TALLAHASSEE Florida State had few major position battles the past few seasons.
The Seminoles were starting so many younger players and gaining experience. Or had smooth transitions from a graduating starter to elevating a backup that had received some playing time.
This year is very different. Florida State is replacing four starters on offense and six starters on defense. A few positions will feature natural replacements like freshman kicker Roberto Aguayo for Florida State and ACC career scoring leader Dustin Hopkins. And Chad Abram will take over at fullback for the versatile Lonnie Pryor.
Here is a look at five key position battles for the Seminoles, who won the Atlantic Coast Conference and went 12-2 last season but are in the middle of a spring of change with six new assistants and a number of starting jobs up for grabs.
Starter lost: EJ Manuel (threw for 3,392 yards, 23 TDs and 10 INTs while completing 68 percent of his passes in 2012).
Contenders: Clint Trickett...