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Norvell sees positives in FSU’s work ethic, response as spring concludes

Mike Norvell likes to hold a practice after the spring game. The Florida State coach considers it an “identity practice.” As the sun began to set on Tuesday evening and on the Seminoles’ spring, Norvell feels good about what the Seminoles have accomplished in 15 practices.

“It’s one of those (practices) that everybody has all the focus on the spring game, which was great,” Norvell said. “I really liked what I saw in really all phases of what we did. There’s good, there’s bad, there’s things that are easily coachable but also opportunities for us to grow and get better. (Monday) was an important day for us because we got to go back and watch it. I always like to try to have a practice after spring because now you get to maximize the time together and learning from the in-game experience.

“I thought that was a really good work from the mental aspect of it. I like where our guys are. I really appreciate the work. I appreciate the mindset, the mentality.”

The Seminoles worked out in shells for about two hours in the afternoon. Norvell said he was pleased overall with the film review from the spring game, saying the first-team defense was “phenomenal.”

“I thought they ran to the ball hard, played physical,” Norvell said. “That’s what jumped out to me when I went back and watched it was the effort, the physicality.”

While the quarterbacks had an up-and-down performance statistically in the spring game, Norvell said he was content with the decisions from Jordan Travis (7 of 13 for 71 yards) and Tate Rodemaker (5 of 11 for 64 yards). AJ Duffy was 1 of 8 for four yards in his first real, game-like experience.

“There’s some opportunities that Jordan probably would have had that were probably quick whistles,” Norvell said. “I actually liked how he performed. He was going to the right spots. He was putting the ball in good places. I thought Tate, really same thing. There were a couple routes that we have got to clean up, just details. But you see the growth. It was good for AJ to have to go in that situation to see where he was in the moment. Just be able to grow from those experiences.”

Norvell also reflected on FSU’s identity taking shape, the transfer portal and more in his post-practice interview with the media: