As FSU begins it’s 2016 campaign, there are question marks at QB. For the 2nd year “P.J.” or “Post-Jameis,” the Seminoles are trying to decide between experienced but recently injured Sean MaGuire or a newcomer, Deondre Francois, to lead them in their huge opener with Ole Miss.
MaGuire would have been the easy choice as week one starter, as a fifth year senior who made 5 starts a year ago, but he suffered a fractured foot 3 weeks ago in practice. His status for tonight is “iffy at best” against a Rebel defense that can bring it.
Enter, Francois, a talented redshirt freshman who was considered the top duel threat QB in the country coming out of IMG Academy in Bradenton two years ago. Problem? He’s never taken a snap in a college game.
Solution to Florida State’s QB dilemma?
Hand the ball to all world RB Dalvin Cook.
The junior comes off a monster 2015 with 1,600 rushing (an FSU single season record) and 19 TD’s. This follows a freshman record breaking year where he became the first Nole in his first year to rush for 1,000 yards. He’s on every “watch list” imaginable including that stiff-armed trophy they give out in December.
Telling stat? When Cook carried the rock 19 times or more in 2015, FSU was 6-1. Oh, and he had a total of eight 100 yard games and averaged a gaudy, 7.4 per carry a year ago.
Although he battled hamstring issues early last season, he’s fully healthy going into this Labor Day showdown with a new SEC powerhouse.
Sometimes the answer to complicated questions is a simple one:
Give it to #4 in Garnet and Gold tonight. A lot.