FLORIDA STATE— Head coach Mike Norvell addressed the media today following a bye week and coming off two straight victories against FBS opponents including the North Carolina Tar Heels. This Saturday, the Seminoles will kick off homecoming with the University of Massachusettes at Noon E.T.
- Former FSU offensive coordinator and now UMass head coach Walt Bell is coming off his first win of the season and Mike Norvell discussed his approach to Bell’s
“This is a team that's multiple in what they do, they’re coming off their first win, a bye week just like us. They're multiple defensively, they're gonna show a mix of everything. Three-down four-down fronts, pressures trying to keep you off balance, same in special teams. Offensively they're a team that can run the football they’ve done a nice job with that. They’re continuing to grow in the passing game, they want to be able to push the ball down the field. For us we have to find a way to disrupt the quarterback, they’ve been good at protecting the quarterback.”
- Quarterback Jordan Travis threw for 145-yards and three touchdowns and was one of the sparks the team needed to pull off the victory over the Tar Heels. Coach Norvell spoke on that:
“I thought he came out of the North Carolina game as good as he has, out of any game these past couple of years. A lot of confidence just in how he played, how he took care of his body in that game. With the continued work that he’s trying to do, I think you're seeing a very efficient version of him in running the offense. He completed the last 11 of passes at North Carolina.”
“Him being able to push the ball down the field is something I think this offense needs.”
- During the bye, the Florida State coaching staff was able to go out and watch recruits play in person, visit their schools meet with their coaches.
“We hit pretty good. Wednesday afternoon I was on a plane and got a chance to see a practice, I was at a game Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, some of those nights—multiple games. It’s important to me that we have that presence. Since I’ve had the job we had one contact period for about twenty days was the only time I was able to go out and really be in the state. We tried to maximize since September first hit in the evaluation period.”
The rest of Norvell’s interview can be seen below: