Noles fans await decision from Taggart on starting signal caller

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By: Kevin Keane | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
July 3, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Since he took the reins of the Florida State football program in December, new head coach Willie Taggart has answered just about every question that has been thrown his way. Except for one.

Who is going to be the starting quarterback in 2018?

And really, it's hard to blame Taggart for not answering, because it isn't out of the question that he honestly still isn't sure.

Especially when you take into account there are three names who are competing for the job, and all have viable paths to it; James Blackman, Dondre Francois and Bailey Hochman.

The former two names, of course, come into camp with the in-game experience, but Hochman is still a wild card to earn the nod after a strong spring.

Francois has an ACC Rookie of the Year accolade under his belt, and who knows what last year would have looked like if he hadn't gone down in the second half in the season's opening game last year.

And, while he's considered by most to be a leader in the locker room, there are two concerns when considering him for the job; the health of his leg and his heavily documented off-field behavior.

Following Francois' injury, it was Blackman who was thrust into action, and made the most out of it, passing for over 2,000 yards and 19 touchdowns. But, he did toss 19 interceptions in arguably the biggest sign of his youth, but another summer under his belt and a full year under center should have him ready to compete.

Last but not least is the young gun, Hockman. The Georgia native sat last year after redshirting, but he looked impressive in April's spring game, throwing for over 200 yards and a touchdown, making a case for his name to be in the mix.

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