Leadership on Defense
Who is the leader of this defense?
The absence of Lamarcus Joyner, Timmy Jernigan, Christian Jones, Terrence Brooks and Telvin Smith leaves a swirling void where once a group of vocal, experienced leaders once stood. Who will assume the same role during the spring game?
The job may fall onto do-it-all defensive back Jalen Ramsey, simply by virtue of talent. He is tough and willing to do anything to help the team win, including switching to nearly every position in the secondary.
Even though he's a true sophomore and not the type to get in a teammate's face, Ramsey is being counted on, at the very least, to lead by example with his play.
But will someone else—someone like, say, defensive end Mario Edwards—make the leap on the field and in the huddle this season?
Summer Arrivals Loom Over Passing Game
The receivers who were discussed earlier on the "Position Battles" slide are aware of their situation.
Two incoming players at the position were top-45 overall prospects on the 247Sports Composite—Ermon Lane (24) and Travis Rudolph (43)—and if the receivers' performances are not up to snuff on Saturday, it's all the more likely they will be beaten out by true freshmen.
Because of their height—Lane is 6'3'', Rudolph is 6'1''—and style of play, this goes more for Christian Green and Isaiah Jones on the outside than the guys who are competing for time in the slot. But Jimbo Fisher is going to put the best players on the field no matter what.
No one will back into a starting role.
Jameis Winston's Mechanics
According to Jared Shanker of ESPN.com, reigning Heisman winner Jameis Winston is not content with some of his (perceived) mechanic flaws and has been tweaking his throwing motion this spring:
Winston is alternating between throwing from the quarterback's pocket and the pitcher’s mound this spring, limiting his time to focus on mechanics. Two weeks ago, Winston laid out his spring goals; to hold the football higher and generate more power with his hips during his delivery. Fisher and quarterbacks coach Randy Sanders proposed the tweaks to Winston following the national championship game.
Through nine practices, Fisher said Winston’s adjusted well to the tinkering “at times” but that it’s still a work in progress. That isn’t unexpected, however, as Winston toys with his mechanics, which are never easy for a quarterback to alter, while also splitting his time between football and baseball.
How will Winston's motion look on Saturday? There is, after all, that famous old expression—something about not fixing what ain't broke.
This is at least worth keeping an eye on.
New Logo Outrage
In an effort to be cool and hip, I guess, Florida State is updating its subtle, classic logo with a caricature version of the same image, which has drawn the (rightful) scorn of many.
Warchant.com tweeted a picture of the new logo being plastered on the walls at Doak Campbell Stadium, so Saturday is almost definitely the first time we will see it live.
Rabble loud enough and maybe—just maybe—it might go away.