Taggart mum on QB starter, Fagan likely out

Willie Taggart prefers to keep everyone guessing.

The Florida State coach did not name a starting quarterback for Saturday’s game at Wake Forest.

“We’ll see Saturday,” Taggart said on Thursday morning.

When asked if FSU could play two quarterbacks, Taggart smiled and said, “You’ll see Saturday.”

FSU (3-3, 2-2 ACC) could start James Blackman or Alex Hornibrook. Blackman has completed 64.6 percent of his passes for 1,036 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions. Alex Hornibrook has completed 72.2 percent of his passes for six touchdowns and an interception.

Before the NC State game, Taggart stated that Blackman would start if healthy. But Blackman tweaked his knee late in the week and Hornibrook started. Blackman returned after the bye week and started at Clemson, although neither quarterback played well as the Tigers’ defensive front overwhelmed FSU’s line and the Seminoles had to punt nine times.

Defensive back Cyrus Fagan likely won’t be available for Saturday, but Taggart says that Levonta Taylor will be able to play. Fagan suffered an injury in Saturday’s game, and Taylor did not play at Clemson due to a knee injury.

Taggart said he is pleased with the progress from offensive linemen Jauan Williams (ankle) and Cole Minshew (neck) as they are able to do more on the practice field. Minshew made his season debut in the third quarter against Clemson, while Williams returned after missing three games.

“Those guys have been out for a while,” Taggart said. “Just getting back in football shape is important. They had a good week of practice. They’ll play Saturday.”

It’s interesting that Louisville transfer Jordan Travis is the scout-team quarterback this week as FSU prepares for Wake (7:30 p.m. on ACC Network). Even though scout-team responsibilities typically fall on freshmen or walk-ons, Travis is FSU’s most mobile quarterback and would be good preparation for Wake’s Jamie Newman.

“He’s giving our defense a good look when we need him to,” Taggart said. “But I think he’s getting better, developing to be a really good quarterback.”

Demon Deacons coach Dave Clawson has not named a starter yet, stating that Newman is day-to-day with a shoulder injury. If he is unable to go, Wake will go with Sam Hartman.

Taggart said “he is going forward with the expectation” that freshman defensive back Travis Jay won’t be available this season.

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  1. joseph johnston Reply

    Of course W. Taggart can not name a starting QB for Sat. because he does not know how to coach or read his team. Hw needs tp pick one guy and go with it.
    Trying to outfox Wake is not going to work. Neither one of our QB’s strikes fear in any of our opponents. It’s not the QB’s fault, it’s the offensive line, 3 yrs running.
    They are either not good enough or they are are not getting the coaching they need. Injuries are a part of the game and the 2nd and 3rd player coming in , if they are worth a scholarship to FSU, should not be that much of a drop-off. Come on WT admit you are out of your league, recruiting wise, coaching wise, and hireing wise. You show no emotion on the sideline or appently in your halftime talks. Have not seen they come out in the 3rd quarter and do anything but go 3 and out. Thanks for trying but take the money and go.
    Joe Johnston, class of 78 (beginning of the good years)

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