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FSU SPRING GAME: Blackman’s Three TD Passes Lead Gold Past Garnet

PHOTO By NANCY BEECHER/Florida Sports Wire

TALLAHASSEE –– The Florida State Spring Game was held Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium. No real surprises for head coach Willie Taggert who is heading into his second season.

The Gold bested the Garnet 27-21.

“I’m really excited about where our football team is right now. As a unit and there’s a lot of work to be done, but where we’re at right now I’m really excited where we’re at, where we’re going, it’s
good to see some young guys go out and make some plays. It was good to see us throw the ball around a little bit and see some guys make plays. And we got to work on our hands on the
defensive side of the ball, had a lot of tipped balls and got to learn to finish, but overall I thought it was a good spring,” Taggert said.

With last year’s starter Deondre Francois dismissed, the Seminoles have James Blackman and transfer Jordan Travis as their two top signal callers. Both saw the most playing time at QB in Saturday’s scrimmage as FSU tries to improve on a 5-7 season that saw losses to state rivals Florida and Miami and not a sniff at the ACC Championship.

Blackman was 23 of 36 for 415 yards and threw three TD passes.

He put the Gold on the board first with a 5o-yard pass to Tamorrion Terry. Terry caught five passes for 77 yards.

Blackman hooked up with freshman Warren Thompson on an 80-yard scoring play.  Then found freshman Jordan Young for a 32-yard score. Young had four receptions for 67 yards.

“Well he’s very confident,” Taggert said of Blackman. “I think it’s more of him just understanding everyone, every coach and his teammates and understanding the plays and how we want to get
them executed, but James has put in the work, too. I’ve seen James just this off season watch more film than he’s ever watched being here, being up in our offices more than he’s ever been up
there and it’s made a difference on the football field.”

Travis finished 22 of 28 for 241 yards.

Junior running back Cam Akers looked in midseason form scoring on runs of 11 and five yards for the Garnet. Khalen Laborn,  a sophomore out of Virginia Beach, Va. rushed for 55 yards on 12 carries.

Parker Grothaus connected on 21 and 30 yard field goals for the Gold.

Keyshawn Helton caught seven passes for 157 yards. D.J. Matthews had 10 catches for 122 yards.

The Seminoles open their season Aug. 31 against Boise State in Jacksonville. Florida State will be playing its season opener at a neutral site for the fourth time in the last six years.


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