Florida State reserve quarterback Bailey Hockman has decided to transfer after losing out in a three-way battle for the starting job, a school spokesman confirmed on Friday.
Head coach Willie Taggart announced earlier this week that junior Deondre Francois will start the 19th–ranked Seminoles’ season opener against No. 20 Virginia Tech on Monday.
Hockman was at Thursday’s practice but was absent on Friday.
The 6-2, 192-pound Hockman, a left-hander from Powder Springs, Ga., has not decided which school he will attend next.
After Francois was announced as the starter, with sophomore James Blackmon as his backup, Hockman seemed resigned to staying with the Seminoles.
“Of course, we were upset at first, but it’s about winning ball games and whatever gives us the best chance to win is what I think is right,” Hockman said after the announcement. “I’ll do whatever I can to help this team.”
Hockman, a redshirt freshman who was Florida State’s scout team quarterback last season, when Francois started for the second straight season, but went down with a knee injury in the opener.
Blackmon took over and was the starter for the rest of the season.
Hockman’s departure leave Francois and Blackman as the only scholarship quarterbacks on the Florida State roster, and there is some concern because Francois has yet to really test his surgically-repaired knee.