The Florida State Seminoles are looking to defend their BCS National Championship this coming season but will have their work cut out for them. While they welcome back Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Jameis Winston, there are major holes to fill at other key positions. One of the biggest will be at wide receiver as both Kelvin Benjamin and Kenny Shaw have moved on leaving some openings in the starting lineup. Can Jesus Wilson step up and fill the void in 2014?
Wilson made a minimal impact on the field during his freshman season, recording just three catches on the year for 23 yards. Most of his playing time came on special teams as the starting lineup was locked up with the team’s big-time talent. The young receiver spent his time working behind the scenes, learning the playbook and working his way into the good graces of the coaching staff.
Now, Wilson has used a strong spring to put himself into the mix for the starting lineup next spring. Rashad Greene is a lock to be the No. 1 receiver next season after leading the team with 76 receptions for 1,128 yards and nine touchdowns. After that, there’s plenty of openings for new faces like Wilson to make an impact. Christian Green is the only other receiver other than Greene returning with more than 10 receptions in 2013. FSU will also welcome a trio of talented freshman this fall but figure to bring them along slowly in 2014.
That will create opportunities for the talented Wilson to make an impact in 2014. His work behind the scenes, learning and gaining experience on special teams and on the scout team, has prepared him to step in and play a major role in the Noles’ title defense this season.