Wayne McGahee III

Five Things To Watch In FSU's Spring Game

There are a lot of questions that still need to be answered as Florida State heads into their spring game.

1. Quarterback Play

The last time we saw the Florida State quarterbacks in a game situation, Sean Maguire was playing on a broken ankle and threw four interceptions. He also wasn't the worst quarterback in garnet and gold that day. Now with Maguire out for the spring redshirt freshman Deondre Francois has taken over the first team reps while JJ Cosentino and true freshman Malik Henry battle it out behind him. This will be our first chance to see Francois and Henry in a game situation, and while both are extremely talented, there is the question of how they will perform.

2. How Do Green and Patrick Perform?

With Dalvin Cook out for the game, running back duties will fall to Patrick and Green. Patrick has shown flashes of being a great running back, but will need to show that he can consistently run with the proper pad level and attitude. Fisher has praised Patrick's progress in those areas this spring, and will will get a chance to see just how much progress he's made on Saturday. Green started out as running back, but moved to defensive back at the start of last season. Now he's back at running back, and has received a lot of praise from both players and coaches this spring.

3. Have Any Young Wide Receivers Stepped Up?

All spring long Travis Rudolph has been the toast of the wide receiver group. Fisher has praised his work ethic and leadership ability as well as his consistency. What Florida State needs is for one of the younger receivers to step up, particularly Auden Tate and George Campbell. Last season Florida State had a serious lack of size at the position. Tate and Campbell are both over 6-foot-3, and are both athletic freaks in their own way. Both have been praised for their progress this spring, but whether they can be consistent is still up in the air. 

4. How Does The Linebacker Group Stack Up?

Coach Fisher said before the start of the spring that he wasn't worried about his linebacker unit, and with the return of Matthew Thomas, and the emergence of Josh Brown, it's easy to see why he was excited about the position. Thomas has been moved around a lot this spring, and is playing both inside and out. Lately he's been in the Sam linebacker position which is allowing Brown to get on the field with the ones. The unit will be split up due to the draft, but it will be interesting to see how Brown, Thomas, and Kilby-Lane perform in their roles. 

5. How Well Does The Offensive Line Play?

This type of format does not help an offensive line, with the draft splitting up the first and second team units. It will give us a chance to see some of the players on the second team unit, such as Rick Leonard and Cole Minshew, against a stellar and deep defensive line group. The defensive line has been getting best of the offensive line for most of the spring, but will that trend continue on Saturday?


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