FSU head coach Mike Norvell has 24 scholarship players to the roster so far this off-season but that is not the only route the second-year coach is using to add depth and talent to his team for 2021 and beyond. Norvell has also added at least three walk-ons to the roster.
Being a former walk-on himself before earning a scholarship at Central Arkansas it should come as no surprise that Norvell has made adding quality walk-ons to his roster a priority.
Last spring Norvell placed walk-on tight end Wyatt Rector on scholarship, and he provided depth to the position in 2020. (Deonte Sheffield also earned a scholarship.) Redshirt freshman tight end Preston Daniel arrived at FSU last summer as a preferred walk-on and played significant snaps for the Seminoles as a true freshman this past season.
So far FSU has confirmed the addition of CB Caleb Blake (transfer from Colorado State), DT Liam McCormick (Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy) and WR Anthony Weeden to the roster for the 2021 season.
In part one of at least a three-part series the Osceola takes a look at what kind of player FSU is getting in Weeden, who is 5-foot-10 and 167 pounds. Weeden is from Orlando (Fla.) Edgewater High School.
As a senior he caught 13 passes for 214 yards in 13 games. He was also named 2020 6A Player of the Year in baseball, where he held a .600 batting average through nine games before the season was cut short due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Charles Fishbein: Weeden is a dual-sport athlete (football and baseball). You turn on the film and the first thing you notice is Weeden is a pretty good athlete. He can line up at quarterback and run the wildcat. He can line up at receiver and catch the football. He has above average speed and quickness. He is a productive player on the football field. He runs routes well and Weeden gives his quarterback a nice target to throw the football. Of all the walk-on players signed this off-season, Weeden looks like the one that can make it into the rotation right away.
Patrick Burnham: Weeden runs extremely well, has quick feet and good balance. Several times he runs away from defenders and he is playing in a classification and in area of the state where there are some really good football players on the teams he is lining up against. He showed his speed and ability to make people miss when running the ball when lined up at quarterback. Adjust to the ball nicely, shows good concentration and gets the ball upfield after the catch. Weeden adds depth and talent to a position in need of both. Based off his highlight tape he certainly shows the potential to be a guy that could develop into a solid player at the FBS level.
To view Weeden’s HUDL highlight tape please click on the link below.