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April 18, 2013

FSU enters offseason without designated No. 1 QB

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PENSACOLA - Clint Trickett is moving on. Jimbo Fisher is moving forward. And at least officially, the quarterback competition rolls along without a No. 1 starter.

Fisher commented on his reformed quarterback situation for the first time since Trickett, the named starter entering spring practice, was granted a release from his scholarship on Wednesday.

Fisher wouldn't elaborate on details of his discussion with Trickett but said he wishes him "nothing but the best."

"He's going to be a heck of a player and he did a great job at Florida State," Fisher said during a booster stop in Pensacola on Thursday. "We had a long discussion and he had some things that he wanted to do and I'm backing him 100 percent. I hate losing him, we loved to have him, he was a heck of a player for us, he would have been a heck of a player for us, but that's the way things are sometimes."

With Trickett out, it leaves Jameis Winston, Jacob Coker and Sean Maguire as the scholarship quarterbacks entering the fall. Fisher said that they will not enter the fall with a designated No. 1 quarterback and they "will rotate just like they did in the spring."

"Yeah, we still have to have the best player. They have to go into fall camp and still perform," Fisher said. "Spring is one thing, and you got an indication of what we're capable of and where we're going, but we have to continue to grow and continue those performances with consistency going into fall camp and throughout summer and all through the season. There's always competition."

With a chance to review the film from Saturday's spring game, Fisher said that Winston, who raised eyebrows in the FSU fanbase with a 12 of 15 for 205-yard, two-touchdown performance against the first-team defense, "seized the moment."

"I thought he took advantage of things, which you want guys to do," Fisher said. "That's what you want to see. I was very pleased with his performance and he's a very fun guy to coach."

Despite a strong backing for Winston on message boards and social media since Saturday, it's still an open competition in Fisher's eyes. Coker certainly views that way.

"You can quote me, Jake has never thought about leaving," Coker's father Bryant told Warchant.com on Thursday.

Notables

  • Fisher said that Chad Abram suffered a turf toe injury and left tackle Cam Erving has a minor knee injury. Both are expected to be fully healthy at the start of spring practice.

    "Chad got turf toe, he bent his toe up pretty good. I think Cam got a little tweak on his knee, he may have just a piece of cartilage that may need to get cleaned out but he should be fine and no problem," Fisher said.

  • Fisher said that center Bryan Stork had "minor" surgery on his toe on Wednesday. He is expected to be healthy for fall camp.



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