FSU Countdown: No. 14 Bryan Stork

July, 16, 2013
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Throughout the summer, Nole Nation will be counting down the 40 players we're projecting to make the biggest impact on the Seminoles' 2013 season, taking into consideration everything from experience to potential to their spot on the current depth chart.

Next up: No. 14 Bryan Stork

Bryan Stork
Sean Meyers/Icon SMIBryan Stork's versatility on the offensive line is invaluable to Florida State.
Position/Class: Center/Senior

What he's done: A tight end in high school, Stork has developed into Florida State's most versatile and consistent offensive lineman during his four seasons in Tallahassee. He's started games in each of the past three years and is now FSU's most veteran lineman, with 35 games and 27 starts under his belt. Over the years, he's worked at center, guard and tackle, and last season he made 13 starts at center -- anchoring a line that entered the season with just two career starts among the four other regulars.

Where he's at: Not much has changed for Stork. He's still pencilled in as the starting center, but Jimbo Fisher has continued to make noise that Stork could slide to right tackle if Bobby Hart doesn't develop as hoped. During spring practice, Stork worked at both positions, while continuing to mentor both Hart and junior Austin Barron. After two rebuilding years on the line, the group is now firmly established -- the 96 career starts between them ranks 10th in the nation for 2013 -- but Stork is still the unquestioned leader. His role, both as the senior leader and the versatile blocker, makes him an invaluable part of the puzzle.

What's to come: It's almost impossible to overstate the significance of Stork's experience a season ago. The group entered the season as a work in progress and finished it as one of the more successful units in the nation, with FSU racking up its third-highest rushing yards in program history and keeping QB EJ Manuel healthy for the entire year. As the line has grown up around him, however, Stork's job shifts somewhat. This season will be less about bringing the rest of the group along and more about ensuring the line takes the next step -- going from successful to dominant. If that happens, Stork should receive a good bit of credit, and along with it, some serious consideration as one of the top centers in next year's NFL draft class.

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