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The Florida State quarterbacks battle will be intriguing to keep a close eye on. With Red-shirt Sophomore Deondre Francois returning, upcoming sophomore James Blackman will have his hands full. Noles fans shouldn’t be willing to give Blackman the job right away, though. Although the coveted sophomore played solid in 2016, Francois is coming back with a vengeance. The Heisman hopeful will be seeking to make a comeback after the brutal injury he suffered in the opener against Alabama. The quarterback battle in Tallahassee will be one of the top battles to watch through spring ball. Aside from the two coveted stars, Bailey Hockman is still lingering on the roster. Hockman has been awaiting his chance to play in the Garnet and Gold. Could we potentially see him in action in 2018?
New Offensive Scheme
With Willie Taggart now leading the charge, the Seminoles offense could shape up a bit. With three quarterbacks in the mix, it is a possibility that all three could get the call. A new coach means new chances for everyone, and no starting position is safe. Francois will likely be the starter as he returns from injury. Blackman would also be efficient in the offensive scheme as it is labeled “Lethal Simplicity.” Blackman struggled many times last year under the complications of a pro style offense, this year it will be broken down easier. The dark horse is Bailey Hockman as he isn’t getting much notoriety at all. Many who followed him through high school knows how athletic he is, which fits well with the new offensive scheme. Through the years, FSU has rarely used more than two quarterbacks, but 2018 could be the time to change things up.
Former Heisman Hopeful
The spring will say a lot for Florida State. With Francois returning at full health, the Seminoles will be in a good position heading into 2018. Taggart has a quarterback on the roster that was considered a Heisman hopeful before the 2017 season. The case for Deondre will be in question, as he does have very successful playing experience, the health, and attitude will be the question. Given that Florida State has elite talent at running back and wide receiver, Francois will have to be efficient in his passing game to have a shot at getting mentioned for the Heisman again.
As spring nears, FSU will have a quarterback battle to settle. Both Francois and Blackman are talented players that can lead this Seminoles team in the right direction. Time will tell which one has the upper hand and deserves a starting spot. The first season under Bell and Taggart will defy the offense for years to come. However, the Noles are set at the quarterback position for the next few seasons. Spring is just around the corner, and the battle for a starting spot will heat up soon.
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