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13 FLORIDA STATE
Andy Staples
August 19, 2013
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August 19, 2013

13 Florida State

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The case for

Despite big losses to the NFL, including quarterback E.J. Manuel, the Seminoles have plenty of veterans. Four starters return on the offensive line, along with 12 players who combined for 2,797 receiving yards in 2012. Florida State should gain plenty on the ground as well. Junior backs Devonta Freeman and James Wilder Jr. could be the best one-two punch in the ACC. The spring game performance of 6'4" redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston had Tallahassee buzzing, but coach Jimbo Fisher is also considering 6'5" sophomore Jacob Coker for the starting job. The D, which ranked No. 6 in the nation in points per game (14.7), has standouts such as middle linebacker Christian Jones. A talented group of linemen waited its turn in '12 behind NFL-bound Bjoern Werner and Tank Carradine; now former role players such as junior tackle Timmy Jernigan and sophomore end Mario Edwards Jr. can establish themselves as stars.

The case against

While the Seminoles have plenty of experience overall, they'll have an untested QB. And they still haven't shown they can win all the games they are supposed to win. In 2011, FSU lost to Wake Forest; in '12, to N.C. State. There's no excuse for losing to a team with inferior talent this year.

Coach Speak

JIMBO FISHER

SI

You haven't decided whether Jameis Winston or Jacob Coker will start at quarterback. Why?

JF

I want to see how they handle fall camp. I've seen springtime heroes and when fall comes, it doesn't work that way. I think both guys will continue to progress, but I want to see who can stay consistent.

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