Florida State aims for big 2015 season

Florida State aims for big 2015 season
Notre Dame transfer Everett Golson
Notre Dame transfer Everett Golson
Sean Maguire
Sean Maguire

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WALB) - The Florida State Seminoles will kick off the football season in pursuit of their fourth straight ACC title and their second  national title in three years.

Many Several questions linger over this year's version of the Florida State Seminoles.

Several players left the team for the professional level at the end of last season--including Heisman trophy winner the and number one overall pick, Jameis Winston.

The battle is on for his replacement as former backup Sean Maguire looks to build on the big game he had last year against Clemson.

"Its big going into a fall camp knowing that you've already played and you've got the confidence. You know what it's like to go out there and play in front of a crowd in a big time situation so it is huge going into this fall," said Maguire.

Meanwhile, Notre Dame transfer Everett Golson looks to bring his talent and experience to the Noles.

"There's no animosity towards each other, but it is competition and I think we both know that. That's going to allow us to push each other and the best man will win at the end," said Golson.

The team will also have to replace one of the most prolific pass catchers in ACC history. Albany-native Rashad Greene is now a member of Jacksonville Jaguars, and his former coaches are not only missing his skills, but also his leadership.

"Rashad didn't set out to be a superstar. He [came] in here and worked his tail off to be a consistent player and to help his team win. in the meantime, that's what happened and what I mean by that is he set the great legacy, and I think that's what these young guys have to do right now," said Head Coach Jimbo Fisher.

"Off the field he was such a quality guy for us leadership wise--a great student. He's what you really want in a football athlete, and everything that we asked him to do, he did it and then some," said Wide Receivers Coach Lawrence Dawsey.

The last big question mark is how good will this team be?

Experts picked the 'Noles to finish second in their division to Clemson, despite not losing a conference game in two years.

Don't expect the team to listen to that noise though.

"Heard the same stuff last year. We just waiting for, we just going to work on our training camp, get right; be cohesive as a team and then come game day, we going to show the fans what they want to see," said senior linebacker Reggie Northrup.

"It's the same goals as every year. To go out, be undefeated at home, ACC champs and then go on and play and win the national championship," said senior safety Tyler Hunter.

Many fans will be anxiously waiting to see if that happens this year.

The Seminoles open their season September 5th against Texas State.

Coach Fisher did not say when the quarterback decision would be announced. Coach Fisher has also been mum about starting running back Dalvin Cook since his indefinite suspension.

The team took a photo Sunday with and without him. Cook is charged with battery after allegedly hitting a woman outside a Tallahassee bar.

The sophomore rusher ran for over 1,000 yards and 8 touchdowns in his true freshman season.

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