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Everything Noles: Florida State Seminoles football, recruiting, interviews, college athletics

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FSU Seminoles recruiting, football basketball, baseball, softball and soccer analysis, discussion, and commentary, presented by Tomahawk Nation, produced by managing editor Perry Kostidakis, hosted by staff writer Tim Alumbaugh, and featuring contributions by Joshua Pick, David Stout, Kevin Little, Adam Brown, Juan Montalvo, Max Escarpio and the entire Tomahawk Nation staff.
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Triple Option Livestream: Talking college football coaching carousel chaos, wrapping up FSU season
There is complete chaos in the world of college football. Whether it's Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley jumping ship to USC or Brian Kelly leaving green pastures at Notre Dame for swampier pastures at LSU. Plus rival UF has slid under the radar with what seems to be a solid hire in Billy Napier. Join the Triple Option guys as they leave the relative stability of FSU football to discuss coaching changes throughout the country.
November 30, 2021
FSU football recruiting: Mock class for 2022, predictions, projections
Mike Norvell’s Florida State Seminoles are looking for bowl eligibility this Saturday when they meet the reeling Florida Gators in Gainesville, Florida. FSU took down the hated Miami Hurricanes in dramatic fashion in Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee and followed that victory up by holding on to defeat the Boston College Eagles in chilly Boston last weekend. Can they make it three in a row and go 2-0 against in-state rivals? The Three Stars are back with a special Thanksgiving podcast, because we are thankful for YOU! This Florida State of Recruiting podcast discusses David’s recent Mock Class 2.0 in more detail. Who is FSU trending for, and who might land elsewhere? The guys break it all down for you right here. Need a break from family? Gators or Canes taking up space at your table? Tryptophan got you in a sleepy stupor after too much turkey? Your favorite recruiting team has your back! The Florida State of Recruiting (FSoR) Podcast features the Three Stars: Josh Pick, Tim Alumbaugh, and David Stout.
November 25, 2021
FSU football: Previewing Florida State vs. Boston College -- breakdown, prediction
Boston College head coach Jeff Hafley seemed to have struck gold in his second year in Chestnut Hill. The Eagles raced out to a 4-0 start behind quarterback Phil Jurkovec, who looked to be one of the better QBs in college football. However, an early injury to their star QB led to them dropping their first four games in ACC conference play but things are back on the rise for BC. Jurkovec has returned and they’re riding a two-game winning streak going into this weekend. While BC is playing some of their best football as of late, this is a winnable game for the Florida State Seminoles. FSU Keys to Success Offense Take advantage of their undersized defensive line and slow linebackers in the running game Win with man beater concepts on the outside Give Jordan Travis space to scramble if BC’s man coverage is carrying defenders downfield Stay on the field and keep the ball out of Jurkovec’s hands Defense Limit the damage that Jurkovec’s favorite target Zay Flowers can do Shut down their zone heavy running game Stay patient in the secondary against their play-action shot plays Conclusions FSU has a big chance to continue this late-season turnaround this weekend. So if you want to be the best-prepared fan you can be, join Kevin Little and AB from the Triple Option as they show what some of these concepts look like in action.
November 20, 2021
FSU football vs. Miami: Breaking down Seminoles' big win over Hurricanes
The Florida State Seminoles defeated the Miami Hurricanes by a score of 31-28. The Seminoles came out firing in the first half and they jumped out to a 17-0 lead off of the back of a few big turnovers. Miami cut the gap to 20-7 before the half. In the third quarter, Miami managed to continue building on their momentum, taking the lead going into the final quarter.  However, FSU fought back and managed to get the lead with only a few seconds left on the clock to close out the rivalry victory. A few things stood out about this game. Offense The offense’s gameplan was comprehensive and built upon itself The counter-action by the line played with the eyes of Miami’s defense and opened up running lanes Miami made adjustments in the second half to blow up the counter run and slow down FSU’s rushing attack Defense The defensive line dominated and allowed the linebackers to play more out in space The safeties played aggressive and low to take away Miami’s bread and butter glance route There are some real solid young pieces on the secondary between Brownlee, Cooper, and Knowles If you want a chance to see how some of these concepts played out on the field or just want to rewatch a big rivalry victory for FSU then join the guys from the Triple Option as they take a deep dive into the film.
November 17, 2021
FSU football: How will Seminoles win vs. Miami translate to recruiting?
Mike Norvell’s Florida State Seminoles beat Manny Diaz’s Miami Hurricanes in dramatic fashion Saturday evening at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, and the game did more than change the win/loss column for both programs—it had massive recruiting implications, as well. The Three Stars are back and reveling in Miami’s misery! This Florida State of Recruiting podcast is PACKED with info, including: Thoughts from the guys on the Miami victory A detailed breakdown on each 2022 official visitor, based on the TimScribble Tiered System of Likelihood to Commit to FSU (TM) A comprehensive rundown on unofficial visitors from the 2022, 2023, and 2024 classes, and names you need to know (you don’t want to miss this!) A look into the future and what December could bring Tim gets to show more love to Travis Hunter and Chris Parson. David gets feisty and speaks in absolutes (a rarity!) andJosh drops more nuggets than Chick-fil-A. It’s all here, and it’s 100% free (disclaimer: the waffle fries are extra).
November 16, 2021
FSU football vs. Miami: Preview, breakdown, prediction
There was a point in time where many believed that Miami Hurricane head coach Manny Diaz had completely lost control of his locker room and of their season. While the season still isn’t what many expected from the ‘Canes, they’ve found themselves in a little groove. They’ve won their last three ACC matches against two of the top three teams in the conference and a lot of that has to do with Tyler Van Dyke who seems to have cemented himself as their quarterback of the future. If you are a visual learner there is a short video with in-game film discussing all of the bullet points listed below. Offense Lost QB D’eriq King early- Van Dyke has stepped up and filled his shoes nicely Very RPO heavy offense Predicated on finding and exploiting one-on-one matchups Receiver Charleston Rambo and running back Jaylan Knighton are dangerous in space Troubles along the offensive line handicap this offense Defense The odd front one gap defense allows for upfield penetration by the D-line Very aggressive with pressure packages and stunts Relies heavily on fire zone blitzes with 5 blitzers and a 3 deep shell Struggles maintaining gap integrity This is a very talented Miami squad who can present a lot of problems to FSU if they play a complete game. However, the Hurricanes have a tendency to shoot themselves in the foot. If Florida State can maintain composure and limit their mistakes then they have a chance to win a big one in this rivalry. If they don’t then this might be a long game for the Seminoles.
November 11, 2021
Florida State vs. NC State: Preview, breakdown
The NC State Wolfpack are coming to Tallahassee on Saturday to face off against the Florida State Seminoles. The Wolfpack have been the pinnacle of consistency under head coach Dave Doeren. The story every year looks much the same. The defense usually carries much of the load as they coast to seven to nine-win seasons. However, they’ve never quite turned the corner on a year with double-digit wins, but this season looks like it could be different. That's mainly because of the guy taking snaps behind center. Devin Leary has looked really sharp in his first full season back after dealing with health issues in his first couple of years on campus, but how does NC State utilize a kid of his talents? For those visual learners out there here is a video discussing all of the points listed below with narrated film: Offense very horizontal offense- base run is outside zone uses that horizontal action to set up counters and RPOs ultimately wants to take shots downfield to Devin Carter or Emeka Emezie runs a fair amount of mesh concept to get Leary in rhythym While the offense has some big-time skill players, the strength of this team is its defense. Defense aggressive 3 down defense throws lots of zone blitzes at the offense solid in pursuit- prioritizes speed on the field susceptible to one on one matchups and shots against the spot drop zone looks Conclusions This is a solid team whose defense will present FSU with some issues. If the ‘Noles can manage to move the ball downfield with the running game then they should be able to outpace the ‘Pack but if they have to rely too heavily on restricting Leary then FSU might be in trouble.
November 4, 2021
FSU football: Instant Reaction to Florida State loss at Clemson
On Saturday afternoon the Florida State Seminoles battled a tough Clemson team and came up short of the victory. It was a difficult loss as the Noles took the lead with about five minutes left in the game. Clemson was on the right side of three 15-yard penalties late that helped them find the end zone and ultimately earn the win. While we are sick of talking moral victories (and you won’t find any of that in the instant) FSU continues to take strides in the right direction. Come take a listen to Kev and Coach AB give their instant reaction thoughts to the game. They talk blame, adjustments, and special teams. In games this close it is always a matter of inches and we talk about how the two teams went about earning those inches. As always please be sure to hit the like button and if you haven’t already please subscribe.
October 31, 2021
Instant Reaction: FSU vs. UMass, Seminoles score 59 in blowout win
The Florida State Seminoles took care of business at home against the University of Massachusetts Minutemen ending with a final tally of 59-3. Quarterback Jordan Travis led a dynamic running game in the first half that saw multiple players get productive touches. It also gained enough separation for backup quarterback Chubba Purdy to get some run. The defense still has some holes that need to be plugged but it’s hard to be too upset when they hold the opposing team to three points, all of which came off of a fumble on the opening kickoff. There were also a lot of interesting schematic things to take away from this game. If you want an X’s and O’s perspective of the first real blowout FSU has experienced with Mike Norvell then join Kevin Little of the Triple Option as he gives his thoughts on the game which comes complete with a little chalk-talk.
October 23, 2021
Florida State of Recruiting: Can FSU take advantage of the current college football landscape?
The Florida State of Recruiting podcast is back. After a few quiet weeks, the FSU recruiting trail is warming up. Can FSU still land a top-10 class? On this episode, The Three Stars break down the impact of the recent decommitment of Aliou Bah and discuss what other commits might be on the fence. Does Travis Hunter make the list? We also take a look at the struggles of Florida State’s opponents and which names fans should keep an eye on. In addition, what is the impact of LSU’s announcement to dismiss head coach Ed Orgeron after the season. The Florida State of Recruiting (FSoR) Podcast features the Three Stars: Josh Pick, Tim Alumbaugh, and David Stout. As always, check out all the latest recruiting updates in the latest version of the official Tomahawk Nation recruiting thread.
October 20, 2021
FSU football: Midseason breakdown featuring Brendan Sonnone and Ingram Smith
What would the bye week be without a little Triple Option check-in? You guys know what it is that we do and where you can find us. The Florida State football team didn’t have a game but that doesn’t stop us from taking the time to reflect on the first half of the season. Heck, we even did a little projecting on the games ahead towards the end. I won’t give the whole show away but we also spent a lot of time discussing Travis Hunter. Joining Kevin, Trey, and myself on the newest episode is Ingram Smith of the Nolecast and Brendan Sonnone of Noles247. Both gentlemen were gracious enough to come on and provide insight into the makings and screwups of the first half of the season. Is this program improving? Do we know the damage that occurred in the Jacksonville State game? How important is Travis Hunter to Mike Norvell’s future? These are really some of the key areas that we spent most of our time discussing.
October 18, 2021
FSU football vs UNC Film Review: Is FSU on the right track?
For two years in a row, the Florida State Seminoles have upset the North Carolina Tar Heels in football.  North Carolina raced out to a 10-0 lead but quickly lost hold of the initiative. From that point on they never felt like they got their feet back under them. FSU played measured, ball control football, and widdled UNC down for the rest of the game.  Much of FSU’s offensive production came off of a career day for quarterback Jordan Travis. He stayed patient in the passing game and took the reigns of the leader of the running game. The threat of his legs opened things up for FSU’s talented stable of running backs. Jashaun Corbin and Treshaun Ward received the carries that many fans had been clamoring for and took full advantage of them.  Defensively FSU seems to be getting better on a game-by-game basis. Coverage was tight throughout the game and the defensive front is continuing to prove to be one of the better fronts in the conference. They let UNC quarterback Sam Howell run for over 100 yards but ultimately Howell was unable to beat the Seminoles using his feet.  There was a lot of good in this game but even coaches can’t see everything on a single watch. So join the guys at the Triple Option as they rewatch one of the most complete games FSU has played in years.
October 12, 2021
FSU beats UNC: Florida State football instant reaction
The Florida State Seminoles defeated the North Carolina Tar Heels by a score of 35-25. The ‘Noles played one of the cleanest games of the season and looked like the more cohesive group throughout the game. They found a lot of their success on the ground. Quarterback Jordan Travis led the charge with 121 rushing yards on his own but runningbacks Jashaun Corbin and Treshaun Ward combined for another 129. On defense FSU held North Carolina’s talented quarterback Sam Howell in check for a majority of the game. UNC was forced to find success on the ground and ultimately couldn’t sustain their drives because of it. This game was a big potential stepping stone for this Florida State team. It was the most complete game they have played in Norvell's tenure and may give some confidence to the team moving forward. There was a lot to like and a lot to keep in mind for this game. Here to give their instant thoughts on tonight's performance are Kevin Little and Adam Brown.
October 9, 2021
FSU vs UNC Preview: North Carolina Tar Heels Scouting Report
Florida State Football looks to ride some momentum off of their sole victory of the season into Chapel Hill on Saturday to take on the North Carolina Tar Heels. Neither of these teams has lived up to expectations this year. This was supposed to be a breakout year for the Tar Heels. They have had some solid recruiting classes and looked to build off the past successes of coordinators Phil Longo and Jay Bateman. Compound that with the return of Heisman hopeful Sam Howell and many believed that UNC would make a run for the ACC title. That hasn’t been the case early in the season. Offense Features a lot of flexibility in their routes- there's even a rumor that there's a “get open” route in the playbook Simple reads and frequent deep shots allow Howell to showcase his strengths They lost a lot of playmakers which means that often these receivers struggle to get open Offensive line issues add to the problem which brings them towards the bottom of CFB in sacks allowed When Howell gets time it's an explosive and fun to watch offense Defense Base 3-4 Very aggressive- frequent one gapping which means the defensive line is upfield quickly Fire zone heavy- a fire zone is a 5 man pressure with a spot drop zone behind it If they get pressure they are a decent defense But if not they can struggle with underneath coverage Contain may be a problem. The mobile QB Jeff Sims for GT took advantage of their over-aggressiveness which led them to lose gap integrity. Conclusions It has been difficult to parse out this UNC team’s true colors. Much like FSU, it seems like any team can show up on any given Saturday. Because of that, this game is not quite the lock that it should be when considering the fact that UNC is a much better-coordinated team with an exceptional quarterback. A lot of these things are a bit difficult to get a mental image of so that’s why I provided some images myself. Let's dive into the film to get a better understanding of FSU’s matchup.
October 7, 2021
Is FSU football turning a corner? Reviewing Seminoles win over Syracuse
The Florida State Seminoles football team edged out their first victory of the season against the Syracuse Orange. FSU found themselves in the driver's seat for the first time all year. They got off to an early lead behind a stellar first-half defensive performance but could never gain the traction needed to separate themselves on the scoreboard. A nursed 10 point lead in the fourth quarter whittled away as Syracuse began to exploit some holes in FSU’s defense. However, FSU ultimately made the plays they needed to make to hold on to the win. This game is conflicting. It's a huge positive that FSU was able to hold on to their first victory of the season, but missed assignments and sloppy play still prevented an entire 60-minute performance. It’s clear that this team is still finding its identity. Some of these mistakes are hard to understand, so it helps to dive into the film and try to diagnose what actually happened. That's why we have the Triple Option team. Each and every week they go through and tell the tale of the tape.
October 5, 2021
FSU vs Louisville Instant Reaction 2021 College Football
Florida State Seminoles lost to the Louisville Cardinals by a score of 31-23 on September 25, 2021. Here to talk about it is coach AB and Kevin from the Triple Option
September 26, 2021
Can FSU football get its first win of the season vs. Louisville?
Louisville Cardinals head coach Scott Satterfield is in the early stages of a pivotal year three. After a rocky 2020 season and some offseason hijinks, it was beginning to seem like neither Louisville nor Satterfield were entirely pleased with their present situation. The trend continued downward after a blowout loss to Ole Miss in week one. However, a big victory last Saturday over a solid UCF team may be the change in fortune the Cardinals need. A change that the Florida State Seminoles are desperately striving for as well. Offense Satterfield’s background is on the offensive side of the ball and his teams tend to reflect his style. They heavily rely on pistol sets that give flexibility while giving away minimal information pre-snap They base their offense off of stretch which gets the defense moving laterally Then they use misdirection PA or inside zones to take advantage of flowing defenders The key to their offense is quarterback Malik Cunningham who is a runner first but whose passing game continues to improve throughout his career. Defense Their defense tends to operate under one directive: stop the run. They play a one-gap 3-4 that allows quick upfield movement by the defensive line Their linebackers are aggressive in run fits and are heavily involved in the pass rush via stunts This aggressiveness can leave them a bit vulnerable to the passing game. Some of these concepts are a bit difficult to fully grasp on paper. So lets jump into the film to see what they look like on the field.
September 23, 2021
FSU football recruiting: Where do the Seminoles stand?
Entering week four of the season, a notch in the win column still eludes the Florida State Seminoles. Remarkably, though, their top-10 recruiting class has stayed intact. On this episode, the Three Stars discuss the recent public statements of support from various future ‘Noles, which members of Tribe 22 are firm in their commitments and which could be shaky, and how FSU’s recruiting pitch might evolve. They also dip into the mailbag to discuss which position group is most crucial for this cycle: offensive line, defensive line, or linebacker? The episode concludes with a breakdown on the scheduled official visitors for this weekend vs. the Louisville Cardinals. The Florida State of Recruiting (FSoR) Podcast features the Three Stars: Josh Pick, Tim Alumbaugh, and David Stout. And if you can’t get enough Florida State in your life, check out our “Everything Noles” podcast family, home of FSoR, Triple Option and more. As always, check out all the latest recruiting updates in the latest version of the official Tomahawk Nation recruiting thread.
September 23, 2021
Are the FSU football coaches in over their head?
The Florida State Seminoles have gotten off to their first 0-3 start since Bobby Bowden’s first year behind the helm. The most recent addition to this inauspicious start was a loss to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons that never really felt within range.  Head Coach Mike Norvell and his staff are still searching for answers to how they can get this team back on track and the FSU fanbase as a whole has not been hesitant to supply advice.  After that performance, the coaches were bombarded with a litany of questions- some good and some not as good- asking them to explain some decisions made throughout the game. Luckily at Tomahawk Nation, we have easy access to a man that participated in Monday’s press conference firsthand.  Tommy Mire joins the Triple Option guys and we take in his perspective on some of the coaches’ comments and get a feel for the general vibe around campus.
September 21, 2021
FSU vs Wake Forest Film Breakdown: Is This Team Beyond Saving?
The Florida State Seminoles have gotten off to their first 0-3 start since Bobby Bowden’s first year behind the helm. The most recent addition to this inauspicious start was a loss to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons that never really felt within range.  Head Coach Mike Norvell and his staff are still searching for answers to how they can get this team back on track and the FSU fanbase as a whole has not been hesitant to supply advice.  Now it’s our turn. The guys at the Triple Option are going to go where no man has dared go before. They’re going to parse back through the film of FSU’s latest showing and give their opinions on how to right this ship- from more of a coach's perspective.
September 21, 2021
FSU vs. Wake Forest: Game preview and breakdown
The Florida State Seminoles team comes into this weekend off of a disappointing start to the season. They’ve failed to get their feet under them as young mistakes and questionable coaching decisions have led to their early 0-2 record. Wake Forest couldn’t be a more different story. They are returning 19 of 21 starters and, despite talent deficiencies when compared to FSU, they are a solid team that doesn’t make too many errors. They’ve got their business done early in the season and soundly defeated the two weaker opponents that were set out before them. Wake Forest features one of the most interesting offensive schemes in the country which has been pioneered by head coach Dave Clawson. Some features to look out for are: Heavy reliance on the RPO Long rides through the mesh point Lots of zone runs that use double teams to allow for longer QB reads West coast passing concepts that allow longtime QB Sam Hartman to make quick and accurate throws Defensively they tend to play pretty vanilla under defensive coordinator Lyle Hemphill. They play a lot of one high sets This leads to a decent amount of man coverage- specifically man free They play pretty conservatively in man coverage- often giving a pretty big cushion- but they are pretty efficient in coverage Their interior run defense is sturdy and bolstered by defensive tackle Miles Fox They may struggle to defend the exterior run game
September 16, 2021
Film Review: How much has FSU really improved?
Welcome to the 2021 football season for Florida State football. The Noles took on #9 ranked Notre Dame in what quickly became a Labor Day classic, with FSU losing in overtime 41-38. Storylines are just spewing out of notes from this game. First and foremost is the return of McKenzie Milton. Milton has been sidelined for over 1000 days and made his first appearance with FSU late in the fourth quarter. Milton would rally the team and lead them to the doorstep of victory. Another major storyline was the improved play of the defense. While many won’t want to hear it, defensive coordinator Adam Fuller’s defense showed tremendous growth. The positive energy started up front with the line and ended with the secondary. Led by Jermaine Johnson and Jarvis Brownlee there is real promise for this defense.
September 8, 2021
Florida State of Recruiting: Where FSU stands with recruits after Notre Dame
Sunday Night was a wild one in Tallahassee. It was an emotional roller coaster for Florida State Seminoles football fans. It was a step in the right direction for the players. And it was a glimpse into the possible future for high school recruits. On this episode of the Florida State of Recruiting, the Three Stars take the pulse of where the Seminoles stand with their targets and commits in attendance at the Notre Dame game. Did Florida State show enough in the overtime loss to gain any commits (silent or otherwise)? What current FSU commits are trying hardest to help #Tribe22 grow? And how did the atmosphere affect future classes? The Florida State of Recruiting (FSoR) Podcast features the Three Stars: Josh Pick, Tim Alumbaugh, and David Stout. And if you can’t get enough Florida State in your life, check out our “Everything Noles” podcast family, home of FSoR, Triple Option and more. As always, check out all the latest recruiting updates in the Official Tomahawk Nation Recruiting Thread.
September 7, 2021
Instant Reaction: FSU falls short vs. Notre Dame
It was always going to be a challenge. Florida State, winners of only three games last season, faced a huge hill to climb matchup up against the No. 9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish to start off the year. While not reaching that final goal of securing an opening weekend upset, FSU looked significantly different from the team of 2020, hanging in with a top ten team to the point of nearly pulling off the unthinkable. At one point facing an 18-point deficit, Florida State rallied to force overtime, starting with the ball following Notre Dame winning the toss. How did they get there? Some explosive plays in the form of an 87-yard touchdown run by Jashaun Corbin and a 60-yard-catch by Ja’Khi Douglas, while the Fighting Irish put up their 38 points much off of the arm of quarterback Jack Coan. Defensive end Jermaine Johnson, despite missing some time in the second half made his presence felt in the first, logging multiple tackles for loss on top of 1.5 sacks. FSU overall had an effective night against the run, holding Notre Dame to under 100 yards on the ground. The main event though? Quarterback McKenzie Milton, coming in for Jordan Travis who struggled to consistently hit through the air (though the substitution was made due to a misplaced helmet), leading FSU on two scoring drives to force extra football. He nearly led FSU on a third during OT, but an errant throw into the ground led to a missed field goal by kicker Ryan Fitzgerald. Notre Dame went on to win, hitting a field goal to secure the victory 41-38.
September 6, 2021
What will it take for FSU to upset Notre Dame?
The Florida State Seminoles have a tough slate for the 2021 season and it all starts against the ever-consistent Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Notre Dame has become the poster child (outside of the B1G) of grind-it-out old-school football. Last year they littered the field with tight ends and played hard-nosed press defense on their way to the college football playoffs. Many believe that this year the Irish are going to have a slightly different flavor when taking the field due to a change in defensive coordinator and some new personnel. We already did a pure preview of Notre Dame which you can find here but now it's time to take a look at this game from another angle. The guys from the Triple Option bring 20+ years of coaching to the table (all of which come from AB) to discuss FSU’s Warpath to Victory- a closer look at the things FSU has to do, and avoid doing, if they want to walk away from game one victorious.
September 3, 2021
FSU recruiting: Notre Dame recruit visitor list breakdown
This weekend has been circled on the calendars of Florida State Seminoles football fans since its announcement. A prime time game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and a chance to prove that Florida State’s back. But the recruiting staff has this weekend circled for other reasons. The Three Stars are back with their second podcast of the week. Why so soon? Because like the recruiting staff, we’ve had this weekend circled, as well. Tallahassee will be Ground Zero for many of the top high school players in the nation. With 50+ prospects expected, FSU has a chance to add or solidify its highly-ranked recruiting class, while also building future bonds. Who’s going to be in town? Will FSU add any commits? Tune into the Florida State of Recruiting podcast for all the latest news. The Florida State of Recruiting (FSoR) Podcast features the Three Stars: Josh Pick, Tim Alumbaugh, and David Stout. But the fun doesn’t (shouldn’t) stop there. Get even more Florida State in your earbuds with our “Everything Noles” podcast family, home of FSoR, Triple Option and more. As always, check out the latest recruiting updates in our Official Tomahawk Nation Recruiting Thread.
September 3, 2021
Florida State football recruiting: Who to know in the 2023 recruiting class
As the clock struck 12 AM on September 1st, the Florida State football recruiting team put their foot on the gas for the 2023 class. Starting at midnight, 2023 recruits were officially on the market for direct contact from college coaching staffs, and Florida State seized its opportunity as social media was filled with FSU graphics and hype: On this episode, the Three Stars highlight which players received special edits from Florida State. And we pick Josh’s brain as we give you a position by position breakdown of the top names receiving FSU’s attention. The Florida State of Recruiting (FSoR) Podcast features the Three Stars: Josh Pick, Tim Alumbaugh, and David Stout. And if you can’t get enough Florida State in your life, check out our “Everything Noles” podcast family, home of FSoR, Triple Option and more. As always, check out all the latest recruiting updates in the Official Tomahawk Nation Recruiting Thread.
September 2, 2021
Florida State vs. Notre Dame: Preview, breakdown
Florida State Football faces their first opponent of the season this Sunday in the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly has had the fighting Irish rolling over the past few years.  Playoff appearances are beginning to seem like the norm in South Bend but if there is a time for them to stumble it’s now. They’re having to replace two of the leaders on last year’s playoff team in long-time quarterback Ian book and defensive leader Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah. These are huge losses for the team but there are many that still believe in the Irish’s ability to reload for the coming season. Offense One of the reasons for their recent success comes from their offensive scheme which is conservative enough to become innovative in the spread heavy landscape of today's football. Some staples of this scheme are: The use of multiple tight end sets- usually in bunch formations Using pre-snap motion and larger personnel to overwhelm the smaller hybrid defenders in today’s defenses Lots of pulling linemen A quick and easy passing game Leveraging their running game to open up play-action shot opportunities Defense There's a new sheriff in town leading the Irish’s defense. Marcus Freeman, who led one of the better defenses in the country in Cincinnati last year, is looking to translate that success to Notre Dame. The defense will trust its secondary in man coverage- much like Clark Lea’s defense did before him They will feature predominately one high safety looks They have a hybrid 3 down front- that often uses linebackers as inserting lineman Heavy technique by the ends allows them to have more agile hybrid linebackers on the outside- Look for standout Safety Kyle Hamilton to potentially make an impact here These concepts are hard to grasp with mere bullet points. For a better understanding and film analysis, this video breaks down everything you need to know before watching FSU face off against the Fighting Irish. Conclusions This Irish team is a hard one to project. Transfer quarterback Jack Coan may be the answer they need to bridge the gap after Ian Book. Kyle Hamilton may be able to make Marcus Freeman’s defense one of the best in the country. It's hard to know for sure. But what I do know for sure is that it's football season and there is no better time of year.
August 31, 2021
FSU Defensive Back Preview 2021: Travis Jay, Jammie Robinson, Brendan Gant, Akeem Dent, Brownlee
Welcome everybody (Adam says in his best Trey voice) to The Triple Option position preview series. In the attached videos you will find our thoughts and depth chart projections. These videos are to support the amazing work already done in the written projections by our talented group of writers. There are some differences but that is the fun part of positional previews. The defensive back room presents a lot of options and they are going to need them all. Expect to see five or six DB’s on the field the majority of the game.  It makes sense that FSU used a number of transfer slots on this room and worked hard to bolster the dep
August 26, 2021
Rowlcast Redux: Talking FSU football with wrestling’s Kevin Kelly
Everybody’s favorite foul-mouthed, mustachio’d podcast is back — and for a very exciting episode. Kevin Kelly, American sportscaster, radio host, and professional wrestling color commentator, executive, manager, pundit, and former ring announcer (as copied directly from his fancy Google search profile) joins Trey to talk FSU football and more, including: his time at FSU as an alum in the late 80s; thoughts on Norvell and the current team His time in the WWF Attitude Era and drinking with FSU legend Ron Simmons thoughts on pro wrestling in general retroactively doing play by play calls for historically great FSU plays working directly with The Rock and being his main interviewer during the Attitude Era
August 26, 2021
FSU football: Breaking down Seminoles practice, fall camp feat. Brett Nevitt
Florida State Football’s first game is less than two weeks away which means that it’s time for head coach Mike Norvell and company to start shifting away from fall camp and into game prep. That makes it an excellent time to recap all that has happened over these past couple of weeks of practice. Luckily Tomahawk Nation has had boots on the ground for all practices this fall. The work done between newcomer Tommy Mire and veteran Brett Nevitt has meant that if you’re following their practice threads then you haven't missed a beat when it comes to FSU’s preparation for this season. It also means that the guys on the Triple Option have a large selection of practice highlights to comb through.
August 24, 2021
FSU Defensive Line Preview 2021: Jermaine Johnson, Keir Thomas, Fabien Lovett, Robert Cooper
The defensive line is one that has long been considered a strength for this Florida State Seminole team but was a serious letdown in 2020. Insert three transfers (two from the SEC) and the future looks bright again. Potentially a shift in scheme focus also could play a role in improved play for the front. Defensive line coaches John Papuchis and Odell Haggins have a big task ahead of them if the 2021 defense is going to make a leap.
August 16, 2021
FSU football: Breaking down week one of Florida State practice
Fall camp ramped up last Saturday and head coach Mike Norvell and the Florida State football team have been in full swing preparing for the upcoming season. Coach AB and I have gotten our hands on some of the practice film courtesy of our boy Tommy Mire of Tomahawk Nation and hope to give some insight on how and why Norvell runs his practices the way they do and give some general thoughts that we’ve heard around the Seminole beat.
August 12, 2021
FSU Offensive Line Preview 2021: Dontae Lucas, Devontay Love-Taylor, Maurice Smith, Dillon Gibbons
The weakness of the Florida State program for years now is becoming a strength? We are going to find out when the 2021 season kicks off against Notre Dame. The FSU offensive line has to continue to trend in the right direction for this program to get back to where it wants to be. OL coach Alex Atkins has been a miracle worker on and off the field so he must continue his magic act. There is plenty of production returning for Atkins to work with and now they must develop the chemistry to make it work.
August 10, 2021
Bobby Bowden dies at 91: Mike Norvell, Ron Dugans, Odell Haggins speak on coach's legacy
“Coach Bowden was one of the greatest coaches ever, but more than that he was an incredible man. He was a special human being who earned an enduring legacy because of his wonderful heart, faith and values he lived. It was the honor of my lifetime to know him and beyond anything I could dream to have a relationship with him. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been impacted by Coach Bowden and particularly with his wife Ann, their children, grandchildren, former players and coaches. The entire Florida State family is hurting right now at the loss of our program’s patriarch.”
August 8, 2021
FSU Wide Receiver Preview 2021: Andrew Parchment, Pokie Wilson, Keyshawn Helton, Malik McClain
Head coach Mike Norvell and the Florida State Football coaching staff have a lot of bodies at the wide receiver and tight end positions but do they have a difference-maker? That is to be determined but there are some names that are intriguing for the upcoming season. First, and foremost, Kansas transfer Andrew Parchment will look to become a true number one wide receiver. At the tight end, a name to watch is the veteran Camren McDonald. Take a minute and watch the video to learn the rest of our thoughts.
August 8, 2021
FSU football: Linebacker Amari Gainer talks after first day of Florida State Seminoles practice
Linebacker Amari Gainer talks after first day of Florida State Seminoles practice
August 7, 2021
Florida State Seminoles: Running back Jashaun Corbin speaks after first day of FSU football practice
Running back Jashaun Corbin talks first day of FSU football practice
August 7, 2021
FSU head coach Mike Norvell speaks before preseason Seminoles football camp
Florida State Seminoles head coach Mike Norvell speaks on preseason, upcoming year, player updates and more
August 6, 2021
FSU Running Back Preview 2021: Jashaun Corbin, Lawrance Toafili, DJ Williams, Treshaun Ward
There may not be a position on the field that Florida State head coach Mike Norvell has seen more success with than running backs. There is a lot of variety to the way that he uses the running backs (or tailbacks) and many different faces that he can interchange in those roles. If you have trouble keeping up with the names or just need a refresher for FSU’s upcoming season, join the guys at the Triple Option as they discuss the depth chart and show some film highlighting what you might expect from this position group. The rest of this series will be rolling out as we work our way through fall camp and push closer to the season. Please be sure to like and subscribe to the XsandNoles YouTube channel and also give 5-star reviews on the Everything Noles podcast channel.
August 5, 2021
FSU recruiting: What’s FSU football getting in its latest offensive line commit?
The Florida State Seminoles have landed themselves another offensive line prospect, YAWN. Am I right? Alex Atkins is boring me with his recruiting success. In all seriousness, Mike Norvell and FSU hauled in Jaylen Early out of Duncanville HS and he is not a player whose tape will bore you. To help showcase what the blue-chip commit brings to the table, Kevin Little (XsandNoles) and I took to Zoom to break down the big man’s highlight film. Here’s some quick background for the non-visual learners: Florida State Football commit analysis Explosiveness Early is the first man off the ball consistently. That explosiveness is important for positioning and leverage. It is easy to project Early as an effective run blocker because he gets himself into position with his first step. You have always heard “the low man wins” but reality is the player in the best position is the one who wins. Agility Agility is a term not always used to describe offensive line prospects. However, when you watch top notch athletes on the offensive line you notice how well they start and stop, move side to side, and how quickly they can get their feet up and down. Early possesses all of these traits and shows you high level agility. In his highlights you witness a beautiful skip pull, Early is shown pulling on counter plays, and shows impressive quickness on zone plays. Power Early is nothing like Kanaya Charlton who engulfs opponents and overwhelms them. However, Early is a powerful linemen in his own right. This is where Early’s explosiveness comes into play as he keeps his feet moving and finishes plays. The power that he possesses in his lower half paired with the quickness makes him a finisher as a run blocker. This is a great combination of traits to possess as an offensive linemen. He will need to continue to develop his upper body strength to maximize his power.
August 3, 2021
Florida State of Recruiting Podcast: Instant reaction to offensive lineman Jaylen Early commitment
The Florida State Seminoles football team is rolling on the recruiting trail. And the train picked up more momentum today with the commitment of 4-star offensive line prospect Jaylen Early. The Three Stars got together for the second (official) episode of the Florida State of Recruiting podcast to discuss the 2022 offensive line commitment. We’ll discuss Early’s position on the line as well as his impact on #Tribe22. Also, did Tim’s wishes about a certain alpha recruit for FSU finally come true? We’ll cover the latest Travis Hunter update, along with a message from 5-star commit Sam McCall. The Florida State of Recruiting (FSoR) Podcast features the Three Stars: Josh Pick, Tim Alumbaugh, and David Stout. And if you can’t get enough Florida State in your life, check out our “Everything Noles” podcast family, home of FSoR, Triple Option and more. As always, check out all the latest recruiting updates in the Official Tomahawk Nation Recruiting Thread.
August 3, 2021
Florida State Seminoles quarterback preview: Breaking down 2021 FSU QB battle
Welcome everybody (Adam says in his best Trey voice) to The Triple Option position preview series. In the attached videos you will find our thoughts and depth chart projections. These videos are to support the amazing work already done in the written projections by our talented group of writers. There are some differences but that is the fun part of positional previews. First up we are going to take a look at the QB position. The three of us discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the QB room, give our thoughts on who starts and how much the backup plays, and finally discuss whether this position is a strength or a weakness. All you have to do is click on the video to find out who we have as QB1. The rest of this series will be rolling out as we work our way through fall camp and push closer to the season. Please be sure to like and subscribe to the XsandNoles YouTube channel and also give 5 star reviews on the Everything Noles podcast channel.
August 2, 2021
Florida State of Recruiting: Latest FSU football news feat. commit Aaron Hester
We’re thrilled to unveil the first episode of the new Florida State of Recruiting Podcast featuring the Three Stars: Tim Scribble, Josh Pick, and NoleThruandThru, edited by Perry Kostidakis. We want to thank the TN community, particularly the folks who frequent the recruiting thread, because none of this would be possible without your interest and interaction. The community came up with some truly awesome name ideas. Special shout-out to bcup (Florida State of Recruiting podcast) and Otownbred (The Three Stars) for their winning name suggestions! On this episode of the Florida State of Recruiting Podcast, the Three Stars discuss: The Florida State Seminoles’ latest recruiting weekend with blue-chip players from 2022, 2023, 2024, and 2025. The newest Florida State commits (Chris Parson, Daughtry Richardson, Daniel Lyons) Is there another commit on the horizon for the Seminoles? The impact of the opener vs. the Notre Dame Fighting Irish And an interview with #Tribe22 legacy defensive end commit Aaron Hester
July 29, 2021
FSU recruiting mega pod: Seminoles football recruiting latest updates, news
The recruiting trail continues to be hot for the Florida State Football team and their head coach Mike Norvell. Just this past week, three high-potential recruits committed to the Seminoles and things don’t seem to be slowing down. Part of the reason for this success is their attention to detail- particularly when it comes to hosting kids on campus. Their main method of doing this as of late is through camps where the players not only get to experience campus but also get to compete against other top recruits. The latest in this long string of camps was the Seminole Showcase. This event resulted in commitments from offensive lineman Daughtry Richardson and defensive lineman Daniel Lyons which further solidified an already sturdy 2022 class in the trenches. Just like the FSU coaching staff, the Tomahawk Nation staff are looking at making some moves going into this football season. This video podcast will not only recap the Seminole Showcase but should also give a feel for the kind of things you can expect from the new podcast: The Florida State of Recruiting. This new pod will be hosted by the guys who make up the lifeblood of the recruiting coverage at Tomahawk Nation: Tim Alumbaugh, David Stout, and Josh Pick.
July 27, 2021
FSU gets 3 new commits: Florida State football recruiting analysis, breakdown
Florida State Seminoles football had another big weekend, taking advantage of the recruiting dead period ending to nab two commits in offensive lineman Daughtry Richardson and defensive tackle Daniel Lyons. The FSU staff picked up a mid-week commitment from class of 2023 quarterback Chris Parson as well. To break down the newest commits, Kevin Little, Adam Brown and Perry Kostidakis Scouting Report Daughtry Richardson Richardson possesses the hips you love to see from an OL prospect. He is explosive through his glutes and hips when he is driving people often knocking them up and backwards. Richardson is a true tackle prospect who possesses the length and feet you want out of a tackle. You may also notice how he finishes during his highlights. It has become a point of emphasis for these players to finish blocks. Daniel Lyons New school DT prospect to attack the space race. Lyons is an up the field penetrator who has an explosive get off and fits well in a one gap scheme. I anticipate the FSU defense becoming more one gap so Lyons seems like a natural fit. Long and explosive are great traits to find in a new school DT prospect. Remember to subscribe on YouTube and to the pod channel to get the latest Tomahawk Nation offerings first.
July 26, 2021
FSU football: Seminoles speak at ACC Kickoff, Norvell, Travis, Milton and Johnson
Florida State Seminoles football is taking its turn at the festivities of the ACC Kickoff today, with head coach Mike Norvell, defensive end Jermaine Johnson and quarterbacks Jordan Travis and McKenzie Milton all speaking to reporters and live on the ACC Network starting at 9:45 a.m. The selection of players is an interesting one, given that Milton and Johnson have been on campus for less than 7 months and the assumed quarterback battle between the aforementioned transfer and Travis, but there was obvious thought put into it beyond, “well this will be funny,” something sure to be revealed today. To catch up on the latest pieces we’ve done on the three attendees, as well as an earlier-in-the-year interview with Norvell, head below: Analysis How Mike Norvell built an offense for Jordan Travis What does Jermaine Johnson bring to FSU? How can McKenzie Milton revitalize FSU’s offense? Profiles Jordan Travis is ready to elevate his game McKenzie Milton's road less traveled leads him to FSU One-on-One with Mike Norvell
July 23, 2021
Seminole Wrap Quick Update: FSU ACC Kickoff, Milton and Gainer Watchlist, Watson hire
A quick update on the latest FSU football news
July 20, 2021
Florida State athletics: Interview with golfer, former Seminole John Pak
American professional golfer and former NCAA Player of the Year John Pak is set to be the next FSU great on his journey to golf stardom. Pak finished his career in Tallahassee as one of the most accomplished athletes in school history ending his time at FSU as the first Seminole to receive the Ben Hogan and Fred Haskins Award. “Committing to Florida State was probably one of the best decisions of my life, they’ve got all the resources to make you a better player... Just the name of Florida State has a lot of meaning to it.” The New Jersey native has aspirations to compete at the highest level having his eyes set on the Masters' green jacket. “Obviously I want to win a major, preferably the masters, that’s every golfer's dream. I want to have full status in the PGA Tour within the next two years.” “To be in the same sentence as beating Tigers Woods or Brooks, that’s really special and that’s what I’ve worked my whole life for... it would really mean a lot to me,” Pak said. Florida State’s been known as college golf’s mecca for decades and Pak has been mentioned as possibly the best golfer to don the Garnet and Gold. His success in the amateurs should translate smoothly to the professional stage as he soon takes on some of his childhood idols and former FSU greats. “I think we have the best coaching staff in all of college golf. You look at the history of Florida State golfers, a lot of them gradually have gotten better throughout the years. I think every year I got a little bit better, we just have the resources, we have the coaching staff that knows what they’re doing to really create some good golfers here,” Pak said.
July 14, 2021
Florida State Seminoles: Offensive lineman Dillan Gibbons talks Notre Dame, FSU decision
Florida State offensive lineman Dillan Gibbons met with local media via Zoom on Wednesday. Here’s the full thing in audio version. “When I started my college career back in 2017, if you’d like me to get into that story and how I built that relationship I can at some point, but the bottom line is once I met him and built a connection with him, I made a very distinct decision in my life to engage with him. And not just have a one-off relationship. ...I want to do as much as I possibly could. You see, before the last couple months I wasn’t allowed to do anything among the lines of a GoFundMe or anything like that. So most of the things I gave him were my time, a connection, having a person to talk to. Once I started hearing things about Name and Likeness from major media sources probably a year ago, and I just started hearing that it could happen in my college career. So I mapped out a game plan at one of my strategic business classes at Notre Dame of how I could actually raise the money for his family. Initially it started as just trying to get him to the game. But as everyone has seen here, it’s blossomed into something else. It’s making a radical impact on him and his family’s life.” “It’s actually one of the main reasons why I did transfer to Florida State. See, having my family at games means the world to me. It costs my family a lot of money to get to South Bend every weekend for all the home games. We were lucky enough to have a house up there because my brother went to law school at Notre Dame. At the same time, it was financially pretty tough to get up there. Another part of it, too, is my grandpa had multiple open-heart surgeries the past four years. He can’t fly. It’s one of the things he’s been struggling with for six years now, so he’s never been able to see me play college football. Being closer to home for my last two seasons, I’ll be able to have the whole family there with my grandpa.”
July 14, 2021
FSU football gets new commit: What does Florida State Seminoles get in Marcus Cushnie?
There is nothing like a last-minute transfer portal addition. That is what Florida State and defensive coordinator Adam Fuller got Sunday evening when Alabama A&M defensive end Marcus Cushnie spurned Purdue and decided to join the Seminoles. Credit head coach Mike Norvell for understanding where this roster is and pushing the floor up to try and ensure this team gets to the magic number six wins. As NoleThruandThru put in the article announcing Cushnie’s commitment, “Cushnie has two years of eligibility remaining and joins Jermaine Johnson II and Keir Thomas as transfer portal additions to the defensive line unit. He’ll provide immediate depth and figures to become part of the rotation quickly.” And so, as Kevin and I like to do when FSU lands a new player, we took to the X’s and Nole’s YouTube studio to break down what we saw on film. Thankfully, Alabama A&M had a couple of games out there that we could watch and pull clips from to diagnose. So what did we find? Our extended thoughts can be found in the video but here are a couple of quick points. Please be sure to subscribe to the channel to see all of our videos, or our podcast channel if you prefer to listen to our breakdowns. If there’s anything you’d like to see from us moving forward in any capacity whether it be breakdowns, podcasts or written analysis, always feel free to head to comments and ask. Explosive First Step It’s obvious that Cushnie is “different” when you watch him get off the ball. He is typically two or three steps ahead of everybody else. He is very explosive up the field and it’s the strength of his game. When he wins it’s because he has beaten the opposing tackle off the ball and is by him. Agility Adam Fuller wants to be able to play games with the defensive line and Cushnie should help with that. Cushnie shows the ability to get OL into their sets and then change direction and loop inside. With his ability to rush with speed it’s very valuable to be able to put your foot in the ground and change direction. I would anticipate Fuller capitalizing on these movement skills. Want to get a question answered on our next FSU recruiting podcast? Drop it in the comments below, or head to the latest edition of our Florida State Seminoles football recruiting thread. If you want an over 2000 word breakdown on all things FSU recruiting, the latest edition of our Florida State of Recruiting series dropped last week.
July 12, 2021
FSU Football: Seminoles recruiting breakdown, mailbag question and answer, Florida State news
For the first time in a long time, Florida State Seminoles football is exciting again. FSU is riding the high of a strong June, having secured the pledges from a multitude of its top targets to earn the current No. 4 composite class in the country. It’s been a result of investment on the coaching staff’s part, from evaluating talent early on to establishing relationships through its consistent on-campus events. To break down all the latest in recruiting news, along with taking reader questions from the fine members of Tomahawk Nation, Tim Scribble is joined by NoleThruandThru and Josh Pick. The trio talk about the recent commitment of Texas tight end Jerale Powers, top targets, biggest surprises and disappointments and tackle the question of if the 2022 class can finish with an above 50 percent blue-chip ratio. You can find it on Apple Podcasts here, all other currently available platforms here (including Google Podcasts and Stitcher) or embedded below. As always, please, if you haven’t yet, hit subscribe and rate us five-stars to help out on visibility — plus, if you subscribe, you’ll get the podcast instantly when it’s uploaded frantically at 1:32 in the morning. Also, if you’re a loyal listener who also so happens to be interested in jumping on as a sponsor, we are dipping our toes into selling our souls. Feel free to reach out to our Tomahawk Nation Twitter if your interest is piqued. Want to get a question answered on the next podcast? Drop it in the comments below, or head to the latest edition of our Florida State Seminoles football recruiting thread. If you want an over 2000 word breakdown on all things FSU recruiting, the latest edition of NT&T’s Florida State of Recruiting series dropped yesterday.
July 9, 2021
Triple Option: FSU Football Recruiting Breakdown feat. Zach Blostein of Noles247
The recruiting dead period opened up one short month ago and Florida State head coach Mike Norvell wasted no time in getting things going for the Seminoles. In this past month alone FSU received commitments from six of the current 15 in the 2022 class. This has not only raised the spirits of much of the fan base but it raised the ‘Noles to a good head start in the recruiting battle. They currently sit 4th nationally and there’s a long list of blue-chip kids who may potentially commit soon. Since there has been a whirlwind of recruiting activity the guys at the Triple Option have brought on some help. Zach Blostein is a recruiting writer for Noles247 and he has been in and around the myriad of camps hosted by the FSU staff. He has had first-hand experience with the players that may make up the 2022 class so there is no one better to bring on to recap the month of June. This action-packed show tries to give an update on where the Seminoles stand with these kids while doing what it does best- using film to give an idea of what these kids might bring to FSU. This includes a film breakdown of the most recent commit Jarrale Powers, a high ceiling tight end prospect from Texas.
July 7, 2021
FSU Seminoles recruiting: Interviewing four star quarterback Chris Parson on Florida State interest, Mike Norvell, official visit
Class of 2023 four-star Chris Parson hasn’t been shy to express FSU as his dream school.    Parson grew up a Noles fan as a part of Seminoles legacy, with Florida State legend Terrell Buckley related to him via his family’s side.   “Florida State’s a program that’s always been respected in college football, and it’s always been a program that I’ve looked at as one of the top in the country... Whenever they’re on top of college football, football’s fun to watch.”   He spoke on his desires for this year, as well as his goals:   “To be honest I just want to dominate this year, I want to dominate, I want to win and I just want to leave no question when it comes to me being the best quarterback in the class of 2023.” "It’s kind of hard for teams to game plan against me, whatever they give me I take advantage of it, I can sit back in the pocket and deliver the ball but I can also extend plays with my legs as well.”    He says head coach Mike Norvell and quarterbacks coach Kenny Dillingham have been in contact with Parson and his family every week in hopes of receiving a commitment.
June 30, 2021
FSU Football has the No. 3 recruiting class in the country: Florida State Seminoles news, analysis
Well that was a lot of news jam-packed into three days, huh? Since June 25, Florida State Seminoles football has picked up five recruiting wins, securing commitments from a bevy of prospects its been aiming to bring into its 2022 recruiting class. Four-star OL Qae’shon Sapp, four-star OL/DL Antavious Woody, three-star OL Kanaya Carlton, three-star DT Bishop Thomas, and four-star DE Travion Williams all committed to Mike Norvell and staff over the last recruiting weekend before the summer dead period, giving the Seminoles a bit of momentum heading into the downtime and earning FSU the No. 3 class in the country. To break down all the excitement, Tim Scribble is joined by Josh Pick and NoleThruandThru, who talk what to expect from the commits, what led up to the big weekend, what else may come and what PGA Tour member wanted some recruiting inside from Josh (spoiler: it isn’t Brooksy.)
June 29, 2021
Florida State Seminoles football: FSU has the No. 5 recruiting class in the country
The commitments piled up this weekend for Florida State Seminoles football as four (yes FOUR) class of 2022 prospects said yes to Mike Norvell and company. Kevin Little (XsandNoles) and CoachAB break down film from these players to give you an idea of what to expect. Here is a quick rundown of who is discussed: Newest Florida State football commits Trevion Williams Williams is a big, long athlete out of Mississippi who will play defensive end at Florida State. I believe he will spend his days at the Fox position but that is not set in stone. Williams possesses a top-notch first step and the athleticism to turn the corner. Qae’shon Sapp Plus-sized interior offensive line prospect who possesses agile feet and top-notch awareness, Sapp will be a guard or center at the collegiate level. Sapp shows you he possesses the lateral movement skills to reach back on a three-technique or get out and pull. Sapp should fit nicely in a zone scheme. Kanaya Charlton A mountain of an interior line prospect who will knock you off your feet or swallow you whole. Charlton is a player who plays with a mean streak and a big smile all at the same time. Charlton has heavy hands and a dancer's feet. This young man is a project at the next level but his upside is immense. Bishop Thomas Thomas is a three-technique defensive line prospect with top-flight lateral movement skills. Thomas’ tape shows an uncanny first step for a big man and the burst you want to see. Be sure to watch Kev and I quickly nerd out on a triple option play and then gush over Thomas' explosiveness. VIDEO To get these videos first, make sure you like and subscribe to the XsandNoles on YouTube. If you’d like to join the conversation about the latest in FSU recruiting, head to our recruiting thread and also feel free to join our Discord.
June 27, 2021
FSU Football: Latest news on the Florida State recruiting trail feat. commit Omar Graham Jr.
Florida State Seminoles football received a commitment from 2022 linebacker Omar Graham Jr. on Sunday, sending the Seminoles back into the top 10 for overall class rankings and No. 1 in the ACC. And what better way to introduce you to the latest member of Tribe 22 than by speaking with him? Graham Jr. joins Tim Scribble, Josh Pick and NoleThruandThru to talk about his recruiting process, his relationship with the FSU coaching staff, what led to his decision to commit, what players he’s trying to bring along with him and more.
June 23, 2021
FSU football: Latest Florida State Seminoles recruiting news, analysis and updates
It’s been a busy last few weeks for Florida State Seminoles football recruiting, with head coach Mike Norvell and his staff hitting the ground running with the lifting of the dead period on June 1. To break things down, from megacamps to big man camps to potential commits, Tim Scribble is joined by Josh Pick and NoleThruandThru. The three talk the last week in recruiting (on the back of amazing coverage by newbie Tommy Mire), their opinions on the staff’s approach, and more.
June 17, 2021
FSU Football: Breaking down Midnight Madness, mega camp, Seminoles recruiting latest
The recruiting dead period that loomed over the entirety of NCAA football was lifted on June 1st and Florida State Football Head Coach Mike Norvell wasted no time in getting the recruiting efforts up and running. It all kicked off with Midnight Madness where some of FSU’s top targets showed up at the first possible moment they could have face-to-face contact with the coaches. By all accounts, this event featured time to get to know the staff and an opportunity to drive a three-wheeled vehicle called a slingshot around Doak Campbell Stadium. The week was rounded out with a couple of camp events. The first was termed the elite camp. This was a more private event where some of the top recruits in the country converged in Tallahassee to have an opportunity to compete against one another in some drills. On Sunday, the week rounded out with a huge event appropriately called the Mega Camp. Over 1000 players from across the country gathered on the intramural fields to have one of their first real chances to be seen by college coaches since the start of the prolonged dead period. Needless to say, there was a lot that happened this week for FSU recruiting. Luckily the Triple Option guys have connections with one of the most plugged-in people on the beat. Josh Newberg, recruiting guru at 247 Sports, joins the guys to discuss this week and the impacts it might make on FSU’s upcoming recruiting outlooks.
June 7, 2021
FSU football: Midnight Madness recruiting event breakdown, player analysis
The entire NCAA has been in a dead period for over a year. That means for the majority of Florida State head coach Mike Norvell’s first year and a half on-campus he has been unable to meet face to face with any recruits. Needless to say, this has been a bit of a difficult situation but Norvell has made the best of it so far. Not only was he able to pull a solid 2021 class with minimal time but he was able to bolster the roster with transfers that can make an immediate impact. The NCAA decided to drop its dead period on June 1st and Norvell and company were not willing to wait another second before meeting the kids they have been so diligently recruiting. At midnight FSU opened its doors for what’s being called Midnight Madness. Some of the best recruits from around the country are filing into Doak Campbell Stadium to experience what it's like under the lights. Some of these names might be familiar but some might be surprises and we wouldn’t be Tomahawk Nation if we didn’t spend the time to outline some of the talent that is finding its way to Tallahassee for this historic recruiting event.
June 1, 2021
Talking Florida State football, Mike Norvell, analytics with Dave Bartow of CFBMatrix
Dave Bartoo likes what Florida State head coach Mike Norvell brings to Tallahassee. That opinion carries some weight. Bartoo is one of the top consultants for college football programs across the country. His opinion is held in high regard by many athletic directors, boosters, and coaches when it comes time to find a replacement on the staff. That’s all because he was one of the pioneers of data-driven football. He was the first on the scene with a composite recruiting rankings system back in 2008 and he is leading the charge of better-advanced metrics to evaluate coaches and prospects. However, this isn’t a show that only numberphiles can enjoy. Bartoo is passionate about 2 things: communicating his advanced stats in a way that is understandable to the average person and his side company the “Pro Athlete Hemp Association” (which you can find more details about here). This interview not only touches on Mike Norvell and defensive coordinator Adam Fuller but he also takes the time to touch on the rest of the college football landscape. He is even gracious enough to give some evaluation tips for both quarterbacks and coaches so you can seem like an expert on your next fantasy draft. Needless to say, this is a must-watch for any college football fan and it was a blast to do.
May 17, 2021
Florida State Seminoles: FSU athletics breakdown, Mike Norvell youth camps, why recruiting is quiet,
It’s been a busy last few days in Florida State Seminoles athletics. From soccer competing for a national title to tennis making a run to softball falling just short of a 7th straight title, there’s been plenty of excitement round the FSUverse, and on the latest edition of the Seminole Wrap, we’re diving into them. We also get into a discussion about Mike Norvell and his Merry Band of Coaches continuing their travels around the state educating the youth on proper press coverage techniques, as well as why things have seemed so quiet on the recruiting front lately.
May 17, 2021
FSU Football: Breaking down new OL transfer from Notre Dame
On Monday night FSU landed Dillan Gibbons a transfer from Notre Dame. There is a lot to like about this addition and we will discuss his game further below. This pickup for Mike Norvell and Alex Atkins is all about moving the floor of your OL room up. Gibbons comes in with a wealth of experience, game ready strength, and maturity. Can you say #CLIMB? Gibbons shows an understanding of zone blocking schemes and running a track. In clips of him playing you see an awareness while running his track to pick up, come off, work in tandem with the players around him. Gibbons gets on his path and stays on it and just works throughout the entire play. He allows the running back a chance by getting a hat on a hat. It’s nice to see a well oiled machine at work and that is what Notre Dame’s OL is. Watching Gibbons be a cog in that wheel is exciting. We’ve seen in Tallahassee recently miscues when doing this. Bringing in a player like Gibbons will help sure up some of these issues.
May 11, 2021
FSU recruiting analysis: Seminoles get commit from 2022 OL
An offensive tackle? That’s right ladies and gentlemen, your Florida State Seminoles have landed an offensive tackle prospect for the 2022 class. As always that means it’s scouting report time. We will take a look at some of Aliou Bah’s traits shortly but it’s important to know that he lines up mostly at guard for IMG Academy. The belief is that he will be a tackle for FSU but could play inside if his athleticism doesn’t develop. This is a big get in more ways that one for the Noles. Scouting Report Mauler I would describe Bah as a true people mover. This young man locks on and drives everything and everybody that gets in his way. In the video posted below, scouting report by Kevin Little and I, you see shots of Bah drive blocking opponents five or ten yards. He keeps a solid base while run blocking showing good knee bend and getting a foot up and down. Alex Atkins can teach the technique but he cannot teach a player the desire to move people. Bah steps on campus day one with that trait. Lateral Agility You get some good glimpses in Bah’s film of his literal agility. He pass sets a couple of times from the guard position and is able to set and then reset on players while flashing quick feet. We do not get to see him pass set as a tackle but showing this agility is important. Bah will have to work on bending better but he’s got quick, soft feet for such a big young man. Anchor Anchoring against a bull rush is about leverage and power. While Bah is still working on the leverage portion of things his power is impressive. Some of it is simply his size but he is a brick wall not often moved around. That really speaks for itself but it’s impressive to see. As he begins to understand the technical side of OL play he will be able to put his power to better use. Former Seminole legend Tra Thomas is the OL coach at IMG now so he will get a head start.
May 8, 2021
FSU football: 2022 Seminoles quarterback blue-chip commit, recruiting breakdown, NFL Draft, Florida State sports roundup
From overthrowing the Florida Legislature (well, basically) to securing a quarterback commitment to the NFL Draft to the No. 1 overall seed soccer team debuting in the NCAA Tournament, there’s been plenty of action in the Seminoles sports world. How important is Duffy? Our CoachAB broke it down with Kevin Little last week: The most important singular position on the football field is quarterback. The Florida State Seminoles landed a really good one recently in AJ Duffy. Duffy joins Nicco Marchiol as quarterback commitments for the 2022 recruiting class. Duffy is a complete passer in the truest sense and he is one of the highest rated that FSU has landed in years. (You can catch the video breakdown of that here, and also listen to it on the Seminole Wrap podcast channel.) Tim and Juan breakdown the football side of things — talking blue-chip AJ Duffy’s commitment, the draft and more — while Perry tackles a quick recap of soccer, along with baseball, softball and beach volleyball.
May 3, 2021
Seminoles football: What does new Florida State quarterback commit AJ Duffy bring to FSU?
The most important singular position on the football field is quarterback. The Florida State Seminoles landed a really good one recently in AJ Duffy. Duffy joins Nicco Marchiol as quarterback commitments for the 2022 recruiting class. Duffy is a complete passer in the truest sense and he is one of the highest rated that FSU has landed in years. We broke down his game and discussed in depth some of the things we like and dislike. Long thought to be an Arizona State lean, the Seminoles had been pushing hard for Duffy since he transferred to IMG Academy from Rancho Verde HS in Moreno Valley, California. Duffy’s recruitment really heated up once he started chatting with fellow FSU commitments: five-star Travis Hunter and four-star Nicco Marchiol but Duffy seemed to really fall in love with the campus during his spring game visit. AJ Duffy ranks 76th nationally in 247’s Composite Rankings and sixth at his position and is one of the better QB prospects in the country. Duffy chose Florida State over offers from LSU, Auburn, Miami, Arkansas, and selected the ‘Noles from his final three of FSU, Arizona State, and Michigan State. What makes Duffy a perfect fit for Norvell’s offense is his athleticism and lightning-quick release; perfect for the RPO-game that Norvell and OC Kenny Dillingham want to emphasize.
April 30, 2021
Florida State Seminoles football, recruiting, basketball baseball: April 26
What did 2020-21 mean for Florida State Seminoles basketball? In the eyes of some, it was underachievement — missing out on clinching ACC titles in both the regular season and tournament, sputtering in the Sweet 16. To others the season was an overachievement, managing an up-and-down season that still resulted in an NCAA Tournament run despite losing three players to the NBA. As the dust has settled and the gears have started turning towards the 2021-22 season, Matt Minnick of Tomahawk Nation’s FSU basketball podcast jumps on with Tim to talk last season, program growth and perception, recruiting and more. Tim also takes the time to start the pod with some recruiting (including a recent decommitment that might be less drastic than most think), then takes it on home with baseball and other Florida State athletics.
April 26, 2021
FSU football spring game recruiting breakdown, 2023 and 2022 recruits to know
Florida State had its largest recruiting turnout for an event since, well, at least a year, with dozens of dozens of the top prospects in the country heading to Tallahassee for the Seminoles’ spring game. With all the hooplah surrounding the weekend, only one commitment emerged — is that a problem? And in that commit, what kind of player is Florida State getting? As 2022 kicks off into high gear and 2023 picks up the pace, who are the names you need to know? We’re joined by David Stout (NoleThruandThru) to break down those questions and more on the latest Seminole Wrap.
April 15, 2021
Triple Option Audio Only: Breaking down FSU football spring game, McKenzie Milton, wide receivers
A lot could have gone wrong during Florida State Football’s annual spring game last Saturday. There were tornado warnings in the morning and the forecast predicted high chances of thunderstorms throughout the day, an untimely injury could have hurt the team come the fall or the team could have just come out stale and undisciplined. None of those things happened. In most respects the FSU Spring Game was a success. The team looked more disciplined and in sync than they have in years. There was a decent turnout and the atmosphere of the game was high energy and fun to watch. Best of all, there were plenty of high profile recruits there to bask in the highly coordinated efforts from Coach Norvell and company. The product on the field benefitted from this care and attention to detail as well. There were standouts on both sides of the ball and new wrinkles put in the scheme but instead of dryly curating those things through text, here at Tomahawk Nation, we would rather show you.
April 14, 2021
Florida State Seminoles football: FSU spring game breakdown with Andy Staples of The Athletic
With Florida State having held its annual Garnet and Gold game as well as its final practice of the spring, the time is now upon us to reflect on the scrimmage as well as the spring as a whole. Head coach Mike Norvell and his staff had their first full spring as part of the FSU football program, spreading out 15 practices over the course of roughly a month. In that span, the Seminoles held 3 scrimmages, opening the first two to the public and making the third its Garnet and Gold grand finale. Joining us to breakdown takeaways from the game and spring at large is Garnet and Gold Celebrity Coach Challenge Champion Andy Staples of The Athletic, who alongside ESPN reporter Andrea Adelson took on local FSU legends Gene Deckerhoff and Jeff Cameron in a battle of reporter wits. Andy was kind enough to talk the process behind getting selected, what it felt like to successfully nail a wheel route, his impressions of the program, The Neverending Story and more.
April 12, 2021
Triple Option Audio Only: Instant Reaction to FSU Seminoles Spring Game, McKenzie Milton, transfers
Florida State took on Florida State on Saturday, with newcomers taking most of the spotlight as freshmen receivers Malik McClain and Joshua Burrell got the opportunity display what they’ve learned in 3 months in Tallahassee, former UGA defensive end Jermaine Johnson proving that he’s going to be an absolute problem for offenses in 2021 and former UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton getting the chance to showcase his talents in front of a national audience for the first time since a devastating injury that nearly cost him his leg. To briefly breakdown the game, we’ve got two instant reactions for the price of one (free 99) from both Seminole Wrap and Triple Option.
April 11, 2021
Instant Reaction: FSU spring game, QBs ball, transfers shine
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April 11, 2021
FSU Seminoles: Florida State stadium changes, paying players, weekly Noles round up
From Doak Campbell Stadium renovation proposals to an upcoming NIL partnership announcement to FSU softball sweeping Notre Dame, there was a whole bunch of Florida State Seminoles hoopla over the last week — and who better to talk hoopla than the mustachioed menace himself, Mr. Trey Rowland (formerly of The Rowlcast, currently of The Triple Option) Trey joins Juan to talk about the last week in FSU sports — breaking down the potential changes and what they mean for capacity, how NIL changes can up FSU’s game to recruit across all programs, as well as the usual nonsense that naturally evolves between the two.
April 5, 2021
Florida State Seminoles Football: Triple Option with Brendan Sonnone of 247 Sports
Spring football has been underway for a few weeks now for the Florida State Seminoles. Usually these practices culminate in one final scrimmage that pits the players against their teammates, but this year has been a bit different. This year, there has been a lot more opportunity to see the players suit up in more of a game-like setting. For the past two Saturdays, the Garnet and Gold have taken the field and given a small glimpse into what the team might look like come fall camp. FSU released some select footage from the scrimmages and released it to the media. That means that the Triple Option has some new stuff to talk about but they aren’t doing it alone. Brendan Sonnone from Noles247 will be joining them. Not only was he able to attend the scrimmages and share his notes but he is also kind enough to share a bit of recruiting insight.
March 30, 2021
FSU Seminoles: Florida State loses to Michigan, football second scrimmage, Noles baseball, other sports
Well, that was a packed weekend of FSU sports, huh? Florida State Seminoles basketball faced off against Michigan in the Sweet 16, FSU baseball battled Wake Forest in Tallahassee riding a winning streak and football took Bobby Bowden Field for its second scrimmage of the spring. To recap those sports, as well as updates on FSU’s other currently competing programs including volleyball and softball, Tim Alumbaugh is joined by Perry Kostidakis and Juan Montalvo as they share thoughts on the Seminoles’ loss to the Wolverines, parrot Brett Nevitt’s baseball coverage, talk the second scrimmage (and why you should both not overreact and what you should be concerned about) and more.
March 29, 2021
FSU Seminoles: Football scrimmage, Florida State baseball beats UF and Miami, NCAA Tournament updates
It’s been quite the last week for Florida State Seminoles athletics. From a baseball winning streak that saw FSU beat UF and Miami 44-4 over four games to a Seminoles hoops team that has both shown flashes of brilliance and torment prepping for a deep run in a whacky NCAA Tournament and football taking Bobby Bowden Field for its first scrimmage of the fall. To help break down all the hoopla (and baseballa), we welcome Tomahawk Nation contributors Kevin Little (XsandNoles) and Brett Nevitt (Sunday Golds) to give us some insider breakdown of the last week of action, with Brett reporting live from Indianapolis as he covers FSU’s run.
March 22, 2021
Florida State Seminoles: FSU football starts spring camp, Noles hoops in ACC Tournament, NCAA March Madness
It’s been quite the last week for Florida State Seminoles’ athletics — from spring football camp kicking off to FSU softball getting a big win over No. 2 Arizona to both Noles’ men and women’s hoops headed to the NCAA tourney, it’s been a good time. To break down the last week quick enough that you can knock it out during your commute (well, hopefully assuming your commute isn’t miserably long), Juan and Perry jump on to talk spring camp standouts, takeaways from the ACC Tournament and more.
March 15, 2021
FSU Football: Triple Option Livestream Florida State Seminoles Mailbag (Audio Only)
Florida State Seminoles football is kicking off the first steps of the 2021 season on March 9, heading into a true spring camp for the first time under second-year head coach Mike Norvell. As we get ready to see the 2021 FSU team take the field at the Dunlap Practice Facility — and eventually, Bobby Bowden Field for the return of the annual Garnet and Gold game — Triple Option breaks down everything on your mind.
March 9, 2021
FSU Seminoles: 2021 Florida State football spring football roster preview, breakdown
It’s finally here — in about 24 hours, Florida State Seminioles football will be taking the field at the Dunlap Practice Facility for the first day of spring camp. After breaking down each position group in our spring preview series, we’re diving a little bit further into each player, offering our takes on the articles our wonderful Tomahawk Nation compatriots have put out over the last week. Who are the projected starters at each position? Who are the names to know and watch for as spring unfolds? Who is even on the team anymore since like 40% of the roster has flipped? We’re here to walk you through it and make you just a bit smarter (and also just a bit stupider, as all good things come in balance), leading you through everything you need to know. We also touch a bit on the hooplah that was last week’s Squat Party and talk a bit about some other FSU sports.
March 8, 2021
FSU Football: Seminoles recruiting updates, new commit, 2022 names to know, reader questions
It’s time again for another episode of Seminole Wrap and the latest is an all-hands-on-deck effort from our recruiting team to break down the latest Florida State Seminoles football recruiting news. Tim Scribble, NoleThruandThru and Josh Pick all jump on the pod to talk FSU’s newest commit in 2022 blue-chip Lakeland athlete Sam McCall, the latest in a class that now sits in the Top 10 in composite class rankings. Is it a hot streak that can continue? What else is in the works for the Seminoles? NoleThruandThru and Tim walk through the 2022 wide receiver recruiting board, Josh offers some insight into moves on the trail and the trio tackle reader questions from our FSU football recruiting thread.
March 4, 2021
Florida State Seminoles football: FSU gets pair of big commits, latest 2022 2023 recruiting targets and updates
Hey TN, what’s up our friends? It’s the Seminole Wrap and we’re back again. On the latest edition of what has been described as “a podcast that is about Florida State athletics,” Tim, Juan and Perry tackle some of the storylines surrounding FSU sports this week before welcoming NoleThruandThru to talk the latest moves on the recruiting trail for Florida State football. What do a pair of recent 2023 commitments bring to the table? Who else might FSU be targeting or bringing into the 2022 recruiting class soon?
February 22, 2021
FSU football: Seminoles workouts, Florida State honors baseball legend, "The Process" explainer
Receivers and workouts and quarterbacks with knee braces — oh my! In the latest edition of the Seminole Wrap, Jon Marchant joins Tim Scribble to break down the last few weeks in FSU news, from McKenzie Milton’s health status to FSU baseball’s unique way of retiring all-time winningest coach Mike Martin’s jersey number. The two also sort through “The Process,” the well-known but often underexplained philosophy most commonly known to be embodied by Nick Saban and his Crimson Tide death machine. Jon wrote a longform piece on it earlier this week, and dives more into the details here.
February 16, 2021
Bonus: Triple Option breakdown of FSU Seminoles recruiting class -- part 1 (Audio Only)
Florida State Football Head Coach Mike Norvell was not dealt the best hand when he showed up in Tallahassee. There were players from 3 different coaching staffs who all had different philosophies and preferred coaching styles. In order for Norvell to get some sense of cohesion on the team, he knew that there would have to be a lot of roster turnover. So there was. Roster turnover means two things. Firstly players leave but secondly, new players have to come in and replace them. That's where the 2021 recruiting class comes in. While the class looks mediocre on paper, barely squeezing into the top 25, there is a lot more to it than meets the eye. There were only 2 teams that took less high school talent than FSU. The ‘Noles focused a lot of their effort on the transfer portal which doesn’t factor into the 247 rankings. This means that the kids they brought in have talent. Norvell wasn’t looking to waste scholarships on kids who couldn’t contribute. So what can FSU fans expect with this class? The guys at the Triple Option aren’t going to just tell you but they’re going to show you by breaking down the players’ high school highlight tapes.
February 13, 2021
Florida State Seminoles: 2021 FSU recruiting breakdown, analysis, 2022 recruit names to know
Both the Early Signing Period and National Signing Day have come and gone, a steady year with some minor surprises for Florida State, which ended up with the No. 22 class in the country, tied with last year’s output (with fewer players taken.) While it wasn’t a home-run class full of five-stars, and while there are still some major holes that still need some filling, Mike Norvell and his staff managed to put together a class of both high school prospects and transfers to help build up an FSU roster that’s dealt with attrition and recruiting failures since 2017. To break down the 2021 signing class, including a scout on new blue-chip signee Destyn Hill, Tim Scribble welcomes Josh Pick and David Stout to talk Norvell’s efforts this year — what he and his staff did well and what they need to focus on moving forward — as well as who fans need to keep an eye on as the 2022 cycle now fully kicks into gear.
February 4, 2021
Florida State Seminoles: Mike Norvell interview, FSU 2021 football schedule, 2022 quarterback commit and more
We had a whole bunch of Florida State news in the last week, among them a fully-released ACC schedule and a blue-chip 2022 quarterback commit. What should FSU fans from the Seminoles 2021 schedule? What would an improvement be? What should the standard be? Who is Nicco Marichol, what does he bring to Florida State and how do you pronounce his name? We cover all of that and more, along with the audio version of our one-on-one with Mike Norvell, in the latest episode of the Seminole Wrap. Also, if you’re a loyal listener who also so happens to be interested in jumping on as a sponsor, we are dipping our toes into selling our souls. Feel free to reach out to our Tomahawk Nation Twitter if your interest is piqued.
February 2, 2021
The latest in Florida State Seminoles football, recruiting, FSU basketball
Florida State Seminoles football continues to build towards its 2021 season, not just starting workouts as part of the program's Tour of Duty offseason program but also rounding out its roster. While transfers are likely off the table for the moment, FSU still does have a few potential additions that head coach Mike Norvell and staff are keeping tabs on. What’s the outlook so far into the New Year for FSU? Juan and Tim tackle the last week in FSU news as well as general offseason chatter in the latest edition of Seminole Wrap, recently named one of several Florida State podcasts to exist.
January 25, 2021
Bonus: New Florida State Seminoles football players McKenzie Milton, Jermaine Johnson first interviews with FSU
McKenzie Milton and Jermaine Johnson talk Florida State Seminoles football and Mike Norvell for the first time with FSU media. Milton transcript:  “Just seeing the logo kind of speaks for itself. Competing against coach Norvell while he was at Memphis…seeing how he carried himself as a coach.” On injury: “It's something that I reflect on. But at the same time, I am just trying to live in the moment and enjoy this year at FSU. Enjoy this time with new coaches and new teammates, support staff. It has been a lot of fun so far.” Norvell’s offense: “The QB’s have a lot of control over what goes on. We won’t play with as much tempo as I have been accustomed to. I feel like I can get us in the right plays. I am still learning, but I have learned so much in the past 2 weeks.” Being a leader: “You  can’t just come in and expect these guys to listen to everything you have to say. You have to show your work effort, coming in early and leaving late, leading by example. You want to lead by action and I just want to put my best foot forward for this team and hopefully, we will have some success in the fall.” On FSU tradition: “Shoot, it is just something that you dream about as a kid playing at a school like this. Coach Bowden, Charlie Ward, Jameis Winston. It speaks for itself. The history behind here is second to none in my opinion.” The recruitment for FSU: “The conversations started soon after I put my name in the portal. I think it only took about a week to decide. This just felt right for me, that’s why I chose Florida State.” On relationship to Norvell “The only time I ever met him was at the AAC media days, going into the 2018 season. I just shook his hand, and we both had respect for each other. I knew what he was about as a coach and his program. He ran a great program at Memphis.” More on Norvell: “When I got hurt, he and his whole team actually signed a ball for me, that was a cool gesture. Coach Norvell is a class act. They were our opponent the next week after I got hurt. At the end of the day, football is one community.” On the other QB’s: “Its been good, they have all been great. Super cool guys. When they are cracking jokes I am cracking jokes too. They are all good kids, really good athletes. I think they all have a lot of potential. I can help them take their game to the next level and they can help me take my game to the next level.” On bringing FSU back: “Absolutely. Kind of similar to UCF. They were kind of in a rough patch [before he got there]. It’s a similar deal here. There is a lot of talent here, great coaching. It's about playing as one unit. All the tools and pieces are here for success. I think we have the right leader in coach Norvell. I have full trust in them and I have full trust in this team. I feel like the better we come together and keep working, the better chance we will have this fall.” “I expect to be fully prepared and to compete in the spring. I am super excited to compete with these guys, the other QB’s. I feel great, I feel ready to go. If we had to play this weekend, I would be ready to go.”
January 18, 2021
First impressions of new FSU Seminoles McKenzie Milton and Jermaine Johnson: What do the pair bring to Florida State?
“Kind of similar to UCF. They were kind of in a rough patch [before he got there]. It’s a similar deal here. There is a lot of talent here, great coaching. It’s about playing as one unit. All the tools and pieces are here for success. I think we have the right leader in coach Norvell. I have full trust in them and I have full trust in this team. I feel like the better we come together and keep working, the better chance we will have this fall.” “I expect to be fully prepared and to compete in the spring. I am super excited to compete with these guys, the other QB’s. I feel great, I feel ready to go. If we had to play this weekend, I would be ready to go.” Florida State Seminoles football pulled in two big names in UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton and Georgia linebacker/defensive end Jermaine Johnson as part of its 2021 recruiting class, and the pair spoke with the FSU media for the first time last week. Austin Cox joins Juan and Perry to talk first impressions and what all this “culture” talk nonsense is all about. As a bonus, you can also find the interviews listed under our show’s page.
January 18, 2021
Florida State Portal Powwow with Trey Rowland: Who else will FSU take for 2021? How good are the Seminoles' pickups?
Florida State has been busy on the recruiting trail, adding three former SEC starter in just the last weekend. Overall, Mike Norvell and staff have been active in replacing talent lost to both the draft and the portal, bringing in a multitude of players who are expected to, at the very least, contribute and at the most, help turn around FSU as Norvell intends. Jermaine Johnson, Jarques McClellion, Jammie Robinson, D.J. Williams, Keir Thomas and Andrew Parchment have all signed up to head to Tallahassee in the last few weeks — an almost immediate solution to departures and arguably, an upgrade for the players they’re intended to replace. What does this mean for FSU’s record in 2021 — should we adjust expectations, since the highlighted holes and issues are getting fixed, or is this part of the process and status quo? How can this play into 2022 recruiting — which saw its own new commitment over the weekend in receiver Quincy McAdoo? What other names can you expect to see Florida State target and take over the next few weeks — and how many will they take?
January 11, 2021
2020 Florida State football season breakdown: What went right and wrong for Mike Norvell's Seminoles
It’s been two weeks since Florida State Seminoles football ended its 2020 season — quietly, with the cancellation of the Wake Forest season finale after a year in which FSU had the opportunity to quite literally going through every single emotion possible on the spectrum. From the highs of the upset of then-No. 5 North Carolina (who is headed to the Orange Bowl) to the lows of blowouts at the hand of the Louisville Cardinals and Miami, the Seminoles both showed glimpses of what they were capable of and constant examples of the challenge that lie ahead for Mike Norvell and his staff. To tackle every angle (unlike FSU), we’ve mashed up the Triple Option lads with the Seminole Wrap bruvs for a Tomahawk Nation: Endgame roundtable to discussion the good and bad of the last year of Florida State football. We touch on the surprises on each side of the ball — the happy ones and the sad ones — as well as how we believe the staff performed in its inaugural season, how gameplay matched up with preseason expectations, Perry’s inability to even attempt to brush his hair, what FSU needs to do in 2021 and more.
December 29, 2020
Florida State Seminoles sign Class of 2021 recruits -- how did FSU do?
Florida State, just three years ago, was signing top ten classes. This year on Early Signing Day, the Seminoles sit at No. 31 — which if it finished at that spot would be the lowest-rated class since 2007 (20), according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. Is it an indication of things gone wrong in Tallahassee, or a better-than-expected effort given the fact that 2020, by no means, has been a normal year? While the overall prestige of the class leaves some to be desired, especially considering the prospects that FSU was at one time in on or had committed, it still reflects a pretty good haul, especially considering that the Seminoles had always planned on taking a small class in order to keep open roster spots for transfers (who are now immediately eligible.) Tim Scribble, Josh Pick and NoleThruandThru jump on the latest Seminole Wrap to break down FSU’s class, from why some players may have lower rankings than they would in a normal scouting year to how the overall class fits into what Mike Norvell is trying to build in Tallahassee.
December 17, 2020
Aloha! McKenzie Milton transfers to FSU, Florida State preps for Wake Forest after blowing out Duke
Florida State Seminoles football had one of their better weekends in a while, not only scoring its most points in an ACC game since 2013 en route to securing a victory over the Duke Blue Devils, but also getting a commitment and signature from former UCF Knights quarterback McKenzie Milton, who before suffering a catasrophic knee injury vs. the USF Bulls, hadn’t lost a game in two years. Juan Montalvo is back with a breakdown of Saturday’s win, Sunday’s win and the other news of the week, including the new ACC commissioner.
December 15, 2020
FSU blows out Duke: Florida State Seminoles score most points in ACC game since 2014
In their first game in 28 days, a rested Florida State jumped out early on Duke (2-9, 1-9 ACC) and brought home their first win in 2020 in nearly two months. Noles took advantage of 4 Duke turnovers and rode a hot offense for the 56-35 victory. A retooled Noles offense led by Jordan Travis put 534 total yards and accrued 8.8 yards-per-play. Redshirt sophomore running back Jashaun Corbin led a strong FSU ground attack with 3 touchdowns, and safety Hamsah Nasirildeen racked up 9 tackles and an interception in his just his second game back from injury. In a brief episode paired perfectly for the sole 15 minutes of personal time you will likely get to yourself whether it be by a child, partner, or pet, Juan Montalvo talks last night’s win, FSU’s most points scored vs. an ACC opponent since 2014, as well as the smaller storylines surrounding it.
December 13, 2020
Interviewing new Seminole Boosters CEO Michael Alford: What is the plan for financing Florida State athletics?
At a recent Board of Trustees meeting, it was revealed that Florida State went from nearly 13,000 boosters to 9,000 — a startling statistic in a normal year, let alone one that has seen multiple obstacles and challenges in improving revenue. It’s something compounded by the fact that there’s been an overall downturn in financial support for the football program — season ticket sales have fallen year over year, with only around 30,000 being sold in 2019 — a nearly 5,000 difference from 2014. Enter new Seminole Boosters, Inc. CEO Michael Alford, who was officially introduced as longtime leader Andy Miller’s replacement this fall after being hired over the summer. Alford has the resume you’d want to see in the person tasked with kicking FSU fundraising into high gear: While serving in the equivalent position for Oklahoma’s booster organization, he helped break donation records every year from 2013-17, which played a part in stadium renovations as well as a brand new basketball facility. He also was a part of facility upgrades to Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium, as well as being a key part in the construction of the then-unprecedented Dallas Cowboy’s AT&T Stadium. We sat down with him to discuss a bit of his background, his goals moving forward for the organization, plans for the program and, of course, what band his parents wouldn’t let him see when he was younger.
December 8, 2020
Breaking down FSU vs. UVA with Caroline Darney: Can the Florida State Seminoles beat Virginia?
It’s the world’s most irrelevant and unknown rivalry — the Florida State Seminoles vs. the Virginia Cavaliers, the Battle for the Jefferson-Eppes Trophy. The two teams have met just four times since 2010 — this being the fifth — with last year’s matchup coming down to a botched last-second scoring attempt on Florida State’s part as eventual Orange Bowl-participant Virginia sealed the victory. To help preview the familiar but recently infrequent opponent, we’re joined by Caroline Darney, Managing Editor of SB Nation’s College Team Brands as well as an editor of SB Nation’s Streaking the Lawn Virginia site. Juan and CAROLINEEEEEEE talk what to expect Saturday, what players on each side of the ball for Virginia that FSU needs to key in on and, of course, some good ol’ fashioned basketball talk.
November 27, 2020
Discussing Dabo’s "FSU ducking Clemson" accusations, Florida State Seminoles and Norvell’s response with Stewart Mandel
“We are a young team that needs every rep it can get....I’m not concerned about what any other coach says, or thinks.” “Other schools can handle themselves however they want. They can practice symptomatic players. But when it comes to our student athletes and their well being, we’re going to rely on our medical advisors to make the best call.” “We’re not going to have somebody who is showing symptoms in our facility until they stop showing symptoms... We love this game. But it’s not worth compromising the right thing and player’s well-being.” On Monday, Florida State Seminoles football head coach addressed the recent comments made by Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney, as well as the reasoning behind the game’s postponement. Norvell’s response, because of Swinney’s accusations that “COVID was an excuse” not a reason for the decision to postpone, got national attention — so we brought in a national voice. Stewart Mandel, Editor-in-chief of The Athletic’s college football network and co-host of The Audible podcast, joins Juan and Tim to discuss the comments, the overall perception of the debacle and FSU, as well as the lowdown on his top 3 Thanksgiving sides.
November 24, 2020
Triple Option with Trey Rowland, CoachAB and XsandNoles: Virginia Cavaliers vs. Florida State Seminoles preview
If you tuned in Saturday at noon you were in for a real treat. There were the Clemson Tigers making complete fools of themselves led by their head coach Dabo Swinney. It was a spectacle worth the 12pm slot on ABC, but wait, this game wasn’t played out on TV. No, this game was played out in the media as Clemson tried to rationalize traveling with a player displaying COVID-19 symptoms and shaming Florida State for postponing the game. Jump in with Adam, Kevin, and, the mustachiod man himself, Trey as they sit down and give their thoughts on Dabo. Post Escape-gate conversation the men dive into FSU’s next opponent, the Virginia Cavaliers. This year’s Virginia team has a new quarterback but the same old Bronco Mendenhall. Coming out of this strange Clemson week are the Noles in position to break their losing streak? How do they matchup with the Cavs? Join your favorite trio as they explore all angles of this game.
November 23, 2020
An airing of grievances with Trey Rowland: Why are the Florida State Seminoles struggling? How did FSU get here?
Florida State Seminoles football, to say the least, is not having fun yet. Nine games into head coach Mike Norvell’s tenure, FSU has two wins — just one against an FBS opponent. Nobody expected the team to be ACC contenders, especially once the schedule was redone, but few would have imagined hoping to win at least one more game in 2020. How did we get here? What led to this? We’ve heard ad nauseam about the same few storylines — no spring, no in-person workouts, no in-person recruiting — as well as the same criticisms — that these coaches weren’t built for this rebuild, that there has been no progress from game one to game seven, that other first-year programs aren’t struggling. Juan is joined by Trey Rowland (The Rowlcast, Triple Option) to break down, well, everything that’s surrounding the program right now. From the hand that Norvell has been dealt and how that differs from the previous tenure to what this coaching staff actually deserves critique on, the two cover a smorgasbord of topics that you can actually play around loved ones.
November 19, 2020
Bonus: Triple Option with Trey Rowland, CoachAB and XsandNoles
The Florida State Seminoles had another poor showing last Saturday, this time at the hands of the NC State Wolfpack. Their quarterback, Bailey Hockman, who once played at Florida State had a career day against the ‘Noles, the offense for the third game in a row failed to get much going, and players on defense often looked lost and out of place. Some of this is talent, some coaching, and some a lack of team cohesion. This now marks the third game in a row where FSU came up short against a middling ACC team but there are always silver linings. For the most part Florida State it looked like played a JV team against NC States varsity...and that’s because FSU head coach Mike Norvell decided to go full youth movement by starting 70% freshmen and sophomore. When you look at it in that light, a 38-22 loss doesn’t seem too bad. Within that 70% are a lot of the building blocks for FSU’s future — one that looks much brighter than the present.
November 16, 2020
Florida State Seminoles are 2-6: Where is FSU as a program?
With some of Florida State Seminoles football’s best talent opting out of the rest of the season, or hurt, it was all but certain that FSU would struggle. You could argue it would be a good hurt, as FSU’s football program needed some kind of reset that could push the program forward. But with change comes with growing pains that aren’t always easy to watch, or to talk about. In the instant reaction for FSU’s 38-22 loss to NC State, Tomahawk Nation’s Jon Marchant is joined by Coach Adam Brown to discuss the good and bad of FSU’s performance as well as where they are as a program.
November 15, 2020
FSU vs. NC State: Florida State Seminoles travel to take on the Wolfpack
As soon as Kevin Little joined the site, he became a part of our wolfpack — and today, he’s along for the ride as we breakdown the Wolfpack. Promise, the content is much, much better than that joke. Florida State Seminoles football, in the wake of the departure of several high profile names in the program, is still gearing up to take on the NC State Wolfpack this Saturday. With former FSU quarterback Bailey Hockman under center, NC State provides a formidable opponent, one that FSU will have to severely step its game up to go toe-to-toe with. Kevin (XsandNoles) joins Juan as they break down the ACC matchup and also the news from the week, in which we learned James Blackman, Marvin Wilson, and Tamorrion Terry all have played their last games for Florida State.
November 12, 2020
FSU gets blown out again: Why are the Florida State Seminoles struggling to make progress?
Florida State, through seven games, hasn’t appeared to show any improvement — at least on surface observation. FSU is sitting at 2-5, its worst record since Jimbo Fisher’s final season in Tallahassee, and the Seminoles have struggled to put points on the board in the second half of games just as much as the defense has struggled to prevent other teams from putting them up during both halves of them. A lot of discussion amongst fans has been — how is this any better than Willie Taggart’s teams? What positives are there in the program right now? How does any of this get fixed? Perry facilitates a discussion between Juan and CoachAB on those topics and several related, as the Seminoles stare a final stretch of a schedule that, at best, could net them possibly two wins. It’s a moderately depressing talk, but one also full of moderate hope and examples of why things are actually looking up.
November 9, 2020
Florida State Seminoles fall to 2-5 after loss to Pittsburgh: Where does FSU go from here?
“These kids, they’re believing. We just have to carry it over to consistency in the game. I believe in these guys. I believe in their development. I believe in where we’re going to go. We’re going to do this the right way. It’s got to be 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.” Florida State Seminoles head coach Mike Norvell knew what challenge he had ahead of him when he arrived in Tallahassee — he didn’t assume it was a revamp, rather, he was aware its a rebuild. That was no more apparent than Saturday, when Florida State faced off against Pitt and put up what can be, at best, described as a listless effort. Some bright sparks outside, FSU was seemingly outplayed throughout the entire game. In an instant reaction podcast, Jon Marchant joins the Seminole Wrap to describe FSU’s 41-17 loss.
November 8, 2020
Seminoles vs. Panthers, oh my! Florida State vs. Pitt breakdown, FSU updates
Mike Norvell’s Florida State Seminoles football team is preparing to play Pat Narduzzi’s Pittsburgh Panthers this coming Saturday, with Pitt coming down to Tallahassee to face the ‘Noles in Doak Campbell Stadium. The Seminoles and The Fighting Mark Mays have a history, as our Austin Cox detailed in this week’s look back on the matchup’s past. Most younger FSU fans will favorably remember playing at Pittsburgh in Jameis Winston’s near perfect debut - one of the great college debuts helping to foreshadow a coming Heisman and national title campaign. Kevin Little (XsandNoles) joins Juan and breaks down schemes familiar to FSU fans. Kevin goes into detail on Mark Whipple’s offense post Jacory Harris, and analyzes the match quarters scheme of Narduzzi. Austin Cox (AustinRCox12) recaps the press conferences this week, as he discussed Pittsburgh with FSU coaches Mike Norvell, Kenny Dillingham and Adam Fuller. Cox discussed the players he spoke to - the key young group of Jordan Travis, Brendan Gant, and Travis Jay.
November 5, 2020
Florida State football: Advanced stats breakdown halfway through FSU season
Florida State Seminoles football has had an up-and-down season, even considering the tumultuous offseason. Three starting quarterbacks, injuries and a general rough transition into the third coaching staff in four years have FSU looking to establish an identity in all three phases — offense, defense and special teams. While the emergence of Jordan Travis has aided the Seminoles on offense and the emphasis placed on special teams by Mike Norvell and coached up by John Papuchis having been obvious since two blocked kicks in the season opener, the defense has struggled to put together a consistent product as a whole and individually. To break down the numbers surrounding the units, we welcome Saiem Gilani, Tomahawk Nation and CFBScrapr contributor. He breaks down some of the interesting stats around the offense, the concerning ones around the defense and overall trends within the ACC.
November 2, 2020
Bye Week Bonus: Talking Florida State Seminoles football tradition with Doug Mannheimer, keeper of the Sod Cemetery
Florida State football has an illustrious history of championship teams, award-winning players and notable traditions. The man behind one of the greatest gameday traditions for FSU football- the Sod Cemetery- is Doug Mannheimer. Mannheimer, a Tallahassee attorney who was inducted into the FSU Hall of Fame in 2013, recently sat down with Tomahawk Nation to talk about his time as Keeper of the FSU Sod Cemetery, adjusting to changes to SodTalk during COVID-19, and his memories as a Florida State fan.
October 29, 2020
Florida State Seminoles football mailbag: Can FSU's defense be fixed? What is wrong with the Noles?
We’re getting the band together for the latest Seminole Wrap, the first in our series of addressing the questions you all left for us on Monday as part of our bye week mailbag (we’ll have a written version coming out Friday, with Triple Option tackling some questions as well this weekend, perhaps with a special guest.) To help out Tim and Juan, CoachAB, evenflow58 and Matthew Minnick join to discuss everything from: Why is FSU struggling right now? How would you judge FSU’s coaching staff? (10 minute mark) Do you agree with the criticism of the FSU’s defensive coaching? (20 minute mark) What’s the culture around Florida State? How did it come about? Why does, say, Florida State Seminoles basketball’s culture seem like it’s the opposite? (30 minute mark) Who is the future of the defense? (40 minute mark) What does progress look like for this team, outside of the obvious benchmarks like wins? (50 minute mark) The environment around Florida State as a whole — from the program, to the social media noise,  to unhelpful criticism from former players (1 hour mark) How many wins are on FSU’s schedule? (1 hour 20 mark)
October 29, 2020
Instant reaction: Louisville blows out Florida State Seminoles
A week after allowing just 7 points in the first half of an upset win last week, Louisville creamed Florida State’s defense for 395 yards and 31 points in the first half of a dominant 48-16 victory Saturday.
October 24, 2020
Florida State football: FSU vs. Louisville breakdown, analysis, preview
Florida State Seminoles football is gearing up to take on the Louisville Cardinals one week after taking down then-No.5 North Carolina Tar Heels — and just a month after being blown out by the Miami-Florida Hurricanes. “This week, our message has been we have to have 60 minutes,” head coach Mike Norvell said. “We have to have a complete game because going on the road, this is a very talented team that we’re playing. If we don’t bring our A game, this is is going to be extremely tough.” So what do the Cardinals do well on each side of the ball? Who are the names to look out for — and where can FSU find some success? Tim is joined by Kevin Little (XsandNoles) and CoachAB to break down both scheme and personnel, and then Perry brings it home with the teensiest of updates from the week.
October 22, 2020
Florida State Seminoles upset No. 5 North Carolina: Breakdown and analysis
For the first time since taking down Boston College in 2007, the Florida State Seminoles earned a top 5 win while being unranked themselves. Just a few weeks after a shellacking by the hands of the Miami-Florida Hurricanes, FSU stormed out to a 24 point lead on the No. 5 team in the country and finished off the game on the back of its much-maligned defense. As we saw when the Seminoles nearly lost that lead, however, there are still needs and issues to be corrected — something Mike Norvell is aware of himself. “We still have a long way to go,” he said Saturday, [we] still had a lot of mistakes that showed up. We have to show poise and control in every situation. I thought we had some foolish things there in the second half that are going to get cleaned up...but our guys are giving everything that they have. “Obviously we’re not perfect, we still make mistakes. We’re a work in progress. But when you get a chance to see growth, when you see improvement and investment...” The double JMs (Juan Montalvo and Jon Marchant) join Tim to break down the game, gleaning the bright spots and seeing what the next steps are to correcting the issues holding Florida State back.
October 19, 2020
Instant Reaction: Florida State Seminoles upset North Carolina Tar Heels
Florida State Seminoles football shocked the college football world by stunning No. 5 North Carolina Tar Heels 31-28. FSU got out to a wild 31-7 lead in the first half, only to see that lead slowly evaporate over the course of the second half. The defense looked like a completely different unit while quarterback Jordan Travis was electric until a shoulder injury ground the offense to a halt. Seminole Wrap has a quick wrap for you, with Jon Marchant and Juan Montalvo teaming up after the game to discuss their initial thoughts after the game. The JM’s discussed the big win for the FSU program, the steps forward the defense took, the game face of Jordan Travis and Florida State’s new look offense, and which parts of this win were fool’s gold and what can translate to the future of the Seminole Football program.
October 18, 2020
Florida State Seminoles vs. North Carolina Tar Heels preview, FSU recruiting
Florida State Seminoles football is gearing up for the North Carolina Tar Heels — just the second time in school history the team has to play the No. 5 squad in the country in back-to-back weeks — and they’re going to have their hands full with quarterback Sam Howell and a defense that has a few different playmakers to worry about. Kevin Little (XsandNoles) joins Tim for their weekly commiseration in misery over previewing FSU’s opponent, with Kevin giving you the details on UNC’s scheme, personnel, strengths and weaknesses. After, David Stout (NoleThruAndThru) jumps on to talk recruiting, then Perry brings things home with a quick update from the week in FSU press conferences.
October 15, 2020
Recapping Florida State Seminoles vs. Notre Dame
Florida State Seminoles football got beaten by double digits by another top ten opponent — but things are looking up? “At the end of the day, this is about going out there and competing to be the best that you can possibly be in all aspects.” While the Florida State Seminoles team isn’t interested in talking moral victories, we are! What can be gleaned from FSU’s hard-fought, but still big loss? Why is the defense allowing 554 yards, 353 of which were on the ground? The Seminole Wrap is here to talk those questions, but also look ahead to FSU’s game against now No. 5 North Carolina, talk some recruiting, and then also ponder when exactly Chris Fowler started hating the Seminoles.
October 12, 2020
Instant Reaction: Florida State Seminoles lose to Notre Dame Fighting Irish
The Florida State Seminoles had a valiant showing against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, losing 42-26 in a matchup that allowed FSU’s new zone read offense to shine against a strong, top ten opponent. “This football team is continuing to grow,” Florida State Seminoles head coach Mike Norvell said after the game. “There were bright moments, but obviously, we didn’t get the job done.” “We’re working through all aspects of our identity” “We gotta do a better job, and I think our guys understand how we’re going to operate, the standard we’re trying to get to.” Seminole Wrap has a quick wrap for you, with Jon Marchant and Juan Montalvo teaming up after the game to discuss their initial thoughts after the game.
October 11, 2020
Florida State Seminoles vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish preview, baseball updates
Florida State Seminoles football is taking on Notre Dame Fighting Irish football in a primetime, first-time conference matchup — a game that wasn’t supposed to take place until 2021 and definitely not with ACC consequences. Quarterback Ian Book, along with his array of offensive weapons, will be the latest challenge for Florida State’s defense. Just what exactly does Notre Dame do to effectively use its talent? Outside of Book, are the specific names that Florida State needs to worry about on each side? Our Kevin Little (XsandNoles) and CoachAB break down the defense and offense, respectively. Brett Nevitt also joins us for a quick baseball update, as well as some analysis on FSU’s pursuit of dual-sport athlete Tywone Malone.
October 8, 2020
Florida State Seminoles win over Jacksonville State
Florida State Seminoles football was always supposed to beat Jacksonville State — but the way that it happened might have been the cold water to the face that FSU needed. “It wasn’t pretty at times,” head coach Mike Norvell said after Saturday’s 41-24 win, “but it might’ve been exactly what we needed. We needed to be able to respond to adversity, we needed to be able to go out there and have sustained success through those moments and be able to feed off each other.” The spark that got the Seminoles moving was the play of quarterback Jordan Travis, who had shown off highlight running potential in his appearances over the last two seasons but finally got a chance to showcase his arm, throwing for a long touchdown to Keyshawn Helton as well as a big competition to Tamorrion Terry. Defensively, though, there’s still a lot to be desired — and we’re breaking down both sides of the ball today, joined by Tomahawk Nation writer and Four Verts co-host Jon Marchant.
October 5, 2020
Instant Reaction: Florida State Seminoles earns first win vs. Jacksonville State
Jordan Travis lit up the night, running a triple-option offense which led the Florida State Seminoles to a 41-24 win over the Jacksonville State Gamecocks. A shaky start from true freshman Tate Rodemaker included a bad interception return for a touchdown on an ill-advised throw, and three other poor drives. Rodemaker did not return for the fifth drive. Jordan Travis, the redshirt sophomore out of The Benjamin School, ran a triple option offense reminiscent of Chip Kelly’s Oregon Ducks. Seminoles fans are all too familiar, having seen Kelly’s protege Mark Helfrich and his charge Marcus Mariota run a similar offense in the Ducks’ 2014 Rose Bowl win over FSU. Tomahawk Nation writer and Four Verts co-host Jon Marchant gave his thoughts on the Seminoles’ first win under Mike Norvell in this instant reaction podcast.
October 4, 2020
Florida State Seminoles vs. Jacksonville State Gamecocks breakdown, 2022 recruiting
Florida State Seminoles football is facing off against Jacksonville State on Saturday — looking for its first win of the season. The fact that that sentence can be typed reflects deeper issues than a simple eye-test reveals, and we’ve spent the last few days on Tomahawk Nation looking into that — and breaking down how FSU can move forward, and what success can look like in different ways. Today, we talk a bit of that with CoachAB, but mainly, he’s here to kick some football knowledge on the Gamecocks after studying some of their film. What does Jacksonville State do well on each side of the ball? Who are the playmakers, and where can FSU find some opportunities to execute? After that, Josh Pick joins us for the second half of his class of 2022 breakdown, talking the names to know in the class and his expectations for each of them. And then Perry’s at the end, for like, no reason.
October 1, 2020
Breaking down Florida State football's loss to Miami Hurricanes, offensive line recruiting, depth chart, scheme talk
Florida State Seminoles football — four years after a blowout loss to Louisville that made the team question its culture, two years after a blowout loss to Clemson that did the same — is running through existential crises and self-evaluations following a shellacking at the hands of the Miami-Florida Hurricanes. Why, after years of working to change things, are there still issues? We’re going to be looking to break down that over the next week in content, and we’re starting today with a postmortem look at the Miami game, along with Kevin Little (XsandNoles) who gives us an in-depth, position by position breakdown of the defense, the scheme and the issues that plagued the Seminoles all night. On a happy note though — offensive line recruit talk! FSU recently got a commit from four-star tackle Rod Orr — what can Seminoles fans expect from the 2021 recruit?
September 28, 2020
Instant reactions to Florida State Seminoles loss to Miami Hurricanes
A dangerous combination of a strong ground game and 11 of 18 on 3rd down from Miami-Florida Hurricanes blew away the Florida State Seminoles football. The Canes outscored FSU 24-0 in the second quarter, and had 200 rushing yards for the game on 37 carries (5.4 yards per-carry).
September 27, 2020
FSU vs. Miami Hurricanes preview, Florida State recruiting, Seminoles baseball updates
Florida State Seminoles football is facing off against the No. 12 Miami Hurricanes this Saturday — and so we’re giving you a post-midweek treat in the form of a posse cut of a Seminole Wrap. First up, we’ve got Kevin Little (XsandNoles) to break down Florida State’s side of things heading into the rivalry matchup, from scheme to personnel. After, Josh Pick joins to give the latest on the recruiting front, specifically talking offense, and then Brett Nevitt talks FSU baseball starting (plus a recruiting tidbit of his own.) Also, Kenny Dillingham compliment’s Perry’s terrible mustache. It’s great stuff.
September 24, 2020
Previewing FSU Seminoles vs. Miami Hurricanes with State of the U
Florida State Seminoles football is scheduled to take on the No. 12 Miami Hurricanes in a primetime matchup on Saturday — and is set to do so without its first-year head coach. We’re joined by State of the U site manager Cam Underwood, who talks what Miami has changed and done differently both as a program and scheme-wise with the arrival of offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee and quarterback D’Eriq King, what his predictions for the game are, and of course, how much he loves hearing the warchant.
September 21, 2020
Breaking down FSU's loss to Georgia Tech with Trey Rowland
Florida State Seminoles football, once again, is figuring out how to move on in a season in which it suffered a deflating loss in a season opener. We did two instant reaction podcasts in the aftermath but now, after looking back at the film and checking in with people much smarter than us, we’re diving back in to break down FSU’s loss to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. We’re joined by Trey Rowland, Tomahawk Nation contributor and founder/executioner of The Rowlcast, who offers his own takes, emotions and brain short-circuits from Saturday’s game.
September 14, 2020
Instant Reaction, part 2: FSU football loses to Georgia Tech
In Mike Norvell's debut as head coach, Florida State Seminoles football drops an easily winnable game against Georgia Tech. How worried should fans be going forward? What needs to change? CoachAB (Adam Brown) breaks it down.
September 13, 2020
Instant reaction: Florida State loses to Georgia Tech
Juan Montalvo gives some quick thoughts on FSU season opening loss to Georgia Tech
September 13, 2020
FSU depth chart and Georgia Tech preview, part 2
We're back with a midweek episode, breaking down the newly released FSU football depth chart and the latest news from press conferences with staff writer Austin Cox as well as diving into a game preview of the Georgia Tech game with Tomahawk Nation contributor and XsandNoles creator Kevin Little. 
September 9, 2020
FSU vs. Georgia Tech Preview: Part 1 feat. From the Rumble Seat
Ahead of the Florida State football season opener against Georgia Tech, we talk with Robert Binion of From the Rumble Seat, SB Nation's Yellow Jackets blog. We also talk James Blackman being named the starter for FSU, an update on some #Tribe21 recruits including Luke Altmyer, the decision to ban tailgating for the opener, FSU's fancy new Seminole Scholar patches and more. 
September 7, 2020
Florida State football depth chart projections and recruiting updates
Seminole Wrap, an FSU football podcast presented by Tomahawk Nation, is back for a second episode with Adam Brown and David Stout. Adam talks depth chart projections and scheme, while David gives us an inside look at the Class of 2022 recruiting. Plus, Perry shares his latest idiot moment from media availability (audio from it is at the end, if you can handle the awkwardness.)
August 31, 2020
Florida State football early impressions, Seminoles scrimmage takes feat. Trey Rowland
Trey Rowland, of The Rowlcast fame, comes aboard to talk early impressions of head coach Mike Norvell, which FSU coach has the most terrifying death stare and who his greatest wrestler of all-time is. We also get a quick Seminoles football recruiting update, recap Saturday's scrimmage and discuss Florida State's recent investment into fostering relationships within the team.
August 24, 2020
Teaser: Trey Rowland of The Rowlcast
The debut episode of Seminole Wrap, a Florida State football podcast, presented by Tomahawk Nation.
August 24, 2020