Key Matchups for Florida State’s Spring Game

Florida State’s first spring game under new head coach Willie Taggart is set to take place Saturday night. As all eyes return to Doak Campbell Stadium, there will be several key matchups to keep an eye on.

TE Tre’ McKitty versus LB’s Dontavious Jackson and DeCalon Brooks – McKitty has been a popular pick for a breakout player in Taggart’s new offense. By all accounts, he has had a very good spring and is ready to take the next step. Looking to keep him in check Saturday night will be two linebackers fighting for a starting job this fall. Jackson says he has trimmed down by 20-25 pounds and has a renewed focus on football. Brooks, who redshirted this past season has flashed at times this spring and is confident heading into Saturday night.

WR’s D.J. Matthews and Tamorrion Terry versus DB’s Jaiden Woodbey and Cyrus Fagan – One of the more intriguing aspects Saturday night will be when the Garnet team decides to go vertical. Willie Taggart has made it known that when FSU does decide to throw the ball, he wants to take shots downfield early and often. Matthews has proven to be electric with the ball in his hands this spring. He has elite football speed and will look to stretch the secondary of the Gold team. Terry has caught a touchdown in almost every practice this spring according to Willie Taggart and is expected to become a playmaker in the Gulf Coast Offense. Both Fagan and Woodbey have been praised this spring for their contributions and will have their hands full Saturday night.

DT’s Corey Durden and Fredrick Jones versus OL’s Derrick Kelly and Landon Dickerson – Kelly and Dickerson have been two of Florida State’s most consistent offensive linemen this spring. They will suit up for the Garnet team Saturday night and look to take advantage of a depleted defensive front on the Gold team. Jones and Durden are both fighting to get into the rotation up front this fall. The absence of the injured Marvin Wilson offers an opportunity for both to step up and compete.

Offensive Coordinator Walt Bell versus Defensive Coordinator Harlon Barnett – While both coordinators will likely be working with limited playbooks, it will be interesting to see how they feel each other out Saturday night. Typically in a spring game setting, the schemes are kept very simple. There is little to no blitzing with base formations being the norm. That said, when the competitive juices get flowing, what rabbits may either one pull out of their hat? Both will be looking to make a lasting impression on their new head coach.

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