Clemson's QB competition leads six spring game storylines we're watching

ACC powers Clemson and Florida State play their spring games on Saturday. Which players should you keep tabs on? A preview of six key spring games.

A total of 26 FBS schools will play their spring game on Saturday, April 8, including defending national champion Clemson. That will give fans a chance to see new players in action heading into the 2017 season.

Several other Power 5 teams are in action. Which five spring games should you keep an eye on?

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Here's a closer look:


When: 2:30 p.m., ACC Network Extra

What to watch: Who will replace Deshaun Watson? This season will feel similar to when Watson and Cole Stoudt battled to replace Tajh Boyd in 2014. Kelly Bryant has the most experience, and this is his chance to take control of the job. Five-star early enroleee Hunter Johnson, however, can make an impression. Redshirt freshman Zerrick Cooper also is in the mix. Clemson has a lot of playmakers to replace, but all eyes will be on the quarterbacks.

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Florida State

When: 3 p.m., ESPN

What to watch:Rex Ryan will be in the booth for this one, which is a plus. On the field, but this is a chance to see the running backs. Dalvin Cook leaves huge shoes to fill, andJacques Patrick,Ryan Green, Johnathan Vickersand AmirRasulare among those in the mix. All eyes, however, will be on Cam Akers, a five-star early enrollee who could make an impact right away.

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When: 2p.m., Fox Sports Southwest

What to watch:Baker Mayfield will be the center of attention after an offseason arrest, but the question on the field is who are the playmakers that will surround him?SamajePerine, JoeMixonand Dede Westbrook all left for the NFL. Offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley's "Air Raid" averaged 43.9 points per game in 2016, up a tick from 43.5 in 2015.

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When:2 p.m., SEC Network

What to watch:Sean White (forearm) won't play, so this is an another opportunity for Baylor transfer Jarrett Stidham to make his case for the starting job. New offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey has been given more freedom with thosequarterbacks under GusMalzahn. Auburn quarterbacks had just 12 TD passes last season. The Tigers need to be better than that.

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Texas A&M

When:2 p.m., ESPNU

What to watch:Trevor Knight is gone, meaning KevinSumlinis sorting through yet anotherquarterbackcompetition. JakeHubenakhas the most experience, but true freshman KellenMondis on campus. NickStarkelis third on the depth chart. Thecompetition betweenHubenakandMondwill offer clues where Texas A&M, coming off its third straight 8-5 season, is headed in the SEC West.

Mississippi State

When:4 p.m. SEC Network

What to watch:Dan Mullen enters his ninth season with the Bulldogs, who are a chic sleeper pick to make some noise in the SEC West thisseason. Much of that rests on starquarterbackNick Fitzgerald, who had 2,423 passing yards, 1,384 rushing yards and 37 total TDs last season. Fitzgerald, however, can't do it alone. Watch the defense under new coordinator Todd Grantham, who is back in the SEC after a stint at Louisville.

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