The Florida State Seminoles seemed to have lost it. They were once must-see TV back in the 1990′s. Charlie Ward, Derrick Brooks, Warrick Dunn, and later in the decade with guys like Peter Warrick. Getting games like Florida State-Miami on a Saturday was like Christmas.
But those days have since faded and the number of top players they send to the NFL has decreased. However, they did go 9-4 last year and three of those losses were by a combined 11 points. Could they be headed in the right direction?
On offense, they are getting a ton of guys back, including QB E.J. Manuel. He threw for 18 TD’s last year while completing 65% of his passes. If you’re looking at NCAA odds, you can win with that.
And while the running game isn’t much to speak of, the passing game could be. They are returning four of their top wide receivers, including sophomore Rashad Greene. He isn’t big, but he produced last year despite being hurt.
On defense, they should be very good again. Last season, they were one of the top units in the country and they are returning nine starters. So they’ve got that going for them.
They might not be ready for a return to the glory days of Kez McCorvey, but they seem to be headed in the right direction. And that’s a good thing for college football. It’s just better when teams like Florida State and Miami are good.