Florida State Seminole Spring Football News
The Florida State Seminoles kicked off the 2013 football season on Saturday with its annual Spring Scrimmage. And the news was all about Jameis Winston.
ESPN was essentially gushing over Winston, the favorite to be the Seminoles quarterback this fall. Consider these quotes:
Jameis Winston had already reached cult status before he arrived at Florida State, but for the past year, the legend has been glimpsed only from afar, burnished by tall tales from secondhand sources and, of course, the occasional YouTube video of the highly touted quarterback chucking footballs over fraternity houses.
But Saturday’s spring game at Florida State was different. The legend took the stage in front of fans for the first time, and Winston didn’t disappoint.
On his first play from scrimmage — just a few seconds into the second quarter — Winston found walk-on receiver David Tyrell for a 58-yard touchdown pass, the first of three scoring drives he’d lead the No. 1 offense on in the game. It was a show-stopping debut on the big stage and also an emphatic exclamation point on a spring that vaunted the redshirt freshman to the forefront of FSU’s quarterback competition.
Yes, Florida State fans, you’ve got yourselves the quarterback for the future in Winston
This is not to say that the defense was unremarkable. Although the Seminoles were not giving the opposition anything useful to scout, and were not showcasing blitz packages, the defense still looked pretty good.
And, if you think about it, this is a transition season for the Seminoles. Just take a look at all the coaches who left for promotions in the offseason, courtesy of the Orlando Sentinel:
Mark Stoops, former defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach. New job: Head coach at Kentucky
D.J. Eliot, defensive ends coach. New job: Defensive coordinator at Kentucky
Eddie Gran, running backs/special teams coordinator. New job: Offensive coordinator at Cincinnati
Greg Hudson, linebackers coach. New job: Defensive coordinator at PurdueDameyune Craig, quarterbacks coach. New job: Co-offensive coordinator/receivers at Auburn
James Coley, offensive coordinator/tight ends. New job: Offensive coordinator at Miami
That’s a lot of coaches walking out the door. So the new coaches at Florida State are just getting to know each other. Most importantly, one has to think that there will be a lot of new wrinkles. It will not be the same old, same old for Florida State. For Seminoles fans, the hope is that the new blood will build off of last year’s return to the top.
Editor’s Note: We are still looking for someone to be the Florida State correspondent for The Confidential. See here for more information. A good opportunity for a Florida State fan to keep the Seminoles on top of news, while also letting fans of other ACC schools get a glimpse of what’s going on.