Blog Entry

16-year-old running with Noles' first-team OL

Posted on: August 17, 2011 9:38 am
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

What were you doing in the final days leading up to your 17th birthday? Maybe something honorable and/or productive. But more likely it was something roughly similar to what this blogger was doing: playing six hours of video games a day and slowly snapping my way through a whole case of Slim Jims.

Florida State true freshman Bobby Hart, however, is not like you or me. Per RapidReporter Jim Henry, Hart is currently practicting with the Seminoles' first-team offensive line at right tackle ... even though he's still just 16 years old. Hart turns 17 later this week.

If you're thinking that as talented as Hart might be, it's not the best sign for the Seminoles that a player quite that young is already receiving first-team reps, you're not wrong. The Noles have been hit with a wave of injuries on their offensive front, one severe enough that Jimbo Fisher pushed a scrimmage scheduled for Tuesday back to Wednesday.

Thanks to the injuries -- which have senior starting tackles Andrew Datko and Zebrie Sanders both out of commission -- Hart is just one of three first-year players to line up on the current FSU first-team, alongside fellow true frosh Austin Barron and JUCO transfer Jacob Fahrenkrug. Pleased as he might be by his youngsters' efforts, Fisher will no doubt be hoping Hart won't still be in his team's first string come the opening of practice.

But even if Hart's youth suggests he might not be ready, his recruiting profile suggests he maybe will be. One of the top tackle prospects in the nation coming out of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.)'s St. Thomas Aquinas, Hart already checks in at a robust 6'5", 303 pounds and had offers from schools across the nation before choosing FSU.

So it won't be optimal if the Noles wind up with a 17-year-old just days removed from his last birthday starting at right tackle. But as quickly as Hart seems to have adjusted to the college game and as much as upside as he possesses at his tender age, it may not be the end of the world, either.


Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2011 8:30 am

16-year-old running with Noles' first-team OL

Noles will be just fine. Hart is an awesome specimen but he will not start for the Noles thi year. Datko and Sanders are fine and Hart will see backup duty. As for GatorBait...why had this better be ajoke...ife he is ready he is ready. You Gators and Canes had issues when we had Weinke at 25 now you have a problem with Hart at 17? Focus on your on issues...all those felony arrests are a much bigger problem then a talented young man playing for the best program in the state of Florida!

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: August 17, 2011 5:30 pm

16-year-old running with Noles' first-team OL

Away from football for just one second... This is a sixteen year old kid enrolled in a big time University. He is obviously a very wise young man. I say Kudos to you Bobby Hart. This country needs more youth like you. Outstanding job to coach Fisher for giving this young man a chance. I highly doubt football will be the path this young man takes for a career. No matter what path he takes I am sure he will be successful. His parents obviously instilled the value of Hard work and determination in him. Good Job Bobby!

Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: August 17, 2011 4:08 pm

16-year-old running with Noles' first-team OL

23 yo redshirt seniors have a hard enough time in CFB...this better be a joke

Since: Aug 17, 2011
Posted on: August 17, 2011 2:36 pm

Trying to create a story...

This article couldn't be any further off base. Just another reason why coach fisher hates speaking with the media. Andrew Datko is not sideline with any injury and has performed in all off season training and all practices to date. Zebrie Sanders had a groin strain and Jimbo is being cautious with him. All the OL injuries are normal bumps & bruises that occur in two-a-days, as a result of hard & tough practices. Could we have injuries up front? Sure, but I can promise you that Bobby Hart will not start a game this year, as good as he might be. This is nothing more than trying to create a story, that's just not there.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: August 17, 2011 12:22 pm

Cancel my Subscription to the Resurrection...

With two true freshmen and a first-year JUCO transfer on the first team OL, there is no way this team is going to fulfill the "destiny" that much of the media had planned for it.  They really should have an upperclassman or two move over from DL, for depth if nothing else.  They must be able to find someone who is "stuck" on the DL depth chart that would be a decent candidate.  

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: August 17, 2011 11:55 am

16-year-old running with Noles' first-team OL

16 year-old 300+ pounder. Sounds like walking diabetes... ok, I'll wait until his senior year and if he's 330+ lbs, then no doubt. If he is matching up with first teamers already, either I fear that FSU still has a ways to come back, the kid is incredible, or a combination of both.

Since: Jul 15, 2011
Posted on: August 17, 2011 11:29 am

16-year-old running with Noles' first-team OL

This not only speaks loads for young Bobby Hart and his parents, but also goes to show what an outstanding football program St Thomas Aquinas High School, and their former head coach, have developed.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or