The Forgotten Man: Hockman Gaining Confidence

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Florida State’s quarterback competition was easily the biggest storyline heading into fall camp. Most of the spring, summer and weeks leading up to the start of camp had many thinking this was going to be a two-man race. Both Deondre Francois and James Blackman entered camp with a full season of starting experience each. The other guy, redshirt freshman Bailey Hockman, has yet to take a college snap.

Before Florida State’s first practice at IMG Academy this week, Hockman met with the media oozing with confidence. “I’d like to say I’m the frontrunner, but you never know,” the Powder Springs native told reporters when asked about the QB race. “We have no idea, we’re just going out there and doing our best.”

With Francois and Blackman stealing many of the headlines so far this fall, how seriously in this race is Hockman?

Former FSU running back and current writer for gridironnow.com, James Coleman, shared his insight on the race early Monday morning.

“It’s not so much that he is competing with Frenchy as much as he is making a name by looking as good, if not better, than Blackman. He has a good understanding of getting rid of the ball quickly, which is imperative in Willie Taggart’s offense, and is a solid athlete.

Each day the Hockman Hive is getting bigger and I’d say at this point he has a slight edge over James Blackman.”

It is still relatively early in fall camp so we can’t count out anyone just yet. All three quarterbacks will continue to take first-team reps during practice giving each of them an opportunity to separate themselves.

Francois looks to carry a slight lead early on but all three seem to be legitimate options at this point in camp. Willie Taggart has not set a timetable for making his final decision and will likely wait until game week to do so.

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