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FSU starting quarterback James Blackman suffers sprained MCL against Louisville

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NCAA Football: Louisville at Florida State Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports

Florida State lost starting quarterback James Blackman to a knee injury during the third quarter of the Seminoles’ win over Louisville on Saturday. In the moment it looked like it might have been significant, but per a report from Noles247 on Sunday, Blackman has an MCL sprain in his left knee, which is hardly bad news, all things considered.

Noles head coach Willie Taggart hasn’t offered a timetable for Blackman’s return.

If Blackman cannot play this weekend against NC State, the Seminoles will start Wisconsin graduate transfer Alex Hornibrook, who saw his first action of the season against Louisville. He played quite well, completing 15 of 20 passing attempts for 255 yards and two touchdowns.

Maybe that means that the injury to Blackman isn’t a crisis for the Florida State offense, which has been exceptional this year under his leadership. But then again there’s a reason why Hornibrook hadn’t seen the field for FSU prior to this weekend.