Florida State’s spring game had one question sure to be asked Saturday afternoon. Is Sean Maguire going to lock down the starting job for the Seminoles, three-time defending ACC champions, in 215 as Jameis Winston moves to the NFL? It is dangerous to put too much stock in a spring game, but Maguire showed two things regarding the answer to that question.
Maguire is Florida State’s best option at quarterback right now, but Jimbo Fisher may not have a particularly long leash in the fall.
Maguire completed half of his pass attempts (22-of-44) in Florida State’s spring game Saturday afternoon in rainy Tallahassee. He was picked off twice, including on his first pass of the game. Early enrollee Derwin James intercepted the pass and returned it for a touchdown in the opening minute. Maguire moved past a sluggish start to play better in the first half and ended his day with a team-high 289 yards. But he was without a touchdown pass and was sacked twice. He also had a habit of overthrowing some targets and missing opportunities for some big plays.
For now, Maguire is Florida States best option but there is room for improvement. The work done between now and the start of the season may be critical for Florida State’s chances to hold off Clemson in the ACC this season.
Redshirt freshman J.J. Cosentino and freshman De’Andre Johnson split most fo the reps for the Gold team and ended the afternoon with similar numbers. Neither is likely to get the nod over Maguire for the starting job, but the competition can be good for all.
“All or Nothing” has been Amazon’s answer to HBO’s “Hard Knocks” with one clear distinction — “All or Nothing” actually follows its subject throughout the season. The first two seasons followed the Arizona Cardinals and the Los Angeles Rams, and has now expanded into the college game. Amazon on Tuesday unveiled the trailer for its upcoming season with Michigan, in which its cameras followed Jim Harbaugh‘s Wolverines through an 8-5 campaign where the maize and blue won no games of consequence.
This is not the first such documentary series to follow a college team. Showtime’s “A Season With” has chronicled seasons of Florida State, Notre Dame and Navy.
The upcoming season will hit all Amazon Prime streaming devices on April 6.
A significant development has gone under the radar at Auburn, until now. Junior wide receiver Eli Stove tore his ACL during Auburn’s first spring practice and underwent surgery last Tuesday, according to Brandon Marcello of Auburn Undercover.
As a sophomore in 2017, Stove caught 29 passes for 265 yards and rushed 30 times for 315 yards and two touchdowns, which made him the Tigers’ third-leading rusher.
Stove was expected to increase his portfolio heading into 2018, but now he’ll spend the foreseeable future working simply to get back on the field. No timetable has been set for Stove’s return.
Though Stove is one of Auburn’s most talented pass-catchers, the Tigers aren’t hurting for depth even in his absence. Nine wideouts caught a pass for Auburn last season, and not one of them was a senior.
With spring practice set to kick off this week, Florida Atlantic and Lane Kiffin have found their offensive line a little lighter than previously expected.
According to the Palm Beach Post, Jack Breshears is retiring from the sport and is no longer with the football program. The Post wrote that, according to a source, the lineman “no longer had the same passion he did for football when (former FAU head coach) Charlie Partridge was there.”
Kiffin will be entering his second season with the Owls, replacing the dismissed Partridge in December of 2016.
Breshears, who will remain on scholarship but won’t count against FAU’s 85-man limit, played in six games as a redshirt freshman in 2016 before suffering a season-ending injury. He played in two games this past season the shoulder issue surfaced again.
Prior to his decision to move on from the sport, Breshears had been a candidate for a starting job this season.
Alabama will kick off spring practice later on Tuesday, but the reigning national champions will do so without an integral piece of its offensive line.
The father of the lineman, David Womack, confirmed to Rivals.com that Matt Womack will undergo surgery Wednesday to repair a broken bone in his right foot. As a result, the rising redshirt junior will miss all of the Crimson Tide’s 15 spring practice sessions.
Per David Womack, his son suffered the injury while jumping boxes during workouts.
Recovery time is expected to be in the range of six weeks, which means that, barring a setback, he’ll be fully healthy for the start of summer camp in early August.
Womack started all 14 games at right tackle in the Tide’s run to its 17th national championship last season. As a redshirt freshman the year before, Womack, a three-star member of UA’s 2015 signing class, played in nine games.