With 33 career starts, Drew Weatherford, left, is one of the nation's most experienced quarterbacks. But a lack of big plays opened the door to competition from backups Christian Ponder and D'Vontrey Richardson.
The running game saw modest improvement in Jimbo Fisher's first year as offensive coordinator. Senior Antone Smith, left, looks to rebound from injuries in 2007. FSU also brought in several newcomers to share the load.
Senior Greg Carr, left, ranks third on the career touchdown list, and he will be surrounded by FSU's deepest receiving corps in years. Preston Parker will return against Wake Forest (Sept. 20) after a two-game suspension.
Position coach Rick Trickett has a group he likes, but the players are young. Sophomores Rodney Hudson, left, and Ryan McMahon are the only linemen with any experience.
There is plenty of talent, but emerging star Dekoda Watson will be suspended for the first three games. Senior Derek Nicholson, left, is steady in the middle, and converted safety Toddrick Verdell will provide speed.
Junior end Everette Brown, left, will anchor a depleted unit through the first three games. Five top linemen are suspended for their roles in last season's academic scandal.
Senior Tony Carter, left, and junior Patrick Robinson have shown the ability to make big plays at cornerback. FSU would like to see similar production from safety Myron Rolle.
Senior Graham Gano, left, has started at punter for three seasons for the Seminoles and is also expected to take over the place-kicking duties. Preston Parker, Brandon Paul and others will challenge for return duties.
-- IRA SCHOFFEL