Why did Jordan Travis transfer to FSU from Louisville? Seminole QB’s decision, explained

The stage was perfectly set this season for Jordan Travis to play against his former team for an ACC championship and a playoff berth on Saturday.ooooooo

But the Florida State quarterback will not be on the field against the Cardinals on Saturday after the star’s career ended abruptly with a severe left leg injury against North Alabama in Week 12.

Travis, who transferred to Florida State from Louisville after playing in just three games as a freshman in 2018, has become a premier name in college football over the past three seasons. Since 2021, he has completed 67.1% of his passes for 7,509 yards, 59 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Just two of those have come this year, highlighting one of the most impressive progressions in his game.

Travis was recruited by former co-special teams coordinator and recruiting coordinator Cort Dennison at Louisville as a three-star recruit out of North Palm Beach. But Travis but found himself playing third-string behind Jawon Pass and Malik Cunningham in a power vacuum season following Lamar Jackson going pro. It was a down year overall for Louisville, which went 2-10 on the year and saw Bobby Petrino fired after the season.

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From there, Louisville became an untenable situation for Travis: On Dec.18, 2018, he announced his intention to transfer to Florida State to play in Tallahassee. He joined under the tenure of Willie Taggert, who was fired during his second season with Florida State and first with Travis on the roster. Travis did not play under Taggert, and Odell Haggins took the reigs.

In 2020, Travis finally earned the starting role for Florida State and made an immediate impact. His college football will end with him second in program history in passing yards (8,644), tied for second in passing touchdowns (65), and third in completion percentage with 800-plus attempts (62.5%).

Why did Jordan Travis transfer to Florida State?

Myriad reasons factored into Travis transferring from Louisville but, as with many transfers, his coach’s firing left him on unsteady ground.


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