Florida State Seminoles Will Miss E.J. Manuel

By Andy Schmidt
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There are very few things that rival football in the state of Florida. The beginning of spring football has arrived for the Florida State Seminoles, and as the team gets ready for the regular season to begin in five months, there is one major question that is on my mind about this team. How much will Florida State miss E.J. Manuel at quarterback?

Manuel threw for 3,392 yards last season and 23 touchdowns to lead the Seminoles to a victory in the Orange Bowl. I don’t know exactly how they plan to get similar numbers in 2013, but there is no doubt in my mind that they will miss Manuel more than what could be imagined. Manuel seemed to have an influence over the team by the end of last season, and if not for some early issues, they should have won the Orange Bowl by 35 points.

There is plenty of time to figure out who will pick up the quarterback role before the Seminoles face the Pittsburgh Panthers on Labor Day. I’m not sure if Florida State can match their 12-2 record from a season ago without Manuel, but if the defense continues to play like it did in 2012, I don’t see any reason why the team can’t do similar things. It’s going to be a huge adjustment on the offensive side of the ball for Florida State going forward with no Manuel to lead the team. I’m sure Jimbo Fisher has a plan already in place for the 2013 season. We will all have to wait to see what unfolds when next season begins.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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