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Noles News: Mike Norvell earns another Coach of the Year nomination

Norvell has also been voted ACC Coach of the Year, the AFCA Region 1 Coach of the Year and was named the 2023 Dodd Trophy recipient

Mike Norvell, Fabien Lovett celebrate after the Florida State Seminoles defeated the Louisville Cardinals 16-6 in Charlotte, NC on Saturday, December 2, 2023.
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Football

Another week, another honor for Florida State head coach Mike Norvell, who was named one of five finalists for the George Munger Coach of the Year Award, which is presented by the Maxwell Football Club:

After leading the Seminoles to a 13-1 record with an appearance in the Capital One Orange Bowl, Norvell has also been voted this year’s ACC Coach of the Year, the AFCA Region 1 Coach of the Year, the 2023 Dodd Trophy recipient, one of eight finalists for the Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year and one of 12 finalists for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award.

Norvell produced the third 13-win season in Florida State history, joining the 2013 national championship team and the 2014 College Football Playoff semifinalists. Norvell is the sixth different ACC coach to lead his team to an undefeated record in conference play since 2000.

The Seminoles have eight wins this season over bowl-eligible Power 5 conference teams, the most in the country, and also are tied for the national lead with four wins in games it trailed by at least 10 points. FSU was the only team that produced a stretch in which it outscored its opponent by at least 17 points in every regular-season game in 2023, and its eight games with a plus-24 scoring run ranked second.

Norvell’s team placed a program-record 25 selections on the All-ACC teams, including at least one at every position, led by Player of the Year quarterback Jordan Travis. FSU’s eight first-team selections were the most in the conference, and Florida State also topped the ACC in second-team and third-team honorees.

The Seminoles lead the nation in opponent completion percentage, pass breakups and passes defended while ranking second in fewest interceptions thrown and third in net punting. FSU also ranks sixth in passing efficiency defense, sacks and third-down defense and is seventh in average kickoff return.

Florida State boasts the ACC’s top scoring offense while also leading the conference in yards per completion, sacks per game, kickoff return average, fewest interceptions thrown and fewest total turnovers.

This year’s George Munger Coach of the Year recipient will be announced January 10.

The head man was on-scene to help welcome the newest Seminoles:

After taking a look at FSU’s outlook on offense moving forward in 2024, Jordan Silversmith dove into the Seminoles’ defensive personnel — where are Florida State’s strengths, and where are its weaknesses?

One area that FSU is still looking to build up depth at is defensive end — Orange Bowl co-starter Gilber Edmond became the latest transfer portal entrant on Wednesday, with the former South Carolina Gamecock leaving Tallahassee after one season:

Soccer

Can Florida State forward Onyi Echegini earn FSU’s fourth MAC Hermann Trophy? We’ll find out on Friday:

Echegini is one of three finalists as she is joined by Eleanor Dale from Nebraska and Brecken Mozingo from BYU.

Echegini is hoping to secure FSU’s fourth MAC Hermann Trophy as Jaelin Howell won the award in 2020 and 2021 while Mami Yamaguchi won the award in 2007. If Echegini were to win the award, FSU’s four MAC Hermann trophies would be the third-most of any program behind North Carolina and Stanford. FSU would also have won the award in three out of the last four seasons.

Echegini put together one of the best seasons in school history as she posted a career-high and ACC-leading 16 goals this season. Along with being the Honda Sports winner for women’s soccer, Echegini was also named the ACC Offensive Player of the Year. Echegini added five assists for a total of 37 points for the 2023 National Champions.

Basketball

Not a bad way to resume ACC play — Florida State men’s basketball, as Tomahawk Nation’s Matt Minnick masterfully wrote, swatted down the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in Tallahassee with a 82-71 victory that was never particularly in question:

This defensive effort against Lipscomb would have resulted in a 20 point win. For a team that claims to want to make the NCAA Tournament, they have to figure out a way to defend with intensity in games where their shot is off.

The FSU bench scored 42 points in this one, something we haven’t seen in years. In what used to be a Leonard Hamilton special, all 12 guys who played scored.

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