Five things to watch this Spring

NoleDigest takes a look at five things that will play a key role in Florida State's success this season.



All eyes on Drew

Redshirt senior QB Drew Weatherford will be entering spring practice as the #1 quarterback. Weatherford has seen mixed results as the starting quarterback at FSU. His play this spring & fall could determine if FSU will be taking that next step up as a program. Giving Weatherford a push this spring will be Redshirt sophomore Christian Ponder. Ponder is an intelligent quarterback who makes good decisions. He is also a decent running threat. Both of these players have pushed each other during off-season workouts and off the field preparation. It will also be interesting to see if D'Vontrey Richardson gets any reps at QB or WR.


All eyes will be on #11 this spring



Key to the D - Front 7

A common phrase used in football when talking about the trenches is that it all starts up front. Defensive end Everette Brown is being counted on to have a big season this year. With defensive tackle Letroy Guion declaring for the draft early someone is going to have to step up at the defensive tackle position. Will it be Griffin, Thacker, Dunbar, Stewart? FSU needs more consistency out of the linebackers this year as well. Everyone will get a chance to finally see true freshman Nigel Bradham in the Garnet and Gold. For Florida State to be successful this year the front seven must come to play every game and it starts this spring.


Everette Brown is a special talent



Deuce


From what we've heard this off-season, fans should expect a big year out of Antone Smith. He's healthy and moving around very well. The big question will be which Antone will we see this year? If it's the Antone Smith that played in the Music City Bowl- look out. Smith has actually been participating in yoga this off-season to help his flexibility which makes you faster.


Young offensive line

The offensive line this year will be very inexperienced. FSU lost 3 seniors from last season. The underclassmen are talented but they are green. This spring will be important for their growth as players. Coach Trickett will try to get the most out of his players. Right now we project that the offensive line this spring will be Hudson, McMahon, Furlong, Rose, and Bellamy. Antwane Greenlee will also be available this spring.


Mickey's Group- Defensive Backs

This spring will be very interesting to watch as far as the secondary is concerned. Defensive back Jamie Robinson has switched over to free safety. Robinson has excellent size and he can cover. True freshman Terrance Parks will get his first reps as a Seminole. Redshirt freshman Dionte Allen will get a chance to show his skills. This group of defensive backs has the potential to be very good but they must all be on the same page & get help from the front seven.

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