FSU QB Blackman gets 1st start for Seminoles vs NC State

Published 10:01 a.m. ET Sept. 22, 2017 | Updated 10:25 a.m. ET Sept. 22, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The matchup between North Carolina State and 12th-ranked Florida State features a stark contrast between quarterbacks.

The Wolfpack (2-1) have one of the more experienced signal-callers in Atlantic Coast Conference in Ryan Finley. The Seminoles (0-1) will have true freshman James Blackman making his first start after Deondre Francois suffered a season-ending knee injury in the opener.

Blackman played the final series against Alabama but did not attempt any passes. He has had a couple extra weeks to prepare after Hurricane Irma cancelled the Sept. 9 game against Louisiana-Monroe and moved the Miami game to Oct. 7.

There are some concerns if the 6-foot-5, 169-pound Blackman will be able to stand up physically to the competition, but…

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