With the season at hand, here's a segment-by-segment look at the Seminoles moving forward:
Junior weakside linebacker Nigel Bradham, who led the Seminoles with 93 tackles last season, was FSU's best defender over the second half of the season. Bradham registered 10 or more tackles in four of the last five games.
Senior Kendall Smith returns for his senior season on the heels of his most productive campaign. Smith, one of two returnees who made 13 starts in '09, registered 85 stops from the middle linebacker position and led the segment with seven tackles for loss.
The strongside linebacker position was one of the most competitive in the spring as two reserves - junior Nigel Carr and redshirt senior Mister Alexander - earned most dependable and most improved honors for the segment from the coaches. Carr made 26 stops last season. Alexander - a natural pass rusher - made 17 stops, but six of those were behind the line of those were behind the line of scrimmage, including five sacks.
Redshirt sophomore Vince Williams, who missed last season with a back injury, was extremely productive in the spring from his weakside spot behind Bradham. He led or shared the team lead in tackles in three or four spring scrimmages.
Heralded freshman Jeff Luc, a January enrollee, spent the spring getting acclimated to the Seminoles' defense. Physically mature and a punishing hitter, Luc was the top-rated middle linebacker prospect in the nation for the 2010 signing class.
FSU may well have landed the nation's top linebacker recruiting class. In addition to Luc, Christian Jones, Telvin Smith, Nigel Terrell and Holmes Onwukaife will immediately add talent and depth to the segment.