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VIDEO: Mike Norvell believes FSU is progressing in the right direction

“I think the guys are working at a high level and I’m excited about the direction that we’re going.”

Brett Nevitt

“I think the guys are working at a high level and I’m excited about the direction that we’re going,” said Mike Norvell after Florida State football’s Wednesday practice. The head coach met with the media for a full press conference for the first time this week after a practice of full pads. Norvell said, “Good work day today. Got back in full pads after a productive day yesterday. It was a big focus on ourselves, but also got an introduction to Notre Dame. I thought our guys responded well to the heavy workload yesterday and really put together a very productive practice here this morning.”

After the big work day today in full pads, the ‘Noles will focus more on special teams work tomorrow. “I like the growth that I’m seeing, the continued competition. I feel like we’re on track for where we need to be, but we have to continue to get better. Tomorrow will be a little bit lighter load as we have a big special teams emphasis as well as trying to hit some key situations.”

Norvell has liked the team’s focus and intensity in week three of practice. But the head coach also knows it’s something that has to be consistent everyday to be their identity. He said, “At the end of the day, we’ve got a top ten opponent coming in here on September 5th. I just want us to be the best version of us. I believe in this team, I believe in who we have. We get to showcase our identity come September 5th.”

Treshaun Ward was the player of the day on Wednesday. The running back broke three runs for big gains, including a 70-yard touchdown as he sped past the defense down the sideline. On Ward, Norvell said, “He’s a really good running back. He was on scout team last year for most of the year... He just kept showing up. He’s really emerged as a go-to guy for us.”

For Norvell’s full press conference (via Noles247), see below: