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James Blackman

The kid looked like he grew up over the break the team has had for bowl preparation. He wasn’t sacked one time on the day, nor did he turn the ball over against a defense ranked higher than FSU’s going into the game according to S&P advanced metrics.

Blackman finished the game 18 of 26 for 233 yards and four touchdowns on the day. He also rushed six times for 29 yards to potentially show what he could do in a Willie Taggart offense.

He’s certainly made a case to be in the discussion as the No. 1 quarterback going into the spring with Deondre Francois still recovering from his injury.

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I’m not so sure he won’t beat out Francois for the No. 1 spot by the time the fall starts. They both have the same amount of game experience now and Blackman is the better passer.

It’ll come down to who makes better decisions with the ball and avoids turnovers.