The Depth Chart
1. Jameis Winston, RS Sophomore
Skinny: Winston spent the entire Spring jetting back and forth between the Seminole football and baseball teams. He is not only a rare two sport star, he further shows his versatility by playing the field AND pitching on the baseball diamond (hitting .133 in 18 games. 1.65 ERA in 12 games).
There is no player in the country who is as secure in his starting position and most expect Winston to improve on his record setting performance in 2013. It will be difficult to match the raw numbers, but there are area's where he can improve. We would like to see him cut down on the forced throws into traffic while not losing that aggressiveness that makes him special (a fine line).
This is the unquestioned leader of the football team and the straw that stirs the drink.
2. Sean Maguire, RS Sophomore
Skinny: It was thought that Maguire would have one more season to develop before being firmly in the mix, but Jacob Coker transferred to Alabama which moved Maguire up a spot to the back-up role. He has improved a bunch since arriving on campus and those close to the program feel like he can lead this team to wins if his number is called.
Maguire's game is one of consistency and he displayed that quality in the Spring game. He got the ball out early, was accurate, and definitely has a much better grasp of the offense. In comparison to Winston, he is limited physically (almost everyone is), but it is those difference that should make him a quality back-up.
If Winston leaves early for the NFL, Maguire will be competing for the starting job in a year.
3. John Franklin, RS Freshmen
Skinny: The wildcard on the roster, Franklin has exceptional speed and athleticism and is dangerous with the ball in his hands. He also showed a live arm in the Spring game and there is plenty of buzz about Franklin in Tallahassee.
He is still getting comfortable in the offense, learning the nuances, and improving his mechanics, this is clearly a work in progress situation, but the tools are very, very intriguing. The gap is much closer between "3" and "2" on the depth chart than "2" and "1" and Franklin will have August camp to compete for the back-up role.
One thing to keep an eye on in 2014 is if FSU uses Franklin in any offensive packages. With blazing speed, FSU could use some trickeration by having Winston and Franklin on the field at the same time. Like Maguire, his time appears to be next Spring where he will firmly be in the mix for the starting job.
4. J.J. Cosentino, Freshmen
Skinny: It will likely take an injury or two for Cosentino to not red-shirt in 2014, but make no mistake, of the back-ups, this is the player that many believe is the heir apparent to Winston. A lot of his development will be up to him as he needs to pick up on the offense, maximize his reps, and become a trusted leader in order to compete next Spring for the starting job. He has all the tools.
Skinny: FSU was looking for two QBs in the 2014 class, but Treon Harris spurned FSU for UF late in the process. FSU has had a verbal commitment from DeAndre Johnson for close to two years and the First Coast signal caller is already as die hard of 'Nole as exists.
FSU will likely be looking for a second QB in the class, although it is not a priority or a heavy need. Summer camp always brings some arms into town and we feel that is when a decision will be made on a second signal caller.
Making matters slightly more difficult is that the QB class in 2016 is more loaded and there are several kids that have high high FSU interest like Feleipe Franks (Wakulla) and Xavier Gaines (Frostproof).