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FSU quarterback Jordan Travis named Davey O’Brien semifinalist

Travis has set several career-highs in 2022

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Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jordan Travis has had a tremendous 2022, exceeding previous career highs in several categories while leading an FSU offense that has established itself as one of the most explosive in the country.

His performance in 2022, already recognized as being one of the top gunslingers in college football when named to this year’s Davey O’Brien Class, has earned him a semifinalist nod for the Davey O’Brien Award.

Travis had a particularly great game against the Syracuse Orange last Saturday in a 38-3 victory, completing 21-of-23 passes for a career-best 91.3 completion percentage — falling a few percentage points short of Jameis Winston’s school record of 92.6 (25-for-27) set vs. Pitt in 2013.

It was Travis’ fourth consecutive game with at least three touchdowns and one or fewer turnover, joining Winston as the only FSU quarterbacks over the past 15 years to do so.

Additionally, he became the second player in school history (and first since Red Parrish in 1949) with a rushing, receiving and passing touchdown in the same game. In total, he logged 155 yards and three touchdowns through the air, ran five times for 21 yards and a three-yard touchdown and caught a two-yard touchdown.

The finalists for the trophy, presented to the nation’s top quarterback, will be determined through fan vote.

From FSU Sports Info:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis is one of 20 semifinalists for the Davey O’Brien Award, presented to the nation’s top quarterback, it was announced Tuesday. Travis is the only quarterback in the state of Florida and one of three ACC quarterbacks on the list.

For the third straight year, a fan vote will help decide which quarterbacks advance to become finalists. The top-five in voting on each social media platform will receive bonus committee votes which will be added to the ballots cast by the selection committee. Voting is open on the Davey O’Brien Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages. Fans vote by “liking” the post highlighting the individual quarterback on the official channels.

Travis has started all 10 games at quarterback for the Seminoles this season and is directing an FSU offense that leads the nation with 75 plays of at least 20 yards and with 15 touchdown drives of at least 80 yards and ranks second nationally with seven touchdown drives of 90 or more yards. The Seminoles’ offense also ranks sixth in the country with an explosive play rate of 16.62 percent and ranks 10th with an average of 6.89 yards per play and 16th with an average of 477.1 yards of total offense per game. FSU is one of only four teams in the country, and the only ACC team, averaging at least 260 yards of passing offense and at least 210 yards rushing per game.

Individually, he is 177-of-271 passing for 2,414 yards and 20 touchdowns while adding 246 yards and three touchdowns on 55 rushing attempts and one receiving touchdown. His average of 8.16 yards of total offense per play leads the ACC and is 10th in the country. He ranks second in the conference and 16th nationally with an average of 13.64 yards per completion, second in the ACC with a 65.3 completion percentage and third in the ACC and 15th in the country with his average of 8.91 yards per pass attempt. He also ranks third in the ACC with 20 passing touchdowns, 146 points responsible for and 241.4 passing yards per game. The redshirt junior from West Palm Beach has shown his explosiveness passing and rushing, as he leads the ACC in 50-, 60- and 70-yard passes, ranks second with 42 passes of at least 20 yards and also is tied for seventh with five rushes of at least 20 yards.

During FSU’s current three-game winning streak, in which the Seminoles have outscored Georgia Tech, Miami and Syracuse by a combined score of 124-22 and gained a combined 1,516 yards of total offense, Travis is 55-of-73 passing, a completion percentage of 75.3, for 753 yards and nine touchdowns. He has a career-high three passing touchdowns in each game and in the win over Georgia Tech on Oct. 29, he threw for a career-best 396 yards passing on a career-high-tying 24 completions with three touchdowns. In the 38-3 win at Syracuse, Travis was 21-of-23 passing, a 91.3 completion percentage, and became only the second player in FSU history, and first since 1949, to record a rushing, receiving and passing touchdown in the same game after rushing for the first score, throwing for three and then catching the final touchdown of the day.

Travis is 377-for-607 passing for 5,088 yards and 41 touchdowns and has rushed for 1,563 yards and 20 touchdowns in his career at Florida State. He is one of nine active quarterbacks to eclipse 5,000 passing yards and 1,500 rushing yards in FBS, and his rushing yards and rushing touchdowns totals are the most by a quarterback in program history. He ranks 11th on FSU’s all-time career passing touchdowns list and is 13th on the program’s passing yards and completions lists.

The three finalists for this year’s award will be announced Nov. 29, and the winner of the 2022 Davey O’Brien Award will be revealed Dec. 8 on The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN.

2022 Davey O’Brien Award Semifinalists

Stetson Bennett, Georgia, Sr., 5-11, 190, Blackshear, Ga.

Jayden Daniels, LSU, Jr., 6-3, 200, San Bernardino, Calif.

Max Duggan, TCU, Sr., 6-2, 210, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Frank Harris, UTSA, Sr., 6-0, 205, Schertz, Texas

Sam Hartman, Wake Forest, Jr., 6-1, 210, Charlotte, N.C.

Hendon Hooker, Tennessee, Sr., 6-4, 218, Greensboro, N.C.

Drake Maye, North Carolina, R-Fr., 6-4, 220, Huntersville, N.C.

Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina, Jr., 6-3, 215, Indian Trail, N.C.

J.J. McCarthy, Michigan, So., 6-3, 196, La Grange Park, Ill.

Tanner Mordecai, SMU, Sr., 6-3, 214, Waco, Texas

Bo Nix, Oregon, Sr., 6-2, 213, Pinson, Ala.

Michael Penix Jr., Washington, Jr., 6-3, 213, Tampa, Fla

.Austin Reed, WKU, Sr., 6-2, 230, St. Augustine Beach, Fla.

Cameron Rising, Utah, Jr., 6-2, 218, Ventura, Calif.

Will Rogers, Mississippi State, Jr., 6-2, 210, Brandon, Miss.

Kurtis Rourke, Ohio, Jr., 6-5, 216, Oakville, Ontario, Canada

C.J. Stroud, Ohio State, So., 6-3, 218, Inland Empire, Calif.

Dorian Thompson-Robinson, UCLA, Sr., 6-1, 205, Las Vegas, Nev.

Jordan Travis, Florida State, Jr., 6-1, 212, West Palm Beach, Fla.

Caleb Williams, USC, So., 6-1, 215, Washington, D.C.

Bryce Young, Alabama, Jr., 6-0, 194, Pasadena, Calif.