Florida State Spring Football Game: 5 Things That Matter
What do you need to know about what happened in the Florida State spring football game?
1. Welcome Back
Nate Andrews and Derwin James were just fine.
Veteran safety Nate Andrews is back for his fifth season after missing most of last year with a torn pectoral muscle, coming up with four tackles and moving around like he never left. Meanwhile, James came up with seven stops after coming back from the knee injury that cost him all of last year. Not only was he all over the field, but he came up with a few massive blasts.
As long as these two can stay in one piece, if FSU doesn’t have the best safety tandem in college football, it’ll have No. 1A.
2. No O Line Meant Little O
It’s the one big issue for a team that should be good enough everywhere else to be in the national title hunt from the start – can the offensive line shine? It didn’t in the spring scrimmage with some of the key guys sitting out for a front five that could use as much work as it can get.
It was a ragged offensive performance, with the Garnet side struggling to do much of anything on the ground, and the Gold side getting a mediocre day from …
3. Deondre Francois
He’ll be stronger once the line comes together and there’s more of a rapport with all the new receivers, but the starting quarterback wasn’t anything amazing. He completed just 13-of-28 passes for 133 yards and a pick six that wasn’t his fault, but the other options weren’t any good, either.
J.J. Cosentino completed just 10-of-22 passes for 110 yards, Jake Rizzo missed all three of his throws, and Bailey Hockman connected on 3-of-11 passes. To be fair, the line didn’t give anyone any time to work, and it showed because …
4. The Defensive Line Was Dominant
(A million apologies in advance for this.)
No Sweat, no problem.
All-star DE Josh Sweat sat out after getting banged up late this spring, but that didn’t stop the defensive front from owning the spring game.
Again, the O line didn’t have all the parts going, and it showed with 12 sacks between the two sides and constant pressure the rest of the time. Brian Burns set up shop behind the line, coming up with three sacks from the outside as the star of the show, but he was hardly alone.
Once Sweat is back, yeeeesh.
5. The Passing Game Might Not Have Been Great, But Cam Akers …
No one’s expecting any Seminole back to be another Dalvin Cook right away, but the backs looked good behind the patchwork line.
Jacques Patrick was solid, running ten times 12 times for 64 yards and a one-yard score, but it was super-recruit Akers who took over the scrimmage, running ten times for 87 yards and catching two passes for 15 more.
Very quick with a little power, Akers looked the part and should be dangerous as No. 1A in the rotation behind Patrick – if he doesn’t take over the starting gig right away.