Devontay Love-Taylor’s return to Florida State was viewed as one of the biggest offseason positives, even if he was coming off a season-ending surgery in November. Love-Taylor’s versatility allows him to play any of the five spots on the offensive line and he’s viewed as a leader in his second season at FSU after transferring from FIU.
“I just want to thank Coach Norvell, Dr. Thompson, I want to thank all the athletic training staff and the strength staff for getting me back where I need to be in a short amount of time,” Love-Taylor said. “It was a long process and I’m glad to be back. I promise I’m the happiest person on the field. I remember spring ball I had to just sit and watch and now being back out here, I won’t take another hard practice or anything for granted.”
Love-Taylor missed the early part of FSU’s preseason camp but has settled back in with the offensive line, often at guard but also lining up at tackle. Offensive line coach Alex Atkins also mentioned Love-Taylor has gotten some work in at center. Love-Taylor started two games at right tackle before moving to right guard and then started four straight games at left tackle before being injured in the Pittsburgh game.
Now in his second season at FSU, Love-Taylor says he feels more comfortable speaking up and being a leader in a position group that features mostly freshmen and sophomores.
“I feel like I can be more vocal now that it’s my second year, and I feel like coming in, it was kind of hard,” Love-Taylor said. “You’re a grad transfer, you’re a new guy, there’s a new staff. I felt like last year in camp I went out and earned respect from my teammates and now they see how hard I worked in the rehab process, they see I was in the building every day. And they’ve seen what I’ve come back and done on the field. Now the respect is there from everybody.”
Griffis leaves program
Reserve defensive end Josh Griffis has left the team, an FSU spokesperson confirmed. Griffis played in seven games and recorded four tackles as a freshman in 2020.
“I will forever cherish the memories I’ve made while being at Florida State,” Griffis said in a post on Twitter, announcing his transfer. “I would like to give a huge thanks to all the Florida State fans fora always showing continuous love and support. I also wanna thank all the coaches from Florida State for pushing me each and every day to making me a better player and person. Lastly, I wanna give a huge thanks to all my teammates and the bonds I’ve created while along my journey. With that being said I will be entering the NCAA transfer portal.”
Jordan Travis scored in all three goal-line-drill plays, two on runs. The third was a fade pattern to Malik McClain down the sideline. Chubba Purdy also scored twice, on a scramble and then a roll out to his right where he found Preston Daniel. A third series included a good throw but a drop by Wyatt Rector.
Receiver Kentron Poitier as well as tight ends Markeston Douglas and Daniel had contested catches later in the practice. Fabien Lovett and Joshua Farmer were among the standouts in pass rush drills. Travis Jay showed off special, sudden acceleration as a returner.