James Blackman will get his first start of the season on Saturday, against the North Carolina State Wolfpack. If that sounds familiar, it’s for a reason: last year, as a true freshman, Blackman got his first career start against the very same opponent.
Blackman took over for Deondre Francois last year after the latter suffered a season-ending knee injury against Alabama in the season opener. The 6’5, 181-pound Blackman is a sophomore from Belle Glade, Fla. who helped guide the Seminoles through a rocky 2017 campaign to keep FSU’s bowl streak, the longest in the country, alive.
And now, with the ’Noles at 4-4 and a tough schedule remaining to grab a couple of wins to further extend that streak, Blackman appears to be tasked with the same challenge once again.
Facing NCSU will be no easy task. The Wolfpack is 5-2 and No. 21 in the College Football Playoff rankings.