Florida State has a lot of reasons for optimism heading into the fall, but a healthy offensive line isn't one of them.
Starters Andrew Datko, Zebrie Sanders and David Spurlock, and key backup Rhonne Sanderson all missed Saturday's spring game, making it difficult to truly get a read on what kind of progress the Seminoles made this spring under first-year starting quarterback EJ Manuel.
Manuel was sacked six times. One interception was returned for a touchdown. And both teams combined for 19 rushing yards.
The numbers are deceiving not only because of the injuries but also because of the 12 sacks. With a young, patchwork offensive line leading the way, the defense should have the better day.
"Hard to tell either way," coach Jimbo Fisher said, according to the team's practice report. "It’s hard to tell on offense, hard to tell on defense."
Manuel completed 17 of 37 pass attempts for 204 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions -- and his team lost, 19-17. Clint Trickett, who started for the Garnet, was 13-of-22 for 137 yards. Will Secord also played for the Garnet and hit three of his nine attempts for 25 yards.
Aside from kicker Dustin Hopkins, the highlight of Florida State's spring game was probably its announced attendance 53,818 -- 818 more than Florida's spring game. The score that counts, though, won't come until Nov. 26.
If there's one thing we learned from Florida State's spring game, it's that the Seminoles will at least need their veteran linemen healthy in order to live up to the preseason hype.