Florida State turned to quarterback Tate Rodemaker after starter Jordan Travis was carted off the field during Saturday’s game against North Alabama with an apparent leg injury. Rodemaker led the Seminoles to a 58-13 victory with all 58 points coming unanswered after the backup entered the lineup.
Rodemaker played well in relief, completing 13 of 23 passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns in just three quarters. The redshirt junior had thrown 70 career passes leading into Week 12, completing 61.4% of them for 550 yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions. However, he has consistently gotten better over his tenure, throwing five touchdowns on just 31 pass attempts in 2023.
Though the severity of Travis’ injury has not been confirmed, that he left the stadium in an ambulance suggests Rodemaker is in line to start the rivalry game against Florida in Week 13 and the ACC Championship Game against Louisville on Dec. 2. Here’s what you need to know about Florida State’s new starting quarterback.
Norvell’s first commit
Rodemaker received a great deal of attention from Power Five schools but was initially committed to South Florida. However, he quickly became a target for coach Mike Norvell soon after he arrived to Florida State. Norvell built a relationship with Rodemaker while at Memphis and finally offered Rodemaker a scholarship just three days after taking the Florida State job. He was Norvell’s first commitment.
The Class of 2020 recruit became the first high school quarterback to sign with Florida State in three years after former coach Willie Taggart leaned heavily on the transfer portal to stock his QB room. Rodemaker was rated No. 12 pro-style quarterback in the Class of 2020 in the 247Sports ratings.
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Author : Shehan Jeyarajah
Publish date : 2023-11-19 03:54:51
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