Mike Norvell suggested earlier in the week that he would extensive personnel updates on Wednesday. And they indeed were wide-ranging as several Seminoles have played their last game for the program.
Norvell announced that quarterback James Blackman intends to focus on school and transfer, wide receiver Tamorrion Terry has left the team and that defensive tackle Marvin Wilson and offensive lineman Devontay Love-Taylor will miss the remainder of the season due to injuries.
Wilson was a consensus preseason All-American but did not deliver much in the way of an impactful performance beyond his three blocks on special teams. The senior had 17 tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack in six games. Norvell said Wilson had been slowed due to injuries when asked why he didn’t play against Pittsburgh.
“Marvin had a slight procedure,” Norvell said. “He’ll be back to full speed here really soon. I appreciate Marvin and the leader that he’s worked to be to a lot of these young guys and all aspects that he does. He’s going to still be around each and every day. He’s still encouraging guys at practice. I thought his energy on the sideline on Saturday was very impressive. I hate for him that he’s not going to be able to finish up this season with us, but it’s something he had to get done and we definitely support him in his rehabilitation and what his future is going to be.”
Love-Taylor made two starts at right tackle, one at right guard and then four starts at left tackle for FSU. Love-Taylor was injured in the second quarter of Saturday’s game, which severely affected the Seminoles’ ability to block Pitt’s defensive front. Norvell also stated that he would like to see Love-Taylor return in 2021.
“It was unfortunate that that injury occurred, but since he stepped foot on campus, Devontay has been one of our leaders…and his work with the youngers players who’ve been around him and just the example he is, it’s been special to see,” Norvell said. “He’s going to start his rehabilitation process soon and going to work, hopefully, to get him back this next year. Because he is a great young man and I think has a tremendous future in front of him.”
Terry caught 23 passes for 289 yards and a touchdown. He missed two games due to midseason knee surgery. Norvell was short in his comments on Terry, who surpassed the 2,000-yard receiving mark in his FSU career in October.
“Tamorrion Terry is no longer part of the program,” Norvell said. “We’ll move forward there.”
Blackman threw for 5,445 yards, 43 touchdowns and 26 interceptions in his FSU career. He completed 60.5 percent of his passes.
“I appreciate all the work that he’s poured into this program,” Norvell said. “He’s an incredible young man.”
Norvell said quarterback Jordan Travis will be evaluated “day by day.” He left late in the first half on Saturday with what appeared to be a concussion. Travis leads the team with 469 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns, averaging 5.5 yards per carry. He had an 88-yard touchdown run in Saturday’s game, the fifth straight game he has had a rushing score.
Norvell said Hamsah Nasirildeen has done his most extensive amount of practice recently in his comeback from knee surgery last November.
“Hamsah has had his best week this week,” Norvell said. “He’s been involved with all drills and everything that we’ve done and is responding the right way within his rehabilitation in all aspects. He’s probably had the biggest workload that he’s had up to this point. And I’ll tell you what, just a real joy to see his energy.”
Defensive lineman Jarrett Jackson, who transferred from Louisville, also had his waiver approved to play the remainder of the season.
“This last week he received his NCAA waiver through immediate eligibility, and then just here this week he got his ACC waiver,” Norvell said. “So Jarrett is now available.”
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