Taggart: Blackman to start but both QBs will play

James Blackman will start. But there is a role – as yet undefined – for Alex Hornibrook.

Call it what you want – a definite starter and potentially a two-quarterback system. For now, it is coach Willie Taggart’s plan.

“They both understand our offense,” Taggart said. “They both have done a great job of executing our offense. They both done a good job of taking care of the football, which is always important. So really like what they both have done for us, and hoping they continue to do a great job for us.”

Taggart said that Blackman has practiced consistently during the bye week. He suffered an MCL sprain and a bone bruise on his left knee in the third quarter of FSU’s win over Louisville on Sept. 21, a source confirmed to the Osceola. Taggart has consistently said that if Blackman is healthy he will start for the Seminoles.

Blackman has completed 86 of 124 (69.4 percent) of his passes for 970 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions. He also played at Death Valley for FSU as a true freshman in 2017, completing 13 of 32 passes for 208 yards, a touchdown and an interception as the Seminoles rallied in the second half but fell short to No. 4 Clemson 31-14.

Hornibrook, a graduate transfer from Wisconsin, has completed 44 of 60 (73.3 percent) of his passes for 571 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions.

Left tackle Jauan Williams (ankle) returned to practice last week but was not moving all that well. Taggart said the coaches would continue to evaluate Williams before making a decision on if he is available vs. Clemson.

Taggart confirmed that punter Logan Tyler is not with the team. An FSU spokesperson told the Osceola and other media outlets last week that the senior punter was in the transfer portal.

A rare 20-point underdog: The Vegas oddsmakers have made FSU a 24-point underdog against Clemson. According to research by ESPN’s Chris Fallica, the Seminoles were only a 20-point underdog once since 1978. That came in a 2009 game at Florida where the Gators were favored by 25 and won 37-10.

Kick times: FSU will play Clemson on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ABC. The Seminoles will then play at Wake Forest at 7:30 p.m. on the ACC Network.

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