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Mike Norvell details how Florida State has created an identity on offense

Kaiden Smith09/22/22
Article written by:On3 imageKaiden Smith
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Florida State head coach Mike Norvell has the Seminoles off to their first 3-0 start since 2015, as he’s in the midst of his third season at the helm. The tide looks like it’s starting to turn for the Seminoles, especially on the offensive side of the ball, where they’ve gotten off to a hot start to the season. Norvell recently spoke with Greg McElroy on Always College Football, and said that their new offensive identity started in the offseason for FSU.

“It comes from the work, and these young men they invest and they’ve worked really hard in the offseason; they’re bigger, stronger, faster,” Norvell said.

The Seminole’s offense is surely looking like they’ve put in the work, as they currently rank first in rushing yards per game in the ACC and second in total yards per game. Florida State has come out the gate establishing themselves as one of the top offenses in the conference, which Norvell attributes to the growth of their playmakers.

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“We got great playmakers, we’ve been one of the youngest teams in college football the last few years and now you’re seeing that growth, you’re seeing the confidence through that experience that these guys have gained,” Norvell explained. “We’ve got dynamic players, and being able to put them in the best position that we can, it’s been fun to watch them play, it’s fun to watch them compete.”

The Seminole’s offense is headlined by a three-headed monster at running back with Treshaun Ward, Trey Benson, and Lawrance Toafili who’ve rushed for a combined 622 yards and five touchdowns through three games.

FSU has also had some explosive play our of their wide receivers, especially if your last name is Wilson. Johnny Wilson leads the Seminoles in receiving coming off of a monster outing versus Louisville where he hauled in seven receptions for 149 yards and two touchdowns. Ontaria ‘Pokey’ Wilson has also come up big for Florida State with two of his own touchdown catches and 140 yards on the season.

Norvell likes what he’s seen so far from his offense, but still knows there is room for improvement. Hopefully for him and the Seminoles, they can keep improving as they head into the thick of their conference schedule, and also get back their starting quarterback Jordan Travis, who exited their last game with a lower body injury.

“Like I said there’s still a lot of things we have to improve upon, because we haven’t played our best game yet, but you see the foundation that’s set and the opportunities that are ahead. And I definitely believe this team is gonna do what’s necessary to keep taking those steps,” Norvell said.