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March 8, 2011
Spring Position Preview: Running Backs
Other Spring Previews: Coming Soon
The position coach: Eddie Gran entering his second season at Florida State.
Will enroll this summer: James Wilder Jr.
Ty Jones is healthy and will likely take on the role as the primary backup to Thompson this spring. Considering that Fisher doesn't like to rely heavily on just one tailback, Jones still has an opportunity to prove his worth and solidify his spot as the clear No. 2, which would earn him plenty of carries next fall.
The X-factor is recently enrolled freshman Devonta Freeman. The Miami Central back had arguably the most impressive senior season of any high school back in the country rushing for over 2,200 yards, including a combined 668 yards in the state semi-final and final for the 6A classification (the largest in Florida). He showed up at FSU in excellent shape and will be making a case this spring to push Jones for the No. 2 spot. Depending on what happens with Thomas, and impressive spring campaign could mean a good number of carries for the impressive freshman back this fall.
Gene Williams is the founder and administrator of Warchant.com and writes stories and features covering all of FSU's sports with an emphasis on football and football recruiting. For seven years, Williams hosted a weekly sports radio show in Tallahassee. He currently appears as a weekly guest on 1010 XL Sports Radio in Jacksonville and 1270 The Team in Tallahassee during football season. Williams is also a former ACC correspondent for College Football News (weekly national newspaper), and contributes to The Osceola. Story about Gene Williams & Warchant.com.