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Your Thoughts Thursday: FSU’s Most Intriguing Offensive Position Entering Spring is Up Front

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Football season may be six months away, but spring practice is nearly here for Florida State.

First-year head coach Mike Norvell looks to revive a program that is coming off consecutive losing seasons after 41 straight winning campaigns. The Seminoles finished just 6-7 in 2019 after a 5-7 season the year prior.

This week, we asked our social media followers which offensive position was the most intriguing to watch unfold as the spring gets underway. Of the 166 accounts to respond, nearly 2/3 said the offensive line.

66 percent of those to respond selected the big uglies up front. 26 percent said quarterbacks. Backs and receivers combined for less than 9 percent.

Our Take
The offensive line was certainly the weakest position for FSU in recent years, but I’m curious to see how the quarterback position turns out.

James Blackman ended the 2019 season on a sour note with four interceptions in the Sun Bowl, including one returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter that ultimately decided the game — a 20-14 loss to Arizona State. A redshirt junior, Blackman will have his fourth different offensive coordinator in as many years this season.

It’s intriguing to see whether Norvell sees Blackman as a potential short-term answer or if he is willing to give redshirt sophomore Jordan Travis or one of two freshmen a shot. Both Tate Rodemaker and Chubba Purdy are incoming recruits at the position. If Norvell sees his time at FSU as something of a rebuilding project, he may feel like playing a young quarterback will be the right decision in the long run.

Since 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston left following the 2014 season, the position has largely lacked stability. 2016 with then redshirt freshman Deondre Francois at the helm was the only season since Winston’s Heisman campaign where FSU started just one quarterback for the entire season. It’s been some time since the position was this much up in the air.

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