FSU quarterback James Blackman and his teammates were excited to get on the practice field for the first time with new head coach Mike Norvell and his staff. The redshirt junior says he wasn’t quite sure what to expect Saturday morning but what he found was a very organized and detailed practice structure.
“Honestly, I didn’t know what to think,” said Blackman when asked what his expectations where going into Saturday morning’s opening of spring drills. “Nothing surprised me though, because like you say, its my third time doing this (Norvell is the third head coach Blackman has played for at FSU). So I just came out here ready to follow the blueprint that they set and take it from there.”
The veteran signal caller says the differences from the team’s first practice under Norvell were noticeable compared to the last couple of years.
“Like I said before, more structure, not more detailed, a lot more focuses, a lot more organized, as you can see,” said Blackman.
Blackman also felt like Saturday morning’s practice went well and gives the team a baseline to work with moving forward with spring drills.
“For the whole offense, I felt like the day went pretty well,” said Blackman. “First day of install, we did somethings right and we did somethings bad. At least we got some film to work off of.”
One of the things Blackman is working on this spring his is composure. He is known for being a great teammate and leader but at times last year would get down on himself when things didn’t go smoothly during the course of a game.
“I have to focus on showing no emotion,” said Blackman of maturing as a quarterback. “I just have to keep instilling that in myself and carry that everyday. Every day I step on the field, every day I step off the field, keeping it light.”
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