Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Erving, O'Leary on midseason AA team
By David M. Hale
Florida State has two representatives on ESPN's midseason All-America list in tight end Nick O'Leary and left tackle Cameron Erving.
O'Leary scored three times in Florida State's opener against Pitt, matching his career total. Since then, he's showed similar poise, with nine of his 11 grabs going for first downs or touchdowns. His five trips to the end zone are tied for the most by any tight end in the nation, and head coach Jimbo Fisher said most of what O'Leary does best flies under the radar.
"He's blocking well, we move him like a fullback out of the backfield, catching balls down the field," Fisher said. "He's a very productive guy, understands the game, and he's one of those guys [who] does everything. Some of his better games, he doesn't have to catch two or three touchdowns."
Meanwhile, Erving has been a leader on Florida State's veteran offensive line and appears poised for an NFL future. After moving from the defensive line in the spring of 2012, Erving has made significant strides on offense. This season, he's protected quarterback Jameis Winston's blind side and helped FSU's running game to a 6-yard-per-carry average, the ninth-best mark in the nation.
Check out the entirety of ESPN's midseason All-America list here.