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  09/16/20 - D.J. MatthewsSr/2021, Florida State, 5-09, 154 (DS#95 WR) + More +

  Norvell confirmed senior receiver D.J. Matthews has entered the transfer portal with intent to leave the program. "Sometimes when you go through transitions, there are some things that fit better than others and D.J.'s making a decision for his future and we fully support him in that decision," Norvell said of the move, which was first reported by AL.com and 247Sports.com. Matthews, who started 15 games, has been absent from the team after he spoke out on social media about Florida State's handling of COVID-19 safety protocol. Norvell told reporters last week he hadn't been in touch with the senior in several weeks. Matthews ranked second on the FSU roster in receiving last season with 36 catches for 355 yards and three touchdowns. He also was the Seminoles' primary punt returner with 19 returns for 125 yards. - Orlando Sentinel

(DS#95 WR) Sr/2021 WR D.J. MatthewsFlorida State
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  09/16/20 - Joshua KaindohrJr/2022, Florida State, 6-6, 265 (DS#2 DE) + More +

  It would seem that Florida State defensive end Joshua Kaindoh's injury in the Seminoles' season opener Saturday was not as bad as it looked. Kaindoh, a redshirt junior from Baltimore, Md., left the Seminoles' 16-13 loss to Georgia Tech in the second quarter after he was on the receiving end of an illegal chop block penalty when a GT player dove and took out his knee. Kaindoh was evaluated in the injury tent, but never went back to the FSU locker room for further evaluation. He remained on the sideline for the rest of the game, never returning to action. FSU coach Mike Norvell shared a positive update on Kaindoh Monday, although he didn't disclose what injury he suffered. "I would say there's a positive prognosis on Kaindoh. That's something that we're going to continue to evaluate here day-to-day in the next week or so," Norvell said. "That is one of the things about having an extra week, it can kind of allow for guys to get a little extra time to heal up." The timing of FSU's bye week ahead of the Seminoles' next game Sept. 26 at Miami means Kaindoh will have two full weeks to get back to full health. - Times Union

(DS#2 DE) rJr/2022 DE Joshua KaindohFlorida State
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  09/14/20 - Asante Samuel Jr.Jr/2022, Florida State, 5-10, 184 (DS#2 CB) + More +

  SEPT 14 ACC DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: Asante Samuel Jr., Florida State, Jr., DB, Sunrise, Fla.,...Intercepted a pair of Georgia Tech passes in the first half of Saturday's game and returned them for 74 combined yards...Samuel's first pick, which he returned 38 yards came on the opening drive of the season...Samuel's second interception came in the red zone in the second quarter, and he returned it 36 yards...He also leads active ACC players with 25 career pass breakups after adding two on Saturday. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

(DS#2 CB) Jr/2022 CB Asante Samuel Jr.Florida State
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  09/14/20 - Marvin WilsonSr/2021, Florida State, 6-4, 305 (DS#5 DT) + More +

  SEPT 14 ACC SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK: Marvin Wilson, Florida State, Sr., DT, Houston, Texas,...Blocked two Georgia Tech field goals in Saturday's season opener...Became just the second player in FSU history with two blocked field goals in a game and, along with Janarius Robinson's blocked PAT, helped FSU tie a school record with three blocked kicks in a game...Wilson added three tackles and a quarterback hurry on defense. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

(DS#5 DT) Sr/2021 DT Marvin WilsonFlorida State
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  The redshirt junior quarterback impressed coaches during preseason camp, earning his second season-opening start. Early on against Georgia Tech, it appeared he was going to reward coaches for picking him. Blackman led the Seminoles on scoring drives of 51 and 62 yards as the team jumped out to an early 10-0 lead. But after the first 15 minutes, FSU's struggled to move the ball. Blackman started the game 7-of-9 passing for 76 yards, Blackman completed just 44% of his passes (16 of 36) for 122 yards and an interception. "Throughout the course of the game there were a handful of opportunities that James was seeing the right things but...something forced him to hesitate a few times and missed an opportunity," Norvell said of his quarterback. "He has to work through and get his eyes in the right place, but all in all, it was across the board. I don't the consistency showed up at any position. "We had quite a few mistakes that showed up in critical situations." - Orlando Sentinel

(DS#26 QB) rJr/2022 QB James BlackmanFlorida State
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  09/12/20 - Travis JayrFr/2024, Florida State, 6-2, 191 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  This weekend has been a long time coming for Florida State safety Travis Jay. Jay, a redshirt freshman, came to FSU with high expectations. Hailing from just down the road in Madison, Jay grew up in the heart of Seminole country. He signed with FSU as a one of the highest ranked players in the 2019 recruiting class but was forced to watch from the sidelines his freshman year due to an academic issue. After waiting for so long it's finally time for Jay to don the garnet and gold and take the field Saturday at 3:30 p.m. against Georgia Tech at Doak Campbell Stadium. "I'm excited to see him play a game," FSU coach Mike Norvell said. "He's a very natural athlete, a lot of different things that he can do, with and without the ball in his hands which is obviously why you're seeing him lined up in returner roles." Jay is listed as a co-starter at both the free safety (sophomore Renardo Green) and the buck safety (junior Jaiden Lars-Woodbey) position in defensive coordinator Adam Fuller's defense. - Times Union

(DS#999 SS) rFr/2024 SS Travis JayFlorida State
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  09/05/20 - Joshua KaindohrJr/2022, Florida State, 6-6, 265 (DS#2 DE) + More +

  Joshua Kaindoh has been through so much during his time at Florida State. Since arriving in Tallahassee as a heralded five-star defensive-end prospect out of IMG Academy in 2017, Kaindoh has seen coaching changes and injuries limit his progress with the Seminoles. He appeared in 25 games during his first two seasons, but he suffered a season-ending injury in the third game of the 2019 campaign. On Saturday, the 6-foot-7, 285-pound redshirt junior hoisted a sledgehammer into the air and released all of his frustration and hard work down onto a square rock inscribed with the names of the Seminoles and their coaches.

"When we finish fall camp, we have a symbolic rock that every player signs, that every coach signs and we get a chance to choose a guy who's demonstrated throughout camp the proper mindset and the proper approach in all aspects," new FSU coach Mike Norvell explained. "This year, Josh Kaindoh was the guy that broke the rock." Kaindoh appreciated the honor. "What it signified to me is that the hard work is paying off," Kaindoh said. "Everything is about the work that we're [putting in] … it goes to show that the hard work doesn't go unnoticed. "I came here in 2017 and things haven't obviously gone as I've wanted them to, but all I can do is keep working and hope all that hard work is going to pay off." - Orlando Sentinel


(DS#2 DE) rJr/2022 DE Joshua KaindohFlorida State
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  The message for Florida State's running backs this fall has been a simple one: own the ball. "We always have to own the ball," FSU freshman Ja'Khi Douglas said. "In our meeting room, we all have a ball with us to make sure we're owning the ball." The Seminoles have most recently built a solid ground game, producing a 1,000-yard rusher during six of the past seven seasons, including last year when Cam Akers rushed for 1,144 yards. But a new coaching staff and a new offensive philosophy could provide more opportunities for the FSU backfield.

Four of the eight tailbacks arrived this year as part of FSU's 2020 recruiting class, led by four-star prospect Lawrance Toafili and three-star back La'Damian Webb. The group also includes a pair of multi-faceted players in Corey Wren and Douglas. "I tell you, Lawrance Toafili has been remarkable this last week," Norvell said after practice Monday. "You can tell he is gaining some confidence in what we're asking him to do. He's had explosive runs just about every day. He's done something good with the ball in his hands and now we're just continuing to help develop him on how to play without the ball in his hands." Added Sheffield about Toafili, "He's just young, but he's going to be the real deal." - Orlando Sentinel


(DS#999 RB) Fr/2024 RB Lawrance ToafiliFlorida State
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  Florida State receivers coach Ron Dugans isn't asking his players to do anything he hasn't done himself. As a standout receiver with the Seminoles, Dugans was a member of a team that won 55 games between 1995-99, capped with a national championship in 1999. His 1,520 receiving yards ranks him among the top 35 FSU receivers on the school's career list. Dugans knows how to fight to make plays at a high level and expects the same effort from this year's group of FSU receivers. "I want these guys to compete like I used to compete," Dugans said. "These guys are taking to that and helping each other out and competing their butts off and wanting to be the best and wanting to get better daily."

FSU returns three starters from last season, led by junior wideout Tamorrion Terry, who became the first Seminole to earn more than 1,000 receiving yards in a season since Rashad Greene in 2014. His 20.3 yards per reception career average is the highest in school history. For Terry, the decision to return for another year rather than opt out was simple. "I came back for a reason and that reason was not to be average," Terry said at the start of fall camp earlier this month. "I want to be great. I came back and I told coach [Mike] Norvell the reason I came back was to win ball games and help the team out, and I know we can turn this around. So why opt-out?" - Orlando Sentinel


(DS#5 WR) rJr/2022 WR Tamorrion TerryFlorida State
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  08/28/20 - Marvin WilsonSr/2021, Florida State, 6-4, 305 (DS#5 DT) + More +

  2021 SENIOR BOWL WATCH LIST: Marvin Wilson, Florida State,...Wilson was an All-American and first-team All-ACC performer last season despite a season-ending injury in the ninth game of the year. In those nine games, Wilson recorded 44 tackles, including 8.5 for loss with a team-high 5.0 sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, four pass breakups and two quarterback hurries. He was one of only four defensive tackles in the nation, and the only one from the ACC, with multiple 3.0 tackle-for-loss games in 2019. - Florida State Football

(DS#5 DT) Sr/2021 DT Marvin WilsonFlorida State
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  2021 SENIOR BOWL WATCH LIST: Hamsah Nasirildeen, Florida State,...Nasirildeen recorded 101 tackles with 2.0 tackles for loss, including 1.0 sack, three forced fumbles, two interceptions and one fumble recovery in 2019. He earned second-team All-ACC honors and was the first Seminole since 2014 with at least 100 tackles in a season. Nasirildeen has led FSU in tackles each of the past two seasons and in 2019 ranked second nationally among Power 5 defensive backs in tackles, despite missing the Sun Bowl due to injury. - Florida State Football

(DS#1 FS) Sr/2021 FS Hamsah NasirildeenFlorida State
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  08/28/20 - Cyrus FaganSr/2021, Florida State, 6-1, 195 (DS#15 FS) + More +

  2021 SENIOR BOWL WATCH LIST: Cyrus Fagan, Florida State,...Fagan appeared in eight games with five starts in 2019 and recorded 41 tackles, one interception, one fumble recovery and two pass breakups…registered career-high 10 tackles, one fumble recovery and one pass breakup in 31-13 win vs. North Carolina State. - Florida State Football

(DS#15 FS) Sr/2021 FS Cyrus FaganFlorida State
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  2021 SENIOR BOWL WATCH LIST: Janarius Robinson, Florida State,...Robinson appeared in all 13 games with 11 starts in 2019 and recorded 48 tackles, including 9.0 for loss with 3.0 sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, three quarterback hurries and one pass breakup. - Florida State Football

(DS#19 DE) rSr/2021 DE Janarius RobinsonFlorida State
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  Days after saying he had been "lied to multiple times" about his health and the health of teammates during the first week of training camp amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, Florida State wide receiver Warren Thompson apologized and said he is ready to move on with the season. The sophomore's comments last week drew national attention, along with messages of agreement from teammates. Other players supported the program, and first-year coach Mike Norvell promised to discuss matters with his players. - Washington Post

(DS#32 WR) rSo/2023 WR Warren ThompsonFlorida State
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  Andrew Boselli knows first-hand the devastating impact of COVID-19. The redshirt senior offensive lineman contracted the virus on March 21 a few days after his father, former Jacksonville Jaguars Pro Bowl lineman Tony Boselli, was diagnosed with COVID-19. The disease attacked Andrew Boselli's body, leaving him with a 103-degree fever, a lack of energy and no appetite. He also struggled with shortness of breath. Tony Boselli wound up in the intensive care unit of the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. Father and son survived, as did Andrew's mother and brother, who also tested positive for COVID-19 a few days later. The experience inspired the Florida State redshirt senior to share his experiences with others with the hope they take the virus seriously and try to avoid getting sick.

"I think we've done a great job as a team," Boselli said following the team's first practice Friday. "It starts with the team captains and goes throughout our team as personal responsibility and self-policing. "Me, personally knowing how this virus can affect people, it's really awesome to see my teammates be accountable and making sure we're masked up on the practice field, in the dining room and wherever we're going around the facilities. We're keeping each other accountable and being personally accountable, so you are doing everything you can to protect your teammates." Boselli is battling with Baveon Johnson and Maurice Smith this fall for the starting center job. - Orlando Sentinel


(DS#999 C) rSr/2021 C Andrew BoselliFlorida State
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