Garnet and Gold questions

Five inquiries on everybody's mind as the Seminoles compete in their annual spring game.

1. Will FSU have a clear No. 1 starter at quarterback by day's end?

Drew Weatherford and Xavier Lee are "dead even" according to offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher and a strong performance by either one could vault him to the top of the depth chart heading into summer workouts. Head coach Bobby Bowden has said that a good performance could go a long way in determining starter.

2. Will the Seminole wide receivers continue to catch passes?

Dropped balls by the wide receivers plagued the FSU offense a season ago and that trend continued into this spring as they made more of a habit of mistakes than successes. But at the team's final half-scrimmage of the spring on Wednesday, the wideouts showed signs of correcting that as the group as a whole posted four touchdown receptions. They will be looking to prove it wasn't a fluke on Saturday.

3. Can the defense avoid anymore injury?

The Seminoles started spring practice without the services of three linebackers, a safety and two defensive tackles recuperating from injuries sustained last season. Another - defensive end Kevin McNeil was involved in an offseason car accident and hasn't participated in any drills this spring, either. Defensive backs Tony Carter and Anthony Leon will not participate in the spring game due to injuries suffered this year. FSU can't afford to lose anyone else.

4. Can new offensive line coach Rick Trickett determine the best personnel?

It can be argued that the big bodies up front have made the most progress this spring and that is directly related to Trickett. The former West Virginia assistant coach has completely overhauled the line and has moved players in and out of different positions looking for the right five.

5. Can someone other than Myron Rolle become a defensive playmaker?

The FSU offense has been given the most attention by the media this spring and in some ways the defense has been lost in the shuffle. Rolle has done his best to change that as the team's starting rover with his turnover-causing ability in the secondary. But he has been the only defender posting game-changing plays. Defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews wants more out of his defense.

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