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Gameday: Garnet and Gold Game


The Garnet and Gold game is just a couple hours away. 

I just got set up in the press box and I'll have updates for you on the Seminoles' Spring finale all day on the Miami Herald FSU blog. 

A few items, first of all you'll notice the new circular-cut pattern on the field emanating from the Seminole logo on the 50. It's a nice touch. I'm not sure if it will still be the look come Fall, but it works given the shape of the logo.

Aesthetics aside, today's Spring game will feature the first team offense and second team defense on one squad and the second team offense and first team defense on the other. That way the first team goes against the first team and the twos face off against the twos. 

Clint Trickett and Jameis Winston are the quarterbacks working with the first team, Jacob Coker and Sean Maguire will work with the twos.

Without Devonta Freemand and James Wilder, this is going to be an extremely pass-heavy afternoon. That's fine with Jimbo Fisher though. With four quarterbacks currently competing for the starting job, the more Fisher and his coaching staff can see from each the more they'll have to go on when they make their decisions.

But don't get too far ahead of yourself thinking anyone could still win this job. If the Spring has been any indication, Trickett is still up at the top and even with splitting time between two sports, Jameis Winston has put some distance between himself and the other QB's. 

At this point it could be either of them. But I wouldn't wager on a decision being announced until closer to Labor Day.

On the other side of the ball expect a fairly vanilla day from the defense. Jeremy Pruitt and the new coaches have installed most of the new wrinkles, but given the nature of today's exhibition and the fact Florida State is trying to see players, not what schemes work, don't expect many exotic looks or packages today from the FSU defensive unit.

On the first team, Jacobbi McDaniel will be getting snaps for the first time in nearly two seasons. Him and Nile Lawrence-Stample are the two starting DT's right now with Tim Jernigan nursing a bum ankle and underclassmen Eddie Goldman and Justin Shanks still developing.

Goldman could blossom this season if he can learn to become more consistent- something he has been working on this Spring- but for now it seems as if Jacobbi McDaniel may have a shot to make an impact in 2013 after all.

Jernigan said a few days ago he felt McDaniel would contribute a lot this season, he'll get his first shot this afternoon.

Three Players to Watch:

CB PJ Williams- Williams has been having a breakout Spring. He's a big-bodied corner who came to FSU thinking he would be a safety but moved to CB when the Seminoles booted Greg Reid last summer. Williams reminds his teammates of Xavier Rhodes, but perhaps with a better nose for the ball. He has the mindset of a playmaker and considering the Seminoles' lack of turnovers on defense last year, some big plays would be a welcome addition to the secondary.

QB Jameis Winston- Clint Trickett is the safe choice at QB, but Winston is the sexy name that fans are interested in. With a rare combination of speed, size and arm-strength, Winston has demonstrated an "it" factor at several points this Spring. With a higher ceiling than Trickett, if Winston can get close enough before the season starts he may be able to win the job based on potential alone.

RT Bobby Hart- Hart came to FSU as a 16 year-old out of Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas. He started games as a true freshman, got the attention of the fanbase and then rode the pine as a sophomore when maturity issues and Menelik Watson conspired to keep him off the field. This year coaches and teammates alike have noticed a more workmanlike attitude from the junior tackle. If he can win the job at right tackle the Seminole offensive line will be better for it.




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