Florida State loses QB Blackman, three others
The Florida State football program was rocked by multiple developments on Wednesday, including the decision by quarterback James Blackman to opt out of the remainder of the season.
Seminoles coach Mike Norvell told reporters Wednesday that Blackman intends to transfer after graduating from Florida State.
Norvell also confirmed that star wide receiver Tamorrion Terry is no longer with the program and that defensive tackle Marvin Wilson (leg) and offensive lineman Devontay Love-Taylor (knee) will miss the rest of the season with injuries. All three players are considered top NFL prospects.
Blackman, a redshirt junior, played in four games this season and completed 43 of 76 passes for 366 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. He completed 60.5 percent of his passes for 5,445 yards, 43 TDs and 26 picks in his Seminoles career.
Florida State (2-5, 1-5 ACC), which plays Saturday at North Carolina State (4-3, 4-3) has been rotating redshirt sophomore Jordan Travis and freshmen Tate Rodemaker and Chubba Purdy at quarterback since the third game of the season.
Terry, a 6-foot-4 redshirt junior, has been dealing with a knee injury in recent weeks. Norvell did not specify why he left the program.
Terry caught 23 passes for 289 yards and one touchdown in six games this season. He caught 95 passes for 1,932 yards and 17 touchdowns in 25 games in his first two seasons in Tallahassee.
Wilson, a 6-foot-5, 305-pound senior and team captain, sat out Florida State’s 41-17 loss to Pitt on Saturday with the leg injury. He will finish the season with 17 tackles and one sack in six games.
Wilson opted to forego the 2020 NFL Draft after registering 44 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, five sacks and a forced fumble during an All-ACC campaign in 2019.
Love-Taylor, a 6-foot-4, 315-pound graduate transfer from Florida International, sustained the knee injury during Saturday’s loss to the Panthers. Norvell said he was optimistic the senior could return for an extra season in 2021.
“He’s going to start his rehabilitation process soon and going to work, hopefully, to get him back this next year,” Norvell told reporters. “Because he is a great young man and I think has a tremendous future in front of him.”
–Field Level Media