VIDEO: James Blackman Highlights

Let’s face it. Deondre Francois suffered a potentially serious knee injury in Florida State’s loss to Alabama. He was down on the field for a few minutes and had to be helped off by trainers to a sideline tent. Francois was unable to put any weight on his injured left leg and was fitted with a bulky brace before being carted off the field. We’ll likely find out the extent of his injury later this week, but it certainly looked quite serious.

After the game, head coach Jimbo Fisher said that James Blackman would be the starting quarterback if Francois would be out for an extended amount of time. Blackman is a true freshman who just recently enrolled in July but he has already impressed with his ability to throw the football. He has a strong arm and displays good accuracy. However, Blackman is just 185 lbs at 6’5″ and you have to wonder if he’ll be able to hold up against hits. He’s quite slender, almost looking like a wide receiver back at quarterback.

Blackman’s development came along during his senior year where he displayed better awareness and accuracy. His arm and playmaking skills have always been quite strong. He reportedly had a good camp and torched the first team defense during the second scrimmage of Fall Camp. With his mix of arm talent and accuracy, he’s the option Fisher is most confident in. He might get his first chance this coming weekend against UL-Monroe if Francois is unable to return.

Check out his high school highlight tape, which is ONLY made up of touchdowns.

Dustin Lewis
Lead writer for NoleGameday. Majoring in Editing, Writing, and Media at Florida State University. Staff Writer for the FSView and contributor for Celtics Hub.

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