March 18, 2012
The Florida State football team starts spring practice March 19 and Seminoles.com has got you covered. In preparation, we have previewed each of the positions on the ‘Noles’ roster and conclude with the quarterbacks.
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By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com Senior Writer
WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS SPRING:
For Manuel, Florida State’s redshirt senior quarterback officially begins on-field preparations for what will be his swan song; his final year in the garnet and gold. His last spring in Tallahassee will be followed by a final season that ideally ends in trophy-hoisting fashion.
For Coker, FSU’s redshirt freshman signal-caller officially begins a new chapter in his collegiate career. After holding the clipboard in his first year as the fourth-string quarterback, Coker has the opportunity this spring to put himself in position for playing time behind Manuel.
And then there’s Clint Trickett.
With Will Secord not returning for what would have been his fourth year, Trickett returns under center as the Seminoles’ longest-tenured quarterback. The redshirt sophomore beat out Secord for backup duties last season and wound up playing in nine games while making two injury-related replacement starts.
Trickett will enter the spring as the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart but Coker will be given the opportunity to compete for the same position. The battle between the two will not only be important for the 2012 season but it will also give the winner a better chance at earning the starting job in 2013.
As for Manuel, the Virginia Beach, Va. native will get to show the success of his rehabilitation efforts after an injury-hindered 2011 season — his first as a starter at FSU.
After a shoulder injury cost him the end of the Oklahoma game, all of the Clemson game and half of the Wake Forest game, Manuel sustained a broken bone in his leg in the Champs Sports Bowl victory.
Coker is the wild card because he gets to truly join the competition. This summer, Florida State will add quarterback prospects Jameis Winston and Sean Maguire so the depth chart gets a lot more crowded before the start of the regular season.
A native of Mobile, Ala., Coker guided a run-first offense in high school but FSU coach Jimbo Fisher saw enough in his ability, potential and athleticism to target him early in the recruiting process and the general feeling around the program is that the 6-foot-6, 235-pounder is a potential star in the making.