Florida State's Garnet and Gold game kicks off at 2 p.m. today and a larger than normal crowd is expected to file through the gates of Doak Campbell Stadium to watch the annual event.
Following a 2006 season in which the Seminoles posted their worst record (7-6) in 30 years and an offseason that saw the hiring of four new offensive coaches, FSU fans are anxious to see anything that provides a glimpse of a promising future.
There may be some flashes but those that do attend the game are likely to witness more of an unfinished product on Bobby Bowden Field.
"It's probably somewhere in between of where I thought it would be," new offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher said of the progress that the team has made through 14 practices this spring. "We still have a lot of work to do in that aspect of things. I wish we would be a little further along in some things."
Still, FSU has made some progress considering the amount of new material that is being infused.
Each offensive position across the board has been revamped since the hiring of the new coaches. Competition has increased and starting spots at each position at wide receiver, fullback, quarterback and on the offensive line are available for the Seminoles that earn them.
The only player that has practiced this spring with any feeling of job security has been tailback Antone Smith and he hasn't done anything to relinquish his stranglehold of the top spot.
"At every position there are some differences and nuances (from before)," Fisher said. "When you do things at a different pace or different standard -- everybody's standards are different -- you can't deviate from those from one day to the next.
"It all comes down to: How good do they want to be? It's our job to get it out of them."
It will also be Fisher's task to make a decision at quarterback.
The Drew Weatherford-Xavier Lee battle has been a constant over the past few years in Tallahassee but only this year has the competition been so close. The two started the spring on the same ground splitting time equally with the first team and they will do so to close out the spring.
Coach Bobby Bowden has said that a good showing by either one could go a long way in helping label one as the starter heading into the summer. Despite how the scrimmage pans out, however, it's likely that this is one contest that will last until August and possibly into the regular season.
"We just come out every day and try to compete," Weatherford said. "There is a long way before our first game and we are going to have probably wait until summer and somewhere in two-a-days before they make a decision. There's a lot of work to be done and there's a lot of improvement for our team to make before they even make that decision.
"I wouldn't be half the quarterback that I am if I didn't have (the competition)."
Unfinished product to be on display Saturday
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