Florida State coach Mike Norvell spoke with the media after Friday morning’s practice and gave updates on a variety of topics. Here are four of his thoughts with the full video below:
Overall health, injuries in good shape
The media that covers FSU has been asked not to report on injuries day-to-day. In the last few days, one positive sign has been the return of Devontay Love-Taylor and his versatility has been on display as he has lined up at guard and tackle on the offensive line.
“As you get deeper into camp we have different guys that are available and unavailable for practice and we’re working through that,” Norvell said. “I will tell you that we’re excited about, this being halfway through, the health of our team and the availability for guys in a couple weeks against Notre Dame we don’t any concerns with anybody that we’ve started with. And we have some promising reports of guys that are going through their rehab.”
Chubba Purdy sees extended reps
FSU has used “load management” to give quarterbacks rest throughout camp. From one day to the next, it’s not clear who will get more reps or more reps with the No. 1 offense or No. 2 offense. The coaching staff has rotated opportunities among quarterbacks McKenzie Milton, Jordan Travis, Chubba Purdy and Tate Rodemaker. Purdy had significant reps on Thursday.
“I’m so excited about the opportunities and the situations that Chubba has been put in, because once again he went through basically the last year without a whole lot of practice, and this has been really good for him,” Norvell said. “He’s making strides … He’s approaching practice the right way, I like the growth that I see.”
The 2021 class could be impactful this fall
There are true freshmen at various positions who could play, whether it’s early or later in the season. Among the 2021 signees who have stood out in camp include receivers Malik McClain and Joshua Burrell, tight end Jackson West, offensive lineman Bryson Estes, defensive end Patrick Payton and defensive back Shyheim Brown.
“There’s going to be a good number, I’d probably say five or six that are going to have an opportunity to impact this team this year, and even the guys as they continue to grow and develop,” Norvell said. “It’s a really good group, hard working group. … The new rule that start happening a couple years ago with those guys being allowed to play four games, that gives us a lot of flexibility as the season progresses and so we’ll see how that all plays out.”
FSU closing in on 85 percent vaccination rate
On Thursday, the ACC released guidance on COVID testing and how it would handle game rescheduling. Essentially, the ACC will not reschedule any games and a team that can’t put enough players on the field will forfeit (yes, there could also be a double forfeit if neither team is able to play).
The ACC is also seeking an 85-percent vaccination rate among players on each team’s roster. Of note, unvaccinated players who are on a team with less than the 85 percent vaccination rate would be subject to testing three times each week. FSU is not to 85 percent yet, although Norvell said the team is getting closer.
“I do know where we are with the vaccination,” Norvell said. “We are getting closer to that point. We have a lot of guys that have made decisions to put themselves in the best opportunity when it comes to that. I feel good about where we are and where we’ll be especially heading into the first game.”
FSU has had a variety of speakers discuss the importance of vaccination, including Dr. Myron Rolle.