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Monday, July 8, 2013
FSU Countdown: No. 20 Eddie Goldman

By David M. Hale

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. 20 Eddie Goldman

Position/Class: DT/Sophomore

What he's done: Goldman arrived on campus last year with as much hype as anyone from Florida State's highly-touted recruiting class, but he found himself in the midst of a numbers crunch at defensive tackle. Goldman made waves right away, with teammates praising his speed and footwork, but with a number of established veterans ahead of him on the depth chart, playing time was scarce. Still, Goldman managed to avoid a redshirt and appeared in 10 games, making eight tackles, including one for a loss.

Where he's at: With the departures of Anthony McCloud and Everett Dawkins, the path to a starting job is now much clearer for Goldman, but that doesn't mean he's won the spot. Veterans Timmy Jernigan and Demonte McAllister are the heirs apparent at defensive tackle, likely meaning Goldman will enter fall camp running with the No. 2s. That's not necessarily a bad thing. Jernigan played that role for two seasons, yet he's still projected as a first-round pick in the next NFL draft. Goldman may have even more upside, and his status as a second-stringer is even less definitive.

What's to come: Goldman will be one of the more intriguing players to watch during fall camp. McAllister missed all of spring practice, and while both players are likely to see significant reps -- FSU is renowned for rotating its D linemen -- Goldman has a real shot at stealing the starting job. Either way, his future is immensely bright. Those raving reviews about his quick first step and powerful strength are now supplemented by a far better understanding of the playbook. And as new DC Jeremy Pruitt works in some of the 3-4 technique his defenses ran at Alabama, Goldman looks like an ideal fit. He may not blossom into a star in 2013, but he looks to take a big step in that direction.