No. 36, DB Sam McCall

The countdown to the 2022 Florida State football season is underway.

Mike Norvell’s third season atop the Seminoles will be crucial to his long-term chances in Tallahassee. The roster continues to be shaped more into his desired image as he seeks to guide FSU to a bowl for the first time in his tenure.

To start anticipating the season ahead, it’s time for the Democrats’ annual list of FSU’s 40 Most Important Football Players, which continues today with No. 36.

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Our list of the 40 most important FSU football players was compiled on June 9 by aggregating rankings submitted by beat writers Curt Weiler and Carter Karels. Any players added to the roster after this date have not been considered for this roster. All links have been severed by discussion.

No. 36: Defensive back Sam McCall

That wasn’t the case for the majority of the time he was signed, but McCall found himself as the highest-rated player in FSU’s 2022 signing class.

The Lakeland (Fla.) product Lake Gibson High was the No. 47 overall rookie and No. 4 safety in the 2022 class by 247Sports and the No. 68 overall rookie and No. 5 safety by Rivals.

Even though fellow committed five-star defensive back Travis Hunter Jr. — with whom McCall had formed a close friendship — flipped his commitment early in the signing period, McCall remained loyal to FSU.

McCall joined the Seminoles class in February 2021, a month after leaving Florida due to the Gators’ firing of secondary coach Torrian Gray, who had been its primary recruiter.

He was thought to be one of the true freshmen most likely to make an immediate impact at FSU this coming season before he arrived and he validated that in the spring.

While McCall was on the safeties roster as a rookie, he lined up primarily at cornerback in his first spring with the Seminoles. His lanky 6-foot-1, 182-pound frame makes him a natural wide fit and he’s definitely shown the athleticism and coverage skills to prove he can stick with it for the long haul.

McCall finished his first spring camp at FSU with three interceptions and a number of extra pass breakups. On one particularly impressive day, he had two interceptions in quick succession during a four-minute drill. One of them was a decisive interception in a mock endgame setting.

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McCall likely won’t start FSU’s first game of the 2022 season at one of the cornerback positions. However, he should be in the rotation, potentially as one of the first players to come off the bench.

And with everything he’s shown this spring, it wouldn’t be a shock if he pushed for a starting spot as soon as possible.

Florida State Football’s Most Important Player Countdown

No. 40: Defensive tackle Jarrett Jackson

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No. 39: Brown Shyheim Security

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No. 38: Kicker Ryan Fitzgerald

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No. 37: Defensive end Patrick Payton

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