Few Power Five schools have had as many questions surrounding their quarterback situation as the Florida State Seminoles. But it would appear that head coach Willie Taggart has finally found his new starter.
Speaking at the 2019 ACC Kickoff meetings via the Tallahassee Democrat, Taggart revealed that junior James Blackman is the starting quarterback – unless he gets beaten out. The FSU head coach also made it clear that the other quarterbacks on the roster are going to try and wrest the job from him, and the best man will win the job.
“He’s the starting quarterback,” Taggart said.
“He started in the spring and the understanding is that he’s going to go in there with the ones. But those guys are going to compete. They’re going to get their reps and the best man is going to win the job.”
Also in the quarterback room are transfers Alex Hornibrook and Jordan Travis.
The starting quarterback will replace Deondre Francois, who was dismissed from the team at the end of the year.
Blackman saw extensive playing time in 2017, completing 58-percent of his passes for 2,230 yards and 19 touchdowns.
However, Hornibrook has even more experience from his time at Wisconsin, and even owns an Orange Bowl MVP title to his name.
As for Travis, the team is still waiting on the NCAA’s decision regarding a transfer waiver. It isn’t even a guarantee at this time that he’ll be eligible to play next year.
Whoever ultimately wins the starting job will be tasked with returning the Seminoles to their winning ways after missing bowl eligibility for the first time since the 1980s.