E.J. Manuel

The Will Muschamp era at Florida summed up in one stat


Florida held Missouri to 119 yards of offense on Saturday. Maty Mauk completed six of 18 passes for 20 yards while Mizzou combined to rush 31 times for 99 yards, barely a three-yards-per-carry average.

The final score: 42-13 Mizzou.

Three years ago, Florida State gained 95 yards on the Gators in the Swamp. E.J. Manuel completed six of 13 passes for 65 yards while the Seminoles rushed 46 times for 30 yards.

The final score: 21-7 Florida State.

Now take a look at this:

No doubt Will Muschamp will make an excellent defensive coordinator for someone when his time at Florida is up. And that time, one would think, will be up soon.

Hat-tip to Dan Wolken’s misery index for pointing out the stat.

Florida State racks up ACC weekly honors


After smashing Clemson Saturday night, a slew of Florida State players took home ACC weekly honors announced Monday.

Quarterback Jameis Winston earned offensive player of the week and rookie of the week awards (he won those two awards at the national level, too), while cornerback LaMarcus Joyner was named the conference’s defensive back of the week.

Seminoles offensive lineman Cameron Erving, receiver Rashad Greene and linebacker Telvin Smith also earned player of the week honors at their respective positions.

Winston completed 23 of 44 passes for 444 yards with three touchdowns and added a rushing score in Florida State’s 52-14 win over Clemson Saturday night. He’s still behind Oregon’s Marcus Mariota in the Heisman chase, according to our own Chris Huston, but has some ridiculous numbers on the season: 71.3 percent completion rate; 1,885 yards; 20 touchdowns to three interceptions.

Consider this: E.J. Manuel, the only quarterback taken in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, had a career high of 23 touchdowns at Florida State. Winston might tie or break that mark this weekend against N.C. State in Tallahassee.

Jimbo not yet ready to annoint Winston as FSU’s QB


Clint Trickett‘s decision to transfer out of Florida State was a clear indicator to most that Jameis Winston had taken the Seminoles’ starting quarterback job and grabbed it firmly around its neck.

While that will likely be the end-game, that the former four-star recruit opens the 2013 season under center, Winston’s head coach isn’t yet ready to declare it publicly.

Speaking at a booster get-together Thursday, Jimbo Fisher maintained that Winston, Jacob Coker and Sean Maguire remain in play as the successor to E.J. Manuel under center for the Seminoles.  And we’re going to assume the quotes that follow were said with a straight face and made with the forethought of avoiding any sense of entitlement on Winston’s part entering the summer.

“We’ve got three good quarterbacks, and we’ll continue to grow and see where that progresses down the road,” Fisher said by way of the Tallahassee Democrat.. “We’ve still got three very talented quarterbacks.”

That said, and as we and most everyone else has noted, it would be a monumental upset if Winston did not take the field as the starter when FSU opens the 2013 season at Pittsburgh on Labor Day.

Clint Trickett granted release by FSU, will transfer


And then there were two.

Entering spring practice, Florida State’s battle to replace E.J. Manuel at the quarterback position consisted of Clint Trickett, Jameis Winston and Jacob Coker, with the former listed as the starter on the depth chart.  Exiting spring, the initial “leader” is now on the outside looking in.

In a statement, head coach Jimbo Fisher confirmed that Trickett has asked for and been granted a release from his FSU scholarship.  Trickett, whose father is FSU assistant Rick Trickett, will remain in school until he graduates next month.

“After a long meeting with Clint, he expressed he’d like to explore another playing opportunity, and I’ve signed off on his wish,” Fisher said. “Clint has not only been a great player for our program, but a great young man and ambassador for Florida State who will graduate in a few weeks. He’s been a part of this program for a long time and we wish nothing but the best for him in his future endeavors.”

Because Trickett will graduate in short order, he will be eligible to transfer to an FBS program and play immediately without sitting out the 2013 season.  He will be a redshirt junior in 2013 and will have two years of eligibility remaining.

At least based on last weekend’s spring game, and Fisher’s quotes coming out of it, it appeared that Winston had pulled ahead of the others in the competition for the starting job.  The starter likely won’t officially be named until sometime during summer camp, but it’s heading toward an upset if anyone but Winston is named tabbed as Manuel’s replacement.

Jimbo Fisher high on Jameis Winston after FSU spring game


Clint Trickett may have entered spring practice as the No. 1 quarterback for Florida State, but redshirt freshman Jameis Winston continues to capture a lot of attention in the first spring without E.J. Manuel. During FSU’s annual spring game on Saturday, Winston, a two-sport athlete for the ‘Noles, didn’t disappoint.

On his very first play, Winston threw a long touchdown pass and finished 12-for-15 for 205 yards and two scores.

“[Winston] came in here, and, like I said, he took advantage of opportunities,” FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said. “That’s what you’ve got to do.”

Trickett still saw a significant amount of reps and finished 22-of-32 for 259 yards.

With running backs James Wilder, Jr., Devonta Freeman and Mario Pender all out with injuries, FSU’s spring game focused on the passing game. However, all three backs are expected to be back to 100 percent by the time preseason practice rolls around.