The Florida State defense is losing several talented players to the NFL this offseason, but the cupboard isn’t bare.
Several youngsters are showing out in spring practice. Among them is Dontavious Jackson, who has lost more than 20 pounds in an effort to earn a starting linebacker spot. The former 4-star recruit is down to 227 pounds but has maintained his strength, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.
From its story:
Jackson is still able to take on an offensive lineman despite losing 20 pounds in the offseason. His newfound quickness is paying off, and he shows no fear going right into the hole against a guard or tackle and held his own.
A few others that have stood out: freshman Amari Gainer and safety Hamsah Nasirildeen. More from the piece:
Gainer uses his quickness so well and is able to find his way into the backfield before the lineman is able to get there.
Safety Hamsah Nasirildeen was dominant in his one-on-one blocking reps. The closest an offensive player came to holding him back was wide receiver Tamorrion Terry, but Terry still gave up about five yards of ground as Nasirildeen pushed him back.
Willie Taggart has a lot to sort out on his depth chart, but there’s plenty of talent in Tallahassee.