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Notes: Norvell updates on Wright, Briggs discusses move to DE

Transfer wide receiver Winston Wright is in “good spirits,” coach Mike Norvell said, after an auto accident in Savannah, Ga., in the early part of spring break. Wright was a passenger in the car.

“Thankful with the severity of the accident that he’s still here,” Norvell said after Tuesday’s practice, the first for the Seminoles in Tallahassee. “It was something that was very scary. He’ll miss an extended period of time here in the short term. … He’s in good spirits.”

Wright caught 129 passes for 1,338 yards and seven touchdowns the last three seasons at West Virginia. He is one of four transfer receivers who Florida State coaches landed in the offseason.

Briggs returns to role at DE

With the return of Fabien Lovett and Robert Cooper at defensive tackle, FSU coaches opted to slide Dennis Briggs back outside to end. Briggs was only able to play four games in 2021 as he was lost for the majority of the season due to a chop block against Louisville. The 6-foot-4, 282 pound redshirt junior has been effective at tackle and end in his career.

“It’s just been a slow spring honestly, getting back to my technique,” Briggs said. “Been out since September with the injury. … Coach (Adam) Fuller came up to me and told me about the move. It just shows they trust in me to play both positions.”

Briggs has 42 tackles, four tackles for loss and a sack in his FSU carer.

An up-and-down first practice back

FSU last held a practice on Friday, March 11 before spring break. With 10 days off, the Seminoles were often looked out of sorts: The rhythm of the passing game wasn’t crisp and the defense overall made more plays, with pass break-ups more the norm than long completions. Norvell said “some of those older habits showed back up.”

“I thought we had a real solid work day,” Norvell said. “Continuing to push, getting back into the flow of it. Working on building those positive habits, the consistency of that. There was some up and down today. Both sides of the ball showed some moments, some flashes of what we want to see and things that we want to improve on and correct.”

New locker room

Norvell expressed his appreciation to the boosters for helping to push in the fundraising of multiple projects for the football program. In the short term, Norvell and athletics director Michael Alford were among those who had the chance to open up the remodeled locker room to the Seminoles when they returned from spring break on Sunday.

“It was great for our players,” Norvell said. “I just want to thank all the boosters and everybody that’s contributed to making that a possibility for us. There’s a lot of talk and understanding of what’s coming in the football-only facility, but the investment in these guys now. It has been a great commitment and very excited about that. There are great days ahead. For them to see the support and to have really nice things that’s always a great thing.”

Welcome back

Running back Jashaun Corbin and tight end Jordan Wilson were among the Seminoles who returned to watch practice on Tuesday. FSU will hold its Pro Day for NFL scouts on March 29.