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Florida State notebook: November 24

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FSU’s offense speaks as it gears up for Virginia

Don Juan Moore

Update, 12 p.m.

While Dabo Swinney insists on continuing to rotate between tripping over his own foot and sticking it in his mouth, Mike Norvell gave his final word on the Clemson and Florida State debacle, saying, “we’re moving on.”

Norvell only addressed a single question today regarding Saturday, staying true to his word that the team’s focus was now on Virginia.

The coach was a little disappointed with the execution in practice, saying while the effort was there, so were mistakes.

“We brought the right attitude and mentality to practice. Today was a step back from the level that we had been performing at. We’ve got to live up to the expectation of what our program requires.”

“I want to see continued growth. We’ve shown growth in the run game and the ability to consistently move the ball. We need to develop the consistency in the passing game and winning one on one opportunities.”

We also spoke with quarterback Tate Rodemaker, receiver Keyshawn Helton and tight end Camren McDonald.

Each spoke on the let down from Saturday but emphasized that they’re still excited for the potential makeup of it in December.

“Immediately we were disappointed but Coach Norvell informed us we would still have the opportunity to play it,” McDonald said. “Hopefully we get to return to that game plan because we thought we had some good things to throw at them.”

“This weekend was a representation of how Norvell has our backs and the best in mind for this program. That meant a lot to us.”

Rodemaker spoke on his approach to last week, saying he took the majority of first team reps and that it was gearing up to be a gametime decision for who would be under center.

“I think I’ve come a little ways since spring since I got here. It just comes with getting more game reps, I still have a long way to go.”

Both Helton and McDonald also spoke on the community service the team has been doing, and what it’s meant to them.

This program is bigger than just football,” Helton said. “Other people go through things outside of football. I’ve always believed in giving back to the community.”

“Community service is definitely very, very big to me. I’m proud that it’s an emphasis in this program,” McDonald said.


“Everyone here was excited, and wanted the opportunity to compete. the protocols that are in place to ensure the health and well-being of our athletes, we don’t take lightly. Football coaches are not doctors. Some of us might think we are.”

Mike Norvell addressed the Florida State Seminoles vs. Clemson Tigers postponement on Monday — and left no questions about his feelings concerning ducking accusations unanswered.

He, along with offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham, defensive coordinator Adam Fuller and special teams/defensive ends coach John Papuchis all shared that message, along with another one — the team has its sights set on Virginia, not last weekend.

“I’m looking to compete every opportunity we get,” Dillingham said. “We’re excited to compete against Virginia, and Clemson in a few weeks.”

We’re set to hear from Norvell as well as other members of the team today as part of scheduled media availability. You can follow along both in the comment section and on our Twitter, and in the meantime, drop any questions you have in the comments and we’ll try to get to them.