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Florida State fall camp notebook: August 14

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FSU is back on the field after an interesting Thursday.

Update, 12:15 PM

Mike Norvell got to talk much more about football today after a hectic day of media availability yesterday. The ‘Noles head coach mentioned that today was another big day of situational drills for them, before their first official scrimmage in Doak Campbell Stadium tomorrow night.

Norvell said that the defense dominated today’s practice, and that the offense is still coming along. Two guys that Norvell singled out were Jarvis Brownlee and Raymond Woodie. Both players have been mentioned multiple times for getting turnovers early in camp. Norvell said, “Both those guys are doing a really nice job. They’re continuing to show effort and the buy-in. Also showing up huge in special teams work. Those two guys have had really good weeks.”

The new offensive system is bringing back the full back to FSU. Norvell said freshman DJ Lundy and redshirt senior Armani Kerr have been the main contributors there so far.

Norvell also mentioned that he is yet to talk to Warren Thompson since his message on twitter yesterday, but that his team is “on the same page.”

Update, 12:40 PM

We heard from DB Coach Marcus Woodson for the first time this fall today. Woodson mentioned that this is the deepest defensive back room that he’s ever coached. With that depth, comes the ability to rotate guys in and out and play as a unit. Woodson said, We will definitely work as a unit this year. I’ve got more depth this year than I’ve ever experienced... Not a lot of rotating within a series, but by series.”

Woodson also spoke very highly of defensive coordinator Adam Fuller, even calling him a future head coach. On working with Fuller, he said, “It’s been a great experience. Adam is a young, sharp up and coming coordinator, and future head coach.”

Update, 12:45 PM

Tight end Camren McDonald met with the media today. McDonald talked about the new offensive system he’s in and how it can bring out the most of the whole tight end group. He said, “The demands of the tight end in this offense is more than I’ve ever done in my career. We’re a feature not only in the run game but also the pass game.”

McDonald is one of many guys that has seen an increase in weight and strength since Josh Storms took over the weight room at FSU. On his weight gain and the physical standpoint of the team, McDonald said, “From a physical standpoint, Coach Storms has done an outstanding job with the whole team. I see it with myself and in my teams.”

We’ll update this piece with video for each interview when they become available.


Well, after the last few days, today’s been a little boring so far, huh?

After a day in which Florida State Seminoles football was thrust back in the national spotlight for the wrong reasons, things have been relatively quiet on the homefront — a welcome breath of fresh air in the year 2020. FSU is back practicing in full pads again Friday, prepping for what should be a scrimmage tomorrow.

“You start to see them play a little bit faster,” Norvell said Wednesday. “You continue to work in a lot of different combinations. You try to create as much competition as possible. Still early in camp building up towards this scrimmage situation here on Saturday.”

As has been the routine throughout fall practice, head coach Mike Norvell and a couple players will be meeting with the media at around 11:30 a.m. and we’ll be updating you in the comments section below.