Florida State football is having a season to forget in year one under Willie Taggart. Things don’t get any easier, with a trip to South Bend to face Notre Dame on Saturday.
If there is a slight advantage that Willie Taggart can create ahead of the match-up, it stems from uncertainty at the quarterback position.
Deondre Francois has been the starter for most of the year, to mixed results. However, he missed last weekend’s game against NC State with a rib injury.
In his place, James Blackman had an impressive individual day, throwing for 421 yards and four touchdowns against the Wolfpack.
The Seminoles’ defense couldn’t hold NC State back at all, the FSU lost the game 47-28. It doesn’t invite questions about the QB position though. It was the biggest yardage outing for a ‘Nole QB on the year, and the four touchdowns tied Francois’ season high, which came against an awful Louisville team.
Willie Taggart avoided showing his hand when asked about the Florida State QB situation this week at Notre Dame.
During his press conference on Monday, Taggart praised Blackman’s performance, before saying that a quarterback decision won’t be made until later in the week. From the Tallahassee Democrat:
“I told you all at the beginning of the week I had no doubt that James would do a good job when he went in there. I’m sure there are some plays that he would love to take back, but he’s such a great competitor. I thought he did a good job of distributing the ball to a lot of different teammates. I thought he did a good job.”
“We’ve got to go through the week and see how Deondre’s doing and see how those guys are practicing throughout the week. We’ll see on Saturday. We’ll make that decision later in the week.”
If I had to guess, we won’t know Florida State’s quarterback until Saturday, just ahead of the 7:30 p.m. ET game at Notre Dame Stadium.
The Fighting Irish are a 17.5-point favorite in Saturday’s game.