Florida State Football: Takeaways from 2019 Spring Game

Thirty-six years straight for Florida State football. That’s how many times Florida State had been to a bowl game prior to last season. They were the constant ACC giant until head coach Willie Taggart’s first season as the coach of the Seminoles last year. 5-7 was Florida State’s record for 2018 and it is in the back of the team’s mind now looking ahead to 2019. Head coach Willie Taggart isn’t all to blame for last season’s result.

After all, it takes a village to raise a child and Florida State football has just been reborn. The fan base is going to have to support this team in 2019. The Garnet and Gold spring game had 27,901 fans come out, but the number needs to double for the games in Doak Campbell Stadium. The Seminoles players showed a lot of positive play in the 2019 spring game and just need the fan support. Here are some takeaways from the Florida State football Garnet and Gold spring game.

Seminoles Offense

The Gold team for Florida State won 27-21, but the offense on both sides showed many positives. Overall offensively there was a lot of improvements and a lot of good things happened for the Seminoles. The offense played at a faster paced snapping the ball with 20 seconds or more on the play clock. The Florida State quarterbacks played well along with the offensive line, the wide receivers, and Khalan Laborn showed he was back.

Redshirt sophomore quarterback James Blackman and redshirt freshman Jordan Travis both had great days. Blackman made quick decisions at the line of scrimmage, finished 23-37 passes for 415 yards and three touchdowns. Travis completed 22 of his 28 passes for 241 yards and no touchdowns. He made quick decisions and used his legs to get away from bad situations for the Seminoles. The Florida State offensive line is a major concern heading into 2019. The offensive lines gave up five sacks in the first half combined.

The teams did show some positives though. Defenders still found their way into the backfield, but they stepped up compared to the 2018 season. The Garnet offensive line was able to open holes that led to two touchdowns by running back Cam Akers by halftime. Offensively, the wide receivers played well for Florida State including Keyshawn Helton and Tamorrion Terry.

Sophomore wide receiver Helton had 157 yards in the game. Hilton was consistently getting open all over the field for Florida State. He is set to be a big factor moving forward for the Seminoles. Terry finished with five catches for 77 yards and is still the number one target for quarterback Blackman.

Florida State running back Khalan Laborn hadn’t seen game action since he dislocated his knee cap in week two. In the spring game, he was explosive when he got the chance to play. He finished the game with 55 yards. The Seminoles offense looks improved from last season and is something to watch heading into the new season.

Seminoles Defense

The Florida State Seminoles have one constant on defense, Marvin Wilson. The defensive tackle has been a star this spring and that continued in the spring game. Wilson got into the backfield quite often. He used his hands well and was quick off the ball in the spring game. He finished the game with five tackles, two sacks, and 2.5 tackles for loss for Florida State.

2019 for Florida State could be a positive year. Good things on offense and defense, the Seminoles can pull off some wins this season. Personally, I see with the right things happening, Florida State could win 7 to 9 games in 2019. We will see how things evolve over the summer and how the Seminoles look going into fall.

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