Notes: ‘Positive prognosis’ on Kaindoh, DJ Matthews leaves FSU

Florida State coach Mike Norvell did not get into specifics but said he received a “positive prognosis” in regards to defensive end Joshua Kaindoh, who was injured in the first half of Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech.

“We’re going to continue to evaluate here, day to day over the next week or so,” Norvell said. “That’s one thing about having an extra week that can kind of allow to have a little extra time to heal up. It was a positive prognosis in regards to Josh.”

Kaindoh’s return against Miami would be a welcome sight given his ability to set the edge, which would be valuable against a mobile quarterback in D’Eriq King. The transfer from Houston completed 16 of 24 passes for 144 yards and a touchdown in the season-opening win over UAB. King also ran 12 times for 83 yards and a touchdown.

Norvell was also asked about the injury status of right tackle Devontay Love-Taylor but did not offer an update.

DJ Matthews no longer at FSU

Multiple reports Tuesday morning indicated that FSU receiver D.J. Matthews was in the transfer portal. Norvell later confirmed that Matthews had left the team and that he was not surprised by the decision.

“At the end of the day every time you go through a transition there are some things that fit better than others,” Norvell said. “D.J. is making a decision for his future and fully support him in that decision.”

Matthews was not with the team for large portions of FSU’s preseason camp.

Norvell’s review of quarterbacks

James Blackman guided FSU on two scoring drives to open the game as the Seminoles took a 10-0 lead. But FSU managed to get into scoring position just twice on the remaining nine drives, yielding one made field goal and one missed field goal. Blackman finished 23 of 43 for 198 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

“I thought there were some really bright moments for both of them,” Norvell said of Blackman and Jordan Travis. “There were some plays they’d both like to have back. But that’s the great thing about playing the quarterback spot, it’s really all encompassing. I thought James made some great throws, sometimes under pressure, sometimes with a clean pocket. Missed a couple opportunities, left some plays out there where guys have to help him out in those situations. I thought his eyes for the most part were right. He made a couple checks within the game that put us in good situations. And then he had a couple plays that we can’t have. That’s where the growth for him, I really like the things that I do see from him.”

Travis threw one pass, an incompletion, and ran for 39 yards on six carries.

“I thought Jordan came in and was able to provide the spark in a couple different aspects,” Norvell said. “He missed a good amount of time during camp, and just trying to get him back in the rhythm with what he’s doing in all aspects, but excited about what he brings. I’ll tell ya, Tate, he’s had a couple really good weeks of work. Excited about that group, of where we are.”

Norvell also noted that Chubba Purdy, who injured his collarbone in FSU’s first scrimmage, will “be back here soon.”

Back at practice on Tuesday

Norvell said FSU held a “camp-style practice” on Tuesday morning.

“We’ve already started our preparation as coaching staff on Miami but truly this week is all about us,” Norvell said. “About continuing to clean up the details, the fundamentals, of working to execute on a higher level. Actually had a lot of 1s vs. 1s, 2s vs. 2s, speed work. I thought our guys came out and competed with a purpose.”


Punter Alex Mastromanno on his first college football game: “It was surreal. Everybody normally says that about their first game, but it was just so different from practice. Everything I’ve done before was working towards this game for quite some time now, for years to be honest, and to actually come out and play on Saturday was just a dream come true for me. Something I’m really proud about doing, putting on the Florida State jersey for the first time. Although the result wasn’t what we wanted, overall it was really great to run out through the tunnel with all my teammates. It is something that we have been working pretty hard for all year and it was an amazing experience.”

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