Jordan is finalist for top QB award

Quarterback Jordan Travis could become the first FSU player since Jameis Winston to win the Manning Award.
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Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis is a finalist for the Manning Award, given to the nation’s top quarterback.

Just last week Travis was voted the ACC Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year and was the All-ACC first-team quarterback. Travis was also named a semifinalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year, Maxwell Award, Davey O’Brien Award and Jason Witten Man of the Year as well as being included on the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Top 10.

Travis was 207 of 324 passing for 2,756 yards and 20 touchdowns with two interceptions while adding 176 yards and seven touchdowns on 73 rushing attempts. He is the only player in the ACC and one of three nationally with 20 passing touchdowns and two or fewer interceptions and leads the ACC in fewest interceptions thrown, the second-lowest total among quarterbacks nationally with at least 200 attempts, and ranks second in the conference in passing efficiency, yards per pass attempt and passing yards per game. He also ranks third in the ACC in points responsibility per game, yards per completion, total offense per game and completion percentage.

He is Florida State’s all-time leader in total offense and touchdowns responsible for, records he achieved earlier this year, and previously broke program records for quarterback rushing yards and quarterback rushing touchdowns. Travis broke FSU’s career touchdown responsibility record on his game-winning touchdown pass in overtime at Clemson and took over the program’s career total offense record on his go-ahead rushing touchdown in Florida State’s win against No. 16 Duke.

Travis, a redshirt senior from West Palm Beach, led the Seminoles to an undefeated 8-0 mark in ACC play, the program’s 10th unbeaten conference record and first since 2014, and was the quarterback of record for each of FSU’s first 11 wins in 2023. A three-time ACC Quarterback of the Week honoree, Travis began the season with a career-high four touchdown passes and a fifth touchdown on the ground in FSU’s 45-24 win over No. 5 LSU. In the second half against the Tigers, Travis had an ESPN QBR of 99.9, the highest rating in a half by any quarterback nationally against a ranked opponent since Jameis Winston in 2013.

He is the only player in FSU history and the only active player nationally with at least seven rushing touchdowns in four straight seasons, and his 31 career rushing touchdowns are fourth on FSU’s career list. He also is tied with Winston for second in FSU history with 65 passing touchdowns and is the only player in program history ranked in the top-10 in career passing and rushing touchdowns. Travis also ranks second on FSU’s all-time career lists for passing yards and wins as a starting quarterback while standing third in completions and completion percentage.

Travis has been prolific at putting points on the scoreboard this season. He produced a program-record streak of 16 straight games accounting for multiple touchdowns and also tied his own school record with a streak of four consecutive games with at least one rushing and one passing touchdown. Travis also produced a streak of 22 consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass, a streak that ended on Nov. 18 when he was injured in the first quarter.

Earlier this season, Travis produced a stretch of 184 consecutive passes without an interception, the fifth-longest in FSU history and 13th-longest in ACC history. He had an active streak of 126 passes without an interception at the time of his season-ending injury and is the only player in program history with two streaks of at least 120 passes without an interception in the same season. Adding a streak of 120 passes in 2021, he is the only player at Florida State with three different streaks of at least 120 passes without an interception in a career.

Should Travis win the Manning Award, he would join Winston as Florida State’s only winner.

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