The start of the 2019 regular season is still more than three months away, but football talk is starting to ramp up, including here at The Daily Nole.
In this week’s The Daily Nole Poll, we asked our Twitter followers which player would be Florida State’s offensive MVP in 2019. It was our closest poll yet.
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We had 207 total voters and taking first place was quarterback James Blackman at 37 percent. Running back Cam Akers was second with 31 percent and wide receiver Tamorrion Terry was third with 28 percent.
4 percent voted for someone else. Only one person opined with a reply and cast his vote for wide receiver D.J. Matthews.
Cam Akers is two years removed from breaking the Florida State freshman rushing record and Tamorrion Terry was All-ACC a season ago, but we’re going with quarterback James Blackman.
For FSU to have success in 2019 and bounce back from a dismal offensive showing last season, the Seminoles will need the man captaining the ship to be sharp. Blackman was 7-5 as a starter in 2017 and threw for 421 yards and four touchdowns in his only start last season.
This offseason, teammates have raved about Blackman’s leadership ability. He also shined in Florida State’s spring game, leading the Gold team past the Garnet.
Akers and Terry are certainly talented, but Akers will have to try to run behind an offensive line that was arguably the worst among Power 5 programs last season. Terry can’t be covered, but his success as a wide receiver is largely tied to Blackman’s success. That’s also a position group where FSU should be fairly deep.
Blackman will be FSU’s most important player in 2019. The optimist in me says the Seminoles have a bounce back season and Blackman, in new coordinator Kendal Briles’ offense, will be a big reason why.