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Florida State defensive tackle talks decision to return to school, initial Norvell impressions

Plus, hear from Joshau Kaindoh on his adjustments for spring so far.

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Today, players spoke with the media following a Mike Norvell press conference and luncheon, and three players who suffered serious injuries last year, Marvin Wilson, Joshua Kaindoh and Hamsah Nasirildeen, got the chance to talk about the new spring program.

Wilson, the highest profile of the bunch, spoke on his decision to return to school despite being pegged as a potential first-round pick in the NFL Draft.

“I was really thinking about (declaring), but at the same time, (my) injury helped me really sit back and think about all the things I wanted to do at Florida State. Fell in love with the school, fell in love with the process of becoming great, so I figured, why not one last year?”

He also touched on his initial impressions of Norvell:

“Everything he talked about, you could see a little passionate burning in his eyes,” Wilson said. “He was serious about everything he said, you know, he don’t just say things that he doesn’t mean.”

As for Kaindoh, the junior spoke about how he’s been focusing on the mental aspects of his game (and his grades, since he’s set to graduate this summer), as well as getting used to the new role he has as a mentor to the younger players.

“Younger dudes, who are having a hard time, I want to help them out,” Kaindoh said. “That’s going to help me and him, at the same time.”

Hamsah Nasirildeen, himself recovering from a serious injury in the regular season finale against Florida, also got the chance to talk Friday, talking about how he feels the level of buy-in for Mike Norvell’s program is high.

Hear the full interview from all three below: