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  10/18/20 - Joshua KaindohrJr/2022, Florida State, 6-6, 265 (DS#2 DE) + More +

  FSU's defense came out with energy, working together to limit North Carolina's typically prolific attack. Linebacker Stephen Dix Jr. finished with a team-high nine tackles while defensive tackle Marvin Wilson forced Howell to get rid of the ball quickly to avoid pressure. Defensive end Joshua Kaindoh also pressured Howell and returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown that pushed FSU ahead 24-0 and added to the Tar Heels' early frustration. "They're the reason why we won the game, to be honest," Travis said of the defense. "...Their energy that they brought made everyone else just go. They had so much energy and we were comfortable." - Orlando Sentinel

(DS#2 DE) rJr/2022 DE Joshua KaindohFlorida State
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  Jordan Travis ran for two touchdowns and threw a scoring pass to help Florida State build a big first-half lead, and the Seminoles held off North Carolina. Travis guided an offensive that generated 434 yards for Florida State (2-3, 1-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), but was shut out in the second half. North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell led three second-half touchdown drives to pull to 31-28, but the Tar Heels (3-1, 3-1) had drops on third and fourth down in the final seconds to end the comeback bid. The Seminoles gave coach Mike Norvell a signature victory in his first season in Tallahassee following a shaky start that included a blowout loss at Miami. Travis, a redshirt sophomore, completed 8 of 19 passes for 191 yards and ran 16 times for 107 yards as the Seminoles jumped out to a 31-7 halftime lead, the most dominating performance for the program in recent memory. - Florida State/AP College Football

(DS#999 QB) rSo/2023 QB Jordan TravisFlorida State
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  UNC head coach Mack Brown gave a glowing assessment of Florida State's Tamorrion Terry on Wednesday morning: "the best wide receiver we've seen so far" through four conference games. And that's for good reason. Terry, a 6-foot-4 junior, logged a 1,000-yard, nine-touchdown season for FSU last year. And he's stayed hot in 2020, with a team-high 21 catches for 275 yards and a touchdown. Last week, against then-No. 5 Notre Dame, he went for a season-best nine catches and 146 yards. Now, though, the struggling Seminoles will be without their top offensive threat against the Tar Heels.

On Wednesday afternoon, news broke that Terry will get knee surgery this week to fix a swelling issue. He'll miss at least a few games, including Saturday's against North Carolina. The star wide receiver confirmed the news on his Twitter account Wednesday night, writing: "Send ya prayers." Terry's absence puts Florida State in a bind. Tight end Camren McDonald (12 catches for 127 yards) and wide receiver Ontaria Wilson (13 for 124) will see natural bumps in usage, but FSU doesn't have much depth behind those two. No other Seminole receiver has more than five catches or 58 yards this season. - Raleigh News Observer


(DS#9 WR) rJr/2022 WR Tamorrion TerryFlorida State
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  10/17/20 - Asante Samuel Jr.Jr/2022, Florida State, 5-10, 184 (DS#3 CB) + More +

  Corner Asante Samuel Jr. has been absolute ball hawk for FSU's secondary, with three interceptions already this season after snagging just one as a sophomore. He's the leader of a mid-tier pass defense that, interestingly, is coming off its best game. The Seminoles held Notre Dame to 201 passing yards, although game flow played a role in that number. - Raleigh News Observer

(DS#3 CB) Jr/2022 CB Asante Samuel Jr.Florida State
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  After two weeks of quarterback play, Jordan Travis has proven to be one of Florida State's best offensive weapons. Travis made his first start against Notre Dame last Saturday and helped keep the Seminoles within reach in the first half. Travis threw for a 48-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter to Tamorrion Terry to give the 'Noles their first and, ultimately, last lead of the game in the 42-26 defeat at Notre Dame Stadium. Although the defense was lackluster, the offense has begun to show growth on the back of its win two weekends ago against Jacksonville State. Travis has proved himself to be a formidable quarterback.

And while just being a redshirt sophomore, the ceiling seems to only be getting higher after his first start. Though Travis suffered a hand injury late in the loss against Notre Dame, he is expected to be ready for Saturday's home game against North Carolina. FSU coach Mike Norvell said Travis practiced on a limited basis Sunday, adding that "everything is moving in a positive direction." Norvell was pleased with Travis' performance against the Irish. "His poise, his composure, some of the play-making ability that showed up through the course of the game was really impressive. And like I said in the opening, there are some plays he'd like to have back," Norvell said. "But I thought he did a great job in his first start and am excited to see him continue to build upon that with what he's going to be able to do here this week moving forward." - Times Union


(DS#999 QB) rSo/2023 QB Jordan TravisFlorida State
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  Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis provided a much-needed spark for a lethargic Seminoles offense during his first career start, but it wasn't enough. The improved Seminoles suffered their third loss of the season, falling 42-26 on the road Saturday to No. 5 Notre Dame. Travis combined for 300 total yards of offense, scoring two touchdowns, but a poorly thrown ball that was intercepted in the end zone midway through the fourth quarter squashed a late chance to cut into the Fighting Irish's lead. "There were some bright moments, but we didn't get the job done," FSU coach Mike Norvell said.

While the offense showed signs of life, the FSU defense didn't have an answer for Notre Dame's ground game, which amassed 353 yards and four touchdowns. It was the most rushing yards against a Seminoles team since Notre Dame rushed for 365 yards on Nov. 10, 2018. Tailbacks Kyren Williams (185 yards) and Chris Tyree (104 yards) combined for 288 of the 353 yards with touchdowns of 46, 1 and 45 yards. The Fighting Irish finished with 554 yards of total offense, the most allowed by an FSU team since Boise State amassed 621 yards on Aug. 31, 2019. The team averaged 8.3 yards per play during the game. - Orlando Sentinel


(DS#999 QB) rSo/2023 QB Jordan TravisFlorida State
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  Florida State receiver Tamorrion Terry was visibly frustrated as he stood on the sideline and watched the Seminoles get embarrassed at Miami two Saturday ago. Terry played only 14 snaps in the game and his appearance was counterproductive. He had no receptions and one rushing attempt for a loss of four yards. The second-team All-ACC player has been one of the more reliable receivers on the wide receiver core, but was limited earlier in the season against Miami after an injury that he suffered in the first game of the season against Georgia Tech. If that wasn't enough, Terry's grandmother passed away the day before the Georgia Tech game. Battling through adversity has been the staple for this year's Florida State team, and Terry is a prime example of head coach Mike Norvell's philosophy. The redshirt junior stepped up in a big way in the Seminoles' 41-24 win over visiting Jacksonville State University last Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium.

"Responding in a positive way when adversity strikes is for everyone, not just Terry. Obviously you can point to a lot of different examples so far in a short season when we have and we have not responded in the right way," Norvell said. "To be able to acknowledge that, and more important to be able to change that...but to always be in control of that emotion and that response, that's what's important. Because it allows you to stay focused on the job at-hand, it allows you when you are down 21-7 to make sure you're putting guys and yourself in the best position possible to go out there and achieve success on the next play." - Times Union


(DS#9 WR) rJr/2022 WR Tamorrion TerryFlorida State
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  OCT 5 ACC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Lawrance Toafili, Florida State, Fr., RB, St. Petersburg, Fla.,...Toafili ran for 99 yards on 12 carries (8.2 ypc) with his first career touchdown in Saturday's 41-24 win over Jacksonville State...Performance included a career-long 24-yard run...Paced a Seminole rushing attack that ran for 263 yards, the most for the program since 305 yards vs. ULM in 2017. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

(DS#999 RB) Fr/2024 RB Lawrance ToafiliFlorida State
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  Jordan Travis came off the bench to lead Florida State to touchdowns on five straight drives as the Seminoles rallied to knock off FCS program Jacksonville State 41-24 on Saturday. Travis completed 13 of 18 passes for 215 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown pass to Keyshawn Helton. The redshirt sophomore also added a touchdown run, one of four TD runs from the Seminoles. Florida State (1-2) trailed 14-0 in the first quarter and went scoreless on four opening drives under the direction of true freshman quarterback Tate Rodemaker.

Zerrick Cooper completed 22 of 30 passes for 232 yards and had a rushing touchdown. Cooper, who threw for back-to-back 3,000-yard seasons at JSU, was efficient but a fourth-quarter interception snagged by Florida State's Asante Samuel Jr. all but ended the Gamecocks' upset bid. JSU's Kolbi Fuqua also had a 13-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter. Lawrance Toafili ran for 99 yards and a touchdown for Florida State, which finished with 256 rushing yards on 53 carries. The Seminoles were held to just 38 first-half rushing yards. - Florida State/AP College Football


(DS#999 QB) rSo/2023 QB Jordan TravisFlorida State
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  10/02/20 - Asante Samuel Jr.Jr/2022, Florida State, 5-10, 184 (DS#3 CB) + More +

  Through two games, the Florida State defense knows it isn't living up to expectations. Entering the season, the Seminoles' defense was expected to be the strength of the team led by a number of projected future NFL players. That hasn't been the case, however, as a number of standout individual performances haven't saved a unit that has allowed 477.5 yards per game to opposing offenses so far this season. "As a team, I feel like we just have to go out there and play more physical and with more effort," FSU cornerback Asante Samuel Jr. said. "We didn't play to the Florida State standard effort-wise and physicality-wise. We just have to go out there and basically play with pride." Whatever metric you consider, it has been a tough start to the season for the FSU defense. In two games, FSU's defense has fallen 17 spots in ESPN's SP+ defensive rankings from 33rd to 50th.

FSU hasn't impressed in many defensive categories, but their third-down defense has been especially startling. Even though FSU forced Georgia Tech into an average third-down distance of 8.9 yards and Miami faced an average third-down distance of 5.9 yards, the Seminoles have allowed their first two opponents to convert 59.8% of their third downs. That's the worst mark in the ACC and tied for 65th out of 72 FBS teams that have played this season. "On third downs it really was just missed assignments and guys not winning the 1-on-1. You've got to win your 1-on-1 and know what you are doing," Samuel said. "I feel like if we did those two things, the (Miami) game would have gone a lot more different." - Tallahassee Democrat


(DS#3 CB) Jr/2022 CB Asante Samuel Jr.Florida State
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  09/16/20 - D.J. MatthewsSr/2021, Florida State, 5-09, 154 (DS#97 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#97 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#3 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#3 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#27 QB) rJr/2022 QB James BlackmanFlorida State
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