TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State quarterback James Blackman and receiver Tamorrion Terry were named Atlantic Coast Conference players of the week at their respective positions Monday. It is the first league honor for each player in their young careers.
Blackman made his first start of the season for an injured Deondre Francois Saturday at NC State, throwing for 421 yards on 29 completions with four touchdowns. The Belle Glade, Fla., native set or tied career highs in all three categories, and his 421 passing yards are tied for 15th in school history and the most for a Seminole since Jameis Winston’s 444 at Clemson in 2013.
He connected with eight receivers on the day, highlighted by Terry’s 142 receiving yards and D.J. Matthews’ 133 yards. Blackman started the final 12 games of the 2017 season and also threw for four touchdowns in the 2017 Independence Bowl, but entering Saturday had attempted just five passes on the season. Blackman’s previous career high passing yards was 278 against NC State last season.
This is the third time in FSU history that two different quarterbacks have won ACC Offensive Back/Quarterback in the same season – Danny Kanell and Charlie Ward in 1993 and Drew Weatherford and Xavier Lee in 2007. Francois earned the honor against Wake Forest earlier this season.
Terry, from Ashburn, Ga., has emerged as Florida State’s deep threat, finishing with 142 receiving yards and two scores against the Wolfpack. It was Terry’s first 100-yard receiving game and the most receiving yards for a Seminole this season. Terry ranks fourth nationally and leads the ACC with an average of 22.0 yards per catch.
Terry has seven touchdowns on the season, averaging a score every 3.3 catches. His seven touchdown grabs are the second most in FSU history for a freshman, trailing Greg Carr’s nine in 2005 and tied with Rashad Greene in 2011.
Blackman and Terry join Francois, Brian Burns (Defensive Lineman), Matthews (Specialist) and DeCalon Brooks (Linebacker) among Noles to have won league honors in 2018.
Florida State returns to action Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. at No. 3 Notre Dame on NBC.