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    FSU football camp check-in, 2022 season predictions

    FSU football camp check-in, 2022 season predictions

    The Florida State Seminoles football season is less than two weeks away so the Seminole Wrap crew — Brian Pellerin and Jon Marchant — brought in Tommy Mire for his perspective from FSU practice over the last few weeks.
    We get notes on wide receiver Johnny Wilson’s progress into a matchup nightmare for defenses, wide receiver Mycah Pittman’s comparing quarterback Jordan Travis to Los Angeles Chargers star and his former QB at Oregon Justin Herbert, growth of the defense and the depth on the offensive line.
    We also look into some of your answers to the FSU football survey like what’s the biggest game on the FSU schedule, will Jordan Travis throw for more than 2,000 yards, will Florida State have a 1,000-yard rusher, will Florida State win more than 6 games and more, with the crew giving their thoughts on each question ahead of the Seminoles season.
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    • 43 min
    FSU football second scrimmage interviews -- Seminoles head coach Mike Norvell, Florida State coordinators

    FSU football second scrimmage interviews -- Seminoles head coach Mike Norvell, Florida State coordinators

    The ‘Noles have shown an exceptional level of competition and focus throughout the summer, growing physically and preparing for a long season ahead. Being able to get a solid look at the team, the scrimmages help the coaching staff learn who knows the playbook, who fits in the best positions, and who’s ready to play this season with only two weeks remaining in fall camp.
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    • 51 min
    3 keys to a successful FSU offense in 2022 -- Noles Quality Control

    3 keys to a successful FSU offense in 2022 -- Noles Quality Control

    TALLAHASSEE FL- This season will be pivotal for Mike Norvell and the Seminoles, while they have improved their offense and raised the floor for this team there are still some major concerns heading into the season.
    They have had an extremely efficient running game with Jordan Travis creating magic scrambling and throwing downfield. But this team still needs to overcome some major questions this season. These three keys are the biggest factors that will make this offense thrive or crash.
    Keeping quarterback Jordan Travis on the field
    I am not a fan of referring to a QBs win-loss record. But given the drop-off in the quality of play without Travis under Norvell, the win-loss record is concerning given that Travis has missed time due to injury or other concerns — with Travis playing, the team is 7-. Without him, they’re 1-7.
    Last season Travis was responsible for 45% of the team's yards from scrimmage and more than 50% of the team's touchdowns while playing around 60% of the dropbacks. They need him to stay on the field.
    In 2021, no other quarterback could get in a rhythm and put together consistent enough play.
    This season the only new quarterback in the building is AJ Duffy, a true freshman who may have a bright future but is still learning how to play at the collegiate level. Travis needs to be healthy for this team and offense to be successful and without him, it will be a struggle to get to make a bowl.
    Production from the receiver position
    Under Mike Norvell, the Seminoles haven’t had a receiver finish a season with more than 30 catches or 400 yards.
    No receiver in the 2021 season had a 100-yard game.
    Last season the struggles at that position were clearly a talent deficit with players being unable to win one on one and create separation.
    But this offseason the team brought in four different receivers via the transfer portal, and some of their young receivers should continue to improve.
    Mycah Pittman will work well in Norvell’s system that focuses so much on production out of the slot. While Johnny Wilson offers a skillset that is lacking, at 6’7 he will be a possession, contested catch monster as long as he can keep up the consistency he’s shown in fall camp.
    While the other two transfers are harder to project, with Winston Wright still making his way back from a leg injury sustained in a car accident and Deuce Spann still mastering the position, this influx of talent should improve the receiving room along with the returning players like Malik McClain, Ja’Khi Douglas, and Ontaria Wilson who have all shown flashes and have been key parts of the offense in year’s past.
    Improving the quality of the offensive line
    In 2021 the offensive line was wildly inconsistent, with the Seminoles’ seeing 21 different starting offensive line combinations in 12 games. No matter how much talent you have, that kind of inconsistency is too much to overcome.
    But Alex Atkins and the staff have been hard at work, bringing in ten new offensive linemen with four coming via the transfer portal. All of the transfers they brought have starting experience at multiple positions.
    While Kayden Lyles went down with a season-ending injury, the team is returning four of their five most experienced starters and with the influx of talent, they should be able to improve the line.
    They need to improve and stay healthy enough to keep Travis on his feet and be able to dominate the line of scrimmage to allow the Seminoles to have a consistent rushing attack.
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    • 9 min
    FSU football in Jacksonville -- head coach Mike Norvell interview after Florida State Seminoles practice

    FSU football in Jacksonville -- head coach Mike Norvell interview after Florida State Seminoles practice

    Florida State held its first practice at UNF this morning. The Seminoles will participate in practice and team activities in Jacksonville today and tomorrow.
    After playing in their first scrimmage of the fall camp last weekend, the coaching staff and players will be back on the field on Saturday for the Noles’ second scrimmage.
    In the offseason, the Seminoles have focused on physical improvement throughout the team, but the focal point in these final weeks will be the players’ mental toughness and knowledge of the playbook. FSU added veterans throughout the lineup that are ready for plenty of snaps on the field, and if they can get quality play from their transfers and some of their freshmen, the depth on this team should be a definite strength.
    Head coach spoke with FSU’s media after practice today to talk about the Seminoles’ road trip and his takeaways from his squad’s day of work, mentioning that the team emphasized short yard and red zone situations to amp up the intensity as camp begins to wind down.
    On today's practice
    “I thought today was a good physical practice, back in full pads. You had some short yardage situations, opportunity to see guys get after it. I thought it was good competitive work.”
    “Our offense started off fast, defense did a good job of responding and I thought the back and forth were really good.”
    On last night's team event
    “Last night we had a team event, guys were able to relax just a little bit, before they hit the dorm rooms, but it was fun, I love this team, I love the guys I get to coach. Such great young men, they have wonderful personalities.”
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    • 10 min
    FSU OL Kayden Lyles out for season, HC Mike Norvell announces -- post-practice interview with Seminoles head coach

    FSU OL Kayden Lyles out for season, HC Mike Norvell announces -- post-practice interview with Seminoles head coach

    As Florida State continues to grind through the preseason, head coach Mike Norvell knows that this week is a crucial one for his squad.
    He said as much after practice Monday, discussing that with the season opener vs. the Duquesne Dukes coming closer and closer, the time for the Seminoles to separate themselves is now.
    He touched on other major topics, including offensive linemen Kayden Lyles’ season-ending injury.
    “I hate it for him with the work that he has put in. He has done a great job since he has gotten here. He’s an incredible person, the relationships that he has built. We will explore all options here moving forward... he is actively going to be a part of what we’re doing but just, unfortunately, won’t be able to be on the field this year.”
    Here are some other excerpts from his availability — you can find the full interview below.
    On Jordan Travis’s performance in fall camp
    “I don’t know if he has had a bad day throughout fall camp. There has been decisions and things he has grown from. I like what I have seen from his continued growth and development as well as all the quarterbacks.”
    On Johnny Wilson and his performance at practice.
    “He is definitely a weapon with his size, speed, and ability to bend ... to watch him run routes and the work he has put in it is really impressive. I am excited about that group. That whole receiver core is elevating themselves through competition.”
    On the upcoming practices in Jacksonville
    “It’s about team, going to a place that is different than you are used too. We will be on a single field. This week we have to come together through the challenge.”
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    • 10 min
    FSU wide receiver room looks good, baseball makes hire official, basketball gets preseason work in Canada -- latest in Florida State Seminoles sports

    FSU wide receiver room looks good, baseball makes hire official, basketball gets preseason work in Canada -- latest in Florida State Seminoles sports

    Hello and welcome to Noles News Now, the latest in Florida State Seminoles sports presented by Tomahawk Nation. I’m your host Perry Kostidakis — let’s hop right in. 
    FSU football has been grinding away on the practice field — after last Saturday’s scrimmage, the Seminoles have amped up the intensity in a week that head coach Mike Norvell has designated as a major one. He said they’ve turned up the notch a bit, saying this week’s upcoming scrimmage on Saturday will help truly identify where and who this team is in its progress.
    Florida State heads out to UNF for an away-from-home two-day camp session in Jacksonville starting Thursday. The excursion is a chance for the team to bond a bit through both travel and planned experiences, as well as get the team used to practice out of its element ahead of the season.
    So far in camp, the team has showcased a different level of depth and talent -- notably, the wide receiver group has looked like a step above what we’ve seen in camp over the last few years, with the staff’s investment in the position over the offseason seemingly paying off. Across the board, good, productive reps are being had, and there isn’t a noticeable drop-off when changing out starters -- a major indicator of progress for Norvell’s squad.
    In basketball news, FSU continues its Canadian exhibition tour, having faced off against Carleton University on Monday. They took down the Ravens 98-64 — an impressive feat given that the bulk of FSU players receiving minutes were fresh faces, either in the form of newbies or walk-ins. 
    FSU baseball made another hire official — the Seminoles announced the addition of Brad Vanderglas as an assistant coach. He’ll work with the Seminole outfielders, manage practices, and lead all instructional camps and clinics.
    If you’ve missed some of the latest episodes that have dropped on our TomahawkNation.com podcast network, do yourselves a favor and scroll back a bit on the feed. We have a great interview with Bryant McFadden breaking down the 2022 season for FSU, an insider look at everything Seminoles basketball and a breakdown of 2023 blue-chip running back commit Samuel Singleton.
    On the website, we’ve got live coverage of today’s FSU football practice action, as well as a preseason update on how Seminoles recruiting is shaking out for the class of 2023.
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