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Jordan Travis remaining at FSU, not entering 2023 NFL draft

Tampa Bay Times 12/6/2022 Matt Baker, Tampa Bay Times

Florida State star quarterback Jordan Travis announced Monday evening that he is remaining with the Seminoles for one more year.

Travis has established himself as one of the best FSU players in recent history and will enter 2023 as a preseason Heisman Trophy candidate. He pushed into the top 10 on FSU’s all-time list in passing touchdowns (43) and rushing touchdowns (24). He ended the regular season with six consecutive games with at least three touchdowns and one or fewer turnovers — the longest streak in FSU history.

He starred in the finale against Florida, repeatedly turning sacks into long gains. Gators coach Billy Napier said Travis’ legs were the difference in FSU’s 45-38 victory.

Travis has a 22-to-4 touchdown-to-interception ratio this year, and his passing efficiency (158.25) is 14th in the country. He also ranked in the top 30 nationally in total offense (3,163 yards) and 10th in yards per play (8.1). He is the first FSU player ever with at least 20 touchdown passes and seven rushing touchdowns in the same season.

He has started 26 career games at FSU, including all 12 this season to help the No. 13 Seminoles to a 9-3 regular season, heading into the Cheez-It Bowl matchup against Oklahoma.

Travis’ future was in question because he could have left for the NFL draft. Instead, the 6-foot-1, 212-pound West Palm Beach native is playing a fifth year at FSU (in addition to his 2018 season at Louisville). That’s possible because the NCAA gave all participants of the 2020 coronavirus season an extra year of eligibility.

FSU stands to benefit. Travis has developed into one of the conference’s best players this season, and his return should make the ‘Noles an ACC championship contender next fall.

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