It truly is the James Blackman present at Florida Point out now.

Blackman redshirted the 2018 year soon after taking part in in 4 game titles with a person get started at quarterback (North Carolina Point out). He commenced 12 game titles through the 2017 year as a true freshman.

Irrespective of not starting up in 2018, Blackman’s leadership and competitiveness produced an affect on the guys all over him.

“James is a huge leader,” FSU cornerback Asante Samuel Jr. reported. 

“He’s usually cheering on the teammates no subject if he’s taking part in or not. He’s a Jameis Winston style of guy. Everyone loves him, everyone appreciates he’s likely to get the job done tricky. Occur out and enjoy. Electrical power. Just happy to have him.”

Blackman, a redshirt sophomore, has thrown for 2,740 yards with 24 touchdowns to 12 interceptions through his FSU career. He’s finished 59.1 percent of his passes.

He was likely to be competing with Deondre Francois for the starting up quarterback work this spring, but Francois was dismissed from the software at the starting of February. 

Blackman is the only scholarship quarterback still left on the roster soon after FSU had 3 at this time final yr.

“I respect him as a player and a particular person,” FSU broad receiver Tre’Shaun Harrison reported. 

“Even while he was not taking part in as substantially, he nevertheless stored the guys on the sideline into the game. He nevertheless encouraged Deondre and he was nevertheless operating in exercise, competing from him to in the end get the location.”

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FSU commenced up its off-year exercise session software, nicknamed “The Chase,” final 7 days.

Blackman could have easily slacked off knowing there was no a person still left to contend with him for the starting up work. 

But that’s just not who he is.

“I feel it really produced him get the job done a minimal bit more durable,” Samuel Jr. reported. 

“He appreciates a whole lot of men and women are dependent on him and he would like to demonstrate a whole lot of men and women erroneous that doubted him.”

Blackman’s leadership qualities have been continuously praised because he arrived at FSU, and it can be regarded a person of his very best traits. 

He’s earned the respect of his teammates and is a guy that players want to stick to.

“He’s an alpha doggy,” FSU broad receiver Keyshawn Helton reported. 

“He’s a leader. Me and James really labored with the twos final yr and he’s a player. He’s established. He appreciates the culture in this article at Florida Point out. He’s likely to be very good.”

Blackman will be dealing with his third diverse offensive coordinator and quarterback coach in 3 many years with the FSU software.

Former FSU coach Jimbo Fisher referred to as plays in 2017. Current FSU coach Willie Taggart and previous offensive coordinator Walt Bell blended to call plays in 2018.

New offensive coordinator Kendal Briles will call plays and coach quarterbacks in 2019.

Briles has not had the likelihood to get the job done with Blackman in a exercise location nevertheless, but he nevertheless had substantial praise for his new quarterback. 

“Seriously sharp kid. Seriously keen to study. You can convey to that he’s a guy that will come to get the job done just about every one day,” Briles told 

“His regularity. And really with any Division I soccer player, which is a major offer – currently being regular. But specially in the quarterback room. That kid is regular on a each day basis, just about every time that I’ve been all over him. I feel he’s a guy that is likely to pull other men and women with him.

“It’s like how getting a excellent point guard in basketball will make everyone else improved, I feel like he’s likely to have that identical intangible on the area. So I’m energized to get the job done with him, and I feel he’s acquired some expertise to go together with it.”

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