Saturday marked the first scrimmage for the Florida State football team as well as the first good look at the three quarterbacks who hope to start for the Seminoles this season.
Offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher has remained consistent during fall camp saying that any of the three returning quarterbacks could win the job. Up until yesterday however, it would be safe to assume that the race was mainly between senior Drew Weatherford and redshirt sophomore Christian Ponder.
Both Ponder and Weatherford got their shot taking the first team out in Saturday's scrimmage and both looked solid, but neither had that ‘wow' factor. Then Richardson got his chance to take out the starting offense.
While Richardson was just 5-10 passing for 81 yards, he also made some impressive plays with his feet. On one run, Richardson started outside before cutting back untouched and took off for the endzone. He was touched by a falling defender and called down, but if the defense had to tackle him, that run would have resulted in six points for the offense.
Richardson is becoming more and more comfortable with the offense and says he can definitely tell when he's on the field. "We got a lot of things we need to work on," Richardson said. "But to be honest, I feel pretty good with everything; both with myself and how I'm playing and with the first team."
Richardson says he has never been more confident in himself and his ability to lead this football team. He truly believes this is his time to run the show at Florida State. "Nothing against them (Drew Weatherford and Christian Ponder), they are great, great, great players," said the sophomore quarterback. "But I think I'm ready. I'm studying hard, I'm feeling more comfortable everyday when I get reps. Personally, I think I'm ready and I'm just going to keep studying the playbooks until I get a true shot."
Look for the quarterback battle to continue well into fall camp, with Fisher making his final decision shortly before Florida State's opening game against Western Carolina. Although Richardson has really started to turn it up, he is probably still behind Weatherford and Ponder in the race thus far. However, that could easily change if Richardson continues to show the ability to consistently make plays with his arm and legs while protecting the ball.
NoleDigest will continue following the most heated battle at Florida State's fall camp and bring you updates every step of the way. Stay tuned with this because it's just starting to get really interesting.