FSU football: 6 takeaways from Mike Norvell’s third year in Tallahassee

LOUISVILLE, KY - SEPTEMBER 16: Head coach Mike Norvell of the Florida State Seminoles is seen during the first half against the Louisville Cardinals at Cardinal Stadium on September 16, 2022 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - SEPTEMBER 16: Head coach Mike Norvell of the Florida State Seminoles is seen during the first half against the Louisville Cardinals at Cardinal Stadium on September 16, 2022 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /
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Defense Needs Portal Help The Same Way Offense Got It Last Year

Do you remember how bad the offense was in 2021, at times? The wide receivers were among the worst in the ACC, and the team averaged fewer than 28 points per game.

FSU didn’t sign any high school wide receivers in the 2022 recruiting class and lost top running back Jashaun Corbin to the NFL. What did FSU do to fix that problem(aside from Jordan Travis developing into a top QB)?

They signed four wide receivers from the transfer portal and Trey Benson(though criticized at the time). They also went heavy on the offensive line. Johnny Wilson, Mycah Pittman, Trey Benson, and D’Mitri Emmanuel made All-ACC, and the FSU offense became elite, averaging 36 ppg in 2022.

Well, that’s the type of help the FSU defense needs going into the 2023 season. They need help at defensive tackle(already have two transfer commits), and in the secondary.

FSU is actively pursuing some of the top players in the transfer portal, who could have the same effect on the defense that the offensive transfer portal guys had on the offense this season.