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29 September 2020 02:41

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Florida State Seminoles coach Mike Norvell returning to practice, to coach Saturday

The calendar has turned to Monday once again, and Florida State football head coach Mike Norvell will speak live on ABC at 7 p.m. Florida State (0-2, 0-2 ACC) is fresh off a 52-10 blowout to rival Miami last Saturday. Norvell will hash out what went wrong for FSU last week, but also likely will focus on possible changes in the lineup for Florida State. Freshman quarterbacks Tate Rodemaker and Chubba Purdy continue to push incumbent starter and redshirt junior James Blackman for playing time under center. Norvell started things off by stating the team needs to improve on converting third downs offensively, stopping third downs on defense, and also limiting penalties on both sides of the ball. On Toafili, Norvell said, "Lawrance is a guy that we've been really excited about.

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When asked about receiving more playing time after his strong performance Saturday, Toafili said with a smile "It that's what it is, then that's what it is." Following a 10-day quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19, which forced him to miss their game last week, Florida State coach Mike Norvell is set to rejoin the Seminoles at practice on Tuesday, he confirmed on Monday morning. Norvell announced that he had tested positive for the coronavirus last Saturday, and has been in isolation ever since. He coached his team virtually last week, but missed their blowout 52-10 loss to Miami on Saturday. Norvell, who is in his first year with the Seminoles, is the first coach in the league to be sidelined and miss a game due the coronavirus. While stuck in his house, Norvell held team meetings and coached as best he could over Zoom — a situation that wasn't easy by any means.

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"I got to a point throughout this week that helped me with my overall peace and sanity," Norvell told Yahoo Sports. Seminoles coach Mike Norvell missed their blowout loss to Miami on Saturday after testing positive for the coronavirus earlier this month. Miami ran all over Florida State on Sunday, cruising to the 42-point win at Hard Rock Stadium. The Seminoles fell to Georgia Tech to open the season, too, which gave Norvell the first 0-2 start in his coaching career. "I think every person that is a part of this team, every coach, staff, every player, we understand that there are great strides that need to be made and they need to be made quickly," Norvell said, via the Tallahassee Democrat.

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"That's one of the things that we've emphasized that we have to be able to carry over the work from practice into the game and maintain that consistency throughout the course of a 60-minute contest. FSU football notebook: Seminoles look for improvement on offense Show Caption Hide Caption Watch it: FSU OC Kenny Dillingham reflects on Miami loss The FSU offensive coordinator talked about what he needs to do better and finding the plays that work for his offense. The Seminoles have been outscored, 68-23, in season-opening defeats against Georgia Tech and Miami last Saturday. It's clear FSU must go back to the drawing board before Saturday's home game against Jacksonville State. FSU football will improve under Norvell, but will take time More: Florida State enters 'critical week' with Mike Norvell returning to in-person coaching "I think that's where we've just got to continue to improve is if we want to have those continued drives like we had on the first drives, we can't put ourselves in first-and-15 and second-and-25," Dillingham said.

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Coach Mike Norvell, who expects to return to practice Tuesday after missing the UM game while being quarantined with COVID-19, is looking for an improved mindset from players. You don't flip the switch and say, 'Now I'm going to play really good,'" Norvell said. The situation that the Seminoles are in is new to some players, but most notably to Norvell. Norvell said FSU must improve across the board. "It's for me to coach all aspects of our program, you have to pick the standard of how we play and how we conduct ourselves," Norvell said.

FSU quarterbacks James Blackman, Tate Rodemaker and Jordan Travis each threw an interception against UM. But he played with confidence and that's the one thing, when you're a freshman, is you either play with confidence or you play scared, Dillingham said. Dillingham said it's important FSU's quarterbacks learn from their mistakes. We had three quarterbacks play and all three of them turned the football over in a variety of ways," Dillingham said. I've said that all along is that's what makes a good quarterback is how do you handle the bad situations?" TALLAHASSEE--Florida State freshman quarterback Chubba Purdy continues to practice and is trending in the right direction during his rehab process, according to coach Mike Norvell. Norvell stated that Purdy--who broke his collarbone during a scrimmage in early August--practiced on Sunday evening, continuing a recent trend of the rookie getting to throw. Purdy traveled with the team to Miami on Saturday and returned to practice previously last week, but has remained limited. "As he's rehabbing and getting himself in a position to be able to play, we're going to go through that process, as quick as he can, and if it's safe for him too, then he will," Norvell said during a press conference on Monday.--QB Jordan Travis, who left Saturday's game at Miami with an apparent lower-leg injury, was "moving around" some on Sunday. "So we're going to continue to see how he responds throughout the course of the week," Norvell said. "We'll see where that goes as this week progresses," Norvell said. Norvell said he's being evaluated this week. Got some limited work this past week," Norvell said. Florida State will have its head coach back on the sideline for Tuesday's practice, Mike Norvell confirmed Monday. Norvell, in his first year with the Seminoles, missed last weekend's 52-10 loss to Miami after testing positive for the coronavirus. He has been in quarantine for 10 days, as required by the ACC's medical advisory group, but expects to return to practice Tuesday and will be on the field for Saturday's game against Jacksonville State. Norvell viewed practices leading up to the Miami game via his laptop and has held meetings with the team via Zoom, a scenario that he said was far from ideal following the blowout loss to rival Miami. "That was a thing that was probably the toughest aspect of it," Norvell said. Norvell said he sent a text message to his team after the game and was able to lead Sunday's meeting via Zoom, but the impact wasn't the same as it would've been in person. "I hated that I wasn't there for it," Norvell said. "This is my team, my players, guys I absolutely care about and believe in, and it hurts when you don't play to your capabilities and get beat in a big game." Norvell is the first head coach to miss a game this season due to the coronavirus pandemic, but he said Monday that he felt fine and was eager to get back on the field in hopes of winning his first game as Florida State's coach. "It's not a secret that there were going to be challenging moments, especially with all the things that have occurred to this point," Norvell said. "This is a critical week to go out there and put ourselves in the best position to be successful."