Carrying the Spear: WR Marvin Bracy

During the final 10 weeks before the season kicks off, NoleNation will march through the depth chart to analyze Florida State's top 50 contributors for the 2012 season. From Austin Barron to Vince Williams, we'll review each player's career, evaluate his role in 2012 and project what might be in store down the road.

Marvin Bracy

Wide Receiver, Freshman, 5-foot-9, 168 pounds

Looking back: Bracy was the 12th-best wide receiver prospect in the country coming out of high school, according to ESPN, but there's no question that football was his second-best sport. The 5-foot-9 speedster was a track superstar, putting his name in numerous record books throughout his prep career. That speed translated well to the football field at Orlando's Boone High, where he served as a standout as both a receiver and in the return game and earned the title of fastest high school football player in the United States. With the departure of Jeff Demps at Florida, the Noles' freshman could easily grab the same title in college.

Right now: Bracy is perhaps a bit undersized, and his pass-catching skills remain a work in progress -- but there's no questioning the speed, and that makes him an immediate threat. With a deep corps of receivers, there might not be a ton of snaps to go around for the freshman right off the bat, but his blazing speed provides the FSU coaching staff with numerous opportunities to use Bracy in other ways. In the return game, he could be a monster, and if offensive coordinator James Coley wants to get creative, it's easy to envision Bracy as a major threat on end arounds, reverses and any number of other trick plays.

Looking ahead: Speed doesn't always translate to big numbers for a wide receiver, so there are no guarantees here. But if Bracy refines the rest of his skill set to match his tremendous legs, the upside could come close to the impact made by the man he's replacing as college football's fastest player. Demps wrapped up his career at Florida with 3,553 all-purpose yards and 25 total touchdowns, and that would be a lofty bar to set for Bracy, who won't see as much immediate playing time. But he could be every bit as much of a home-run threat each time he touches the ball.