FSU football spring break mail bag

Florida State’s spring break from football offers a chance to reset.

With four practices completed before the team is split for 11 days due to spring break, it’s time to reevaluate and reassess the state of the squad and how perceptions have changed over four practices. .

The break in action allowed us to open the mailbag, asking readers to submit their questions about the Seminoles to the spring camp quarterback.

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Here’s what you all wanted to know.

Q: What does the Florida State football team look like without transfers right now?

The short answer: Somewhere pretty bad.

Mike Norvell faced many unfortunate circumstances early in his tenure at FSU, ranging from the coronavirus pandemic in his first year to the first signing period, making his first class the transitional second class in three years, particularly difficult for the state of the list.

However, one of the main advantages of the timing of Norvell’s arrival at FSU was that the transfer portal became even more important. Transfers have been around for a long time, but there was never a standardized place for all those players looking for new homes like the portal until recent years.

Almost every FSU transfer mentioned how quickly FSU coaches reached out once they were in the gate and how attractive that made the Seminoles. Without the organization provided by the portal, it would be much more difficult to be so fast, especially at large scale.

It’s hard to imagine how much worse FSU’s defense would have been last season without Jermaine Johnson, Keir Thomas and Jammie Robinson. Andrew Parchment may not have had the type of season he wanted, but FSU probably won’t beat Miami without their fourth and 14 catches.

Perhaps the biggest transfer for FSU in recent years is a transfer that was here before Norvell. FSU might not have won as many games as Norvell wanted in their first two seasons, but that number would be far lower without Travis.

If FSU is going to reach its potential in 2022, quarterback Jordan Travis will play a big part in that.

The good news for FSU is that early feedback on this year’s transfer class has been quite positive. Mycah Pittman and Johnny Wilson have both flashed wide receiver, Tatum Bethune will be a key addition at linebacker and Jared Verse has looked like a very capable defensive end at this level after transferring from FCS Albany.

Q: How many new defensive starters are you expecting this season?

It’s an interesting question that probably won’t be answered until FSU’s preseason camp in the fall.

The answer could theoretically be as few as two. The only two starters from last season’s Finals who are not returning this year are the two defensive ends, Johnson and Thomas.

But I expect a few new starters in other places. On the one hand, I would expect the transfer of UCF linebacker Tatum Bethune to likely supplant DJ Lundy and start alongside Kalen DeLoach.

FSU defensive tackle Robert Cooper is one of the few returning starters expected to retain his starting spot for the 2022 season.

If FSU returns to a starting lineup of three linebackers, Lundy and Gainer would likely compete for that spot after every game started last season.

Secondary is much more open. The Seminoles defensive backfield saw 11 players start at least one game last year and 10 of those 11 are returning for the 2022 season.

As for the starters in this game, I feel good about Omarion Cooper starting at cornerback as well as Robinson and Dent starting at both safety points. As for the nickel cornerback spot held by Kevin Knowles II and the other cornerback spot held by Jarvis Brownlee, there is a lot of competition and it will be fascinating to see how that plays out.

To answer the original question, I assume there will be five new starters on defense for FSU’s season opener against Duquesne.

Q: What are your current plans for FSU’s record in 2022?

I try not to overreact to a few spring practices, but I feel better on this team after four spring practices than I did at the start of spring.

Travis looks ready to take the next step with better weapons around him. FSU’s race hall looks capable again even with the departure of Jashaun Corbin. The FSU offensive line should take another step forward. FSU’s defensive line may not have as much impact as last year, but should still be pretty good.

Couple that with a schedule that’s about as manageable as possible given the teams involved and I feel better about projecting seven wins, with eight being more likely than six.

It still wouldn’t live up to what Norvell or the FSU fan base still wants, but it would be a major step in the right direction after the Seminoles won eight games overall in its first two seasons. .

Q: What is the timeline for FSU to undertake its security and accessibility renovation of Doak Campbell Stadium with Blueprint money?

For those who may have missed it, the Intergovernmental Agency Blueprint 2020 recently approved $20 million of its money, which is collected through sales tax throughout Leon County, to go to FSU for certain overdue health and safety updates at Doak Campbell Stadium.

These repairs will include better accessibility facilities for disabled fans, other safety measures including more handrails and better emergency lighting, as well as maintenance and code compliance repairs.

According to an FSU source, it’s unclear when FSU will receive this money from Blueprint and when renovations and repairs can begin. This will be something that FSU wants to start as soon as possible, but it depends on receiving the money to do it.

Contact Curt Weiler at cweiler@tallahassee.com or follow him on Twitter @CurtMWeiler.

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