BARRON SO 64-DELLENBACH SR 74-WALLACE RS Jr 81-SHAW Jr 82-HAULSTEAD RS Jr 86-REVELL Jr 89-GREEN RS SO 96-STEVENS RS SR 97-MCALLISTER RS Jr
You will notice only 2 true freshman played in that game. Only 4 Red Shirt freshman. Of the 50 players that played, 19 were Red Shirted. The starting defense only has 1 sophomore. The rest Jr's and Sr's
This makes me believe, Syracuse has finally set the foundation. Red Shirting extends your experience on the field. In the last 4 years they have not had that extension, now they will. The waves of 5th year players will start flowing and wins will be flowing as well.
Florida State Win/Loss