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Newcomers impress in the FSU football spring game

Florida State Annual Garnet and Gold Spring Game are in the books, when the gold team topped Garnet squad 27-21 on Saturday afternoon in Tallahassee. You will not find a detailed description of how the events in the competition appeared here at Tomahawk Nation, as it does not matter. But we can still offer some notes, especially when it comes to players that most fans saw for the first time in FSU colors. And it starts with quarterback Jordan Travis. A native Floridian and Nole inheritance, Travis (6, 1, 200), was transferred from Louisville as a redshirt freshman and will contribute to the QB depth behind the starter James Blackman. Travis is one of three transfer QBS that will back up Blackman, along with Alex Hornibrook from Wisconsin and Wyatt Principal in Western Michigan. Travis decoupled well. After disappointing early in the spring practice, Travis started for the Garnet team, and while statistics don't always tell exactly in a spring game, Travis is kind of. He went 22-28 without touchdowns or interceptions. And these figures speak quite exactly what Travis showed: he was not explosive, but he did not do anything harmful to his team. It is never a bad combination from a backup QB-especially in Brile's system, where the signal teacher does not have to be a generation's talent to run the crime, unlike some trainers. For the most part, Travis got the ball out of time, made solid reading, took what the defense gave him and got the…

Florida State Annual Garnet and Gold Spring Game are in the books, when the gold team topped Garnet squad 27-21 on Saturday afternoon in Tallahassee. You will not find a detailed description of how the events in the competition appeared here at Tomahawk Nation, as it does not matter. But we can still offer some notes, especially when it comes to players that most fans saw for the first time in FSU colors.

And it starts with quarterback Jordan Travis. A native Floridian and Nole inheritance, Travis (6, 1, 200), was transferred from Louisville as a redshirt freshman and will contribute to the QB depth behind the starter James Blackman. Travis is one of three transfer QBS that will back up Blackman, along with Alex Hornibrook from Wisconsin and Wyatt Principal in Western Michigan.

Travis decoupled well. After disappointing early in the spring practice, Travis started for the Garnet team, and while statistics don’t always tell exactly in a spring game, Travis is kind of. He went 22-28 without touchdowns or interceptions.

And these figures speak quite exactly what Travis showed: he was not explosive, but he did not do anything harmful to his team. It is never a bad combination from a backup QB-especially in Brile’s system, where the signal teacher does not have to be a generation’s talent to run the crime, unlike some trainers.

For the most part, Travis got the ball out of time, made solid reading, took what the defense gave him and got the ball to his game makers. He does not have a good arm, but he cast decisively and confidently. Of course it is much easier when you know that you will not beat – but if he gets rid of the ball as quickly in game situations, he should still be upright most of the time anyway. Sometimes Travis keeps the ball for too long, a losing proposition with the FSU’s Olympics.

Of course, the spring game is more a glimpse than an answer, and many questions remain about Travis. Primarily, whether or not the NCAA ever is to decide if he is getting short of being eligible this year.

The other beginners to make splashes were true freshmen on the defensive side of the ball. Linebacker Jaleel McRae (6, 2, 230) twisted his head in the middle – literally on a goalkeeper in the first half. His instincts appear before the schedule of a true frosh LB, especially in passport coverage. Depths can be a problem for linebackers who fall into coverage, and on several occasions McRae showed a nice feeling for his depth, holding onto the hands of balls that would sail over a smaller backer’s head. McRae led the Garnet defense with 11 tackles, 0.5 for the loss while he opened a pass.

Another real freshman to prove was defensive back Akeem Dent. The jewel in the FSU’s 2019 recruitment class, Dent (6, 1, 182), was strongly pursued by Alabama, and we saw why this afternoon. Dent, who had a really good spring, looks ready in every way to contribute early. A natural corner is Dent’s versatile player who can help the entire secondary to maximize his playing time. He is a gamer, a relentless competitor who speaks a lot but backs up his mouth. Dent had a game-high three pass breakups, and also chipped in eight beats.

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