Francois limited in Tuesday's practice, Bell confident in Blackman as QB1

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By: Kevin Keane | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
October 30, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The big question mark for Florida State this weekend ahead of their matchup with NC State is who will start at quarterback for the Seminoles.

On Tuesday, FSU starter Deondre Francois was limited in practice, dealing with a head injury suffered in Saturday's loss to Clemson.

Taking a majority of the first team work was backup James Blackman, who entered in relief of Francois on Saturday, throwing a late touchdown.

Blackman has also been in this position before, having to be the next man up for an injured Francois, and he's ready to do so.

FSU offensive coordinator Walt Bell says Blackman has all the intangibles that can make him a great quarterback.

"There's a reason he plays at Florida State and there's a reason he played last year when his number was called," Bell said. "[I'm] excited to see him play well, to go out there and do his job.

"I'm always proud of James; how he works, how he handles his business, how important this team is to him. As long as he keeps doing what he's doing, I think he's got a really bright future ahead of him," Bell continued.

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