Dillingham: Fullback a vital part of Norvell’s offense

Florida State assistant coaches Kenny Dillingham, Adam Fuller and John Papuchis sat down with Associate Athletics Director for Communications Rob Wilson for the Seminole Boosters’ video chat on Thursday.

Below are some highlights. The full video replay can be seen here on UnconqueredMagazine.com.

Dillingham, the offensive coordinator, was asked about FSU’s quarterbacks. He said “We keep setting the standard of excellence for what is a Florida State quarterback.” He has also seen offensive linemen respond to line coach Alex Atkins.

Similar to coach Mike Norvell, Dillingham also studies body language. He can see players sitting up in their seats and paying attention during Zoom meetings.

A good question from a fan about the usage of the fullback prompted some interesting thoughts from Dillingham. He said the fullback is “vital in goal line and third-and-short.” Dillingham also stated that Norvell takes pride in coaching the fullback and that it’s a position he takes responsibility for on game days.

At Memphis, they used a defensive lineman on offense as a fullback. “It allows us to be versatile,” Dillingham said.

Fuller, the defensive coordinator, said that “evaluations are constant.” While they have lost the chance to evaluate on the field they now do it through academics and on Zoom meetings.

If this sounds familiar, Fuller says he is looking for “fast, tough and smart players.” Feels a lot like what Mickey Andrews was looking for in the dynasty years.

Fuller said they focus on the day ahead, the eight hours of meetings that they can have with players each week. “Today was good but it wasn’t good enough how am I going to make it better tomorrow,” Fuller said.

Papuchis, the DE coach and special teams coordinator, said the Seminoles are looking to use the best players on the roster on various special teams units. He looks for smart, tough and reliable players for return and coverage units.

Look for another video chat with Norvell or assistants next Thursday at 2 p.m.

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