FSU football names James Blackman starting quarterback

The redshirt sophomore beat out two transfers to earn the job for Week 1.
Florida State Seminoles quarterback James Blackman throws during practice at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida on Tuesday, August 13, 2019. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times  |  Tampa Bay Times
Florida State Seminoles quarterback James Blackman throws during practice at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida on Tuesday, August 13, 2019. OCTAVIO JONES | Times OCTAVIO JONES | Times | Tampa Bay Times
Published August 25
Updated August 25

Florida State’s quarterback competition is over.

The Seminoles announced Sunday evening that James Blackman will start Saturday’s opener against Boise State.

The move wasn’t a surprise. The 6-foot-5, 195-pound South Bay native has held the title before. Blackman started 11 games in 2017 after Deondre Francois injured his knee in Week 1. He ranked third nationally among freshmen with 2,230 passing yards that season and finished with 19 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

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Blackman lost the job to Francois last season but still appeared in four games and started at North Carolina State.

Blackman was again in a tight battle for the job with Wisconsin transfer Alex Hornibrook and Louisville transfer Jordan Travis before Sunday’s announcement. The redshirt sophomore has a strong arm and has added much-needed size to his frame.

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