FSU football: Cam Ward strengths and weaknesses

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FSU football coaches look to be in the market for a transfer quarterback after how the last few weeks of the regular season unfolded. Redshirt junior Tate Rodemaker was put in a tough spot against the Florida Gators, but was serviceable after a tough first half. However, he suffered a concussion in that game, which forced FSU to start freshman Brock Glenn in the ACC Championship game. He performed how you'd expect a freshman that missed several weeks of fall camp against a legitimate defense. FSU coaches are in a position where they have to assure themselves they don't fall back into that 7-5 or 8-4 range in the 2024 regular season. Can they avoid that with Rodemaker or Glenn as the starter?

The fact they are in the transfer portal market provides the answer for you. Enter former Washington State quarterback Cam Ward. He's officially visiting FSU from Thursday through Saturday morning. He's one of two major QB targets for FSU football coaches. The other is former Oregon State/Clemson QB DJ Uiagalelei, and I covered his strengths and weaknesses here. Ward completed 66.6 percent of his passes for 3,736 yards, with 25 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He had 120 carries for 144 yards and eight rushing touchdowns. The stats are off the chart and make him arguably the most coveted QB in the portal. However, Washington State finished 5-7 in the regular season. They went 7-6 last year before Ward arrived. Was the talent around Ward that bad, or is there more to it?