Louisville, Kentucky – Florida’s dramatic comeback win over Louisville Friday night came at a cost. How many remains to be seen?
Quarterback Jordan Travis, while delivering an exciting first run, He fell with an injury to the lower left leg. He left the field and went to the X-ray room at Cardinal Stadium, then reappeared after resting in walking shoes and using crutches. Coach Mike Norville then refused to say what the injury was, only stating that Travis was “unavailable” and will be examined further when the Seminoles return to Tallahassee.
Travis wasn’t the only important Seminole that got down in it Victory 35-31, which took FSU off for the first time 3-0 since 2015. Defensive end Jared Verse, who had three sacks in his first two games in Seminoles, also went out with an injury in the second quarter and never came back. Later in the match, offensive lineman Robert Scott was injured. Also, starting a defensive tackle Fabian Lovett didn’t make the trip due to an injury in the team’s victory over LSU on September 4.
When asked how many players would need a medical, Norville said, “All of them? It’s a physical game.”
If Travis is unable to go on September 24 against Boston College, third-year QB Tate Rodemaker will be in a position to make his first start against an FBS opponent. The unexpected champ was in front of the Cardinals on Friday, leading a three-time scoring hit in the second half and throwing two touchdown passes to 6’7″ receiver Johnny Wilson. Rodemaker didn’t throw a college touchdown on 37 passes before he was pressed into duty against Louisville.
“I knew we could win with Tate,” Norville said. “Put in the work. He just went there and responded in the second half.”
The Rodemaker’s only previous start in 2020 was against Jacksonville State.
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