What the Atlanta Journal Constitution is saying about FSU:
WHAT WE LEARNED
Two new offensive coaches — coordinator Jimbo Fisher and line coach Rick Trickett — already have made their marks. "Those guys give us something that was missing," Bobby Bowden said. "I like what I see and I left them alone to do it." ... Antone Smith is ready to roll at tailback. With former FSU great Dexter Carter joining Bowden's staff as running backs coach and Trickett's line promising big holes, Smith could improve on his 5.2-yard-a-carry average. ... Special teams could be special, for a change. For the first time in his career, Bowden has assigned one of his assistants, Jody Allen, to be in charge of that area.
WHAT WE DIDN'T
Who'll start at quarterback come Sept 3? Fisher says an answer won't come until August. Drew Weatherford threw for 2,154 yards and 12 touchdowns and 11 interceptions last season. Xavier Lee's athleticism makes him hard to ignore. "I have an opinion," Bowden said, "but I'm keeping it to myself." ... How much of an impact will former N.C. State boss Chuck Amato have as linebackers coach? Better be a big one, with Lawrence Timmons and Buster Davis both off to the NFL. ... Is this schedule someone's idea of a practical joke? FSU plays only five home games after agreeing to play Alabama in Jacksonville. They open the season at Clemson and end it at Florida. In between: trips to Colorado, Boston College and Virginia Tech.
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Saturday, May 05, 2007
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