Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher feels consistent tight end play could provide a comfort level for true freshman quarterback James Blackman, who will be making his first start against N.C. State on Saturday.
Fisher understands that his young quarterback will need help from every player around him, especially from a deep unit like the tight end position, which is led by two fourth year juniors. Starter Ryan Izzo and Marvin Saunders can expect more production for the remainder of the season. The Seminoles coach feels Izzo can become that reliable receiver for Blackman, which could go a long way as far as offensive production. Fisher also believes the friendship with Saunders could provide some comfort as well.
“Those guys are big friends,” Fisher said to Tallahassee Democrat staff writer Wayne E McGahee III, “A guy who knows what to do, how to take edges off, how to help in protection, can protect when he has to. Different scenarios like that.”
Fisher hopes their on-field relationship can develop into what Jameis Winston had with Nick O’Leary. He been pleased with the recent development of Saunders, even though, he struggled in preseason camp.
The FSU coach is a big fan of Izzo, and acknowledged after the Alabama game that he was one of the Seminoles top players in the game. The tight end has been that way for a long time.