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Florida State practice notebook: November 25

The defense — and Jordan Travis — take their turn at the podium

Don Juan Moore

Update, 12:50 p.m.

We kept things short and sweet today, as Florida State continues prepping to take on Virginia in what could potentially be its final home game of the year.

Head coach Mike Norvell had no major personnel updates, outside of a few players still attempting to rehab and get ready for the Cavaliers, and said that the team had a great bounce back from what he described as an “average” practice yesterday.

He also touched on the team’s Thanksgiving plans — and his own, saying he better do a good job, since his family was sitting right there next to him.

Quarterback Jordan Travis talked about his recovery process — “it was tough not being out there with the boys,” but “I’m back and I’m happy and I’m thankful.” He also addressed being the “older brother” in the quarterback room, taking a page from James Blackman’s book before him to help as much as he can to lead the younger guys.

Senior linebacker Emmett Rice spoke on Virginia’s offense, which presents yet another dual-threat quarterback for the Seminoles to deal with.

“We gotta focus on getting lined up because they come out in a lot of funky formations. We just gotta get lined up and execute.

“As a team, we just have to know our rush lanes and not give them easy access.”

“It’s one of those things I don’t really have any control of what people want to spend their time or focus on.

I will say that, once again, all the information that our medical advisors used to make the decision for the game on Saturday came directly from Clemson’s medical advisors.

Like I said, I appreciate the transparency, I appreciate the information that was shared and then the people that made the decision made the best decision that they thought for the program. That is the protocol of the ACC that they are the ones that make that decision.

“I’m really pretty much done talking about it — and we’re moving forward.”

And that’s all Mike Norvell has to say about that.

FSU is fully focusing its attention on Virginia, moving on from the verbal fracas that Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney has insisted on continuing in the wake of the postponement of Saturday’s game.

Florrida State is looking to secure just its second ACC and Power Five win this year — and third overall — vs. a Cavaliers team that has seemingly found its groove since a four-game losing streak at the top of the season.

“They’ve kind of gotten in sync here the last couple weeks, they’ve won their last three.” defensive coordinator Adam Fuller said on Saturday. “In their last game, they threw the ball successfully a lot more. Anytime you have a quarterback back there that could run and throw the ball, that causes some issues.

They’re probably playing their best football right now, and it starts with the quarterback [Brennan Armstrong]. I think he’s done a really good job here, especially as of late, just taking what the defense gives them.”

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.