Daily Five: Quarterback Updates Clemson, FSU, USC, Oklahoma, Miami

Daily Five: Quarterback Updates Clemson, FSU, USC, Oklahoma, Miami

2018 Spring Football

Daily Five: Quarterback Updates Clemson, FSU, USC, Oklahoma, Miami

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Florida State

The stands were packed for the start of the Willie Taggart area.

The Salt N Pepa, Vanilla Ice, and Rob Base concert at the end didn’t hurt the attendance, either.

No matter what the more than 53,000 fans were there for, they got to see a guy who seemed to take hold of the quarterback gig going into the fall camp.

Deondre Francois is still trying to get over his knee injury suffered in the 2017 season-opener against Alabama, and his recent issues off the field – he was found by the police with marijuana – isn’t helping his cause.

Bailey Hockman was okay. The 6-2, 200-pound redshirt freshman completed 11-of-22 passes for 203 yards and a score, He might have to fight to really and truly get in the mix for the starting job, but he was a good recruit last season – he’s not going to go down without taking a big swing.

Francois and Hockman will be given every opportunity to be the No. 1 in fall camp, but James Blackman looked and played like a guy who got his feet wet last year as the fill-in starter, and is now ready to turn it loose.

Even though he didn’t get to work with any receivers of note, he still completed 16-of-32 passes for 259 yards and a score. The 6-5, 176-pounder didn’t take off and run, but he was decisive.

The big X factor – besides Francois’ knee? Taggart is eventually going to want a quarterback who can take off and move, and that’s not Blackman. But for now, he doesn’t have a bad situation.

Best Guess On Fall Depth Chart: 1) Blackman, 2) Francois, 3) Hockman

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