5 Florida State Football Players With the Biggest Shoes to Fill in 2014

5 Florida State Players Replacing Key 2013 Stars

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Florida State is preparing to defend its 2013 national championship. Jameis Winston, Karlos Williams, Rashad Greene, P.J. Williams and a host of other top performers from last season return. The Seminoles do have important positions to fill, however. Here is a look at the players hoping to fill these spots.

5. Wide Receiver Jesus Wilson

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5. Wide Receiver Jesus Wilson

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The dependable Kenny Shaw moves on. Shaw hauled in 54 passes for 933 yards and six touchdowns. Who is next in line? How about Jesus Wilson? Wilson saw limited action in 2013, but has a tremendous work ethic. His work this spring impressed the coaches and makes him the favorite to fill Shaw's shoes.

4. Defensive Tackle Eddie Goldman

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4. Defensive Tackle Eddie Goldman

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Florida State must replace defensive tackles Timmy Jernigan and Demonte McAllister. Eddie Goldman has the chance to be the impact tackle the Seminoles need this season. Goldman is a former five-star athlete who saw limited action last season. He worked hard this spring and is poised to step into Jernigan's spot on the line.

3. Wide Receiver Christian Green

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3. Wide Receiver Christian Green

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In addition to Shaw moving on, Florida State must replace BCS National Championship game hero Kelvin Benjamin. He was a big target for Winston, using his 6-foot-5 frame to go up and get passes. Christian Green is one of two returning receivers who caught more than 10 passes last year. The senior will be counted on to make up some of the production lost with Benjamin.

2. Linebacker Matthew Thomas

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2. Linebacker Matthew Thomas

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Telvin Smith and Christian Jones shored up the Seminoles' linebacking corps in 2013. Both have moved on, opening spots for some of the younger players to make a name for themselves. One of those ready to grab the headlines is Matthew Thomas. At 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, the former five-star athlete had a chance to learn from a veteran cast of linebackers last season. A strong spring gives Thomas the confidence to step into a starting role.

1. Safety Jalen Ramsey

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1. Safety Jalen Ramsey

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Florida State will have to replace the heart and soul of the defense, Lamarcus Joyner. He was the vocal leader in the secondary and one of the hardest workers on the team. Jalen Ramsey could be the heir apparent. Ramsey played well in the 2013 season. He took charge of the secondary in spring practice and appears ready to fill the void left by Joyner's departure.

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