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Five goals for Florida State Seminoles heading into spring football practice

Florida State spring football practice starts today with 15 workouts leading up to the April 16 spring game. The Seminoles return eight starters on offense and nine on defense.

Five goals for coach Jimbo Fisher and the program:

1. Put QB EJ Manuel in command

The Seminoles are EJ Manuel's team, and he must become the leader. He has started six games the past two seasons and played the majority of the Chick-fil-A Bowl victory against South Carolina. In his first full spring, the redshirt sophomore needs to solidify his command of the team. He sustained a hand injury two years ago in the first spring practice, and missed all of last spring after recovering from shoulder surgery. It's time for Manuel to become a star.

2. Develop a backup QB

Will Secord is approaching his third year in the program and Clint Trickett his second. Developing quality depth behind EJ Manuel will be key. Florida State has had capable backup quarterbacks for years. That will be an issue heading into 2011.

3. Patch the line

The Seminoles must replace Rodney Hudson and Ryan McMahon, two four-year starters on the offensive line. Jacob Fahrenkrug will be a key building block in the mission. The junior college transfer from North Dakota State is 6 feet 4, 315 pounds and was rated the top junior college offensive line prospect in the nation.

4. Get healthy

Several Seminoles — including starters OT Andrew Datko, OL Zebrie Sanders and DT Jacobbi McDaniel and CB Xavier Rhodes, S Nick Moody and P Shawn Powell — will miss spring practice because of surgeries or injuries.

5. Fill in the linebackers

The two open spots on FSU's defense are at linebacker. Christian Jones, Jeff Luc, Telvin Smith and Vince Williams will battle seeking the spots.

Information from the Orlando Sentinel was used in this report.

2011 schedule

Sept. 3:

vs. Louisiana-Monroe

Sept. 10:

vs. Charleston Southern

Sept. 17:

vs. Oklahoma

Sept. 24:

at Clemson

Oct. 8: at Wake Forest

Oct. 15: at Duke

Oct. 22:

vs. Maryland

Oct. 29: vs. North Carolina State

Nov. 3: at Boston College, 8 p.m.

Nov. 12:

vs. Miami

Nov. 19:

vs. Virginia

Nov. 26:

at Florida

Five goals for Florida State Seminoles heading into spring football practice 03/20/11 [Last modified: Sunday, March 20, 2011 9:04pm]
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