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On My Mind Monday: What is James Blackman’s Career-High for Each Major Statistical Category? athletics

The news on Sunday night came as no surprise, but redshirt sophomore James Blackman will start for Florida State at quarterback against Boise State on Saturday evening in Jacksonville.

Blackman enters the contest with just a 7-6 record as a starter. In 2017, Blackman started 12 games, becoming the first true freshman to start at quarterback for the Seminoles since 1985. Last season, Blackman made just one against NC State and for his efforts, he was named the ACC Offensive Back of the Week.

With Blackman getting the nod, we decided to look at his single-game career-high for each major statistical category for a quarterback. To qualify, Blackman would have needed to have attempted at least 10 passes.

Completions, attempts and yards: 29-for-46, 421 yards at NC State (Nov. 3, 2018)
James Blackman’s career game was undoubtedly the lone start of his sophomore season. In a 47-28 loss at NC State, Blackman kept things interesting by going 29-for-46 passing for 421 yards and four touchdowns. The 421 yards was the most for an FSU quarterback since Jameis Winston passed for 444 yards in a 51-14 win over Clemson during his 2013 Heisman Trophy season.

Touchdown passes: 4 (twice) vs. Southern Mississippi (Independence Bowl on Dec. 27, 2017) and at NC State (Nov. 3, 2018)
James Blackman has thrown four touchdown passes in each of his last two starts dating back to 2017. Blackman capped an up-and-down freshman campaign with a solid Independence Bowl showing as FSU completed a winning season with a 42-13 win over Southern Mississippi. Blackman duplicated the feat in the aforementioned contest against NC State.

Completion percentage: at Duke (Oct. 14, 2017)
James Blackman’s best day in terms of completion percentage was the mid-October contest against Duke where Blackman completed nearly 86 percent of his throws. Blackman finished the afternoon 18-for-21 with 197 yards and a touchdown in a 17-10 victory for the Seminoles. Two of Blackman’s three misfires were interceptions.

Yards per attempt and passer rating: 11.9 yards per attempt and 239.6 passer rating vs. Delaware State (Nov. 18, 2017)
Just a true freshman, James Blackman was efficient and his day was short on Senior Day in 2018. Blackman averaged nearly 12 yards per pass attempt and recorded a passer rating of nearly 240 in a 77-6 victory. Blackman was 11-for-15 passing for 179 yards and three touchdowns as the Seminoles demolished Delaware State.

QBR and rushing yards: 86.4 QBR and 29 rushing yards vs. Southern Mississippi (Independence Bowl on Dec. 27, 2017)
QBR and passer rating are calculated differently and James Blackman’s best game, per the QBR formula, capped his freshman season. In a 42-13 win over Southern Mississippi, Blackman went 18-for-26 passing for 233 yards and four touchdowns to finish with an 86.4 QBR. Blackman also rushed for a career-high 29 yards on six carries.

Of note: While it didn’t merit its own category, it should be noted that Blackman was intercepted twice in four career games. He’s never been picked more than that. Blackman also had four qualifying starts with no interceptions. Blackman has never rushed for a touchdown, although he did have one called back in a 26-19 win at Wake Forest in 2017.

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