Willie Taggart needs something to change. The former USF and Oregon head coach took over for Jimbo Fisher at Florida State with much fanfare, but is just 6-9 to start his tenure. After a 1-2 start to 2019, with the one win coming on a missed extra point by UL Monroe in overtime, Taggart hopes that Alex Hornibrook, the quarterback transfer from Wisconsin, can help jumpstart things a bit.
James Blackman is still the QB1 for the Seminoles. Team success aside, his raw stats are pretty good.
Blackman is 75-for-110 for 843 yards, nine touchdowns, and two interceptions. He definitely hasn't been the issue for FSU.
Hornibrook has earned his way onto the field as well, though, and will get some time early in Saturday's game, per a report by 247Sports. Ahead of what is all of a sudden a big game vs. Louisville, the head coach praised Hornibrook, and said that he hopes he has a chance to get him into the game.
James Blackman is still the starter, but two sources told Noles247 that Hornibrook is integrated into this week’s game plan. One of those sources said that Hornibrook is expected to be given a series early in the contest on Saturday.
Coach Willie Taggart was asked about how Blackman performed this week and if Hornibrook was pushing Blackman in practice during his media session on Thursday morning. His comments, below, can be interpreted in different ways although it sounded like he was interested in seeing how Hornibrook performed in a game setting.
“James, again, James has some throws that he wishes he could've had back, could've helped our football team. Looking to see him improve from there,” Taggart said. “And Alex has been doing a good job for us. We have some plays and things where we want to be able to get Alex in, let him run some of those plays. Hopefully we get a chance to do that."
Taggart said that Blackman was very down on himself after failing to lead FSU to a touchdown on the bizarre final drive of last weekend's loss to Virginia, but has bounced back well and has looked good at practice. It sounds like this is more about getting Alex Hornibrook some run in his final college season than Blackman's issues.
However it happens, Taggart needs to get the ship righted, and soon. He finds himself on a very hot seat just 15 games into his tenure.
Florida State hosts Louisville at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. The Cardinals, expected to be in a deep rebuild this fall, looked pretty competitive against Notre Dame in Week 1. Getting a win this season is pretty essential for Taggart.