The Florida State Seminoles are off to a doozy of a start to the football season.
Doing something for the first time in decades with this program comes with either an immense amount of success or failure and, despite a pair of close losses, this season has been the latter.
Florida State is off to its first 0-3 start since Bobby Bowden’s first year. And they’ve got their with losses to the likes of Jacksonville State and Wake Forest the last two weeks. Looking at the schedule ahead of them, victories aren’t going to be given to them so improvement is certainly necessary to turn this around. Head coach Mike Norvell speaking on Monday said he expects to see the turnaround starting this week.
#FSU HC Mike Norvell: "I've got confidence in where this team's going, and I'm not talking about years from now -- I'm talking about this week."— Tomahawk Nation (@TomahawkNation) September 20, 2021
He also had no real update on the status of quarterback Jordan Travis’ injury. On the team’s newest depth chart, McKenzie Milton is still listed as the starter, but, as we learned last week, we can’t read too much into that. But there are a few other changes including one in the receiving corps that has struggled quite a bit.
Norvell’s drawn lots of criticism for the offense’s struggles as he has a hand in the play-calling process. Plenty of you are pushing for him to lose those duties — something he said he will not give up — and others want him relieved of his coaching job overall. But I’d urge you to give Jon Marchant’s opinion piece a read on why he thinks patience is the only path forward to get this program back on its feet.
The ACC also announced the kickoff times for the October 2nd slate including Florida State vs. Syracuse.
Part of Jon’s argument for Norvell is centered around the recruiting implications of another transition class for the program, especially with the momentum this group built over the summer.
But has another loss on the field impacted the class? NoleThruAndThru and Josh Pick walk you through everything and chat with you about it all in the latest recruiting thread.
The must-get in the class remains Travis Hunter and he’s getting recognition as one of the Sports Stars of Tomorrow.
Travis Hunter dominates as a WR & a defensive back for Collins Hill High School in Georgia. He is making a strong case to be the number one overall recruit for 2022. He is committed to the Florida State Seminoles @TravisHunterJr @CHHS_Sports @CHHSEaglesFB @FSUFootball pic.twitter.com/nTxAXnC2Ww— Sports Stars of Tomorrow (@SportsStarsTV) September 20, 2021
Alumni in the NFL
A tough week for Jameis Winston this week and that’s all I’ll say on the subject as a Saints fan, but it was a great week for the Florida State defensive backs in the NFL. The guys in the pros were shutting down everything on Sunday.
Lowest Passer Rating When Targeted— PFF (@PFF) September 20, 2021
Jalen Ramsey (25.6)
Asante Samuel Jr. (40.2)
Trevon Diggs (42.0) pic.twitter.com/AO3KY1cJ4K
Derwin James: The highest-graded safety in the NFL (89.9) pic.twitter.com/Tb7zwVwqGF— PFF (@PFF) September 20, 2021
The fall sports have a busy weekend ahead with a lot of games out on the road.
Florida State baseball is still a few months away from starting their season, but they’ve got some fall games coming in just a few weeks so mark your calendars (or add it to your calendar app. It’s 2021 after all) for your first look at this year’s team.
Looking to the future, the program has scooped up plenty of talent for this year’s team and has even more coming in over the coming years.
#FSU baseball has picked up a 2022 commitment from Derek Bermudez. Top-500 player in the class, rated #4 3B in FL. Direct stroke with bat to ball skills at the plate. Flipped from NC State. pic.twitter.com/H0BL7tJxz1— Brett Nevitt (@brettpn) September 20, 2021
Earlier this month, #FSU also picked up a 2022 commitment from Mason McDougall, son of former #Nole Marshall McDougall. Mason is a LHP/OF out of Wiregrass Ranch HS in Wesley Chapel, FL. Stands 6’1 and 170 pounds.— Brett Nevitt (@brettpn) September 20, 2021
Florida State’s women’s tennis team also adding some big time talent to campus in graduate transfer Kianah Motosono from Oklahoma.
Following her graduation from Oklahoma, Kianah Motosono will transfer and has verbally committed to @FSU_WTennis for the spring of 2022 as a graduate transfer. The former five-star recruit played at #5 singles/#3 doubles, amassing records of 41-33 in singles and 32-14 in doubles. pic.twitter.com/5EyUeCnDxo— Parsa Bombs (@ParsaBombs) September 20, 2021