Quarterback Chubba Purdy has had collarbone surgery and will miss the remainder of the 2020 season, coach Mike Norvell said on Wednesday.
Purdy was 15 of 21 for 181 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in his first start for FSU at NC State on Saturday. Norvell said Purdy had collarbone surgery on Tuesday to alleviate some inflammation and irritation that was caused by hardware in the collarbone, surgery that was scheduled for the postseason but had to be moved up.
“No issue with the bone itself. He’s 100 percent in that regard,” Norvell said. “It’s just one of those things, unfortunate timing that got accelerated there and arose after the game.
The true freshman hurt his collarbone in FSU’s first scrimmage in August and missed the remainder of camp. It’s not clear how much practice time he missed but Purdy made his debut on Oct. 24 at Louisville.
Norvell also announced that cornerback Meiko Dotson will miss the rest of the season. He expects Dotson to return to FSU in 2021.
FSU will have two scholarship quarterbacks available against Clemson on Saturday in Jordan Travis and Tate Rodemaker. Travis did not practice in the week leading up to the NC State game.
“Jordan is doing well, has been active throughout the week,” Norvell said of Travis’ ability to practice this week. “Excited about having him back.”
In seven games, including four starts, Travis has completed 59 of 113 passes (52.2 percent) for 864 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions.
Norvell said Rodemaker has been progressing and processing information in the last few weeks and that he’s seen improvement from the freshman.
The Seminoles have options at quarterback, especially if they go wildcat. Norvell and offensive coordinator used tailback Jashaun Corbin in that role at NC State, and it’s possible safety Travis Jay could be used on offense too.
FSU has battled injuries at a variety of positions, notably quarterback, receiver and offensive line as well as defensive tackle and the secondary. They haven’t been excuses for the team’s 2-6 record but are contributing factors and a reason in part for the youth movement.
“It’s definitely been a unique year in all aspects,” Norvell said “I commend our guys for the mindset and approach. It sucks. That’s the best way I can phrase some of the things that have shown up. In all reality, it’s about our response to it. I hate it for anybody that’s been injured or had to miss time or opportunities. A lot of things that are outside of our control, freak things that have occurred. But on the flip side of it, we come out and go to work.”
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