There are still plenty of questions for the Seminoles as they open the season against Texas State. Here are five things to watch for on Saturday
1. How Does Golson Perform?
Even with a weaker opponent like Texas State there are certain things you can take away from Golson's performance. Is he on the same page as the receivers? Is he able to take command of the team at the line? Is he fluent enough in the playbook to make adjustments at the line? Does he check down when needed? Does he keep his eyes down field when he leaves the pocket? All of these are questions that will need to be answered as Florida State moves forward in the season.
2. Who starts at center and how do they perform?
On Monday head coach Jimbo Fisher announced that Corey Martinez would be the starting center with Alec Eberle out with an injury. On Tuesday Eberle was back working with the team and was taking first team reps. On Thursday Martinez was back working with the first team. So the first question is who actually starts for the Seminoles at center on Saturday.
During the offseason the center position was a major point of concern with both Martinez and Eberle struggling with their shotgun snaps during the spring game and again early in fall camp. That will be something to watch as the Seminoles will be in the shotgun quite a bit this season.
3. Which freshmen play?
Florida State will be able to use this game to get some of the younger players time in a live game experience. Josh Sweat, Derwin James, Jacques Patrick, George Campbell, and Tarvarus McFadden will likely get playing time, but which of the other freshmen will get playing time? Sh'Mar Kilby-Lane, Da'Vante Phillips, and Auden Tate are three others that could be in line to get playing time late in the game.
4. How balanced is the Florida State offense?
With Florida State breaking in almost an entirely new offense personnel wise and a quarterback that has been in the system for just two months it will be interesting to see if Jimbo Fisher runs the football more than he has in years past. With Dalvin Cook, Mario Pender, and Jacques Patrick in the backfield he will definitely have the option to do so and take a lot of the pressure off Golson.
5. How does the Florida State defense look?
Texas State is a primarily running team and will pose a challenge for the young players on the Florida State defensive line. With the multiple option looks the defense will have to be disciplined in their gaps and know their assignments.