FSU football had to go into the offseason to find its replacement for redshirt senior quarterback Jordan Travis. Words cannot truly describe what Travis meant to this program, in general. My heart goes out to the West Palm Beach (FL) native after he suffered his season-ending injury because he never received the opportunity to showcase his talents on the biggest stage.
Nonetheless, we at ChopChat as well as numerous fans across the country are incredibly proud of what Travis accomplished during his five-year playing career in Tallahassee. During his final season, he completed 207 of his 324 passes for 2,756 yards with 20 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions.
After the injury from Travis, the Seminoles had to rely upon redshirt junior Tate Rodemaker (who later transferred to Southern Miss) and true freshman Brock Glenn. Both of the signal callers struggled mightily at times where the College Football Playoff committee even pointed towards quarterback play being the season that Florida State was left out of the playoff.
Fast forward to this offseason, the Seminoles only had two scholarship options remaining on its roster after the Orange Bowl in true freshman Brock Glenn and four-star signee Luke Kromenhoek. Florida State knew that it was sustainable to only have two quarterbacks on its roster so they wanted to go out and grab a veteran to bring the younger options along.
As a result, Florida State decided to pick up former Clemson and Oregon State transfer DJ Uiagalelei, who completed 180 of his 315 passes for 2,638 yards with 21 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions. Uiagalelei brings veteran leadership to a young quarterback room, a strong arm, and the ability to run if needed with his 6'4", 251-pound frame.
According to FanDuel Sportsbook, Uitagalelei has the 13th-best odds (+2500) to win the 2024 Heisman Trophy. For reference, Florida State has not had a Heisman Trophy winner since Jameis Winston did so during the 2013 season.
While I am not suggesting that Uiagalelei will win the Heisman Trophy, I do think he will be very successful when commanding head football coach Mike Norvell's offensive scheme. The Heisman odds for Uiagalelei are about what I expected them to be. This could be just what the Seminoles need in terms of allowing their younger quarterbacks to develop.