Monday Mailbag: Spring football, Mistakes, and Recruiting

We’re less than a week away from the spring football game. Finally, fans will get to see how Willie Taggart’s new schemes operate on the field. Florida State is nearing the end of a fruitful spring. It’s about time to see how these players are adapting to their new coaches and themselves.

With that being said, let’s hop into the questions for this weeks mailbag. We’ll address recruiting, the spring game, and more.

The mailbag from last week can be viewed here.

  • Why is the spring game not showing on any local TV? – Horace Harvey

It seems like the major networks won’t be showing the spring game on television. However, it will be available on WatchESPN.

  • How many mistakes on offense and defense do you anticipate at the spring game? – Stone Quillen

I think we’ll see our fair share of miscues out of both units, considering they’re getting their first taste of the new schemes. A few things to watch for on offense will be how the team adjusts to tempo and lining up fast. We could see some false starts or the team not completely set with quick snaps. On defense, I’m more interested to see how the linebackers and defensive backs work in Harlon Barnett’s system. Expect a lot of pressure and man-on-man coverage as opposed to the mostly zone looks we saw with Charles Kelly. Between both teams, I can see a total of 5-15 penalties and 2-4 turnovers.

  • How are we looking with the offensive line and quarterback depth? – @KilgoreRobyn

Four of the five starters up front return in Greg Frey’s first season coaching the position; Alec Eberle, Landon Dickerson, Cole Minshew, and Derrick Kelly. Behind them is a young unit with plenty of talent. It’ll be up to Frey to help his guys realize that talent. Highly rated linemen such as Josh Ball, Jauan Williams, Baveon Johnson, and Christian Armstrong are still waiting in the wings. These players could be formidable if they are developed, which didn’t happen under the previous regime.

At quarterback, Florida State has players with ample collegiate experience. Deondre Francois and James Blackman have both got a chance to start an entire season. Hockman redshirted last year and he’ll be looking to get his first real snaps at this level as a redshirt freshman. With only three scholarship quarterbacks, the health of the signal-callers has got to be a worry. But luckily for Taggart, his guys are experienced and already know how to respond if their top quarterback goes down.

  • Do you think Willie still pursues other QB recruits if Sam Howell commits? – @Markpritzl850

The main targets at quarterback right now are Howell, Taisun Phommachanh, Jayden Daniels, and Michael Johnson Jr. The results were very positive when Howell was on campus last month and he announced he wouldn’t be making any more visits before his scheduled commitment date in May. Now, the talented signal-caller will reportedly be at FSU’s spring game this weekend. That bodes to be an extremely positive visit for the `Noles.

To answer your question, If Howell commits then I think Taggart and his staff will continue doing their due diligence on other quarterback prospects but I don’t think they’ll push for another one. FSU’s QB room in Howell’s freshman year would be Deondre Francois (RS SR), James Blackman (JR), Bailey Hockman (RS SO), and Howell (FR).

  • Do we have a legitimate shot at landing Devontae Dobbs out of Michigan? – Harlan Kelly

Dobbs got his first taste of Tallahassee last week and seemed to enjoy the short visit. He mentioned that he was setting up a return trip but didn’t have the exact date ironed out yet. The 247 Sports Composite five-star offensive lineman was impressed by the culture at FSU and Frey has been recruiting him for two years. Though he doesn’t yet have a timeline for his announcement, the Seminoles are firmly in the mix.

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