Saturday, the Seminoles used that depth, with the top five quarterbacks on the depth chart getting time with the first or second units during the morning's scrimmage. The main beneficiaries were redshirt freshman Lorne Sam and walk-on David Koral, who got their first 11-on-11 action of the spring.
For Sam, who moved to quarterback after spending his first season at wide receiver, the scrimmage action was an appreciated opportunity.
"It's real encouraging," Sam said. "I didn't do too good, but it gives me good experience. It's real good to be out there getting this kind of experience. If I'm planning to play at this position, I've got to get good at that stuff. Pass drills and things – that's not what the game is like. If I'm going to compete for a job, I've got to get better at actual game stuff."
EMANUEL ADJUSTING TO PLAYING INSIDE
Senior defensive lineman Kevin Emanuel is spending the last spring of his FSU career adjusting to a new position. Emanuel, who started the first 12 games of last season at defensive end, agreed to move to tackle for the Sugar Bowl and spring drills. Emanuel and Charles Howard, who also made the switch from end to tackle, are the only scholarship tackles on the spring roster.
"I think it's an advantage," said Emanuel, who will return to end in the fall. "It's helping me to learn how to use my hands and my body. The biggest difference is, on the outside, everything is moving much faster. On the inside, you're head-up on somebody and battling them every play."
Emanuel's attitude has drawn praise from his new boss.
"That's a very unselfish kid," said defensive tackles coach Odell Haggins. "I'd do anything for him. He's doing a great job. That's showing tremendous leadership, right there."
With a week to go before the end of spring drills, FSU is seriously short of depth at several positions. Among the starters or key reserves who sat out Saturday's scrimmage were offensive tackle Alex Barron (thigh bruise), tailback Leon Washington (knee sprain), offensive guard Bobby Meeks, and linebacker Buster Davis (shoulder). Barron, Washington, and Meeks entered the spring as starters at their positions, and Davis is the top backup at strongside linebacker.
All four players are expected to be ready for Saturday's spring game.
Former FSU QB Brad Johnson, the quarterback of the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, attended Saturday's scrimmage, but did not address the team. WR Chris Davis continued his excellent spring. Davis, who is held out of contact action, caught three long touchdown passes – two from Lorne Sam – during seven-on-seven passing drills.