Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Blackman Gets Good Reviews in First Start; Freshman FSU QB Threw for 278 Yards, Showed 'Poise'

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Blackman Gets Good Reviews in First Start; Freshman FSU QB Threw for 278 Yards, Showed 'Poise'

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Byline: Garry Smits

TALLAHASSEE | James Blackman wasn't the problem Saturday for the Florida State Seminoles.

The first true freshman to start at quarterback for FSU in 32 years completed 22 of 38 passes for 278 yards and had a touchdown in the 'Noles' 27-21 loss at home to N.C. State. Blackman threw for more yards than injured starter Deondre Francois had in eight of his 14 starts and displayed a nice touch on deep balls, and an ability to deliver the ball against a pass rush.

Blackman did not throw an interception and fumbled once at the end of an 11-yard scramble that would have been a first down at the N.C. State 22.

"He showed a lot of poise. ... He never got flustered as a true freshman in his first start," said FSU running back Jacques Patrick. "It was very intriguing and something you can build on."

The issue now is how much will be put on the Belle Glade native to dig the 'Noles out of their first 0-2 hole since 1989. In that season, FSU had a senior at quarterback, Peter Tom Willis, and he led FSU to 10 victories in a row, capped by a Fiesta Bowl triumph over Nebraska.

Blackman completed one of his first four attempts, but then went on a streak of 14 completions in 16 attempts for 133 yards for the rest of the first half. Blackman completed nine passes in a row during one stretch.

At the beginning of the third quarter, he led FSU to the N.C. State 6 with a 51-yard completion to Auden Tate. But the drive stalled, thanks in large part to a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on offensive guard Landon Dickerson.

What hurt Blackman is that Tate went out of the game with a shoulder injury on that long completion and did not return. Tate had nine catches for 138 yards to that point, both career highs, and Blackman had actually started locking in on Tate too much.

After Tate left the game, Blackman completed only 5 of 15 passes for 86 yards, with 60 of those coming on one pass completion to George Campbell. …

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