TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State's offensive line was once a patchwork group of freshmen and sophomores. They were green but working hard and learning to clear holes while trying to keep pass rushers off quarterback EJ Manuel.
That has changed dramatically in the past few years.
The Seminoles' offensive line is now one of the team's strengths, a group with four returning starters that in 2013 will protect a first-year starting quarterback but also open a path for a talented group of tailbacks.
Bryan Stork has seen all of the changes firsthand. Stork, a senior, is the unquestioned leader of the group, starting 27 career games (first at guard but then at center in 2012).
"From the past two years to now, I feel way more comfortable," Stork said. "I'm more relaxed."
The same can be said for all of Florida State's linemen, who clearly have benefitted from being thrown into the fire when the unit faced so many injuries in 2011 (four freshmen started the bowl win against Notre Dame...