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Notes from Mike Norvell call-in show: Week 4

FSU head coach talks Miami loss, season outlook

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The calendar has turned to Monday once again, and Florida State football head coach Mike Norvell will speak live on ABC at 7 p.m.

The program will air locally in Tallahassee, and you can stream it here.

If you are unable to watch Norvell, or you would like to follow along and join in on the discussion, Tomahawk Nation will be providing live updates and quotes below in the comments section.

Hosted by Tom Block, the show will also feature live interviews with an assistant coach as well as a top player on the team.

Florida State (0-2, 0-2 ACC) is fresh off a 52-10 blowout to rival Miami last Saturday. Norvell will hash out what went wrong for FSU last week, but also likely will focus on possible changes in the lineup for Florida State. Freshman quarterbacks Tate Rodemaker and Chubba Purdy continue to push incumbent starter and redshirt junior James Blackman for playing time under center.

Update: 8:23 PM

One of the biggest takeaway’s from Saturday’s loss to Miami was freshman running back Lawrance Toafili’s 99 total yards on 10 touches. Head coach Mike Norvell amplified that performance on this evening’s call-in show.

Tonight’s show featured Norvell, running back’s coach and recruiting coordinator David Johnson, and Toafili. Norvell started things off by stating the team needs to improve on converting third downs offensively, stopping third downs on defense, and also limiting penalties on both sides of the ball.

On Toafili, Norvell said, “Lawrance is a guy that we’ve been really excited about. Every week we’ve seen him grown in his confidence, his understanding.”

“His overall versatility as a back. He is very elusive when he gets the ball in his hands. Couple that with the type of man he is off the field, he is a very humble young man and hard-working. He’s got a wonderful personality. Very excited to see him grow.”

Johnson, Toafili’s position coach, echoed those sentiments. “I think he is fearless. He is a wiry player, he’s a tall kid but he runs behind his pads. He does a great job of catching the ball out of the backfield. And he’s a good kid, a good team player.”

Then, Toafili himself gave a charismatic interview. The freshman tailback was a natural in front of the camera, discussing why FSU is his “dream school” and how he “never really liked the Gators”.

When asked about receiving more playing time after his strong performance Saturday, Toafili said with a smile “It that’s what it is, then that’s what it is.”