Notes: Norvell happy with competition as FSU closes in on spring game

Florida State wrapped up practice by quickly moving from the outdoor fields and into the stadium. With the war chant blasting inside Doak, the ball was placed on the goal line.

The Seminoles’ offense fared quite well early on in the goal-line drills, including a pair of scores by Lawrance Toafili, before the defense settled in and took over. Shyheim Brown flew into an open A gap and wrapped up CJ Campbell, prompting Norvell to run over and jump on Brown to praise his play.

“Shyheim had a couple plays down at the goal line that got me really excited,” FSU coach Mike Norvell said. “He’s continued to work, continued to grow, develop. You’re seeing that progression in his level of play.”

Among the offensive scores were a Jordan Travis keeper and a Travis pass, a fade to the back corner of the end zone, connecting with Johnny Wilson. There were several overthrown passes as well as a few drops.

“Love the energy,” Norvell said. “We were able to come over into Doak. We missed out on that this past Saturday. It’s great any time we can get back here on this field and have an opportunity to compete. I liked the mindset. I liked the intensity. Big push on the end of spring. We’re getting here toward the end. A lot of teams will go start checking boxes. We’re striving to be different. Coming out every day, getting better.”

Among the visitors to FSU’s practice was Dexter Carter and Terrell Buckley, who just Thursday was named the head coach of the XFL’s Orlando franchise for the 2023 season.

Up next

FSU will hold a closed practice on Friday ahead of Saturday’s spring game at 5 p.m. (ACC Network).

Look for more notes and what we’re looking for in the spring game coming up in the Osceola on Friday