3 big takeaways from FSU football camp

FLORIDA STATE — The Florida State Seminoles returned to the observe fields on Tuesday after a grueling week ending with a Saturday scrimmage. Head coach Mike Norvell mentioned that it wasn’t their finest observe he is seen however that he was pleased with the scrimmage and spoke on a number of completely different adjustments with the crew.

Jordan Travis began off slightly sluggish however largely appeared crisp along with his passes. A whole lot of the offensive struggles got here from dropped balls and having to cope with a stout line of defense throughout the board.

Here are some takeaways from at present’s observe:

Run recreation impresses, Burrell taking backfield snaps

Joshua Burrell switched jersey numbers lately from 81 to 12 which was slightly complicated at first — particularly when seeing him come out of the backfield as a operating again. Despite the visible shock worth, together with some good catches in a single on ones, he appeared to look comfy taking snaps on the operating again place.

Burrell garnered reward from teammates and coaches who’re assured in his function transferring ahead — significantly from now-fellow ball provider Treshaun Ward.

“With it being his first day at present, he stunned me, there’s loads of issues happening being a operating again. He simply got here on the market and simply excelled, it appeared like he was purported to be with us the entire time.” –

Overall, the operating recreation stood out. There have been quite a few holes that the offensive line created and Lawrence Toafili, Treshaun Ward, and Trey Benson all had good days.

Toafili was talked about by identify by Norvell as being a participant he thinks has had a ton of enchancment this low season.

*It was introduced at present that operating again CJ Campbell will miss the upcoming season on account of damage.

Scouting the Duquesne Dukes

The Seminoles have been in a position to break into scout groups to organize for his or her matchup towards Duquesne which is in lower than two weeks. The offense appeared good (I did not get an opportunity to observe the scout crew offense towards the protection) — the quarterbacks appeared good on their reads and have been typically getting the ball to the place it wanted to be. Tate Rodemaker had a number of performs that popped however one, particularly, was a cross to Kentron Poitier the place he efficiently appeared off the protection and rolled out to the place he noticed a gap. It was a well-thrown cross for about 15 yards that appeared polished.

Treshaun Ward additionally had a pleasant landing run to the surface whereas carving up the scout crew’s secondary. Norvell ran over to inform Ward how happy he was.

Wide receiver Deuce Spann had a pleasant seize thrown by Travis. What made the play look good was a mix of ball placement (wherein it could not have been higher), the timing of the route, and truly finishing the play from begin to end.

*Today was switch defensive again Malik Feaster’s first full day in pads after a short acclimation interval.

(*3*)Malik McClain carving out a task

McClain has become among the best receivers on the crew — there’s hardly any comparability to final 12 months. His routes are wanting spot on, he could make individuals miss within the open area, and is a proficient ball catcher. Creating separation and operating after the catch have been issues that stood out at present, significantly in 1-on-1 and through 11 on 11. On one play, he was in a position to catch the ball within the flats and make a number of individuals miss whereas driving upfield on what ought to’ve been a landing (the play was known as lifeless.)

PFF gave him an general offensive grade of 57.4 his freshman 12 months and that could be a stat that ought to go up considerably along with his general enchancment and having one other 12 months within the system.


With lower than two weeks left till the Seminoles kick off towards Duquesne, the crew will ramp up the top of fall camp persevering with heavy preparations for his or her Aug 27 matchup at Doak Campbell Stadium.

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