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Five lessons learned from Florida State’s spring game

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Jimbo Fisher walked away grinning. His team is young, but there is boundless talent. Once again, this should be a team capable of a top five finish.

Five things we learned from FSU’s 24-24 tie in their spring game:

  1. Fans in Central Florida were glad to see the Seminoles. Almost 50,000 attended, which is more than, say, Miami gets for its regular-season games. With FSU opening on the road, and playing three of its first four away from Doak Campbell Stadium, the Noles are going to have to travel well to start their season.
  1. The quarterback position has possibilities. Toward the end of the game, sophomore Deondre Francois and freshman Malik Henry put on a show. Both were poised, and both delivered the ball crisply. Together, they threw for 501 yards and four touchdowns. Sean Maguire is still the No. 1 quarterback at FSU, but Jimbo Fisher is going to have some things to consider.
  1. Another Aguayo will take care of the kicking game. This time, it’s Ricky Aguayo, the younger brother of Roberto. His kickoffs still have to get deeper, but his field goal accuracy seems good. It’s the main reason Fisher has avoided the misses that haunted former coach Bobby Bowden.
  1. The wide receivers will be more of a threat this season. With Travis Rudolph, Kermit Whitfield and BoBo Wilson, FSU had been craving one more weapon. That looks to be Auden Tate, who caught six passes for 100 yards and left with people comparing him to Kelvin Benjamin.
  1. Ryan Green is back on the right side of the ball. Green had been moved back and forth from offense to defense, but his quickness adds a dimension the Seminoles need. Of course, FSU will have Dalvin Cook, but if Cook’s injury-plagued season of a year ago shows, there is always plenty of room for fresh legs.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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