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Posted on: August 17, 2011 9:38 am

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

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 CBSSports.com 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.

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