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James Blackman named starting quarterback for Seminoles

Former Glades Central star has started 22 games for 3 different coaches
Florida State Seminoles QB James Blackman passes against Florida Gators in 2019
Posted at 4:06 PM, Sep 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 16:15:29-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Redshirt junior James Blackman has been named the starting quarterback for the Florida State Seminoles this season.

First-year head coach Mike Norvell made the announcement during a post-practice interview with reporters Tuesday.

The South Bay native and former Glades Central Community High School star was competing with redshirt sophomore Jordan Travis, who played at the Benjamin School in West Palm Beach, and true freshmen Chubba Purdy and Tate Rodemaker for the starting job.

Blackman has started 22 games since being thrust into the lineup in the second game of the 2017 season after a season-ending injury to Deondre Francois. Blackman played in just four games while redshirting during the 2018 season after Francois reclaimed the starting job, but the 21-year-old was able to preserve his eligibility and decided to return in 2019.

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"There was never a thought in my mind of leaving or trying to go somewhere else," Blackman told reporters Tuesday. "All I had to do was come put my head down and go to work each and every day -- each and every other second of the day -- and just come be better than I was the day before."

When Blackman takes the field for the Sept. 12 season opener against Georgia Tech, he will have the unique distinction of being the starting quarterback for three different FSU head coaches -- Jimbo Fisher, who left after the 2017 season for Texas A&M, Willie Taggart, who was fired after a 9-12 record through 21 games, and Norvell, who was hired from Memphis.

Blackman started 10 games last season, completing 184 of 292 passes for 2,339 yards with 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.