FSU Football: Why Jashaun Corbin’s eligibility could make him RB1

After transferring from Texas A&M, FSU football’s Jashaun Corbin will be immediately eligible this season, making him a favorite to win the starting job.

The lack of spring practice did FSU football no favors. New head coach Mike Norvell had plenty of work to do on the field in March. Instead, he’ll be forced to hold his evaluations until the fall. One of the most intriguing decisions he’ll have to make got harder (in a good way) with the newfound eligibility of transfer running back Jashaun Corbin.

After announcing his decision to leave Texas A&M and head east to Tallahassee this winter, Bruce Feldman reports that running back Jashaun Corbin will have immediate eligibility at Florida State.

Corbin will have two important things going for him when he first steps foot on the field for FSU Football. First, the delay of spring ball should give him time to get healthy. A hamstring injury derailed the end of his Texas A&M career, ultimately pushing him out of the starting running back picture in College Station.

Equally important is the lack of proven alternatives. Khalan Laborn was a highly-rated recruit, but injuries kept his career from truly getting off the ground. He’ll be on equal footing with Corbin in fall camp.

The rest of the depth chart is murky and lacks anyone with the on-field talent of either Laborn or Corbin. Whoever wins that battle will be slated to take over lead back duties, replacing Cam Akers who is off to the NFL.

Being the No. 1 back in a Mike Norvell offense leads to good things. Norvell hand-picked Corbin as one of his first transfer targets following his hiring. Someone with Norvell’s track record in the running game combined with the explosiveness Corbin brings when healthy could be the makings of a career year for both men at Florida State. If Corbin is healthy, it’s hard to imagine him ceding ground to anyone.