When you think Florida State football, championships, Heisman winners, future NFL players, and generally winning comes to mind. Though as of late that hasn’t been what fans in Tallahassee have experienced. After Jimbo Fisher split in 2017, the program went through 3 different head coaches, playing to the tune of 14-20 in that time. To put it simply: Not pretty. This year could be different, however. McKenzie Milton has joined the program. Milton hasn’t played since 2018 due to injury, but you’ll remember him as the quarterback that led UCF to a perfect season back in 2017. Milton’s presence has triggered a classic quarterback battle for the Seminoles. Jordan Travis is the redshirt sophomore incumbent candidate, while Milton is the older, more polished option. New HC Mike Norvelle will need to make a decision soon with week 1 just around the corner. Overall, FSU has some pretty solid talent on its roster and has the potential to hop back on the road toward a winning record.
These are the guys you should look out for on gameday:
Quarterback – Jordan Travis #13
As previously mentioned, Travis was the number one signal-caller for Florida State last season. What he’s got over Milton on paper is his running ability. Travis led the team in rushing yards last season as well as rushing attempts. His versatility is certainly what makes him such a valuable player. Without a full season under his belt, his full potential is yet to be seen, and even if he does win this QB battle and start week 1, we’re to still see McKenzie Milton at some point.
Quarterback – McKenzie Milton #10
This will certainly be an interesting year for Milton. Having not played at this level since 2018, there’s definitely a chance he’ll need to knock the rust off before getting back into the swing of things. Don’t be surprised if Norvelle does go with Milton simply because he’s a veteran and a proven winner.
Defensive End – Jermaine Johnson II #11
You might know Jermaine Johnson’s name from the Netflix show, Last Chance U. Johnson was featured as a JUCO player who came out of high school as a 2-star outside the top 100 at his position. In the two years he spent at junior college, he worked his way to becoming a 4-star and getting an offer to play at Georgia, which he did for two seasons. He wasn’t necessarily the biggest fish in the pond down in the SEC, but certainly will be near the top in his new ACC home. Look for Johnson to have a big year, he’s big, talented, and a hard worker as we all know.
Date: October 2nd, 2021
Location: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL
Where Can I Watch: TBD