A dual-threat talent in his fourth year in Tallahassee, Florida State QB Jordan Travis has forced the industry to take notice this fall. A super senior whose game has led the Seminoles to their most successful season since 2016, his game has made waves within a 2023 quarterback class littered with questions.
A playmaker whose ability to create both inside of structure and when things break down, he’s at his best when things around him go bad.
Jordan Travis against the blitz (135 dropbacks):
• 14 TD // 2 INT
• 72.9 adj comp %
• 2 turnover worthy plays
• 122.1 passer rating
Doesn’t get much better. pic.twitter.com/XNfdtrxoze
— Ryan Fowler (@_RyanFowler_) November 30, 2022
One of the country’s most experienced signal-callers with more than 1,700 snaps and 835 dropbacks under his belt, he’s seen it all at the college level. A transfer from Louisville following the 2018 season, although his immediate path to snaps took a season working behind the likes of James Blackman and Alex Hornibrook, he saw his first crack at leading the charge on offense in 2020. While a 3-6 record during the pandemic saw him throw as many interceptions as he did touchdowns (6), player development often goes overlooked, and Travis, now two years later, has improved as much as any talent in the nation.
With 2,790 yards, 22 touchdowns compared to four interceptions, and just seven ‘turnover-worthy plays’ on 315 attempts through the air, he’s been fantastic for one of the ACC’s top offenses. And while a peek around football showcases many quarterbacks that can create on the ground, Travis’ ability to mesh his dynamic athleticism both within and outside of structure has forced defenses to pick their poison this fall. Blitz, and get shredded over the middle of the field. Sit back, allow him to dissect, and his ability to pump throws into tight windows was evident all season long. Then you add in his lower half, where Travis’ seven touchdowns on the ground often saw defensive coordinators throw their hands in the air without a way to counter his skill set… it was exhausting at times for defenses.
No, Travis won’t be discussed among the country’s elite, nor will be included in any first-round mocks here at The Draft Network, but for a team in search of a Geno Smith, Taylor Heinicke, Mike White, or Tyler Huntley type of competitor that plays with a massive chip on their shoulder, Travis pops off the screen.
Just the fourth Florida State quarterback in its program history to amass 3,000 total yards and 30 total touchdowns in a season, Travis has had a Heisman-worthy year. While you won’t find his name anywhere as a favorite for the award this fall, the other three Seminoles in history to also record 3,000/30 (Charlie Ward, Chris Weinke, and Jameis Winston) all took home the Heisman in their respective campaigns.
While his days donning the garnet and white will soon come to a close, Jordan Travis remains one of the more unsung prospects in the upcoming draft class. A playmaker with the moxie to lead a locker room and a well-rounded skill set that expands a playbook, he’s become a name to get familiar with as the pre-draft process swiftly approaches.
- Feb 07, 2023
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