The Florida State Seminoles are looking to defend their ACC title from 2012 next season, but they will have to do it with some new faces. None of those new starters in 2013 will be under a closer microscope than quarterback Jameis Winston, who takes over the quarterback position with a mountain of expectation on his shoulders. Having a dynamic receiving corps would be a major boost to his first season as the No. 1 QB, which means Kelvin Benjamin must step his game up.
At 6-foot-5, 242 pounds, Benjamin is a freak athlete with the skills to become a household name in college football by season’s end. Last season, he hauled in 30 catches for 495 yards with four touchdowns as a freshman and has nothing but potential moving forward. He has to get more consistent, however, in the passing game before he can get counted on as he had a tendency to disappear for stretches in 2012. In the final three games of the season, he had just two receptions for 16 yards.
Going forward, he must demand more looks by working on getting open on every snap. FSU has plenty of depth at receiver with a number of talented pass catchers looking to contribute in 2013, but the team needs a dominant No. 1 guy to emerge. Benjamin has that capability of being that guy as a sophomore but needs to prove he can handle getting leaned on for production week in and week out.
The development of Winston under center and the FSU offense as a whole could depend on how dominant Benjamin becomes in 2013. Does he have what it takes to take the Noles over the top next fall?