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  Florida State opens the 2021-22 football season with a pair of night games and an afternoon showdown to kick off its ACC schedule. The Seminoles are set to host Notre Dame on Sunday, Sept. 5 with the game previously scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m. on ABC. FSU remains in Tallahassee for a Week 2 showdown against Jacksonville State on Saturday, Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. on the ACC Network. It's the fourth meeting between these two programs with Seminoles holding a 2-1 edge in the series including last season's 41-24 win at Doak Campbell Stadium. - Orlando Sentinel

(DS#999 QB) rSr/2022 QB McKenzie MiltonFlorida State
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  Florida State will open the 2021-22 college football season with a prime-time matchup against Notre Dame in front of a nationally televised audience. The Seminoles are set to host the Fighting Irish in Doak Campbell Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m. with the game set to air on ABC. It's the fourth time both programs have met in Tallahassee in the short 10-game series and the first since 2014. It's one of several prime-time games set for Labor Day weekend including Georgia-Clemson (Dec. 4) and Louisville-Ole Miss (Dec. 6). All three will air on ESPN Networks. FSU holds a 6-4 edge in the series with Notre Dame but the Seminoles have lost two straight including last season's 42-26 affair in South Bend. - Orlando Sentinel

(DS#999 QB) rSr/2022 QB McKenzie MiltonFlorida State
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  Andrew Parchment grew up playing football in South Florida so it only made sense he would develop an affinity for the Miami Hurricanes. But even as a young 'Canes fan, Parchment had a mutual reverence for rival Florida State. "If you watch college football and you don't know about Florida State and their history, you must be living underneath a rock," Parchment explained. "Even though I grew up a Miami fan, I understood what the history of Florida State is and I understand that through the players that came through here." Parchment hopes to make his mark in the program's storied history, joining the Seminoles program as a graduate transfer.

The 6-foot-2, 175-pound wide receiver becomes the latest player to find a new home at FSU. He becomes the 10th player to join the Seminoles program after a brief stint in the transfer portal following brief stints at Northern Illinois, Iowa Central Community College and Kansas. "For me, it was crazy that a school like Florida State would be interested in me and I was excited not only to stay in a Power Five conference but to come back to the state of Florida," said Parchment, a 3-star prospect out of Cypress Bay High School in Fort Lauderdale. - Orlando Sentinel


(DS#52 WR) rSr/2022 WR Andrew ParchmentFlorida State
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  Florida State reached into the transfer portal to add some much-needed depth and experience to its 2021-22 football roster with the addition of receiver Andrew Parchment and offensive lineman Dillan Gibbons. Parchment, a graduate transfer, comes by way of Kansas where he spent the past two seasons. He appeared in 20 games with 19 starts for the Jayhawks, totaling 1,028 yards and nine touchdowns on 89 catches.

"We're extremely excited about Andrew joining our program," said FSU coach Mike Norvell. "We feel like he brings a great playmaking ability and home-run threat to the receiver position. Being from Florida, it's also a great opportunity for him down here as he finishes his college career in front of family and friends as a Seminole." Parchment was a 3-star prospect out of Cypress Bay (Fort Lauderdale), who originally signed with Northern Illinois in 2017 where he played one season for the Huskies before landing at Iowa Central Community College and then Kansas. - Orlando Sentinel


(DS#52 WR) rSr/2022 WR Andrew ParchmentFlorida State
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  The plan for offensive lineman Dillan Gibbons as April became May was to open the 2021 college football season Labor Day Sunday Night at Doak Campbell Stadium. That plan hasn't changed for Gibbons, even after he announced less than a week ago his intention to leave the Notre Dame football program as a graduate transfer. Less than a week after making that decision official, Gibbons found his new school. It's one that will play his old school on that Labor Day Sunday Night in the 2021 opener for both programs. Gibbons announced via social media late Monday that he would enroll at Florida State University. Gibbons will have immediate eligibility and possibly two seasons of eligibility remaining. - South Bend Tribune

(DS#999 OG) rSr/2022 OG Dillan GibbonsFlorida State
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  The covert storyline that really never made it into the mainstream was just how steep the climb was in overcoming multiple debilitating injuries for Dillan Gibbons to become relevant on the Notre Dame football depth chart. Now the Irish offensive lineman will chase the happily-ever-after part of the saga. But somewhere else. The 6-foot-4, 309-pound Madeira Beach, Fla., product announced on Thursday via Twitter that he was entering the transfer portal, roughly two weeks before he picks up his Notre Dame degree. Gibbons, a three-star recruit who played his high school ball at Clearwater Central Catholic, played in 29 games for the Irish, including the lone start of his career - on Senior Day against Syracuse on Dec. 5. He redshirted as a freshman in 2017 and earned Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year honors at season's end. - South Bend Tribune

(DS#999 OG) rSr/2022 OG Dillan GibbonsFlorida State
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  The Republican-controlled Florida Legislature delayed for a year a law that gives college athletes the right to market their names and likenesses. It was slipped into a bill that also included a controversial transgender athlete ban that won approval Wednesday night. The surprise decision gave the NCAA a victory at the same time the Legislature passed the transgender ban it opposed. "Are we serious right now??" former UCF and current Florida State quarterback McKenzie Milton wrote on Twitter, highlighting the section of the bill that crossed off "2021? and replaced it with "2022." "That little black line in a bill with more than 70 pages to continue to screw all these athletes?? Make it make sense. #NotNCAAProperty"

The bill giving college athletes control over their "name, image, and likeness," or NIL, passed last year after getting support from Gov. Ron DeSantis. Its original effective date of July 1, 2021, was among the earliest in the country. California's law, which kicked off the trend of allowing college athletes to market themselves for the first time, doesn't take effect until 2023. Twelve other states have passed such laws, and nearly 40 have introduced similar bills. - Orlando Sentinel


(DS#999 QB) rSr/2022 QB McKenzie MiltonFlorida State
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  Former UCF star quarterback McKenzie Milton made his debut for Florida State during the Seminoles' spring football game Saturday evening at Doak Campbell Stadium. On the third drive of the game, Milton converted a pair of third downs with passes to Jashaun Corbin and Malik McClain. After the 27-yard completion to McClain, a freshman who stood out with a few big plays Saturday, Milton threw a touchdown pass to redshirt freshman Bryan Robinson. FSU's quarterbacks split time throughout the game, with Milton and redshirt sophomore Jordan Travis leading the way.

Milton completed 6 of 11 passes for 96 yards and a touchdown. Travis opened the game under center with a long drive that ended with a 44-yard touchdown pass to McClain. He finished 8-of-14 for 115 yards and a touchdown. FSU coach Mike Norvell said he's seen continued growth from Milton, who hasn't played in two seasons after suffering a horrific right knee injury toward the end of UCF's 2018 season. "He's a very seasoned player," Norvell said after the game. "You see the same thing with Jordan...There's still things all those guys have to clean up, but they embrace it and whenever they make a mistake, they receive the information and then they work to apply it so they don't make the same mistake twice. Those are the things you like to see in competitors. - Orlando Sentinel


(DS#999 QB) rSr/2022 QB McKenzie MiltonFlorida State
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  In a season filled with its fair share of ups and downs, Florida State running back Lawrance Toafili emerged as a bright spot for the Seminoles in 2020. The true freshman became a legitimate threat with the ability to confound defenses as a rusher and a passing threat. "Lawrance is a really talented player," FSU coach Mike Norvell said. "Not only with what he does running the ball, but the ability to catch the ball no matter where he's aligned, whether it's releasing from the backfield or lining up in the slot. He's a matchup problem for defenses because of that versatility." The Seminoles used Toafili's athleticism in a variety of ways, lining him up at the wideout and slot positions and in the return game. But it was at tailback where Toafili saw most of his work, rushing for 356 yards and two touchdowns, including a career-high 117 yards against Duke in the regular-season finale. Five of his 37 runs went for 20-plus yards, including a career-long 49-yard run against Louisville Oct. 24. He was the second-leading receiver among the running backs with 12 catches for 120 yards. - Sun-Sentinel

(DS#10 RB) So/2024 RB Lawrance ToafiliFlorida State
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  Last season, four different quarterbacks started games under center for Florida State. Among them was Tate Rodemaker, who made his first career start against Jacksonville State. Rodemaker struggled as he completed 8 of 12 passes for 58 yards before being benched for Jordan Travis. After the game against Jacksonville State, Rodemaker would see action in just two more games the rest of the season. Entering his first full spring camp, Rodemaker says the experience he received last season was invaluable. "I just want to take advantage of those in-game reps or team reps because I need as much experience as I can get," Rodemaker said. "Obviously, last year was not what I wanted when I was in the game. I really didn't get that many reps, so I just want to get mental reps when the other quarterbacks are not on the field." Rodemaker is competing with McKenzie Milton and Jordan Travis for FSU's starting quarterback job. While none of the quarterbacks have really stood out so far, Rodemaker played well in last Saturday's scrimmage. - Times Union

(DS#999 QB) So/2024 QB Tate RodemakerFlorida State
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  03/20/21 - Chubba PurdySo/2024, Florida State, 6-2, 212 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Florida State coach Mike Norvell said redshirt freshman quarterback Chubba Purdy won't participate in the remainder of spring camp. Purdy appeared in three games last season including one start against NC State before having to undergo season-ending surgery on a broken collarbone in November. He had surgery back in August for the injury but was forced to go under the knife again in order to have the hardware previously inserted into his collarbone removed after it began causing irritation and inflammation. - Orlando Sentinel

(DS#999 QB) So/2024 QB Chubba PurdyFlorida State
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  Florida State quarterback McKenzie Milton has put his surgically repaired knee through the paces so far through offseason workouts and three practices this spring. "I feel really good out there," Milton said Friday following the Seminoles' first practice in full pads. "I don't feel like there are any hiccups or anything like that running around. I feel comfortable out on the field and seeing the field. "I'm still trying to get to the point that the offense is second-nature. I feel like the only way to get there is to continue to get into my playbook and continue to get those reps. Not just live reps, but mental reps when guys are taking reps. I feel very confident out there." Milton transferred to FSU in December after five seasons at UCF, but the senior hasn't played competitively since suffering a gruesome injury during the regular-season finale against USF Nov. 23, 2018. After multiple surgeries and two years of rehabilitation, Milton hopes to once again take the field, this time as a Seminole. - Orlando Sentinel

(DS#999 QB) rSr/2022 QB McKenzie MiltonFlorida State
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  Florida State coach Mike Norvell said former UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton has been "fully cleared" to participate when the Seminoles open spring football camp Tuesday. Milton, who transferred to FSU in December after five seasons with the Knights, spent nearly two years recovering from a horrific knee injury he suffered during the Knights' 2018 regular-season finale against USF at Raymond James Stadium. "He's been fully cleared," Norvell said Friday. "He looks great and I'm excited for what he's going to be able to do and get him back acclimated to the true speed of the game." Milton went through multiple surgeries for his knee and one doctor told him 50% of people who suffer the same injury usually have the leg amputated because the artery is too damaged or severed and it's too late to get the blood flow back to the leg. - Orlando Sentinel

(DS#999 QB) rSr/2022 QB McKenzie MiltonFlorida State
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  03/06/21 - Marvin WilsonSr/2021, Florida State, 6-4, 303 (DS#11 DT) + More +

  Former Florida State defensive tackle Marvin Wilson headlines a group of six Seminoles invited to participate in this year's virtual NFL scouting combine. Wilson, along with defensive ends Josh Kaindoh and Janarius Robinson, safety Hamsah Nasirildeen, cornerback Asante Samuel Jr., and receiver Tamorrion Terry, were among 323 college players selected for the event by the NFL. The league announced there would be no in-person workouts at the combine due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Those will take place during the pro days at individual schools. FSU is hosting its pro day March 22. - Orlando Sentinel

(DS#11 DT) Sr/2021 DT Marvin WilsonFlorida State
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  McClellion is among nine FSU players who joined the program during the offseason. The 6-foot, 184-pound defensive back spent the past three seasons in Fayetteville, where he started 20 games for the Razorbacks. He decided to sit out the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns and the pandemic prompted him to transfer closer to home. "Being a Seminole has been in my family, in my bloodline," McClellion said. "We've always been Seminoles fans since Day 1 when I was a baby. I always wanted to play for Florida State, so when Coach [Mike] Norvell gave me the offer, I wanted to come here and play. "I feel like it's God's blessing because now my mom can finally see me play." - Orlando Sentinel

(DS#999 CB) rSr/2022 CB Jarques McClellionFlorida State
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