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Florida State practice updates: September 23

Hearing from the FSU defense.

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We spoke with Florida State Seminoles defensive ends coach and special teams coordinator John Papuchis, who talked the potential of Corey Wren at kick return, what challenges are presented by D’Eriq King as well as the status of Joshua Kaindoh.

While the defensive end, hurt in the season opener, has been progressing well, Papuchis wasn’t ready to make a call on his playing status.

“We’ll see,” Papuchis said during media availability. “I’m not gonna make any determinations this far out (from the Miami game).”

Defensive back Renardo Green and linebacker Emmett Rice also spoke with the media, both taking the time to address their expectations for themselves and the team heading into Saturday’s game.

“We just gotta lock into our assignments and do what we need to do to get the job done,” Green said. “Any mistake that happens, no matter the call or reason, we always prepare and execute so we can do better the next game out.”

“You don’t know what play will be the game-changing play, so you gotta be ready every play,” Rice said.

Florida State Seminoles football is amping up for its primetime rivalry showdown against the No. 12 Miami Hurricanes, prepping for what has so far been one of the hottest offenses in the country, anchored by quarterback D’Eriq King and led by new offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee.

D’Eriq King is a special player,” Norvell said of the Houston Cougars transfer during media availability last week. “I think he’s one of the most dynamic players in college football. He’s very, very talented in all aspects.”

Norvell spoke on his history with Miami’s new coordinator this Monday.

“Rhett, I’ve known for a long time.... he was the graduate assistant for Coach [Gus] Malzahn at Arkansas, then Coach Malzahn went to Tulsa and Rhett decided not to make that move, which is what kind of provided the opportunity for me to go and become a [graduate assistant] with Coach Malzahn at Tulsa [in 2007].

“We’ve gone against each other a good number of times over the years and a lot of respect for what he does...we’re going to have to do a great job defensively in all aspects because they’re very versatile in their attack, the running game, the passing game. He’s going to put you in some challenging situations with special plays or trick plays.”

“They’re playing real well right now,” defensive coordinator Adam Fuller said on Monday. They’re playing at a high level, and they are definitely a challenge right now.”

“[King] has put a lot of things on tape so far in his career that pose challenges to defenses.”

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