Carrying the Spear: OT Bobby Hart 

July, 19, 2012
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During the final 10 weeks before the season kicks off, NoleNation will march through the depth chart to analyze Florida State's top 50 contributors for the 2012 season. From Austin Barron to Vince Williams, we'll review each player's career, evaluate his role in 2012 and project what might be in store down the road.

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Al Messerschmidt/Getty ImagesOL Bobby Hart started nine games for FSU as a freshman during 2011.

Bobby Hart



Offensive Tackle, Sophomore, 6-foot-5, 314 pounds

Looking back: Hart arrived on campus at Florida State as a 16-year-old freshman, but he developed quickly. In part, that was due to his innate ability and massive size. But his fast track in 2011 was also necessitated by the Seminoles' needs during a season filled with injuries. In the end, the No. 4 overall offensive tackle in his class wound up starting the final nine games of the season at tackle -- eight on the right side -- and wound up being one of the more consistent performers on the young line despite some growing pains along the way.

Right now: The trial by fire appeared to give Hart a leg up as the competition on the offensive line heated up this spring, but his grasp on the starting job might not be completely firm. Still just 17, Hart figures to have plenty of room to develop, but the question is whether he'll be asked to do that as a starter when camp opens or whether he'll take a backseat to junior Bryan Stork, who appeared to have a more impressive spring practice. Given Stork's experience and Hart's ability, this should be one of the more interesting battles throughout fall camp.

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