Profile: New FSU starting quarterback Blackman
Florida State is going to start freshman James Blackman as quarterback after Deondre Francois tore his patellar tendon in his left knee during the team's game against the University of Alabama last Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 . Blackman is a 6-foot-5, 185-pound freshman from Belle Glade, Florida.
Florida State's head coach, Jimbo Fisher, had many positive comments about his new quarterback, according to the Tallahassee Democrat: "Athletic, moved, threw the ball extremely well. Really good arm talent. Came to our camp and threw exceptional and learned very well. Was very eager to learn, very natural on how he did things."
Blackman came in as a lower tier three-star quarterback, but he gave a five-star performance in practice after arriving at the University. He made many throws that caused the coaches' and players' jaws to drop, such as a throw down the sideline to Tino Sunseri. With his combination of strength and accuracy, Blackman "has the best arm of any quarterback on the FSU roster," according to Tallahassee Democrat.
While only a freshman, Blackman is also a natural born leader: "He's a natural leader.Guys listen to him. He's just a guy that comes to work everyday," FSU safety Derwin James told the Tallahassee Democrat.
"He's motivated, he's always positive and he's trying to bring people with him. He wants to motivate others and I really appreciate that because as a freshman, sometimes you come in and you see you get put back on second string, third string...He's always had a really supportive mindset and I respect that," FSU offensive lineman Landon Dickerson told the Tallahassee Democrat.