Florida State's spring football game was a success this past Saturday in Orlando (FL), wrapping up spring camp by putting on a show for fans who were able to make the trip. Those in attendance were able to catch a glimpse of things to come - a young potential starter at quarterback, exciting play at the wide receiver position and a defense that will wreak havoc throughout the 2016 college football season.
On offense, there's really only one question that matters and that's at quarterback. Sean Maguire, who led the Seminoles in 2015, missed the spring while recovering from injury. This allowed some of the youngsters to spend more time under center than they'd typically get during spring camp. It also ignited what should turn out to be a pretty interesting quarterback competition.
The rest of the offense should be familiar, with the Seminoles returning all 11 starters on offense from last season (if you include Maguire). But there will be far more depth this time around.
Here's our post-spring depth chart for FSU's offense.
Projected starter: Deondre Francois
Backup: Sean Maguire
We likely won't know Jimbo Fisher's thoughts on the matter until the end of fall camp, but it's hard to take everything into account and not believe Deondre Francois is destined to be the starter for the Seminoles in 2016. While clearly behind Sean Maguire in terms of knowing the playbook, Francois can do things that Maguire can't. With a loaded receiving corps and arguably the best running back in college football in the backfield, it only makes sense to go with the guy that has the highest ceiling - and that's Francois. YouTuber FSUTribe posted some of Francois' highlights from the spring game.
Projected starter: Dalvin Cook
Backup: Jacques Patrick
This is a no-brainer. I shouldn't even have to write another word. Dalvin Cook is arguably the best running back in college football, rushing for 1,691 yards and 19 touchdowns last season - on a bum hamstring. He's a freak. Cook had surgery to clean up his shoulder towards the end of spring camp but is expected back during the summer. As long as Cook is healthy and on the roster he'll be on the field for the Seminoles.
Projected starter: Freddie Stevenson
Backup: Jonathan Vickers
Since transitioning from linebacker to fullback ahead of the 2014 season, FSU's Freddie Stevenson has really blossomed at the position. A big, mean ball carrier, Stevenson is not afraid to create space for Cook and possesses the versatility to slip out and catch the ball out of the backfield.
Projected starters: Travis Rudolph, Jesus "Bobo" Wilson, Kermit Whitfield
Backups: Auden Tate, George Campbell, Ermon Lane, Da'Vante Phillips and Ja'Vonn Harrison
Some of the younger backups may possess more size and athleticism than their older counterparts Bobo Wilson and Kermit Whitfield, but with the uncertainty at quarterback, Fisher will likely play it safe by putting the guys out there that will be in the right place at the right time, every time. Travis Rudolph, on the other hand, is simply the most polished receiver on the roster. As close a comparison as you can find to former wide out Rashad Greene, Rudolph will be heavily leaned on. When in the red zone, expect the Seminoles to take advantage of youngster Auden Tate, who had a massive spring. Cinefunk captured Tate going up and snagging a touchdown from Francois and posted the video to Twitter.
Projected starter: Ryan Izzo
Backup: Mavin Saunders
While FSU's coaching staff is eagerly waiting for Mavin Saunders to emerge as the starting tight end, Ryan Izzo is the more reliable choice. Izzo is a terrific run blocker and has great hands. Saunders is the physical freak and easily has the highest ceiling of the two, so keep your eye on that one. But it's Izzo for opening weekend.
Projected starter: Roderick Johnson
Roderick Johnson is gearing up for his third season at the left tackle position for FSU and he's not going anywhere. A next-level talent, Johnson is a brick ball on the blind side.
Projected starter: Kareem Are
Kareem Are transferred to FSU to play on this offensive line and started eight games for the Seminoles in 2015. Are is a big boy and perfect for the left guard position. Cook loves running behind he and Johnson on the left side.
Projected starter: Alec Eberle, Corey Martinez
Alec Eberle started the last six games of the season for the Seminoles in 2015 and did a pretty good job, but he hasn't locked down the starting role for this season by any means. Along with quarterback, FSU will let the best man win. It's either Eberle or Martinez in the end, though.
Projected starter: Wilson Bell
Wilson Bell started every game for the Seminoles in 2015 and did a terrific job. There's no reason to believe he won't be the starter this time around. With Cook in the backfield, FSU will benefit from having a much more experienced offensive line in 2016.
Projected starter: Brock Ruble, Rick Leonard, Derrick Kelly
Right tackle was a game of musical chairs last season, with three different players starting games for the Seminoles thanks to injury and poor performance, and it appears to be much of the same this time around. While there are a few players working to earn the spot, none of them have sealed their fate. Derrick Kelly missed spring with an injury, Rick Leonard has moved from defensive end to offensive tackle and Ruble has not been able to lock it down. All will be in play for the starting role.