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Seminole Saturday Summary: Jordan Travis Immediately Eligible, Parks Medically Disqualified

Ross Obley/FSU athletics

With the start of the regular season two weeks away, one Florida State player learned that he would be eligible for this coming season while another will watch his football career come to an end.

After a lengthy process, redshirt freshman quarterback Jordan Travis learned that he would be eligible to play in 2019 for the Seminoles. After spending last season at Louisville, Travis announced his transfer to FSU in December, but had not received word on whether or not he would have to sit for one season.

A 3-star prospect out of North Palm Beach, Travis went 4-for-14 with 71 yards, a touchdown and an interception in three games with the Cardinals last season. Travis is expected to be behind James Blackman and Wisconsin transfer Alex Hornibrook on the depth chart, but the waiver will give the Seminoles three scholarship quarterbacks available this season.

While Travis was happy to be eligible for 2019, FSU head coach Willie Taggart told media members that defensive tackle Ja’len Parks was medically disqualified. A former 4-star prospect from Newberry, Parks never appeared in a game for FSU.

The subtraction of Parks leaves FSU with just six defensive tackles on the roster. Junior Marvin Wilson and Cory Durden, Parks’ high school teammate in Newberry, are the projected starters.


Record: 0-0
Ranking: None
Upcoming: vs. Boise State (Aug. 31, in Jacksonville)
Recognitions: N/A
Weekly Commitments: None
2020 Recruiting Class Ranking: No. 9 nationally, second in ACC (21 total commitments)*
Big Picture: FSU will begin the season uranked in the Amway Coaches Poll for the first time since 2008 after finishing 5-7 in 2018.

Men’s Basketball

Weekly Commitments: None
2020 Recruiting Class Ranking: No. 31 nationally, sixth in ACC (1 total commitment)*


Record: 0-0
Ranking: No. 1 United Soccer Coaches
Upcoming: vs. TCU (Aug. 22)
Recognitions: N/A
Big Picture: Defending national champion Florida State will begin its repeat quest on Aug. 22. The Seminoles have a difficult non-conference schedule as they look to become the first team to repeat since Notre Dame in 2009 and 2010.


Record: 0-0
Ranking: None
Upcoming: vs. Wisconsin (Aug. 30, in Chapel Hill)
Recognitions: N/A
Big Picture: Florida State volleyball received two first-place votes in the ACC and should have a chance to unseat Pittsburgh as conference champions. FSU returns ACC Player of the Year, Payton Caffrey. The Seminoles were among the teams receiving votes in the preseason poll.

Cross Country

Ranking: N/A
Upcoming: Covered Bridge Open (Aug. 30, in Boone, NC)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: Florida State’s men’s and women’s cross country teams will look to return to the NCAA Championships after each reached that point last season.

Other News

Former Florida Atlantic running back D’Anfernee McGriff has transferred to FSU as a wide receiver.

FSU will sell beer and wine at Doak Campbell Stadium this coming season.

FSU tight end Alexander Marshall is no longer with the team and will transfer.

*247Sports Composite rankings

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