This spring the ‘Noles are taking the field for the first time in 3 years without NFL Draft prospect E.J. Manuel under center. He was the clear-cut number one quarterback for this team, of the past few years. As this spring continues, Head Coach Jimbo Fisher has told us that there will be equal rotation of all four quarterbacks in practice and he will not set a timetable for making the decision on the starter, but all major signs point to rising Junior quarterback Clint Trickett who is the only one of these candidates who has seen extensive, meaningful playing time. This should be an interesting position battle to watch for sure.
The defense is always a topic of excitement when discussing the Florida State Seminoles, mainly because of the vast amount of talent located on that side of the ball. New defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt is looking for the playmakers that will dictate what this season brings; Lamarcus Joyner has decided to make the move to cornerback to help solidify the secondary and bring leadership to that level of the defense.
The other things to watch will be the top newcomers, who look to make an immediate impact on the 2013 season. Top outside linebacker in the 2013 class, Matthew Thomas, is headed to Tallahassee. Along with Thomas, joining the defense, cornerback Jalen Ramsey will add much needed talent to the secondary and help on special teams. The offense gets a gem in ‘athlete’ Ryan Green who would do the team and his talents the most justice by playing running back and handling the load, which will help this offense continue to be balanced. The spring practice sessions will conclude with the annual spring game on Saturday April 13, 2013, at 2 pm.
This team looks like it can still win the ACC, as it’s only main competition is Clemson. The ACC is actually very winnable for the foreseeable future, and this program need to re-take the stranglehold it once had throughout the ’90s and taake care of business.
Tell us what you think, will they keep their crown atop the ACC? Or will they succumb to another?