After four weeks and 15 practices, Florida State Football Spring Camp is over.
The Seminoles held their final spring training Tuesday night, turning the page on the end of the semester and summer practices before the start of fall camp in late July or early August.
FSU enjoyed a mostly full roster at its disposal this spring with 23 midyear on-campus enrollees. This allowed for an intense training atmosphere and plenty of opportunities for players to show off their ability.
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Ahead of a critical 2022 season for head coach Mike Norvell’s tenure at FSU, this should be a fascinating offseason for the Seminoles.
Here’s a look at some storylines to watch around the FSU football team as the next part of the offseason begins.
Where is there a rotation of the list?
Some roster turnover in the coming months will be inevitable.
This will happen across the country and FSU is not exempt from it, especially since it entered the spring with more than the maximum 85 scholarship players. At what positions is this happening and how much will it be worth watching over the next few weeks.
There are positions where this attrition is more likely to occur than others. High school is a prime spot where there definitely seem to be more contenders than there are spots in the rotation. A few FSU defensive backs might see the writing on the wall with their position on the depth chart and look the other way this summer.
Other positions where it wouldn’t be surprising to see some attrition include both offensive and defensive lines and wide receiver, where some older players have seemingly been passed on the depth chart.
As long as there are no surprise departures from a player who was expected to play a role in 2022, it should all be good news for the Seminoles. More departures opens the door for them to add more transfers this summer.
What impact do summer registrants have?
The vast majority of FSU’s high school class of 2022 is already on campus.
A total of 11 of 15 FSU high school players signed in January, including all six signers on the defensive side of the ball.
The other four signings who aren’t expected to arrive until the summer will all play forward for the Seminoles. Three of the four, four-star Julian Armella and Jaylen Early and three-star Qae’shon Sapp, are offensive linemen. The other is three-star tight end Jerrale Powers, who was Early’s teammate at Duncanville (Texas) High.
The offensive line is definitely a position where FSU needs more depth, as evidenced by the state of the unit at the end of spring camp after a few injuries. However, the offensive line is probably the most difficult position to make an immediate impact as a true rookie.
Are any of them able to break this trend and immediately slot into the rotation? It won’t be easy considering they weren’t around for the spring, but it might help that Armella, Early and Sapp are the three highest-rated offensive line signings in FSU.
What progress is Jordan Travis making?
Norvell has clarified a few times this offseason that Jordan Travis is FSU’s starting quarterback.
It’s a new sensation for Travis, who became a midseason starter for FSU in 2020 and had a quarterback battle with McKenzie Milton that came into the season last year.
This time around it’s his job and it’s hard to imagine anything other than an injury preventing that from happening.
Heading into this spring, something to watch was how the lack of real competition would affect Travis. He may not have shown it in the spring game for various reasons, but Travis has continued to grow this offseason.
For long stretches over the past two years, FSU’s offense has disappeared like Travis. He has continued to improve as a passer this offseason and should be helped by a better squad around him for the 2022 season.
The focus now is on how he maximizes his summer time away from organized team training. What areas of his game does Travis need to improve? Who does he work with on them?
He will likely play an important role in helping to organize player-led training, which fills the summer months. Those will be key as he continues to build chemistry with his new wide receivers, who could be some of his most frequent targets in the fall.
How do injured Seminoles heal?
FSU came out of spring camp relatively healthy as a team.
Only a few important Seminoles ended the spring on the sidelines with injuries. These summer months will be critical healing months for these players so that they can resume as much of the summer conditioning program as possible and enough time for fall camp.
At the top of that list is the transfer of West Virginia wide receiver Winston Wright. Wright was restricted at the start of camp, but he had a serious car accident during spring break that seriously injured his leg.
Without giving many details, Norvell was optimistic about Wright’s progress when asked about his recovery after FSU’s final spring training. Even though he missed some chemical build time in spring camp, it would be important for Wright to be healthy or close to him when fall camp begins.
The other injury of note was that of starting offensive lineman Darius Washington. Washington suffered an injury in FSU’s second scrimmage, which caused him to miss the team’s last five spring training sessions, including the spring game.
The good news for Washington is that Norvell seemed more optimistic about returning to action this summer when asked about his injury. Washington is a valuable asset both because of his experience, having played 20 games, and his versatility, having played all five offensive line positions.
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