FSU football has had a dilemma at quarterback due to quarterback misses and mismanagement under the old regime. Here’s how Willie Taggart can address it.
FSU football put three quarterbacks in the NFL as first round draft picks under Jimbo Fisher.
Christian Ponder, EJ Manuel and Jameis Winston were all first rounders which was a huge selling point for Fisher when it came to recruiting quarterbacks. Not to mention the past successes he had with others like JaMarcus Russell.
Nevertheless, QB recruiting seemed to fall off like other parts of the FSU regime late in Fisher’s tenure. Some events like the De’Andre Johnson situation were unavoidable for Fisher.
However, the departure of Malik Henry put FSU football in a tough situation and Fisher took two quarterbacks in Bailey Hockman and James Blackman in 2017.
That meant Deondre Francois had virtually no competition going into the 2017 season although Hockman enrolled early.
The timing of Fisher’s departure made it difficult for Willie Taggart to land a quality quarterback in the 2018 class. Taggart gambled by not taking a quarterback and opened the competition among the three QB’s on the roster with Francois, Hockman and Blackman.
Both Francois and Blackman had a year of experience under their belt with Hockman redshirting in 2017.
Once Francois was named the starter, Hockman decided to leave the program and FSU football went into the 2018 season with two quarterbacks on the roster.
I don’t expect Francois to return to the team in 2019 as he can opt to enter the NFL Draft or become a graduate transfer. Frankly, I think this FSU football team becomes better in that scenario despite needing the depth.
So let’s take a look at how Willie Taggart can handle the situation if Francois leaves and James Blackman is the lone scholarship QB on the roster.