Florida State football concluded its Friday practice this morning, their fifth practice in as many days. Mike Norvell met with the media for a presser after practice. Norvell called the day a ‘good work day’ after ‘one of the more physical practices’ this fall. The head coach mentioned that he is happy where the team is at health wise and recent un-availabilities have been due to workloads, not injuries.
Norvell said, “As you get deeper into camp, you have different guys that are available and unavailable for practice and we’re working through that. I will tell you that, halfway through, we’re excited about the health of our team and the availability for guys in a couple weeks against Notre Dame. We don’t have any concerns with anyone we started camp with and really been having very promising reports on guys going through rehabs.”
The Seminoles expect to have impact players from their 2021 class this season. Norvell mentioned that he could see up to six true freshman on the field in the upcoming season. On the class, he said, “I think it’s a really good group. There’s going to be five or six that are going to have an opportunity to impact this team this year. It’s a really good group, a hard working group.”
Yesterday, the ACC announced changes to their Covid-19 rescheduling policies. For fall sports, teams that cannot play because COVID-19-related issues left them without enough players will have to forfeit. Athletes who have received their vaccine will no longer have to take part in the surveillance testing program while their unvaccinated counterparts will continue to receive weekly tests. For teams with a vaccination rate above 85-percent, that means testing will happen a minimum of once per week. Teams below that 85-percent mark will be tested no less than three times per week.
Norvell spoke on that threshold today, “We’re getting closer to that point. We have a lot of guys who have made decisions to put themselves in the best opportunity. I feel good about where we are and especially where we’ll be heading into the first game.”
For Norvell’s full presser from Friday’s practice, see below: