Robert Scott saw he was getting more and more playing time. But he had no idea he would be starting at right tackle on Saturday against Jacksonville State.
“I was taking a lot of reps and then when we were at the hotel and we were doing a walkthrough for the game and I went up, I had to go first,” Scott said on Tuesday. “I was like, ‘I think I’m starting then.’ That is when it hit me. It didn’t really hit me throughout the practice like Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, but that last day right before the game, I was like, ‘Oh, yep, I’m going into the game.’ ”
Scott was admittedly more familiar at left tackle, where he started in high school. That changed when he arrived at FSU and began working almost entirely at right tackle.
“The past three months I was playing all right tackle,” Scott said. “So now it is kind of like second nature to me. That’s all I know how to play right now. I want to eventually be able to do both. But right now they just got me playing right and it is going pretty good.”
Scott held his own and got plenty of help from Devontay Love-Taylor, who slid inside to guard. The FIU transfer showed his versatility in playing right guard as well as left tackle when Darius Washington went down due to injury. But Love-Taylor also was integral in helping Scott settle in and understand his assignment pre-snap.
“He told me on the sideline, I don’t care how long it takes, I want to make sure you know what is going on before we run the play,” Scott said.
Message sent to Lucas
Dontae Lucas started seven games as a freshman and FSU’s first two games, too. So it seemed unusual to see Lucas dress out on Saturday but not play. It was clearly a disciplinary move and Norvell described some of his reasoning on Tuesday.
“The challenge was last week,” Norvell said. “Dontae didn’t play in the game this past week. I’ve seen some growth from him even through the course of practice last week, seen growth in a lot of aspects. If you go back and watch the game, his energy on the sideline, I made him dress out because I wanted him to have that experience. He’s been a guy who started a lot of games early here in his career, but it can be taken away quick. You’ve got to continue to develop, continue to grow. I think his mindset, that approach, he loves this team, he definitely does.”
Lucas is listed as FSU’s starter at left guard for the Notre Dame game. If the message has been received, the line should be better in the short and long term with a focused Lucas on the field.
Safety Travis Jay was on the sideline on Saturday on crutches, while Robert Cooper had his arm in a sling. Norvell was asked about their timeline to return and said “we’re excited about all the feedback we’re getting … We are going to see how they progress here this week, and I think there’s a really good opportunity we get one, possibly both of them, back in the very near future.”
Norvell loves to use defensive players in fullback roles, especially in short-yardage and goal-line situations. Linebacker D.J. Lundy, who is 6-foot-1 and 241 pounds, saw his first playing time of the season on defense but was noticeable pushing around people as a fullback, too.
“I thought he did a great job,” Norvell said. “We put him in during a couple critical situations, on third down and inside the goal line, and he was very, very productive. That brings a smile to me because that’s the position I love being able to be around, and DJ has put a lot of time in investing what to do. He’s very versatile, it was also good to see him out there on the defensive side of the ball flying around. DJ Lundy is going to be an exception football player because he carries those characteristics — work ethic, mindset, passion — when he’s on the field.”
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