FSU head football coach Mike Norvell spoke with the media after their second fall scrimmage Sunday morning.
We are officially two weeks away from the Seminoles kicking off in Orlando, Florida, against the LSU Tigers on Sunday, September 3rd.
One concern many Seminole fans have heading into the matchup is ensuring that players stay healthy through the offseason.
This aspect is vitally important, considering that FSU will need all its contributors in their matchup against LSU as second-year head football coach Brian Kelly will look to avenge the 24-23 heartbreaking loss from a season ago.
One performer that FSU fans hope stays relatively healthy is redshirt junior defensive end Jared Verse, who opted to return to Tallahassee for yet another season.
Coach Norvell stated that Verse was impactful early on in the second scrimmage. The word is he has been nearly unstoppable when he’s not allowing the younger players to get practice reps.
The LSU Tigers know all about the abilities of what Verse can do, as he had three total tackles (2.5 tackles for loss), two sacks, and one blocked field goal in the matchup from last season. The former Albany transfer made his impact felt in the 2022 season, where he recorded 48 total tackles (17 tackles for loss) and nine sacks.
The Seminoles will likely roll out a defensive end rotation of redshirt junior Jared Verse, redshirt junior Gilber Edmond, redshirt sophomore Patrick Payton, and redshirt sophomore Byron Turner Jr.
There could be other players emerging from the roster, such as redshirt senior Dennis Briggs Jr. (hybrid defensive lineman), sophomore Jaden Jones, redshirt freshman Aaron Hester, and true freshman Lamont Green Jr.
However, the first group discussed will have an opportunity to make the most of their performances. However, the value of the production will likely come down to the play of Jared Verse.
If Verse performs at an elite level this upcoming season, it could allow the Seminoles’ defense to be a top fifteen unit in the country this season.