FSU football: Takeaways from first day transfer player interviews

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FSU football coaches did a lot of work in the transfer portal to replace some pieces they lost from last year's team that went 13-0 in the regular season to win the ACC for the first time since 2014. FSU had 15 players enrolled or committed from the transfer portal, and the media got its first opportunity to speak with three of those guys Tuesday morning. There were many common themes throughout each interview. They were all players who had prior relationships with the staff while they were in high school, so those relationships paid off the second or third time around.

Mike Norvell and the staff delivered the message they told these guys when they first got to FSU and were recruiting these guys out of high school. The players also spoke about the status of the program and the opportunity to find individual and team success. They spoke about the brotherhood that's getting created, and for those guys that transferred from Alabama, how having that relationship could help impact this season at FSU. Each interview is below with a few takeaways:

Key Takeaways

Benson comes across as mature and someone with a goal and path in mind. Ironically, he mentioned wanting to follow in the footsteps of Keon Coleman after seeing how FSU used him in his lone season in the garnet and gold. Benson mentioned establishing a relationship with transfer QB, DJ Uiagalelei and feels confident they can make good things happen this year. He feels his strengths are his speed and route-running and is most excited about the opportunity for deep passes. It seems Mike Norvell's offense, getting the ball into the playmaker's hands, was a big reason Benson chose FSU. I found it fascinating he watched FSU games while he was at Alabama!