Writer: Anthony Aleman
The first weekend of college football came and passed with some very thrilling games, a great way to kick off the return of Football. One of the premier games of the weekend involved number one ranked Alabama against fellow top five opponent Florida State. The end result was Florida state losing both the game and its starting quarterback Deondre Francois. Francois suffered a patella tendon injury in the fourth quarter of the game when he rolled out to his right and was tackled from behind. Francois could not put any weight on the leg and left with an air cast on his leg. Francois will require surgery and will miss the remainder of the season, dealing a huge blow to the title contention chances for the Seminoles. Jimbo Fisher will now rely on his choice of two backup signal callers; James Blackman or J.J Cosentino, with Blackman looking to receive the job first. Blackman is a true freshman quarterback from Glades Central high school in Florida. Blackman is a pro style quarterback who finished the game against Alabama without attempting his first collegiate pass. He was seen as a development quarterback with tremendous upside that just needed a couple years to work on his games. Now Blackman is being asked to step in right away and keep the Seminoles not only in contention for the ACC championship, but also for the National Championship trophy as well. It is a tall order for the freshmen, but I still see Florida state being able to have a successful seeing with the leadership of Cam Akers on offense and Derwin James on defense. There will be growing pains for Blackman, but expect a solid season for the quarterback as long as he follows the progressions Fisher sets for him, and if he does not well then expect last year’s backup Cosentino to compete for playing time as well.