Well, now we find out Florida State is truly made of. With star QB Deondre Francois confirmed out for the year, the Noles must rally around each other.
Head coach Jimbo Fisher spoke to the media on Monday before practice, regarding the extent of Francois injury and new QB, James Blackman. We learned that Francois is scheduled to have surgery Tuesday on his torn patella tendon and miss the rest of the season.
As, we wrote Sunday, freshman James Blackman will be the starting quarterback moving forward. Fisher said that Blackman is “not arrogant, but confident” and that “he has a presence about him.” That will be needed, as the Seminoles now have to have a new QB lead new running backs and new receivers.
Fisher would reiterate that the team won’t change. He would say he won’t change how he coaches. You coach what they can do was also said. “Whatever we need to do to win the game is what we will do”
This much we know, in the long list of great FSU quarterbacks, like Ward, Weinke and Winston, the Noles haven’t started a true freshman, since Chip Ferguson in 1985. That’s the challenge for Fisher and his new QB.
When asked if he would start Blackman slow he would respond with a “no.” Further explaining that if you start him slow, when is the best time to throw? “3rd and a mile when it’s expected?” No.
It will help greatly if Jacques Patrick, Cam Akers and the FSU running game will get rolling starting this week. Nothing helps a young inexperienced QB like grinding teams on the ground.
If you’re a Nole fan, the loss of Francois, the preseason ACC player of the year, is an obvious blow. You must be encouraged though by the things Jimbo Fisher said Monday.
But starting Saturday, The time is now for Blackman against University of Louisiana at Monroe before the big clash with the Miami Hurricanes.