FSU football spring came will conclude with a final practice Sunday after hosting its annual spring game Saturday.
The game saw over 100 recruits and a few thousand fans in attendance who braved the threat of nasty weather to watch an improved product on the field.
How smart is it to hold one final practice Sunday knowing most or all of those recruits are still in town?
The game featured explosive offensive plays involving some young players, organization on both sides of the ball, physicality, fewer penalties, and impact plays made by the defense.
There was an excitement in the air after the spring game and I’m glad I’m not the only one who felt it. There were a host of former players at the game. Peter Warrick, Snoop Minnis, Chris Weike, Vince Williams, Karlos Williams Sr., and others were there.
Here are a couple of statements I found on social media from former players giving their thoughts on the game.
I’m happy with what I saw today at the FSU spring game. It’s obvious that @Coach_Norvell is building something special.
— Vince Williams (@VinnyVidiVici98) April 11, 2021
They looked good. Young players really taking advantage of the playing time. Still things to clean up but @Coach_Norvell knows what he is doings and the players are buying in and playing to a new standard.
— Karlos Williams Sr. (@karlos_sr) April 11, 2021
Peter Warrick gave some insight during the game when he was interviewed on the ACC Network. I thought the folks on the ACC Network saw many positives from the game, and felt like progress has been made compared to the product we’ve seen on the field.
Of course, it was a glorified scrimmage, and we don’t know how the players would react in a real game. However, there seemed to be a difference in all aspects, as Mike Norvell would say. The players played hard, although it was a scrimmage, and there were several key players not playing due to injuries.
I know some people have their negative takes from the spring game, but I’d be willing to trust my own eyes and what some former players who know the FSU football standard over them.
The key for this program to continue the climb is putting in the work to continuing learning how to overcome adversity and playing for one another.