clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Florida State football, recruiting news: What is Jimbo Fisher's biggest remaining challenge?

New, 147 comments
Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Football:

Bleacher Report broke down the biggest remaining challenge for every Power Five head coach, noting that FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher's challenge is getting healthy on offense. What do you predict from the offense this season?

Get healthy on offense

Likely starting quarterback Sean Maguire had ankle surgery that knocked him out of spring practice. Record-setting running back Dalvin Cook missed the tail end of spring ball due to shoulder surgery. That's the bulk of Florida State's offensive attack that was sitting out this offseason instead of working toward better production than what the Seminoles had in 2015.

Yet FSU is a consensus top-five pick by most national media outlets. That's assuming those players are healthy for the actual season and not impacted by the time they missed.

Their absence in spring allowed others to shine, with freshmen quarterbacks Malik Henry and Deondre Francois showing off in the spring game along with rushers Ryan Green and Jacques Patrick. There's depth in place, but ideally FSU will want those top guys to be at full strength.

B/R also compiled a list of the top QB-RB-WR combinations in the country with Florida State's trio making an appearance.

QB: Sean Maguire (Sr.)*
RB: Dalvin Cook (Jr.)
WR: Travis Rudolph (Jr.)

Florida State has some uncertainty at who will start at quarterback this season, but whoever takes over the job can rely on a talented group of playmakers around him—especially superstar running back Dalvin Cook and No. 1 wideout Travis Rudolph.

Sean Maguire is the returning starter at quarterback for Florida State, but an ankle injury in the Peach Bowl last December kept him out of spring practices. Maguire took over as the top quarterback in Tallahassee for the final six games, finishing the season with 1,520 yards and 11 touchdowns. Redshirt freshman Deondre Francois made a huge impression this spring and could snatch the job this fall.

The winner of the battle will hand things off to Cook, college football's most explosive weapon at running back. No other Power Five running back had as many big plays as consistently as Cook. He had 13 runs of 30 or more yards, three more than the next running back.

He has some serious Heisman potential if the Seminoles can contend for a national championship in 2016.

While Florida State has a deep cast of receivers coming back for 2016, none are as accomplished as Rudolph, who led the team with 916 receiving yards and seven touchdowns last fall.

Although the 2017 NFL Draft is months away, Yahoo Sports argued that FSU RB Dalvin Cook would be a perfect fit for the Miami Dolphins. Where do you think Cook gets drafted in 2017 if he doesn't decide to return for a senior year?

Recruiting:

One of Florida State's opponents, the Clemson Tigers, picked up a five-star WR recruit in Tee Higgins. He is ranked the 15th best overall player in the nation according to 247 composite rankings and the country's No. 3 WR. He hails from Oak Ridge Tennessee, about a three hour drive from Clemson.

The Opening, hosted by Nike, will be taking place beginning Tuesday and running through July 11th. For a look at the current FSU commits that will be participating, you can click here. SB National National Recruiting Analyst and Tomahawk Nation's Bud Elliott will be on site all week long.

Other Sports:

Former FSU football player turned professional track athlete, Marvin Bracy, has qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio taking place in August. Bracy is now the ninth athlete with Florida State ties who will participate in the summer games.