How we feeling Florida State fans?
Two days after Sunday’s overtime thriller against Notre Dame, this fanbase feels rejuvenated and riding high despite the end result of the game. Many used their Labor Day to reminisce about a Doak that felt like the days of old, pushing a top ten team to the brink in front of a massive national TV audience.
At Tomahawk Nation, we spent our Labor Day doing the opposite of the holiday’s intention by putting in a lot of work to get you guys everything you need to get the full picture of the team’s performance Sunday night.
- Tommy Mire broke down the offense that was certainly a roller coaster ride but 38 points is definitely nothing to be disappointed in.
- Our leader Perry Kostidakis looked at the defense who despite their early struggles turned in a really strong second half.
- The leaders on that defensive unit were proud of the way they turned it around and feel they have set an identity for themselves going forward.
- Quarterback McKenzie Milton inspired a piece on why the guys in the locker room don’t see this loss as a moral victory.
- Speaking of Milton, both he and the actual starter from Sunday night, Jordan Travis, talked to the media after the game including how they felt about each other’s performance.
- One thing still unclear is which one of those two guys will be the team’s starter going forward. Juan Montalvo and myself jumped in to give our views of how we see the starting QB situation playing out next week and beyond though plenty of you seem to have your minds made up.
- Our guys who were lucky enough to be in attendance weren’t shy about sharing their perspective about the atmosphere inside the stadium.
Plenty of people on social media, did the same posting pictures and videos of the experience from all around Doak.
From the Champions Club before KO. Best atmosphere in years. The fans passion reminded me of the late 80s early 90s when we were hungry to be somebody. The fans feed on the players passion. Doak was Doak again. Students section was crazy. Can’t wait for the next game. #Noles pic.twitter.com/C90xBcqlZr— Clay Shiver (@clayshiver) September 6, 2021
4-time @PGATOUR winner and former @FSUGolf standout @DanielBerger59 in Tally last night after shooting final round 64 @playofffinale! pic.twitter.com/jXK5HxO0KM— Tomahawk Nation (@TomahawkNation) September 6, 2021
Thank you to the 93rd Fighter Squadron Makos for the F-16 flyover before the FSU/Notre Dame game & congrats to FSU Alum U.S. Air Force pilot Joe Feheley who had one last pass over Doak before his retirement!#AFFlyovers pic.twitter.com/hoYPdjhJBc— FSU Seminoles (@Seminoles) September 6, 2021
ICYMI:— Marching Chiefs (@FSUChiefs) September 6, 2021
Dr. Chandler Wilson, Assistant Director of Athletic Bands, conducts the National Anthem with a perfectly timed F16 flyover. Well done, @clwilson84. ✈️ #MCATDT pic.twitter.com/HQ9cnUFtpV
And there were plenty of moments that caused tears around the stadium as well, starting with the tributes to the legend himself, Bobby Bowden...
Last night was special and unforgettable in many ways. We all came together as Seminoles at halftime to honor an incredible man (and darn near won that dadgum game).— Marching Chiefs (@FSUChiefs) September 6, 2021
Coach Bowden was no doubt looking down on all of us with pride and joy. #BBATDT https://t.co/ja9WW5MEzq
I don’t often watch halftime performances, but this was special. FSU band is playing “Amazing Grace” pic.twitter.com/G43ZbdyKVD— Greg McElroy (@GregMcElroy) September 6, 2021
The return of McKenzie Milton...
One of McKenzie Milton’s doctors cried. His mom called it a “miracle.” One brother doesn’t care if he plays another snap. Think Twitter was nervous/giddy for McKenzie Milton? A column from the stands, where 78 family/friends had a blender of emotion. https://t.co/LTKhe7S4N1— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) September 6, 2021
Milton was a guest on our show several times after his injury. It was hard not to root for him. But a whole lot harder to believe he’d make it back. He just did and did that. Damn, that’s awesome.— Scott Van Pelt (@notthefakeSVP) September 6, 2021
This, right here, is why we love this stupid sport so much. pic.twitter.com/urEL8pvbTN— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) September 6, 2021
And the reunion of Dillan GIbbons and Timothy Donovan.
Big Man. Big Heart. Big Check. Thank you @CollegeGameDay and @368 for documenting this remarkable weekend. Have fun at Disney World, @pdonovanp23!❤️ It was great spending time with you @MartySmithESPN and @jackycoyne. #FSUFootball #NoleFamily #GoNoles pic.twitter.com/5A3x7yVFZS— Dillan R. Gibbons (@GibbonsDillan) September 7, 2021
This team has a lot to be proud of it despite the final score and they seem determined to make sure it correlates to more than just a close loss.
Love this teams heart..on to the next!— McKenzie Milton (@McKenzieMil10) September 6, 2021
I love this team, wouldn’t trade them for NOTHING— Jashaun Corbin (@Jashaun06) September 6, 2021
Heart of a Giant #GoNoles pic.twitter.com/tbwZC8SWb2— Jermaine Johnson II (@ii_jermaine) September 6, 2021
the hate can make you or break you. God bless— Jordan Travis (@jordantrav13) September 6, 2021
Thanks to the Labor Day holiday, Tuesday will be the first time we hear from Mike Norvell and the players since their postgame comments so keep checking in to Tomahawk Nation throughout the day as we get those updates to you and begin our work toward the Jacksonville State game this weekend.
Sunday’s game was a loss on the scoreboard, but it certainly feels like a huge win in the recruiting front. The crowd, comeback and coaching staff made a huge impression on what could be the next wave of Seminoles stars.
That recruiting push carried over to the baseball side as well with Mike Martin’s group landing a commitment from Noah Sheffield, the son of former MLB All-Star Gary Sheffield.
#FSU baseball picked up a big time 2024 commitment last night from Noah Sheffield. Son of 9x All-star Gary Sheffield. Loose swing and electric bat speed. Good actions up the middle at SS. 5’11, 155 pound frame. Ranked 32nd overall in the class. pic.twitter.com/HaDEiWO9nn— Brett Nevitt (@brettpn) September 6, 2021