FSU quarterback Alex Hornibrook came in for an injured James Blackman during the Louisville game and contributed to a much needed victory for the Seminoles. He then started and exceeded expectations in a victory against North Carolina State. During those two games he completed over 70% of his passes and threw for 5 touchdowns without a single interception.
As a recent graduate student transfer, just who is Alex Hornibrook?
Alex Hornibrook, a 6’4” pro-style quarterback from West Chester, Pennsylvania, attended high school at Malvern Prep, where he earned a 3-star composite rating along with the attention of several NCAA football programs, including Wisconsin, Pitt, and Rutgers. Despite an early commitment to the University of Pittsburgh, the left-handed quarterback would go on to join a crowded quarterback room at the University of Wisconsin.
After redshirting his freshman year in 2015, Hornibrook climbed his way to the number 2 spot on the depth chart, before eventually earning the starting job during week 3 against the Michigan State Spartans. He would go on to start for the Badgers for the next two years.
In 2017, Hornibrook had his most successful season throwing for 2,644 yards, 25 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions, culminating in an impressive 258 yard performance against Miami in the Orange Bowl.
Despite his team’s success in 2017, several issues plagued Hornibrook throughout the year, most notably his passing accuracy and turnovers. He went eight straight games with at least one interception per game. He also struggled a bit with his accuracy against tougher opponents, completing less than half of his attempted passes against both Michigan and Ohio State. The excellent Wisconsin defense kept the Badgers in both games, with Ohio State being his only loss of the year. His 2018 campaign was hampered by injury, where he only played in nine games.
Hornibrook’s inconsistency, combined with his injury history, led to some uncertainty about his status as the starting quarterback. Hornibrook would enter the transfer portal in 2019, before committing to the Florida State Seminoles as a graduate transfer this past March.
To date, Hornibrook is playing his best ball, appearing much calmer and more decisive in the pocket than he did for much of his time in Wisconsin, though he may hold on to the ball a bit too long at times. FSU’s Gulf Coast Offense is a quarterback friendly system that requires an accurate passer with a strong arm to push the ball down the field, and so far, Hornibrook seems to be benefiting from it.
FSU fans were looking for a spark, and Hornibrook delivered. However, Hornibrook and FSU are facing theirs biggest challenge yet against Clemson next week. It is also important to note that Coach Taggart has yet to announce his starting quarterback for that game.