Notes: Norvell says Travis ready but doesn’t name starting QB

Who Florida State’s starting quarterback will be against Virginia remains a mystery. But Mike Norvell says Jordan Travis, who missed time due to an undisclosed injury, has practiced and is ready to play in a game.

“I can tell you that Jordan participated through practice all last week, we were excited about seeing him back out on the field,” Norvell said. “Obviously, it’s disappointing he didn’t get that opportunity there Saturday morning, but we’re looking forward to this week moving ahead.”

Neither Norvell nor offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham commented on if Travis or true freshman Tate Rodemaker would have been the starter against Clemson. Or who would go this Saturday when FSU plays host to Virginia. Travis likely was able to use the added time to practice but also recover after exiting in the Pittsburgh game with what may have been a concussion. Following weeks of battling what appeared to be a shoulder or arm injury, Travis’ return would spark the run game and bring a jolt to the offense.

“He was ready to go out there and contribute last Saturday,” Dillingham said. “He’ll be ready to go out there and contribute this Saturday.”

In seven games, including four starts, Travis has completed 59 of 113 passes (52.2 percent) for 864 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions. Travis is still FSU’s leading rusher with 469 rushing yards.

Dillingham was later asked about preparing a game plan for two quarterbacks with diverse skillsets.

“It makes it challenging, but unique is probably a better word, because it’s going to really put pressure on us to play to both of their strengths, because they are different players, but also play to our football team’s strengths,” Dillingham said.

More snaps for Nas

Hamsah Nasirildeen returned to the field at NC State, and coach Mike Norvell said the senior safety played 20-25 snaps. Defensive coordinator Adam Fuller said that number should double moving forward.

“It’s a continued progression,” Fuller said. “The reps definitely won’t go down as long as he’s feeling well. It will only go up.”

FSU-Duke on six-day hold

FSU will play at Duke on Dec. 5. The game time and TV have not been set by the ACC. Expect that information to be released on Sunday.

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