Here we are, game week. Mike Norvell held his first Florida State Seminoles football game week press conference this afternoon, shortly after Florida State released their week one depth chart, which you can see here. (You can also see our reactions here.)
There are many uncertainties around the entire season, but FSU isn’t worried on the uncertainties. Norvell has continued to stress to his team to just control the things they can control. The coaching staff is ready for the curveballs the 2020 season throws at them. Norvell said, “We’ve got a plan B, C, D. You always go into a season with a plan B. At every position we have our thoughts if something happens. That is something every program is having to do during this time.”
Norvell mentioned early on in his presser that Hamsah Nasirildeen will not be available this week as he continues back from rehab. One guy that could benefit from that is Travis Jay, who Norvell called “a star of camp” today. Jay is listed with Renardo Green as one of the starters at free safety. He’s also listed first at kick and punt return.
It was an interesting fall camp for Norvell with wide receiver Warren Thompson. From being calling out administration, to sitting out, to back at camp, and now listed as a starter. On Thompson, Norvell said, “I love Warren. The type of young man he is, the heart that he has. This is an unprecedented time in the things we have had to go through. We were able to work through that process.”
Kalen DeLoach was another young player listed as a starter today. On DeLoach and his impact at the linebacker spot, Norvell said, “He posses great athleticism and speed...great skill set in pass coverage.”
The Seminoles have plans to use many different packages with many different players. That could be important early on this year, especially with teams never having seen Norvell’s offense in the ACC before. On the diverse scheme, Norvell said, “We’re not an offense that’s going to put somebody in a spot and just leave them there.”
For Norvell’s first presser, see below: