Florida State has quite a few questions on both sides of the ball heading into spring camp. Here are the five most pressing issues for the Seminoles.
1. Who will win the quarterback job?
As everyone who follows sports knows Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston declared early for the NFL and will likely be the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft. Sean Maguire, J.J. Cosentino, and John Franklin III will be fighting for the job this spring. Don’t be surprised if nothing is decided and the battle carries over into the summer.
2. Who will start on the offensive line?
Florida State has the difficult task of replacing four starters from last year’s offensive line. Only left tackle Rod Johnson returns following a stellar freshman season. Besides Johnson, only center Ryan Hoefeld has any experience in a college game.
3. Who will play linebacker?
Mathew Thomas is the only healthy linebacker for the Seminoles at this point. Delvin Purifoy will be limited following his ankle injury last season and Terrance Smith is still recovering from a knee injury that plagued him all last season. Linebacker Reggie Northrup tore his ACL against Oregon and could be out for the year depending on how he heals. Safety Tyrell Lyons moved down to linebacker against Louisville last season and may be asked to again this spring.
4. Who will start at corner?
With Ronald Darby and P.J. Williams leaving for the NFL, Florida State will have to find two new corners this season. Jalen Ramsey is the leading candidate for one of the positions, but the other is up for grabs. Malique Jackson, Marquez White, and former running back Ryan Green are the leading candidates for the job.
5. Who steps up at defensive end?
Florida State lacked a pass rush last season and with the loss of Mario Edwards Jr. there is a big question as to who the Seminoles can turn to in order to fix that problem. Demarcus Walker and Chris Casher are the old men of the group and Lorenzo Featherston and Jacob Pugh are young but talented. If early enrollee Josh Sweat can recover quickly enough he could be in the mix as well.