TAMPA—So it's April, and the super-fans from coast to coast are all glaring desperately at their new teams, in anticipation of the upcoming spring.
A willful anticipation of "Will they be back this year? Is this the year they put up 12 wins? Can the new X or Y take over at Z's spot and be a playmaker?"
These questions (and more) have been abounding this offseason for Florida State Football, who has undergone in just six short months, one of it's most massive transformations in over 30 years.
While many experts are just not sure what to make of the new administration, from Head Coach Jimbo Fisher on down to Defensive Ends Coach Darin Eliot; one thing is becoming more and more clear—the players are buying into the changes.
Defensively: From Linebackers Mister Alexander and Vince Williams, to D-Backs Greg Reid and Dionte Allen, to up front D-Line players Markus White and Everett Dawkins, the Seminoles have playmakers all around the ball who have up to this point, shown small flashes of promise.
Offensively: FSU features a public swimming pool of talent in the backfeld, with Chris Thompson, Ty Jones, Jermaine Thomas, Tavares Pressley, Lonnie Pryor and newcomer Debrale Smiley all splitting carries with the ones and twos.
The Receiver corps positioned with deep talent, only missing Taiwan Easterling (baseball) and Rod Owens (graduation).
Situationally, the Offensive Line could be one of the best groups in the country, littered with pre-season All-American candidates like Rodney Hudson, and Ryan McMahon.
Heading into Saturday's contest Fisher has seen a share of promise by all of the different groups, which could make for one heck of a contest.
Now let's take a closer look at what to look for this Saturday.