Florida State steps forward in 2022 college football season, says Phil Steele


The Florida State Seminoles are looking to return to the national college football spotlight. It starts with finding success in year 3 of the mike norvel time. In his first two seasons at the helm, Norvell is 8-13. In 2022, college football preseason magazine guru Phil Steele projects that FSU is headed in the right direction.

“They should be an improved team”, Steele said via ESPN Charlotte. “They have 17 starters coming back. Jordan Travis is a fun guy to watch at quarterback. Now he was best known as a runner, at first. But he is developing as a passer, showed a lot of growth over the season last year. They have talented players. The offensive line has been a problem for Florida State for years — probably five, six, seven years now the offensive line has been struggling. But they should have their best offensive line in a while. And defensively, they have playmakers on that side of the ball. The schedule isn’t as easy, but I see Florida State definitely going to bowl this year and probably hit the seven, eight win level.

Travis last season threw for 1,539 yards on 122 of 194 passes, scoring 15 touchdowns on six interceptions. Travis was also effective as a rusher, rushing for 530 yards and seven scores on 134 attempts.

Earlier this offseason, while speaking on 1010 XL 92.5 FM Jax Sports Radio, Norvell explained why Travis should be successful in the fall.

“I’m extremely confident,” Norvell said when asked if Travis is becoming more of a pitcher in the fall. “Last year was, I think, the most efficient and one of the best quarterback completion percentages in a very talented quarterback-ACC league. And you see the growth. You see the understanding of what expect – the pace, the timing, the detail. Jordan has really grown before our eyes, and I think his development has been tremendous. And I thought this spring he continued to show that. Everyone can point out the ability that he has with his legs but I think that’s going to be one of the X-Factors for this football team just the skills and the talent that he brings and just a great leader and just a player and a wonderful person to be around.”

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Norvell originally took over the program after a 38-16 stint at Memphis over five seasons. His best season came in 2019 when he led the Tigers to a 12-2 mark, which eventually led to him taking over at Florida State. The Seminoles struggled in his freshman year, going just 3-6, but then improved last season to 5-7.

Nick Kosko contributed to this report


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