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Mike Norvell confirms Tate Rodemaker game-day decision for ACC Championship vs. Louisville

He was 12 of 25 for 134 yards against Florida — overall this season, he’s 32 of 56 for 510 yards and five touchdowns

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Florida State head coach Mike Norvell confirmed on Friday that quarterback Tate Rodemaker will be a game-day decision, saying that the redshirt junior is “working through the process” after passing a sideline concussion test last Saturday but experiencing some symptoms on Sunday.

He’s practiced in a limited capacity, with Brock Glenn getting the bulk of snaps with the first team.

Rodemaker left the Seminoles’ win over the Gators late in the fourth quarter after taking an illegal shot to the head from two different Florida players while trying to pick up first down via scramble on third and long.

He was 12 of 25 for 134 yards against Florida — overall this season, he’s 32 of 56 for 510 yards and five touchdowns.

Glenn scored his first Florida State touchdown two weeks ago against North Alabama and is listed as the second quarterback behind Rodemaker on this week’s depth chart.

A four-star prospect who was the No. 13 quarterback in last year’s class, he came into the game in relief of Rodemaker for two plays during the win over the Gators.

Tomahawk Nation’s Jordan Silversmith noted the freshman as a standout performer during FSU’s Tuesday practice:

After Jordan Travis’ heartbreaking injury, every QB room member was given a new opportunity. So far, the Memphis native has seized the moment. He does not seem overwhelmed by the moment or facing the studs on the FSU defense. His passes are on time, on target, and delivered with plenty of zip. Today, his best play went incomplete, but it showcased all of his talent. The play called for an RPO, and Glenn pulled the ball. However, no one underneath was open. He instead rolled right to extend the play and fired a 25-yard dart on the run that fell off Johnny Wilson’s hands and hit the greying grass. He is still a freshman and struggles with pressure in his face, but he reads the field incredibly well. Instead of putting the ball in harm’s way during a couple 1 on 1 routes, the freshman calmly tucked the ball and turned to the next rep. Alex Atkins described Brock Glenn the best during his media availability yesterday.

“Brock is going to be an exceptional football player...he doesn’t miss a rep even when he’s not in there...he is preparing himself like a starter ever since I met him.”

On Wednesday, however, he noted that both Rodemaker and Glenn had struggles:

Tate Rodemaker looked indecisive in his decisions and still needed help knowing when his throws needed zip or air. Brock Glenn processed information quickly for the second day but made true freshman mistakes. His issue results from inconsistency, where he will do everything right one play, and then Mike Norvell will be in his year the next. AJ Duffy has been steady the last two practices but has not put on display any eye-popping displays or impressive moments. Not all of the miscues on offense can be blamed on the quarterbacks. Many wide receivers dropped simple passes on strictly route-running drills with no defense. At least five snaps hit the turf during 11 on 11 or scout teamwork throughout the day, which created a livid Alex Atkins. After practice, Mike Norvell did not seem concerned about the up-and-down play from his QBs.

“I think they’re embracing the challenge that they have against the team that we are going against, and they’re continuing to work through it.”

Florida State, who opened as a 5.5 point favorite over Louisville, is now favored by 1 point according to DraftKings.


Florida State Seminoles vs. Louisville Cardinals: How to watch

Date

Saturday, December 2

Time

8:00 p.m.

Watch

ABC

Stream

ESPN

Listen

ESPN National Radio (Sirius CH. 80)

Seminoles Radio Network, SiriusXM RADIO FSU Broadcast: CH. 82


Florida State vs. Louisville: Game notes

» Florida State is 12-0 for the fourth time in program history, joining the 1999, 2013 and 2014 teams, and completed a perfect regular season for the seventh time. FSU is one of five remaining undefeated FBS teams in 2023.

» FSU is making its sixth ACC Championship Game appearance and first since 2014. The Seminoles are 4-1 all-time in the conference title game and have won three ACC Championship Game appearances in a row. Florida State’s wins and appearances are both the 2nd-highest totals in the ACC since the championship game debuted in 2005.

» The Seminoles are No. 4 in this week’s Associated Press poll. It is the 13th consecutive week FSU has been ranked in the top-5, the program’s longest streak since 2013-14 when Florida State was in the top-5 for 27 consecutive polls.

» The win at Florida completed an unbeaten season on the road for the 11th time in program history and extended the Seminoles’ overall winning streak to 18 games, the longest active streak in the ACC and 3rd-longest active streak in the country. During its streak, which is also the 2nd-longest in program history and 3rd-longest ever by an ACC program, Florida State has outscored its opponents 718-310.

» FSU has held every opponent this season to fewer than 30 points. The 12-game streak is the longest active in the ACC and the 3rd-longest active streak in the country. The last time Florida State held 12 straight opponents to fewer than 30 points was a 12-game streak in 2015, which also covered every game of the regular season.

» The Seminoles boast one of the nation’s best pass defenses, leading the country in opponent completion percentage (47.6) and pass breakups (67). FSU’s defense also ranks 2nd nationally in total passes defended (76), 4th in fewest passing touchdowns allowed (8) and 5th in opponent passing efficiency (100.32).

» Florida State (47.6%) is the only team in the nation forcing more incompletions than completions allowed. The last time a P5 team held its opponents below 50 percent completions in a season was 2018, when Michigan and LSU posted marks of 49.5 and 49.7 percent, respectively, and the last time FSU held its opponents below 50 percent completions for a season was 2012.

» FSU leads the ACC in both scoring offense (38.8, 10th nationally) and scoring defense (16.8, 11th), and is the only team in the ACC and one of four nationally ranked in the top-12 in both categories.

» Florida State is one of five teams in the country ranked in the top-30 in both pass defense (175.3, 10th) and passing offense (276.5, 26th).

» The Seminoles rank 5th nationally in 3rd-down defense (28.5%) and pass efficiency defense (100.32) and are 7th in the country in sacks per game (3.17).

» Florida State’s offense leads the ACC in fewest turnovers (5, 1st nationally), fewest interceptions thrown (2, 2nd), turnover margin per game (+0.92), touchdowns scored (60, 9th), passing efficiency (155.64, 21st), yards per completion (13.71, 21st) and red zone offense (89.8%, 26th).

» FSU leads the ACC and ranks 3rd in the country with a kickoff return average of 27.08 yards, and their net punting average of 43.54 yards per punt is 4th nationally.

» Florida State’s defense has faced 59 plays inside their 10-yard line this season and allowed just 15 touchdowns. In the 45-24 win over No. 5 LSU, the Seminoles faced 10 snaps inside their own 5-yard line and allowed only two scores. On LSU’s first drive of the game, the Tigers had six plays inside the five-yard line, including four snaps from the 1-yard line, and the FSU defense forced a turnover on downs with a 13-yard sack on 4th-and-1.