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Notes: Norvell previews spring, Douglas shifts to WR

Mike Norvell previewed the start of Florida State’s spring practice, which will begin on Tuesday. Here are some highlights and the full video is below:

Ja’Khi Douglas is officially designated as a receiver and it sounds like he will spend the majority of the spring there. Douglas showed his versatility as a running back out of the backfield, catching seven passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns as a true freshman in 2020. Adding Douglas to the mix could strengthen a big question mark of consistent play at receiver going into 2021. Norvell said Douglas would still be used in a “slash role.”

“Ja’Khi Douglas is going to start off at the receiver position,” Norvell said. “Ja’Khi is a young man that I’ve been so pleased with. In the Duke game, he has had a couple of big plays, and he has had some great experiences this last year. Ja’Khi will always be a guy that can go back into the backfield. But we are going to start him out at the receiver position.”

Chubba Purdy “will be back and rolling” this spring. Purdy missed significant time last season with collarbone surgery and a subsequent surgery to clean up the infected area.

McKenzie Milton will be a full go with no limitations this spring.

“He’s been fully cleared,” Norvell said. “The Tour of Duty workouts, whether it’s someone who has been in the program for five years or the freshmen that are joining this spring, he has been going through it with them. He looks great. I’m excited with what he is going to be able to do as he is getting back acclimated to the true speed of the game.”

Tight end Jordan Wilson has gone through the winter conditioning program but will be limited this spring, Norvell said. Wilson brings a wealth of possibilities that Wilson brings to the table between size, speed, athleticism and physicality.

Norvell was asked about other players who had surgeries late in 2020 or in the offseason, including offensive lineman Devontay Love-Taylor. He did not specifically offer an update on Love-Taylor or how much he will be able to practice this spring but said “some guys will be limited.”

Among the impressive weight gains: Emmett Rice weighed in at 202 when the staff arrived and is now at 232, strength and conditioning coach Josh Storms said.

Norvell referenced “some moving pieces” on defense but indicated none were major. It’s likely he’s referencing some safeties moving to cornerback or vice versa, as one example. While it’s not technically a true position change since he is an early enrollee, Norvell again noted Joshua Farmer would line up at defensive tackle.