Consistency at Quarterback
One of the biggest question marks has to do with senior quarterback Chris Rix's consistency. Some games he looks like an All-American and in others he looks like a first-year starter. Last year the offense was running like well oiled machine, with an established running attack. If the Noles plan on having any success on offense against the Canes on September 6th, the burden must be lifted off the quarterback's shoulders. Rix's work ethic and leadership over the summer workouts were outstanding and hopefully the time he put in will pay dividends.
Who will backup Rix?
There's the old saying in football that the backup
quarterback is only one injury away from the starting job.
Redshirt Sophomore Wyatt Sexton looks to be that man but he will be
pushed by a couple of freshman All- Americans.
Last year as a freshman Sexton got very few snaps and he didn't
exactly light it up over spring practices. In
his defense, there were a lot of key offensive lineman and wide receivers that
sat out of spring practices. As a
redshirt freshman, he completed three passes on only five attempts for 56 yards.
Over the summer the former
How good will the defense be?
The Noles lost seven starters on defense to graduation.
One would think that because of that fact, the Seminoles would struggle
to stop offenses in the upcoming year but that doesn't appear to be the case.
There's some incredible young talent on this defense.
Senior defensive end Chauncey Davis replaces three-year starter Kevin
Who will be the surprise offensive and defensive players for 2004?
On offense tight end Donnie Carter could be that man.
Last season was his first year playing tight end after playing his
freshman year on the defensive line. Late
in the season Carter caught several key passes, including one in the
Will the Noles be playing for the National Championship in the Orange Bowl in January?
Having a healthy team is always a key for a championship run and the Noles do have good depth at most positions. Keeping Chris Rix healthy is a must. The Seminoles must also establish a strong running game in order to take the pressure off of the quarterback. Also, a big key is an improved pass-rush. Last year was an improvement but it must get even better this season. If the Noles get by Miami, they could run the tables because of a favorable schedule for the rest of the year. The fun begins soon.