After Florida State's win over Miami, there was a lot of hype going around for Seminoles middle linebacker Buster Davis. No doubt he had a great game, particularly blitzing and attacking the run.
But is he FSU's best 'backer?
Call me crazy but I'm much more enamored of sophomore outside linebacker Geno Hayes. Hayes was all over the field that game and against Troy. He's more of a sideline-to-sideline guy, playing well in coverage, but he can also do the north-south thing that Buster Davis is so good at.
It's really a matter of taste, but I love a linebacker who is versatile. So often a team gives up big plays because its linebackers are weak in the passing game or are just too much north-south and get exploited. Hayes doesn't have that weakness. He's very hard to pick on and is probably one of FSU's fastest defenders.
Anyway, I just felt like comparing the two a bit. Davis gets the hype but I'm not sure if he's even their best linebacker. He has the experience edge and had a hell of a game against Miami, but he's more in the mold of north-south middle backer. Not many are as good as him, but in general those players are a dime a dozen. I'd rather have a Hayes on my team. Florida State is fortunate to have both.