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Notes: Parchment ‘getting coached very hard,’ Day 3 observations

Andrew Parchment is a well-traveled super senior after stops at Northern Illinois, junior college, Kansas and now Florida State. He is back in his home state. And he is being coached like never before, too.

Parchment arrived in Tallahassee in February but missed spring practices as he finished up his bachelor’s degree at Kansas. The heat and humidity is a wake-up call as the Fort Lauderdale native is six years removed from the intensity of August camp practices, but he’s in Tallahassee to help the Seminoles on the field in 2021 and improve his draft stock for the NFL.

Parchment has shown glimpses of his talent and speed — a stutter-step on a go route one day that led to a touchdown showed how tough he will be in man coverage. He’s also shown moments with a lack of focus, dropping routine passes that he should have secured. Those moments have been followed by instruction from coach Mike Norvell and wide receivers coach Ron Dugans.

“My No. 1 thing I like to do is compete,” Parchment said. “Just being back in the state of Florida has been a lot of fun. I’m getting coached very hard by coach Norvell and coach Dugans. It’s the most I’ve ever been coached on the details. I feel like it’s going to help me but also help the rest of the team as well.”

Parchment is taking his first steps with FSU and it’s easy to see why Norvell and Dugans brought him to campus as well as why they are coaching him so hard. They see the potential and desire to improve. The transition is also one that takes time, although he has credited receiver Keyshawn Helton as well as quarterbacks McKenzie Milton and Jordan Travis for helping him learn the verbiage of FSU’s offense.

On Monday, Parchment shared a few pointers that Norvell is looking for from him.

“Biggest thing is the stance — he wants knees over toes,” Parchment said. “And he harps on that. There’s been a lot of improvement in my game. I’m coming off the ball a lot faster.”

Parchment said he heard from NFL scouts last year at Kansas who felt there were questions about his durability, so he has tried to gain weight since arriving at FSU. He is 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, up significantly from his listed 175 pounds in his Kansas bio in 2020. Parchment said he “bought into the program” put in place by FSU strength and conditioning coach Josh Storms and also appreciates the advice he has received from nutritionists since arriving.

Dugans said at FSU’s media day on Friday that he knew Parchment going back to a high school camp they held at USF. While Parchment opted to go elsewhere, and Dugans moved to Miami before eventually coming back to Tallahassee, “we did have a relationship and that’s one of the reasons why he did want to come to Florida State,” Dugans said.

FSU’s receiving room has a small group of veterans with just the likes of Helton, Ontaria Wilson and Jordan Young as well as a large group of true and redshirt freshmen. The need for a veteran receiver who could stretch the field was there, and Parchment made his decision on New Year’s Eve to come to FSU.

If there’s a running theme to his first few days of practice it is one of consistency. Parchment will need to raise his conditioning level and show more consistency but he clearly has the game-breaking ability the Seminoles will need this fall.

“I’m a competitor at the end of the day,” Parchment said. “I’m a dog on the field. My job was to come here and win one-on-one battles. That’s what they told me when they were recruiting me. That’s what I try to do every single day.”

Day 3 observations

FSU hit the practice field on Monday with a split practice (morning and afternoon). Here are some of our observations:

Preston Daniel had some drops in tight end segment drills but made some tough catches while being covered by defensive backs, including a one-handed grab.

Ja’Khi Douglas spent most if not all of his time at receiver as he makes the move from running back.

FSU has a core of veteran defensive backs and they have often won the one-on-one battles with a receiving group that is filled with first- and second-year players. Early enrollee Malik McClain continues to hold his own.

Among the defensive backs who stood out were Meiko Dotson, Jammie Robinson and Kevin Knowles. Jarques McClellion is getting work in at safety.

“Jammie has been very consistent the last three days,” Norvell said. He also praised Knowles for his versatility after playing just nickel this spring and now spending some time at corner in camp.

Brandon Moore is moving very well as he comes back from a knee injury at UCF. He doesn’t look limited.

We noted it often in the spring, but it’s impressive how well McKenzie Milton moves as he comes off multiple knee and leg surgeries while at UCF.

Jordan Travis appears to have more arm strength and his accuracy on deep passes is improved from last fall and the spring. Travis looks more comfortable in the pocket, rolling to buy time and keeps his eyes up to throw on the run.

Jermaine Johnson and Robert Scott had some good battles in 1-on-1s.

The front seven looks impressive physically, a reflection of a full year in the strength and conditioning program.

Alex Mastromanno showed consistent hang time on punts. Ryan Fitzgerald was very accurate and finished practice with a made field-goal attempt while being surrounded by teammates.

From the afternoon session: Linebacker Cortez Andrews, who transferred from Maryland and played at Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby, is a physical presence and could push for playing time (or be used on special teams) this fall. Carter Boatwright caught three straight passes to begin the 7-on-7 portion including a deep corner to boundary side.

Coming up

FSU will take Tuesday off before hitting the road for practices later in the week. While an official announcement has not been made, the Seminoles will be practicing on the North Florida campus in Jacksonville before holding a closed scrimmage there on Saturday.

Observations by Dane Draper, Bob Ferrante and Jerry Kutz