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Florida State fall camp notebook: August 18

Back out on the practice field.


Today, we heard from Florida State Seminoles football head coach Mike Norvell, as well as running backs coach and recruiting coordinator David “YAC” Johnson, running back and athlete Ja’Khi Douglas, defensive back Demorie Tate and linebacker/fullback DJ Lundy.

Here are some highlights:


“Really pleased with the response from our guys. Came out and had a much better mindset. Physical practice. The physicality definitely showed up. Thought it was a good day.”

“Pleased with the continued development from James Blackman, he’s having a really nice camp. James is a great young man. I really like his personality. He embraces the coaching.”

“Anytime you have great leaders of men, it helps, and that’s what we have. I think the key to being a good offensive coach is being able to adapt to the players you have to best use their ability.”

“I want the players to get pissed at me and want me to coach them even harder.”

“If today’s going to be my last day on this earth, I want to make sure I give it my all. That’s the mindset I want from my players.”


“[Corey Wren] is extremely fast, you can see it from day one. This kid is really professional.”

“I think Kenny [Dillingham] is doing a really good job with the QBs. I think Jordan Travis is going to be really good, he brings something different. And James Blackman, both of them are really athletic.”

“Coach Atkins is one of the smartest coaches and best recruiters I’ve been around.”


“When I came in, they were really looking at me being receiver. I can do more and show my talent on the field at running back.”

“Being split out as receiver, that’s my first choice. Running routes and catching the ball, that’s what I really like in the offense.”

“James Blackman, I see him as a big brother. He helps me a lot.”


“It’s great working with Coach Woodson, great coach, great human. i’ve got a great relationship with him.”

“I think it’s real smart how [defensive coordinator Adam Fuller] put together his scheme. It helps me a lot because I can play both sides of the field. I like what he’s doing a lot.”


“It’s been a process. Just a lot of learning stuff, like blocking and being a lead blocker.”

“Wrestling, it teaches you leverage and also helps with your hands. it helps me to get off blocks. Also my mindset, gets me mentally ready to compete.”

“It’s really just pushing myself to be the best version of me.”

Yesterday, Florida State Seminoles football head coach Mike Norvell dropped the news that tight end Jordan Wilson (year) and quarterback Chubba Purdy (a few weeks) would be out with injuries.

Outside of that, Norvell voiced some frustration with his offense’s production on the practice field yesterday, saying “they couldn’t do much of anything.” It felt similar to his feelings from Saturday’s scrimmage, in which he hedged their performance by saying they had to work on consistency.

He also took the time to speak on his goals and process for helping strengthen up his team’s mental fortitude:

“I want workouts to be challenging, I want workouts and practices to push guys to new limits that they don’t think they can go because they get to make the choice to take their game and be able to have that mental toughness so that they’re prepared to respond. When we play on game day, I don’t want there to be any emotion, I don’t want there to be anything that they feel that they haven’t already experienced before.

If I can help create an atmosphere at practice that’s going to bring that game type of intensity and those guys understand how to block out all that extra noise, then they’re going to be able to play at a very high level, especially when the pressure is on.”

We expect to hear from Norvell and other members of the team starting at 11:30 a.m. today. Follow along in the comments throughout the day, as well as on our Twitter and Instagram.