FSU football quarterback Jordan Travis announced himself to a national audience Sunday night against LSU.
I’ve long said Jordan Travis gives FSU their best chance to win with him at quarterback, but he had been unable to perform at a high level against good defenses. However, Jordan Travis answered the call against the LSU Tigers. He picked up right where he left off in 2021, but looks improved over that version.
His stat lines are nowhere near what they could have been if a few receivers didn’t drop passes. The crazy part is that a couple of those drops were DIMES. Jordan Travis still finished the game 20 of 32 (62.5 percent) for 260 yards and two touchdowns.
He ran for another 31 yards on only eight carries. I expected FSU to run Jordan Travis more, but they passed more on first down to break some tendencies. FSU coaches did a great job rolling him out of the pocket to find receivers downfield.
A few times he showed good pocket awareness and kept his eyes downfield to complete a pass instead of taking off running. His calmness under pressure is evident now, compared to last year when the game looked like it was moving too fast.
He said he was more confident than ever going into the LSU game, and that was not hyperbole. Jordan Travis looked like a QB that could lead FSU to nine or 10 wins in 2022 if he can stay healthy.
This aspect leads me to his ability to throw successfully, not relying on his legs so much and taking unnecessary hits.
Teams will have to respect FSU’s ability to pass the ball, which opens up a whole nother world for the offense that hasn’t been available for the past few years.
I tip my hat to Jordan Travis for the work put in to become a better passer. It showed Sunday night in a huge win for the program.