“I’m doing well,” said offensive lineman Devontay Love-Taylor after Wednesday’s practice. Florida State football’s top offensive lineman has been working his way back to the field after a late-season knee injury in 2020. Love-Taylor likened the process of getting back in the mix to riding a bike. He said, “It’s like riding a bike. Even if you haven’t done it in a while, you still remember how. I’m just shaking the rust off a little bit, but I’m getting there.”
Being out in the spring gave Love-Taylor a different perspective of practice. Now that he’s back on the field, he’s the ‘happiest guy on the field.’ Love-Taylor said, “It was a long process and I’m glad to be back. I come out here and I promise I’m the happiest person on the field because in spring ball, I had to just sit and watch. Now being back out here, I don’t take another hard practice or anything like that for granted.”
Despite missing a lot of field time with his teammates, the chemistry is still there for the veteran offensive lineman. “I don’t have to rebuild chemistry because I’m playing with all the same guys I’ve played with. Me and (Notre Dame Fighting Irish transfer) Dillan (Gibbons), we hung out a lot in the offseason so our chemistry’s there. We don’t just have five at a time with chemistry, we have full room chemistry now.”
FSU added transfers Keir Thomas (South Carolina Gamecocks) and Jermaine Johnson (Georgia Bulldogs) to its defensive line over the offseason. Love-Taylor stressed that they aren’t just making FSU’s d-line better, but also the offensive line. “They do everything well. They’re both good players. They both came from the SEC and were very productive. Jermaine’s (Johnson) a long, fast guy. Keir is a strong, powerful guy. Iron sharpens iron, they make me better everyday,” said Love-Taylor.
For Love-Taylor’s full interview (via Noles247), see below: