Aaron Cabrera Steele
The main headline coming out of Florida State vs. Alabama is the loss of Florida State’s starting quarterback, Deondre Francois. Francois, the undisputed leader of the Seminole’s offense, suffered a torn patella tendon on Saturday night’s loss and will be out for the rest of the season. Replacing him will be True Freshman quarterback James Blackman. Blackman arrived on campus a little over two months ago, but has impressed ever since; beating out Redshirt Junior JJ Cosentino and early enrollee Bailey Hockman for the backup quarterback job. At 6’5 185 pounds, Blackman has ideal height but not quite the frame to match it yet. Blackman has all of the tools to be a successful quarterback. His best feature is most likely his strong arm and the ability to lead receivers. The Freshman will get his first career start this Saturday against Univerity of Louisianna Monroe, but his first real test will come the following Saturday against in state rival, Miami. Blackman’s development will be an interesting storyline to keep an eye on throughout the season.