FSU did not face many quality quarterbacks last year, a theme that should continue in 2014 for the Seminoles.

Last year, FSU faced NFL draftees in Pittsburgh’s Tom Savage (4th round) and Clemson’s Tajh Boyd (6th round) as well as multiyear starters like Miami’s Stephen Morris and Boston College’s Chase Rettig, but no signal caller truly struck fear into Seminoles.

Opponents had an average QB rating of 93.77 against FSU, the second lowest total in the nation. The Seminoles also led the country in interceptions (26). A ball hawking secondary filled with current pro players (Lamarcus Joyner, Terrence Brooks) and likely future first-round draft picks (Jalen Ramsey, P.J. Williams, Ronald Darby) obviously has a lot to do with that,  but the Seminoles were helped in that Boyd was the only true elite college QB that they faced.

There will not be a player like Boyd, a Heisman Trophy candidate before he was shut down by FSU, on this year's schedule. The Seminoles will face just one player that finished last season as their respective team’s starter and none surpassed 2,000 passing yards, an indictment of the uncertainty many of FSU’s opponents face at the all-important QB position.

The average season-long stat line last year (or 2012 in the case of NC State transfer Jacoby Brissett and Notre Dame’s Everett Golson) for the 11 of the 12 projected starters on FSU’s schedule was:  71-of-117 (60%) for  788 passing yards, 4.5 TDs and 3.1 INTs. The average QB rating was 124.7. This does not account for projected Miami starter Kevin Olsen, a freshman. 

Here is a ranking of the projected starting QBs on FSU’s schedule for this upcoming season:

 

12. Aaron Miller, Citadel

Sr., 6-0/220

2013 stats: 37-of-71 for 407 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs; 51 carries for 196 rushing yards (3.84 YPC), 1 TD

The buzz: Although he has participated in 28 career games, Miller has never started a college contest. Miller struggled in his team’s spring game, finishing with 18 yards on nine carries, while completing just 1-of- 4 passes. Backup Cam Jackson should see regular reps as well.

*FSU hosts The Citadel Sept. 8

 

11. Tyler Cameron, Wake Forest

Soph., 6-3/220

2013 stats: 7-of-24 (29.2%) for 85 passing yards, 0 TDs and 3 INTs; 9 carries for 19 yards (1.8 YPC), 0 TDs

The buzz: Cameron and quarterback turned receiver turned quarterback Kevin Sousa duked it out in the spring and neither really gained much separation. Can either pull away after a lackluster first half of the offseason?

*FSU hosts Wake Forest Oct. 4

 

10. Kevin Olsen, Miami