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Let’s stop with James Blackman- Jameis Winston FSU comparisons

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For the first time this calendar year, Florida State made some returning football players available to the media, as they get ready in a few weeks for spring practice. And, it’s been well-documented FSU is down to one primary option at quarterback, returning red-shirt sophomore James Blackman.

However, what one of their players uttered Monday not only caught our attention, but should really stop before it ever gets going.

That is to say, any and all comparisons of Blackman to former Heisman Trophy and National Championship-winning quarterback Jameis Winston must cease.

Granted, it was a defensive player, sophomore Asante Samuel Jr., who invoked the name, “Jameis Winston” to the media Monday morning. However, still you’re being unfair, when you even bring that name up, right now.

Blackman perform admirably, as a true freshman in 2017 after being thrust into the starting role, when Deondre Francois injured his knee in the opening game loss to Alabama. However, he never at any point in that season resembled the poise, the dissecting of defense and the arm that Winston showed from the beginning of his first red-shirt freshman season of 2013.

That season began with Winston dominating the Pitt Panthers on Labor Day night. And, he never looked back as Florida State went undefeated and won the BCS title game, when Winston threw the game-winning touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin in the final minute of the Rose Bowl.

Yes, Samuel’s quote to the media Monday was about Blackman’s leadership and his exact words were:

“He’s a Jameis Winston type of guy. Everybody loves him. Everybody knows he’s going to work hard. Come out and play. Energy. Just glad to have him.”

It’s well-known that Blackman is a popular player almost his teammates and he does have some talent, but the thought of Blackman being able to lead Florida State to an unbeaten season, while winning a Heisman Trophy is simply silly.

Plus, Samuel wasn’t even around when Winston last played five years ago.

For now, the Noles have a new offensive coordinator in Kendal Briles and has to revamp their offensive line after coach Greg Frey was dismissed last weekend.

There has been a lot of speculation that Florida State is going to bring in a transfer quarterback from somewhere who would be immediately eligible, but for now Blackman is in the pressure cooker, as the only scholarship quarterback.

And no one in the FSU locker room is doing him any favors by comparing him to a guy that was eventually the number one overall pick in the NFL draft.

That is, until Blackman’s level of play rises more than it did, when he played 12 games in 2017, and for the one brief game, where he threw for 400 yards and four touchdowns against NC State last November.

If and when that begins to happen in 2019, then the mention of Winston’s name can come up.

Otherwise, the Seminoles are only hurting themselves before they ever play games

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