TALLAHASSEE -- Florida State reserve quarterback Alex Hornibrook is expected to see some action in this weekend’s game against Louisville.
James Blackman is still the starter, but two sources told Noles247 that Hornibrook is integrated into this week’s game plan. One of those sources said that Hornibrook is expected to be given a series early in the contest on Saturday.
That is subject to change based on the flow of the game, but it’s currently the plan as of Thursday.
Coach Willie Taggart was asked about how Blackman performed this week and if Hornibrook was pushing Blackman in practice during his media session on Thursday morning. His comments, below, can be interpreted in different ways although it sounded like he was interested in seeing how Hornibrook performed in a game setting.
“James, again, James has some throws that he wishes he could've had back, could've helped our football team. Looking to see him improve from there,” Taggart said. “And Alex has been doing a good job for us. We have some plays and things where we want to be able to get Alex in, let him run some of those plays. Hopefully we get a chance to do that."
Hornibrook, who transferred to FSU from Wisconsin this offseason, has not yet played in the first three games of this season. The southpaw was 26-6 as a starter at Wisconsin and came to FSU as a graduate transfer with one season of remaining eligibility. He battled with Blackman this offseason and was praised for his steady play in camp, but Blackman’s experience within the program, superior arm talent and his upside gave him the edge.
Blackman had his ups and downs in last week’s 31-24 loss at Virginia. Most notably, Blackman missed some key throws in FSU’s final two series and was upset with himself after the game.
"I was worried about him after the game. He was crushed,” Taggart said. “But he came back out with a great attitude and had a good week of practice."
Blackman is 1-2 as a starter this season, although he has some impressive numbers: 75 of 110 (68.2%) for 843 yards, 9 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.
The redshirt sophomore talked about being more consistent as a passer earlier this week.
“There were a couple of throws that I ultimately would like back,” said Blackman, who finished last week’s game completing 22 of 37 passes for 234 yards and 3 touchdowns. “I’ve got to be better, especially late in the game when we need them. I’ve got to be better.”
It's unclear at this time if the plan is to give Hornibrook more than one series on Saturday.
Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. at Doak Campbell Stadium. The contest will be televised on ESPN.