Former Wisconsin QB Alex Hornibrook to transfer to Florida State. What does it all mean?
Alex Hornibrook left Wisconsin for Florida State?
Hornibrook completed 61% of his passes for 5,438 yards and 47 touchdowns and 33 picks for the Badgers, leading the way to two Big Ten Championship appearances, an Orange Bowl win over Miami, and was a key part of one of college football’s better programs over the last few seasons.
But Hornibrook’s concussion issues meant the Badgers had to look for other options throughout last season, and will likely turn to star recruit Graham Mertz right away this year.
But does Florida State really fit him?
Willie Taggart and the Seminoles needed Hornibrook for depth, and another option to battle with James Blackman after presumptive starter Deondre Francois was booted off the team. But is he a missing piece?
FSU needs more talent and depth on the offensive line, and could use more big plays from the receiving corps, but Blackman is a more-than-capable quarterback.
He did what he could when thrown to the wolves as a true freshman – throwing for 2,230 yards and 19 scores with 11 picks – but he only saw time in three games last season. With three years o eligibility remaining, isn’t he the guy to develop? FSU isn’t winning the national title this year, but to build to get to that point, isn’t it all about reps for Blackman?
Hornibrook is hardly a lock to start, but with his veteran presence, he could be a stopgap upgrade for right now. And if he is, does that mean Blackman leaves? He was all but gone before when Francois was seen as the No. 1 guy.
This is where the NCAA dragging its feet on the Tate Martell eligibility call at Miami matters. Had Martell been ruled ineligible to play this season, that would’ve been the exact right fit for Hornibrook and what Manny Diaz needs – Hornibrook only has one year of eligibility remaining.
But Florida State spring football is starting up soon, and to have a shot at the gig, Hornibrook needed to get in now and get started.
With Boise State to start the season, and with a trip to Virginia coming up early on, the faster the woeful FSU offense from last year can get going, the better.
Hornibrook should be ready to go right away … even if he’s the backup.