Saturday Nole Notes: It’s Francois’ time

After what appeared to be a tight battle coming into spring, it is evident that Francois is ahead of Malik Henry at QB. Francois took first team reps and from what I saw didn’t miss a pass. He was impressive, and dropped a couple nice 40 yard dimes. Henry was good in his own right, but was a little late on some throws. That just means he doesn’t have great chemistry with the receivers yet, which will come in time. The good news is neither quarterback forced any bad throws, and both looked confident. Francois was just more impressive in timing and anticipation, and made every throw look perfect. Just watch this one to Kermit Whitfield: 

Most of the FSU faithful figured Francois would win the spring QB battle, but the future is definitely bright for Henry. It should be an interesting fall QB battle when incumbent starter Sean Maguire comes back from his ankle injury. 

The other most interesting thing of Saturday’s practice was Marquez White’s absence. He could’ve been there and I just missed him, but Sophomore Marcus Lewis was his replacement at CB during 7 on 7’s. On the flip side of the ball, Chris Casher looked more comfortable at TE. His routes looked less awkward and more fluid. While fellow TE Mavin Saunders dropped a few passes, Casher caught every ball. He could be a scary weapon down the middle on a seam route coming full speed at a safety. Speaking of WR weapons, Dalvin Cook took a rep out wide and ran a fade route. It’s going to be interesting to see if the Noles run Cook out wide for the spring game. 

Other than that, special teams should continue to be a good unit for the ‘Noles. Ricky Agauyo (not to be confused with older brother Roberto) only missed one field goal but it hit the post. Nyqwan Murray was taking first reps at punt returner, but that could change when elite recruit Levonta Taylor comes in the fall. Whitfield and Rudolph continued to take first team reps as kick returners. All in all, there’s a lot to get excited about in 2016 for Florida State. 

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