Dec 31, 2019; El Paso, Texas, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback James Blackman (1) drops back to pass the ball against the Arizona State Sun Devils defense at Sun Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ivan Pierre Aguirre-USA TODAY Sports

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James Blackman named QB1 at Florida State

Quarterback James Blackman will start for Florida State when the Seminoles open the season Sept. 12 against Georgia Tech.

Blackman, who has 23 career starts at FSU, was informed at the start of fall camp the position would be open to competition under coach Mike Norvell.

“The main thing that coach Norvell hit on every day is just responding,” Blackman said Tuesday of being named starter. “I feel like I’ve gotten better with just responding, understanding the situation, knowing that every play is it’s own play. Just taking what happens first play and just move on to the next play. Can’t control what happens last play, you have to be ready for the next one. I just control what I can control and just produce on every play and try to execute at a high level.”

A redshirt junior, Blackman competed with freshmen Tate Rodemaker and Chubba Purdy along with redshirt sophomore Jordan Travis.

Blackman started and ended last season as the starter under then-coach Willie Taggart, but battled a knee injury that limited him throughout the season.

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