Jameis Winston and Jacob Coker are similar quarterbacks — both are at least 6 feet 4 and 225 pounds, have strong arms, are smart and mobile. Winston, above, completed 12 of 15 passes for 205 yards and two TDs in FSU's spring game and has been named the starter.
There's a wealth of talent, including former Plant High star James Wilder, left, (635 yards, 11 TDs) and Devonta Freeman (660 yards, eight TDs). Both juniors are tough and Wilder said in the preseason that he and Freeman joke about getting "a lot of defensive coaches fired this year, which means them not doing their job or them doing their job but we are breaking through their defensive scheme and making them look bad." Former St. Petersburg Catholic star Ryan Green could also get in the mix.
After once struggling to protect the quarterback and allowing 41 sacks in 13 games in 2011, FSU trimmed that to 26 in 14 games last season. And the Seminoles ran for 2,882 yards in 2012. Four starters return, led by C Bryan Stork and LT Cameron Erving.
A once deep receiving corps has been thinned significantly. Two senior backups won't play in 2013 — Scooter Haggins (knee) and Willie Haulstead (academics) — and a third, Greg Dent, was charged with sexual assault in June and can't play until the case is resolved. That leaves four receivers with college experience, led by Rashad Greene, above, (57 catches, 741 yards, 6 TDs), Kenny Shaw and Kelvin Benjamin. The door could open for junior Christian Green, a former Tampa Catholic star QB. The only tight end with experience is Nick O'Leary (21 catches, 252 yards, 3 TDs).
Four starters are gone but all of the backups have experience. At tackle, junior Timmy Jernigan has 73 career tackles (and two starts), and senior Demonte McAllister of Alonso High had 33 tackles a year ago as a backup. At end, Mario Edwards Jr., above, started in the ACC Championship Game and Orange Bowl as a freshman (combined 10 tackles), while senior Dan Hicks will likely start on the other side.
Leading tackler Christian Jones (95 including 10 in the bowl win over Northern Illinois) returns. Telvin Smith didn't start last season but was third on the team with 64 tackles (11 in the ACC championship game).
The deepest group on the team. Lamarcus Joyner (who slides from safety to corner) returns along with experienced players Terrence Brooks, Nick Waisome, Tyler Hunter and Karlos Williams.
Considered one of the top place kickers in the 2012 class, Roberto Aguayo made 5-of-6 field-goal attempts in the spring game, including from 58 and 51 yards. The 58-yarder would have been second-longest in school history had it come during a regular game.
Bob Ferrante, Times correspondent