April 8, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The highly-anticipated draft of players for Saturday’s 2010 Florida State Garnet & Gold Spring Game was held Thursday in the football offices, with the squads selected by eight seniors; four assigned to each unit.
Veteran quarterback Christian Ponder, center Ryan McMahon, fullback Matt Dunham and cornerback Ochuko Jenije gathered in the “war room” to select the Gold squad. Across the room, All-American guard Rodney Hudson, tailback Tavares Pressley, linebacker Kendall Smith and defensive end Markus White made up the “brain trust” behind the Garnet team selections.
In addition to tabbing the players, the selectees also drafted their respective coaching staffs and trainers. Those selections will be released prior to game time, as will the selection of specialists. Though Saturday’s game, set for 5 p.m. at Doak Campbell Stadium, will be real in every sense, there will be no live kickoff or punt teams.
FSU coach Jimbo Fisher, as well as the players, had been looking forward to the selection process.
“That will be really interesting,” Fisher said. “You can pick by the best player, or you can pick by the biggest separation at a key position. … I’m really interested because it will tell you something about how they feel about each other.”
Based on the roster breakdowns, there was a distinct difference in the way the teams were built. The Gold team, on paper, appears loaded offensively with three returning offensive linemen and a bevy of proven backs, wideouts and tight ends. They also have cornerback Greg Reid. The Gold team has a distinct defensive flavor, with linebackers Nigel Bradham and Mister Alexander joining Smith. The roster also includes top returning receiver Bert Reed and tailback Lonnie Pryor.