Spring 2022 Position Preview: Quarterback
The quarterback position is universally known as the most important position in football. For the first time in about five to six years, the quarterback position at Florida State is solidified and has some stability. Redshirt junior quarterback Jordan Travis is expected to lead the Seminoles for the upcoming 2022 season.
Travis threw for 1,539 yards in ten total games and had a passer rating of 148.9. He had 15 passing touchdowns and just six interceptions in 2021. The power quarterback also rushed for 530 yards and added seven rushing touchdowns. Travis’ record as a starter last season was 5-2 with an overtime loss to Notre Dame in the season opener and a loss to the Florida Gators in the season finale, in which he got injured in the first game. For his career, he has appeared in 22 games for the ‘Noles and is looking to build from a strong sophomore redshirt campaign.
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While Travis is the focal point of this offense and has solidified himself as a starter, let’s take a look at what else the quarterback position offers the ‘Noles this spring.
The Seminoles have lost two quarterbacks this offseason. Graduate transfer quarterback McKenzie Milton graduated and redshirt rookie Chubba Purdy transferred to Nebraska in January. Some thought Purdy had a chance to compete for a starting job for the ‘Noles this season, but his transfer opens the door to the backup quarterback job. Purdy saw limited playing time, only appearing in one game and completing all five of his passes while throwing two touchdowns against UMASS. Milton was a bright spot in the locker room and was seen as a leader. Although it’s not always reflected on the pitch, Milton has had a positive impact on the program.
Tate Rodemaker was in the quarterback class with Chubba Purdy and considered a draft. The second in redshirt will try to compete for the backup spot behind Travis. Rodemaker has one start in his career and that was against Jacksonville State in 2020.
Tate has appeared in three games this season and attempted just two assists. This offseason will be important for Rodemaker as he continues to develop and grow as a quarterback. Walk-on redshirt sophomore Gino English will also be back for the ‘Noles. English has turned heads a few times in practice and is a valuable asset.
New arrivals :
The only newcomer to the quarters room this spring is AJ Duffy.
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The true freshman is an early registrant at IMG and is hungry to make his mark at FSU. Duffy is the highest-rated quarterback signing for the Seminoles since 2017. Duffy recently had an impressive weekend at Under Armor All-American practices/games. He won the rocket arm award, which is given to the quarterback with the best arm. The IMG product was considered by most to be the most consistent for its position at this event.
This spring will be all about JT and the progress he is making towards becoming a better all-around field general. Last year he showed he had the ability to be one of the best quarterbacks in the ACC. His athleticism is unmatched and the more he continues to work on his throwing ability while reading defenses, the sky is the limit. Travis has the confidence of the technical staff and his teammates and leads by example in the locker room.
With former offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham leaving for Oregon, it will be interesting to see the relationship between Travis and new offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Alex Atkins. Travis also has a new quarterback coach in Tony Tokarz, who will be responsible for helping Travis and the other quarterbacks develop their game. Two things to watch in the spring: Jordan Travis’ progress as a quarterback starter and who will begin to make his mark as a backup flagger for the 2022 season.