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Seminole Wrap: A Florida State Football Podcast

Seminole Wrap: A Florida State Football Podcast

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FSU Seminoles recruiting, football basketball, baseball, softball and soccer analysis, discussion, and commentary, presented by Tomahawk Nation, hosted by staff writer Tim Alumbaugh, staff writers Juan Montalvo and Jon Marchant, produced by managing editor Perry Kostidakis and featuring contributions by the entire Tomahawk Nation staff.
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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