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Mike Norvell provides his initial assessment of Saturday's scrimmage, quarterback play

Barkley-Truaxby:Barkley Truax08/14/22


Florida State participated in its first full-pads fall camp scrimmage Saturday, and Mike Norvell discussed some of what he liked – and didn’t – from his team’s performance, including how quarterbacks Jordan Travis and AJ Duffy faired during the live exhibition.

“All in all, I thought it was a really good good scrimmage,” Norvell said. “Jordan [Travis], we gave him a couple of series – two or three series – I thought he did a really nice job you know throughout it and we’re really wanting to see tape on AJ [Duffy], getting some more reps with the ones. He got a set with the ones and was able to move the ball with them and I thought just the ownership of the of the offense, they’re really doing a nice job.”

Travis, a reshirt junior, put up the best passing numbers of his career last season, throwing for 1,539 yards and 15 touchdowns as the starter for Norvell in Tallahassee.

Meanwhile, Duffy comes to Florida State as a four-star recruit, according to the On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. He comes to Tallahassee as 11th rated quarterback in the 2022 class and the 24th overall player out of the state of Florida. He chose the Seminoles over Michigan State and Miami, among others. 

Duffy has been extremely coachable since arriving on campus, and Norvell is excited to see what the four-star product will make of himself during his tenure as a Seminole, though Travis will get the starting nod, at least at first, for Florida State in 2022.

Elsewhere, the rest of the team provided Norvell with great insight about where his team is at during this deep into fall camp.

“There was some great physicality, you saw guys winning one-on-one matchups, you saw guys running hard, blocking hard, you had some some penalty things that we have to clean up, we had ACC officials here and some of our are young linemen just got a little little antsy,” Norvell said. “We’ve got to we got to make sure we definitely clean up clean up some of those procedural things.

“… I thought our running backs ran hard, you know, receivers made some plays out on the perimeter – those guys have been playing well, they need to play well – so I’m excited about that continued development, and then defensively I thought it was definitely our defense played fast tonight. There was a lot of physicality, it was a really good scrimmage and I’m so proud of them for the way they approached it.”