Carrying the Spear: LB Markuss Eligwe 

July, 9, 2012
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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comFreshman LB Markuss Eligwe figures to earn a long look from FSU coaches in preseason camp.

Markuss Eligwe



Linebacker, Freshman, 6-foot-3, 225 pounds

Looking back: Markuss Eligwe played in a 3-4 system at Stone Mountain (Ga.) High School, and he showed the size and athleticism to handle both the inside and outside linebacker spots well. A four-star recruit, Eligwe was wooed late in the process by Cal and Georgia, but landed with Florida State a few days after National Signing Day.

Right now: Eligwe has good tackling skills in the open field with an innate ability to find the football and deliver a blow. At the very least, that should earn him snaps on special teams this season, but it's also distinctly possible he'll work his way into the mix at linebacker, too. While the front four and secondary appear solid, there's some room for playing time among the linebackers -- and Eligwe's skill set will earn him a long look from the coaching staff during camp.

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