Our own All-America lineman

Jan 13, 2014

  Going into the BCS national championship game on January 6th, Florida State University looked good.  And so did Bryan Stork, a graduate of Vero Beach High School.   The star offensive lineman was one of six players from the Treasure Coast on the FSU roster.  Number 1 FSU beat Number 2 Auburn 34 to 31 on a touchdown pass with 13 seconds remaining.   At the end of the season, the undefeated Seminoles led the country with 90 touchdowns.  FSU quarterback Jameis Winston won the Heisman Trophy.  In front of Winston when FSU had the football was Stork, the 6-foot-4, 300-pound center and anchor of the offensive line.  A redshirt senior, Stork was named to the AP All-America team and awarded the Rimington Trophy, given each year to college football’s best center.  At Vero Beach, Stork weighed 240 pounds as a tight end.  After his senior season, he spent many hours in the weight room bulking up to play at the college level.  He gained 60 pounds in six months but could still run the 40-yard dash in 4.8 seconds.  At FSU, his coaches put him in the interior line and kept him off the field as a frosh.  Bryan Stork’s tight-end days were over, but it clearly was the right decision.  For 88.9 FM, this is Paul Janensch.