Chris Marve hasn’t coached with Mike Norvell. But the two coaches met a few years ago and a connection was made.
When Norvell began to build his staff at Florida State, he called Marve.
“When I got the phone call, I picked it up,” Marve said in his first meeting with FSU media on Wednesday. “I picked it up pretty fast. I knew that I wanted to work for coach Norvell. And I knew that I wanted to work for coach Adam Fuller (FSU’s defensive coordinator). There were conversations (about staying at Mississippi State) but I knew what I wanted to do in my heart of hearts.”
The 30-year-old Marve hasn’t been a college coach for very long – only since 2014 at Vanderbilt, his alma mater. But Marve, who will be FSU’s linebackers coach and running game coordinator, has been named to the American Football Coaches’ Association’s 35 under 35 list while also garnering recognition on similar lists by ESPN (40 under 40) and 247Sports (30 under 30).
A Memphis native, Marve was impressed by what Norvell did with the football program in his hometown. And while he didn’t get a chance to join the Memphis staff, Marve’s experience at Vanderbilt and Mississippi State made him an attractive candidate.
“Everything about (Norvell) speaks to excellence, how he goes about his business as a person, how he goes about his business as a coach, how he develops his guys,” Marve said. “And what you see when you cut on the tape and you look at his teams, you see men who are playing hard for their coach.”
Marve said has been encouraged by the quality of talent in FSU’s linebacker group, which includes veterans Amari Gainer, Emmett Rice, Jaleel McRae, Kalen DeLoach, DeCalon Brooks and Kevon Glenn. FSU also signed Stephen Dix Jr. and Jayion McCluster in the December signing period and will add Purdue transfer Cornel Jones.
“We have a great room,” Marve said. “We have players who have been productive. And we have a tremendous amount of talent who haven’t had the opportunity or haven’t had as many reps as other guys. I like the group a lot.”
Marve spent the 2019 season at Mississippi State with another former Seminole, Terrell Buckley. While Buckley has only been a full-time college coach about a decade, Marve looked at Buckley as a mentor.
“What T-Buck told me was to buy a house in Southwood on the golf course,” Marve said. “T-Buck has always given me really sage advice. Phenomenal coach, great person, great mentor. Really leaned on him in a lot of ways because of how much experience he has and how much of knowledge of the game. You listen to what he has to say. He’s a friend and colleague and somebody that I’ll continue to look to.”
Updated roster released
FSU made some significant updates to its roster and all signs point to a veteran coming back in 2020. Safety Hamsah Nasirildeen led the team in tackles with 101 before suffering a knee injury in the Florida game.
Linebacker Jaiden Lars-Woodbey has moved to defensive back. Raymond Woodie III, whose father was not retained as linebackers coach, also is on the 2020 roster. Wide receiver Warren Thompson, who did not play for a large portion of the 2019 season, is on the roster.
There are two departures on offense. Wide receiver Tre’Shaun Harrison was in the transfer portal and is no longer with the team. Offensive lineman Christian Armstrong is also not on the roster.
Seminoles in Tropical Bowl
Two former FSU players will participate in the Tropical Bowl on Sunday in Daytona Beach. Guard Cole Minshew and quarterback Alex Hornibrook will participate in the college all-star game in Daytona Beach.