FSU coach Mike Norvell and coordinators will address the media on Monday to reflect on the loss to Wake as well as preview Louisville. Below are some highlights:
Norvell opens by addressing self-inflicted mistakes, six turnovers and third-down conversion rate. “Those things are extremely challenging to find success.”
Norvell said the defense was on the field for 39 minutes and played 81 snaps. “A terrible formula” for winning football.
Norvell says young guys have the right intentions but they are learning tough lessons. Can’t allow the pain of some of the failures to be wasted, he said. “With all the right intentions we’re not executing to the level we’re capable of.”
Norvell – Hopefully we’ll get a couple guys back this week.
Jordan Travis was “sore yesterday” referencing Sunday. Travis wasn’t available as much in practices going into Wake game. Norvell: We’ll get a better sense of Jordan as the week goes on.
Norvell said coaches will go through the painful moments with players, drill it, correct it in film room or practice field.
“We’re continuing to learn the identity of this team.”
Norvell said the Seminoles had fewer “focus penalties,” referencing those that occur pre-snap. Mentions two other ones that he puts in a difference category – the roughing the punter flag as well as the sideline roughness penalty.
Norvell references need to “clean up” technique on how players carry the ball to reduce fumbles.
Norvell says he thinks FSU used four or five OL combinations during the game at Wake.
With play calling, Norvell says it’s a “collaborative effort” with Kenny Dillingham. Norvell says he is heavily involved in play calling.
Norvell said he is excited about development of young linemen like Rod Orr and Bryson Estes. Offensive line is a tough position to play early in their careers.
Louisville is an “explosive” football team. He says they are one of the top run attacks FSU will face. Defensively, the Cardinals are “multiple.”
We have hurt ourselves with opening drives. Wants coaches to be more creative offensively. Need to do that earlier in games.
On the use of two quarterbacks, Dillingham said the plan early was “drive drive” and use their skill sets to help the offense move efficiently.
Dillingham thinks FSU is one of the worst in the nation at third-and-1 or fourth-and-1.
Interesting that Dillingham also commenting about Travis not being available as much in practices.
Dillingham said to some extent he doesn’t count the Hail Mary interception but five turnovers “is not a recipe for success.”
Dillingham says you keep putting in the work not knowing when the bamboo tree will start sprouting and shooting 90 feet.
Dillingham says he sees capabilities in the run game as well as perimeter blocking. But the QB and OL shuffling has prevented them from shaping a real identity.
Big pass plays are something they are trying to address. Different players, he said. Trying to coach it. Says corners are in tight coverage, which has its pros and cons.
Fuller says players have had a “lapse in technique” on game days. He comments that they drill it and feel confident in what the players are prepared for within the defense.
Fuller said FSU should be successful on third down about 70 percent of the time but it’s a sliding scale based on how many yards the offense has to go. He thinks the pass rush has been good overall and is the key to helping coverage in the third-and-medium and third-and-long.
Fuller on Jermaine Johnson: He plays a lot, he plays hard and he loves football. It shows up in production.
He also praised other defensive linemen like Keir Thomas and Derrick McLendon.
Laments the lack of fundamentals with penalties on special teams, notably the roughing the punter call in the first quarter.
Papuchis says on punt block, he’s looking for A-gap rusher to use two hands on a “vertical plane” but others coming at an angle to use only the nearest hand to the punter to keep technique.
He draws a distinction of incidental contact as running into the punter. Papuchis says it is a judgement call in the referee’s view. A lot of the calls are subjective, he said.
Papuchis says he is happy with development of McLendon, how he has played in the last two games in particular. Praises McLendon as a hard worker.
Papuchis says he’s not happy with being “close” in the return game. “It’s not far away … close doesn’t cut it.” Doesn’t think the Seminoles are far away.