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Notes: Purdy transfers from FSU football team

Quarterback Chubba Purdy is no longer with the Florida State football team. Purdy had not been at FSU’s practices on Tuesday or Wednesday.

“I want to thank the Seminole fans and Florida State community for all their support during my time at Florida State,” Purdy posted on Twitter. “After careful consideration and discussion with my family I will be moving on towards new beginnings. With that said I will be entering the transfer portal. Thank you and God Bless.”

Noles247 first reported that Purdy had entered the transfer portal.

Purdy battled shoulder / collarbone injuries in 2020, his first season in Tallahassee. He played a few weeks ago against UMass, completing 5 of 5 passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns, to Camren McDonald and Jordan Young.

Purdy and Tate Rodemaker were two of the big signees just days after Mike Norvell arrived in Tallahassee in December 2019. Rodemaker has been running the scout team, but his status could be elevated in the final month of the regular season.

FSU has just three quarterbacks on scholarship in redshirt sophomore Jordan Travis, graduate transfer McKenzie Milton and Rodemaker, a redshirt freshman. The Seminoles also have a commitment from four-star quarterback A.J. Duffy, who could make his decision official in December.

Noles slowed by illness

FSU coach Mike Norvell admitted Wednesday that it has been a “bit of a challenging week” of practice as the football team has battled illness. A stomach virus has impacted a number of FSU’s teams.

“We’ve had some guys that have been been out of practice, some bugs that are going through,” Norvell said. “It’s one of those things when you’re on a college campus. But I think even when guys haven’t been feeling maybe 100 percent they come out and they’ve worked hard, they’ve hydrated and they’ve been doing doing the things necessary to to go out there and at a high level here in how we prepare.”

Norvell did not specify players or how it may impact availability for Saturday’s game vs. NC State (4 p.m. on ACC Network).

Durden’s return

Defensive tackle Cory Durden spent a few seasons at FSU, recording 68 tackles and 5.5 sacks from 2018-20. Durden will return to Tallahassee with NC State, and he has 20 tackles as well as 2.5 sacks.

“I know it will be, for Cory, emotional,” NC State coach Dave Doeren told media in Raleigh this week. “He’s got friends on that other sideline. I know once the ball’s snapped, that’s not gonna matter to him, but you’ve just got to keep him focused on his job. Those are discussions we’ll have with him, to not let the emotions of the game be what it’s about. It’s about executing and playing at a high level. I thought Cory really played his best fundamental (game) of the year against Louisville. Stayed in his gap, played to his hands, pressured the quarterback. We’ve just got to keep him focused on what works for him.”

Doeren said he felt the two teams are different now than in 2020 and that Durden likely wouldn’t be able to help much with a scouting report.