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FSU quarterback battle: ‘I just want to be right,’ Mike Norvell says

McKenzie Milton and Jordan Travis are FSU’s top two contenders, but there’s no timeline for a decision.
FSU's quarterback competition remains ongoing, with McKenzie Milton being one of the Seminoles' top two contenders.
FSU's quarterback competition remains ongoing, with McKenzie Milton being one of the Seminoles' top two contenders.
Published Aug. 16

Florida State’s quarterback competition between McKenzie Milton and Jordan Travis remains ongoing with no end in sight, Seminoles coach Mike Norvell said Monday. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

“I just want to be right,” Norvell said.

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Norvell and the ‘Noles have seen some separation on the depth chart. Norvell made several references to “both guys” — meaning Travis and Milton. That reaffirms the idea that redshirt freshmen Chubba Purdy and Tate Rodemaker are a little farther behind.

Travis has shown flashes of being a dynamic runner in his 12 career games, including last year’s upset win over North Carolina. He has completed 78 of his 142 career passes for 1,135 yards and six touchdowns. Milton, the grad transfer from UCF, starred with the Knights but hasn’t played a real game since suffering an awful leg injury at USF in 2018.

Will FSU coach Mike Norvell chose McKenzie Milton to be the Seminoles' starter?
Will FSU coach Mike Norvell chose McKenzie Milton to be the Seminoles' starter?

Norvell said both Travis and Milton had explosive plays and moved the offense well during a scrimmage over the weekend, but both were also too slow to process information and make their reads at other times.

“I like what I’m seeing from that position,” Norvell said. “We’ve got to continue to push.”

Push until … when? Norvell isn’t sure. He said he doesn’t have a date in mind when he’d like to announce a starter before the Sept. 5 opener against Notre Dame.

“When we know,” Norvell said, “we’ll know.”

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