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    Thursday, March 15, 2007

    2007 Look Ahead: Linebackers

    188. That is the number of combined tackles that departed linebackers Buster Davis and Lawrence Timmons had for the Noles in 2006. New linebackers coach Chuck Amato will have to find new talent to fill the huge void left by these two great linebackers. Linebacker Geno Hayes who had 59 tackles in 2006 will look to help fill that void.

    The defense is not bare however. A Mickey Andrews defense always has played a lot of players so FSU has a number of quality linebackers that will compete for starting time. Surgeries will keep linebackers Marcus Ball and Derek Nicholson, out of contact for Spring practice.

    “It's exciting to know that you've got a number players returning that have played in key, big ballgames,” said Andrews, who on Friday begins his 24th spring practice as FSU's defensive coordinator. “We had some success last year but not at the level we would want.

    If I know Mickey Andrews and Chuck Amato, FSU will not have a fall off in this area for 2007.

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