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FSU football coaches making most of time with players

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Mike Norvell has maximized the four hours each week that Florida State coaches have had with football players.

The NCAA has allowed for film review, chalk talk and team meetings. Norvell said the Seminoles had an optional devotional on Easter Sunday as well as a short team meeting. Players then divided into their segment groups for meetings on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Today they will focus on special teams.

And the NCAA made what has been viewed as a positive ruling in allowing teams to extend the number of hours each week from four to eight beginning on Monday. While players and coaches can’t work out or meet face to face, it will allow Norvell and his staff a chance to dive deeper into the playbook and scheme.

FSU was limited to just three practices before the sports world came to a halt in mid-March. The Seminoles would be wrapping up spring practice now and hosting the Garnet and Gold game on Saturday.

In his weekly video chat with boosters on Thursday afternoon, Norvell said he is looking forward to seeing fans at Doak Campbell Stadium and mentions that he hopes it will be this fall.

“Spring game would have been Saturday upcoming but at the end of the day this is a challenge for everybody in the country,” Norvell said. “We all have to stick together and do our part and try to get past this virus so we can get back to life as we know it.”

Norvell said he has been in frequent contact with athletics director David Coburn and president John Thrasher. He thanked them both for their leadership.

One booster question asked about the virtual tour that was produced by football staff, videographers and graphic designers. The video was planned before COVID-19 and has been well-received by recruits, Norvell said. FSU coaches have been successful of late, landing three transfers in April as well as a commitment from Ocala center Jake Slaughter.

The full video of Norvell’s interview, as well as previous ones with boosters, can be seen here.

It’s also worth noting that the university announced Summer C session classes will be held online only and that there will be no athletics camps on the FSU campus in June or July. This means no FSU team will be able to host prospective recruits in Tallahassee until at least August.

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