Quarterback Jordan Travis returned to the practice field on Tuesday morning, a welcome sight for Florida State as the Seminoles prepare for a rivalry showdown with Miami on Saturday.
“Started to really turn the corner yesterday,” FSU coach Mike Norvell said. “Right now it’s just making sure, kind of in a recovery mode. There are some guys you saw today that, it jumped on them. Being out for a week and just all the ailments that they went through last week, just to get the hydration back, just to get used to the conditioning level.
“But I thought Jordan came out, it was a good day of work. Obviously we’ll see how he responds throughout this week but it was good to have him back out here.”
Travis did not play in Saturday’s game against NC State, and although it has not been stated it is likely due to the flu bug that has impacted the Seminoles. On Tuesday, Travis took part in practice and appeared to be moving quite well.
This season, Travis is 66 for 105 (62.8 percent) for 812 yards and 11 touchdowns, with 340 rushing yards and four touchdowns. His ability to run complements FSU’s offensive identity, running the ball, and gives the offense a far different look compared to when McKenzie Milton is in the game.
Rice ‘close’ to return
Linebacker Emmett Rice could also make his 2021 debut against his hometown team. Rice had 62 tackles for FSU in 2020, seemingly improving as the year progressed.
“When guys are coming off injuries, you almost have to protect them from themselves,” Norvell said. “Emmett is getting close. And there is potential here this week. We’ll see as this week goes. It will be a very probably limited basis, things that he is comfortable in.”
FSU has seen improved linebacker play from Kalen DeLoach, who has 50 tackles. And, of late, D.J. Lundy has shown to be more reliable as a downhill thumper. But the return of Rice would give FSU’s defense another veteran and a reliable option.
“He’s got a bounce in his step,” Norvell said. “He’s been in this game. He knows the importance and kind of helping some of these young guys along with that expectation.”
Peter Warrick to be honored by ACC
Peter Warrick has been selected to the 2021 ACC Honors class.
One of the most electrifying players in college football history, Warrick helped lead the Seminoles to a 45-4 record and the 1999 national championship in his FSU career. He was named MVP of the national title game, a 46-29 victory over Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl, after catching six passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns while adding another score on a 59-yard punt return. His performance helped the 1999 team become the only team in college football history to go wire-to-wire as the No. 1 team in the nation.
Warrick was a two-time consensus All-American who still holds the FSU record with 32 career receiving touchdowns. His 3,517 career receiving yards were the most in ACC history, ranking second on FSU’s all-time list, and Warrick also ranks second in program history with 207 receptions, 15 100-yard receiving games and an average of 4.81 receptions per game.
The Bradenton, Fla., native was inducted into the FSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010, had his jersey retired by FSU in 2018 and was a member of the ACC’s 50th Anniversary Team in 2002.
This year’s class will be recognized during the ACC Football Honors presented by the Charlotte Sports Foundation.