New FSU quarterback Alex Hornibrook stretches to country music

“He’s not going to change for anyone,” said Manning Passing Academy roommate Jake Bentley
Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Minnesota Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)
Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Minnesota Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)
Published July 23

After rooming with Alex Hornibrook over the last two summers at the prestigious Manning Passing Academy, South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley has gotten to know the Florida State grad transfer pretty well.

Bentley thinks the story of why Hornibrook left Wisconsin to enroll in Tallahassee has gotten “misconstrued a little bit,” but he didn’t want to elaborate last week during SEC media days.

“That’s his story,” Bentley said. “I’m not going to say anything about his story.”

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But Bentley did have plenty to say about the type of person the Seminoles are inheriting.

“He’s a cool dude,” Bentley said. “He’s a little different, but he’s really cool.”

What, exactly, does a little different mean?

“He does his stretches every night. He’ll turn on some country music and just do his stretches,” Bentley said. “What I appreciate about Alex is, he’s not going to change for anyone. He didn’t care that I was there or 10 other quarterbacks were in the room. He was going to turn his music on and do his stretches. That’s what’s cool about him.”

Hornibrook will start FSU’s fall camp behind James Blackman on the depth chart. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound lefty is, however, the only quarterback on the roster who has beaten rival Miami. The Badgers went 26-6 with Hornibrook as a starter — the best winning percentage by a quarterback in Wisconsin history. He left Wisconsin in the top five in program history in touchdown passes (47), completion percentage (60.5), passing efficiency (138.1) and passing yards (5,438).

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