Jordan Travis has cemented himself as the QB for FSU now and the future

Jordan Travis has cemented himself as the QB for FSU now and the future

You guys already know I believe in Jordan Travis.

You already know that Kenny Dillingham believes in him, too. The Florida State Offensive Coordinator has talked glowingly about him for the better part of two years.

I suppose many of you have joined our squad after the way he finished the season, going 5-2 in his last seven games as a starter (with two losses in Clemson and Florida) and being the best offensive player on the field for the last two months of the Seminoles.

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Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis dribbles a pair of UF defenders on Saturday. (News agency)

I watched that match on Saturday. If Jordan Travis hadn’t come back from injury — more than that in an instant — Florida would have won 50-0. Who knows how bad it will be with Milton and/or Roadmaker to play the rest of the way?

But Travis came back outside, with a tramp shoulder, threw for 200 yards, ran for 100 and was responsible for two touchdowns in the FSU 24-21 loss in the swamp.

In my opinion, it was one of the most important matches of his career. Because of the toughness and competitiveness he showed in trying to get his team back into the game. Teammates notice things like that.

The arm hangs down as if immobile, as if a separation between the shoulders, and then comes back into the game after two drives and walks for a score. Putting your body to the test for the team, for them, means a lot when you’re trying to be a leader.

And that’s exactly what Travis is trying to be right now.

Which is a good thing, because there is no doubt about the future of this crime for the next two years (as long as he is able to stay healthy).

I didn’t necessarily believe it two months ago.

I felt he was definitely the best option on this team, but I wasn’t sure if he would be the best choice next year or the year after.

Now, unless some Heisman candidate wants to move to Tallahassee, I’m absolutely convinced this is a Florida quarterback for the foreseeable future.

It’s not perfect. He is not a player of All America’s caliber. (At least not yet!) He has some loopholes in his game. But it’s much better than it was last year. It’s much better than it was at the beginning of this year.

It just makes you wonder what its ceiling would be. Especially if you go out and give him a line that can block the pass rush and some NFL-caliber receivers.

Either way, he’s proven that he can play – and play well in the big moments – at this level.

We watched the game-winning campaign against Syracuse, when he used his athletic technique to reach goal range.

We watched the game against North Carolina, where he used his legs and arm to light up Tar Heel’s defense.

We watched the game against Miami, where he made two of his best throws of the season when it mattered most.

And we watched the game on Saturday, when he went out and out of there with an obvious injury, giving his team a chance to win in the fourth quarter. On the road.

One of the best signs, in my opinion, was how Travis handled the loss afterward. It was wrecked. He was really upset. He had just given another 200-100 performance, in a hostile environment, while running for his life for most of the match, and wasn’t about to take any singles performance bends.

“The loss is disgusting,” Travis said.

over and over and over again.

He is not mistaken. And we’re all sick of football’s losses in Florida.

But you know what doesn’t suck?

Florida starts quarterback. I’m not sure we’ve honestly been able to say that to ourselves for long. But we can now.

He’s actually a pretty good player. Heck, this time next year he might be a great player. He’s grown so much like a bystander – staying in the pocket, scoring, reading covers – during this season that we had no idea how much he could actually improve with another year in the system and presumably the better players around him.

Just like we had no idea he would be this guy when the season started.

After the match on Saturday, I asked Travis what he’s learned about himself over the past three months.

I know what we learned – that he wasn’t just an athlete playing quarterback, that he was competitive and could deliver plays when it mattered – but I wondered what he had learned about himself since the Notre Dame game in early September.

I thought his answer was great.

“I know I’m a good full-back,” Travis said with a smile. “I can throw the ball really well. Yeah man, I worked hard. The coaching staff has done a great job with me, just instilling confidence in myself every single day. I go out there and work really hard.

“And I kind of became a leader today. I got the guys together. It was my first time in a while. Knowing I’m taking the next step just to become the leader I need, talk a little more.”

“Yeah, man. I’m growing up.”

Contact senior writer Corey Clark at [email protected] and follow Corey_Clark on Twitter.

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