Two months ago, almost to the day, ESPN analyst Roddy Jones went to the ACC Network’s “In Play” segment and made the following statement about Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis: “There’s legitimate conversation that he one of the top five is quarterback in this league.” The statement caused an internet uproar as fans debated back and forth whether Travis had shown enough in two games to warrant such praise. At the time, the numbers were in his favor, showing a quarterback who ranked fifth among P5 quarterbacks with an overall PFF rating of 91.1 and the 15th-best QBR in the nation at 84.6.
There was no denying that Travis had improved tremendously year to date, but the majority of pundits agreed that keeping him in the same esteem as those seen as “elite” quarterbacks in the game just wasn’t enough apply, such as B. 2021 Heisman winner Bryce Young. Long story short, the jury was out on the Jordan Travis debate; The decision was pushed further down. In an excerpt from an article covering this debate in mid-September, I concluded: “If he can continue at this high level, legitimate conversation is indeed required.”
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Since the publication of this article and Mr. Jones’ statement, the Florida State Seminoles have played 7 games, finishing a record of 4-3. In those seven games, Jordan Travis has posted a career-high for passing yards in a game (396), equaled his career-high 3 touchdown passes in a game in three of them (Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Miami), and posted a QBR 90+ in three of those games (Boston College, Georgia Tech, Miami). Of course, some of that praise was diminished after his performances in FSU’s three losses, which make up his three worst games of the season according to the QBR.
Travis’ lowest performance was a miserable loss to NC State, where the quarterback threw for 181 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions with a 50% completion rate, resulting in a season-low 62.6 QBR. During their three-game sled, the Seminoles struggled to find offensive consistency, and Jordan Travis’ inconsistencies were a major factor. Despite the ship’s righting, Travis hasn’t garnered the same level of national praise, but should he?
On Nov. 9, PFF released a tweet that featured the top three quarterbacks with the highest passing scores in the nation among all Power 5 QBs: #1 Drake Maye (91.8), #2 Jordan Travis (90, 2) and #3 Bryce Young (90.1).
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That’s right, Florida State’s Jordan Travis currently has the second best PFF passing score in the country of any Power 5 quarterback. That’s only second after UNC quarterback Drake Maye to receive national praise and Heisman consideration while still a freshman, and that’s ahead of Alabama quarterback Bryce Young, who won the Heisman trophy a year ago and took it to the next level High draft pick will be . The post came as a shock to many, who had already discounted Travis after the less-than-stellar game against Wake Forest, NC State and Clemson. However, the numbers lead you to believe that this is not so surprising.
For reference, let’s take a look at where UNC quarterback Drake Maye and Alabama quarterback Bryce Young’s stats compare to the nation. Maye’s 2,964 passing yards is currently the fifth-best in the nation; His 31 passing touchdowns are currently the best in the nation, and his 89.5 QBR are currently the third best in the nation. Young’s 2,234 passing yards is 33rd best in the nation; His 19 passing touchdowns are 24th in the nation and his 83.7 QBR is 11th best in the nation.
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Jordan Travis is equal to these two gentlemen. Travis’ 2,259 passing yards ranks 32nd best; his 17 pass touchdowns rank 33rd; and his 83.7 QBR is the 10th best QBR in the nation. The turnaround since NC State’s lows has been nothing short of a full 180. Now, with every broadcast, commentators are highlighting the progress Travis has made as a quarterback, especially as a passer. In his last competition against Miami, he attempted a total of 12 passes in the competition, hitting 10 of them (83.3% completion rate) for 202 yards, 3 touchdowns and just 1 interception. The performance earned him a QBR of 98.9.
While the national conversation for the Florida State quarterback has pretty much died down, Jordan Travis remains a surefire talent at the position. Time will tell if the Davey O’Brien Class of 2022 quarterback can break through and become one of the nation’s most elite. Until then, Florida State fans can count on their lucky stars that their starting quarterback will compete week in and week out with the nation’s best at that position.
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