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Trickett is FSU’s starting QB entering spring

Clint Trickett , AP

On Florida State’s spring to-do list, finding a replacement for two-year starter EJ Manuel is somewhere at or near the top.

Four players will enter spring practice with an opportunity to win the job — Clint Trickett, Jacob Coker, Sean Maguire and Jameis Winston.  At least for now, and as expected, Trickett will head into the 15 practice sessions as the No. 1 quarterback, head coach Jimbo Fisher confirmed Monday.

Trickett spent the 2012 season as Manuel’s primary backup, appearing in eight games and completing 65 percent of his 34 attempts for 272 yards.  He’s also started two games the past two seasons, the only one of the contenders to have started at the collegiate level.  Coker, a redshirt sophomore, saw action in four games last season while Maguire, who Fisher warned people not to sell short in the competition, returns for his redshirt freshman season.

Winston, a redshirt as a true freshman last season, was the most highly-rated of the four coming to FSU, a five-star member of the Seminoles’ 2012 recruiting class and Rivals.com’s top dual-threat quarterback.  The 6-4, 220-pound Winston is pulling double-duty as a member of FSU’s baseball team, although Fisher said earlier this month that the stick-and-ball sport  will have no impact on Winston’s availability for spring practice or his chances of landing the starting job.

For now, though, it appears the job is Trickett’s to lose.  For his part, Fisher would give no timeline for naming a starter at the position.

I have no timetable on anything,” Fisher said according to ESPN.com. “I never put a timetable on anything.”

The Seminoles open spring practice Wednesday.  They open the 2013 season Labor Day against Pittsburgh, which will mark the Panthers’ debut as members of the ACC.

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5 Responses to “Trickett is FSU’s starting QB entering spring”
  1. donovandancy says: Mar 18, 2013 8:43 PM

    Jimbo’s full comments on the QB situation are that it is a four player contention for the starting spot, and if you read what he said about Maguire having an equal shot with winston, trickett, and coker, them seeing equal practice time with the 1st team practice squad going into spring, as well as his stress on the job being “all of their job’s to lose” it’s not really that Trickett has the starting job now. Its that if the first game of next season was today, without seeing how any of the other’s perform, Trickett would get first crack under center.

    For all of you who don’t follow FSU football, itsa closebattle between Trickett and Winston, with winston having the talent, but having to show better playbook comprehension (which he is), and Trickett having to gain weight and strength (which he has done, he is up currently more than 15 pounds from last year officially, 24 pounds unnoficially).
    Coker is really battling for third string barring stunning improvement or injuries, with maguire having no real shot barring a combination of the above.

  2. mcjon22 says: Mar 18, 2013 9:09 PM

    Key phrase “Entering spring”

    Fisher is HIGH on Coker, and Winston has the most talent.

    Trickett is what he is. Solid, but not spectacular in anything as it relates to the QB position.

  3. canetic says: Mar 19, 2013 8:21 AM

    Looks like another disappointing year on tap for the Noles.

  4. tluds says: Mar 19, 2013 9:16 AM

    Glad to hear Trickett’s putting on some pounds. Never had an issue with his grasp of the offense, I was more worried about him getting folded in half on a hit. Kid can play, he just needs size in the worst way. Could be a step back this year but we are reloading with younger guys for the long haul. Now if we can just keep the coaching staff together we’ll be alright. Go Noles!

  5. grudenthediva says: Mar 19, 2013 4:09 PM

    Looks like another beatdown on tap for the Hialeah Cane Girls.

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