Florida State has plenty of talent as well with 18 starters returning and another highly rated recruiting class. The Seminoles have the sixth ranked recruiting class for 2012 according to Yahoo Rivals. The Garnet led by last year's back up QB Clint Trickett defeated the Gold 35-20. Last season's starter E.J. Manuel was the quarterback for the Gold and was inconsistent throughout finishing with 28 of 51 for 255 yards and two touchdowns, but he was sacked three times and threw two interceptions with one being a pick-six. For the Garnet, Trickett threw a 70 yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage on a long ball to Greg Dent. He completed 12 of 23 passes for 173 yards and added another touchdown pass in the third quarter. The other back up QB Jacob Coker completed 8 of 11 for 137 yards.
Brady Hoke appears to have Michigan on the right track in his second season as head coach of the Wolverines after leading them to a 11-2 record last season and bringing in the seventh ranked recruiting class for 2012 according to Yahoo Rivals. They also bring back 16 returning starters with an experienced defense and their star QB Denard Robinson returning. He did not see much playing time in the Spring game so that they could give the back ups more playing time. Thomas Rawls, no. 2 running back behind Fitzgerald Toussaint, had a good outing with 39 yards on nine carries with a pair of touchdowns. The Blue team defeated the White 17-0, but the Blue was offense only and the White was defense only. The defense had a solid outing including sophomore cornerback Blake Countless' interception of back up QB Devin Gardner on his first pass of the day.
LSU's Spring game was not televised, but there were approximately 33,000 fans in attendance according to LSUSports.Net. Junior QB Zach Mettenberger which transferred from Georgia led all passers completing 14 of 25 for 270 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. One of his scores was a 49 yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr at the beginning of the second quarter. Mettenberger is a long range bomber, but according to Michael Moraitis of Bleacher Report, he is not the Tigers' QB of the future. However, it appears he will be the starter for 2012 and he has a much stronger arm than the quarterbacks from last season. It will depend on his decision making ability in order for him to be successful. The Tigers have 14 returning starters and brought in the 18th ranked recruiting class according to Yahoo Rivals which is their lowest recruiting rank since 2005.
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Teams that already played Spring games:
ACC-Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Miami, North Carolina, Virginia, and Wake Forest.
Big 10- Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, and Purdue, *Nebraska’s Spring game was cancelled due to the weather.
Big 12- Baylor, Iowa State, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas, and Texas Tech.
C-USA- East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, Rice, Southern Miss, Tulane, Tulsa, UCF, and UTEP.
Independents- Navy, Army, and BYU.
Big East- Cincinnati, Louisville, Pitt, and USF
MWC- Boise St, Fresno State, and San Diego State. *Air Force did not schedule a Spring game.
Pac-12- Arizona, Colorado, Stanford, and USC. Cal did not schedule a Spring game.
SEC- Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, South Carolina, and Vanderbilt/
Sun Belt- Arkansas State, FAU, Middle Tennesse, and Western Kentucky.
WAC- Louisiana Tech, San Jose St, and Texas St.
Teams that have not played their Spring games yet:
ACC- Georgia Tech, Maryland, NC State, and Virginia Tech.
Big 10- Michigan St, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State, and Wisconsin.
Big 12- Kansas, Kansas St, Oklahoma St, and West Virginia.
C-USA- Marshall, SMU, and UAB.
MAC- Akron, Ball St, Northern Illinois, and Ohio.
Independents- Notre Dame
Big East- Rutgers, Syracuse, and Uconn.
MWC- Colorado St and Wyoming
Pac-12- Arizona St, Oregon, Oregon St, Utah, Washington, and Washington State.
SEC- Arkansas, Mississippi St, Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Texas A&M.
WAC- Idaho and New Mexico St.
Alabama A-Day Spring Game Recap 2012
Garnet defeats Gold 35-20 in 2012 FSU Spring Game
Michigan Spring Game Highlights 2012
LSU Spring Game