The Florida State football program took another massive hit regarding their prospects for their upcoming date with the Georgia Bulldogs in the Orange Bowl. Starting quarterback Tate Rodemaker, who is filling in for the injured Jordan Travis, has opted out of his team’s New Year’s Six Bowl Game and will enter the transfer portal.
SOURCE: FSU QB Tate Rodemaker, who took over after Jordan Travis was injured and lost for the season, has told the Noles staff that he plans to enter the portal and that he will not play in the Orange Bowl vs Georgia. @Mzenitz first reported the news.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 25, 2023
Ropemaker will bring his limited resume to an already-loaded transfer portal. He played sparingly during his four-year career with the Florida State football program.
QB Tate Rodemaker: Entering Transfer Portal
Rodemaker, a former three-star prospect in the class of 2020, spent the past four seasons with the Florida State football program. Rodemaker made his college debut as a freshman against the Miami Hurricanes. The six-foot-four signal-caller went 5-of-9 for 47 yards and a pick. Rodemaker finished his freshman campaign with no touchdowns against three picks on a 58.6 completion percentage. The Georgia native tossed just two passes as a sophomore. Rodemaker threw his first college football touchdown as a junior in 2022, tossing a ten-yard strike to wideout Johnny Wilson in his team’s third game.
Ropemaker opened this season as the backup to longtime starter Jordan Travis and saw little action, with the latter playing like a Heisman Trophy candidate. However, Travis suffered a severe leg injury late in the season, which opened the door for Rodemaker to start the regular season finale against the Florida Gators. He went 12-of-25 for 134 yards and no scores or picks in a win but suffered a concussion, knocking him out of the ACC Championship. Rodemaker was slated to start the Orange Bowl before opting out on Christmas Day.
Florida State Football: Players Leaving for Transfer Portal Amid CFP Snub
Despite going undefeated and winning their conference title, the College Football Playoff committee left the Florida State Seminoles out of the four-team field for the National Championship. The Seminoles have seen a good chunk of their player base enter the transfer portal. Linebacker DJ Lundy, running back Rodney Hill, cornerback Dwayne Wells, and defensive lineman Malcolm Ray., among others, entered the transfer portal. However, they added Marvin Jones Jr. from Georgia. Jones is a massive addition, registering 4.5 TFLs and a sack this season.