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Camm McDonald, Amari Gainer talk about the Seminoles’ rivalry loss.

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Florida State football lost their second straight game to open up the season, as Miami blew them out by a score of 52-10. There weren’t many bright spots tonight but we heard from two FSU players that had positive impacts on the game.

Amari Gainer led the FSU defense with 8 total tackles on the night. He also contributed a tackle for loss. We heard from the linebacker after the game.

On Miami’s third down conversions: “We just gotta finish. We knew that coming in. We have to focus on finishing.”

On how he keeps composure in a loss like tonight: “Composure is always key. You always have to stay composed no matter what’s going on. You just got to go out there and think about making a play.”

On progress from game one to game two: “It definitely wasn’t progress. We just have to go and get better and practice harder. Everybody has to step up.”

For Gainer’s full presser, see below:

Camren McDonald was the most productive receiver for the Seminoles on the night. He had six receptions for 58 yards. He also scored Florida State’s only touchdown on a screen pass from James Blackman.

On second-half differences: “I think we just had a one-play mentality coming out of half and that helped us.”

On Tate Rodemaker: “I was just impressed with his overall demeanor. The way that he approached it, I was impressed. I am excited about the future of Tate, I really am.”

On Norvell’s absence: “Coach Norvell not being there is significant because he is our program’s leader. You always feel in control of the situation when Coach Norvell is there.”

On Lawrance Toafili: “The way that he carries the ball. He runs downhill. He makes people miss. I’m just so excited about the young group of guys we have.”

For McDonald’s full presser, see below: