Exceptional players the Seminoles will unfortunately have to do away with due to their managerial decisions

FSU football enjoyed a successful 2023 season with an undefeated regular season and capped it off with an ACC Championship. While the Seminoles did not have an opportunity to compete for the College Football Playoff, it was a fantastic campaign for head football coach Mike Norvell and company.

 

There were so many playmakers that Florida State will have to replace as it enters the 2024 season. The Seminoles have gone to the transfer portal to acquire fifteen prospects. This coaching staff has made a name for itself where they grab talented veteran options.

 

As most fans realize, the 2023 version of the Seminoles will be a team that will be celebrated for quite some time. Unfortunately, the special group of young men did not have a chance to compete. In the article, I want to list three players who were on last season’s squad that the coaching staff will miss the most for 2024.

 

 

QB JORDAN TRAVIS

 

This first selection was an obvious one, considering how important redshirt senior quarterback Jordan Travis was to this university. The beginning part of his career in Tallahassee (after transferring from Louisville) was a bit rocky.

 

The signal caller even contemplated the idea of completely giving up the game of football. There were even some fans who questioned whether or not Travis could throw it 15 yards downfield. Even though this coach is not currently on staff, former offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham instilled confidence in the West Palm Beach (FL) navigate where he emphasized to him that he was the quarterback.

 

During the last two seasons, Travis has 5,970 yards with 44 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions as a passer. Head football coach Mike Norvell always states that players on his roster have to showcase responses to adverse situations and the veteran quarterback stepped up to the plate.

 

While the Seminoles added former Oregon State quarterback DJ Uiagalelei from the transfer portal, it is difficult to follow in the footsteps that the fans adore as well as a player that they have watched grow and develop over the years.

Florida State Seminoles linebacker Kalen DeLoach (4) tackles Miami Hurricanes quarterback Emory

Florida State Seminoles linebacker Kalen DeLoach (4) tackles Miami Hurricanes quarterback Emory / Alicia Devine/Tallahassee Democrat / USA

 

 

As we alluded to in our numerous recruiting articles, the linebacker position is a group that could be worrisome for the Seminoles in 2024. The reasoning behind that statement is due to the fact that veterans Kalen DeLoach and Tatum Bethune have exceeded their eligibility.

 

With that being said, Florida State has to rely upon players such as DJ Lundy, Blake Nichelson, Omar Graham Jr., Shawn Murphy, and Justin Cryer. Most of those younger contributors do not have much experience. While the linebacker position does not matter as much given that the Seminoles utilize a 4-2-5 defensive scheme, it is important when being able to effectively stop the run.

 

Kalen DeLoach has been with the Seminoles since the 2019 season where he went through two different coaching staffs. Over the past three seasons with Florida State, the veteran has made his presence known where he recorded 202 total tackles (24.5 for loss) and 11 sacks.

 

Even when the Seminoles were blown out in the Orange Bowl matchup versus the Georgia Bulldogs, DeLoach gave everything that he had for the football team as he left the field where he was filled with emotions.

 

He will certainly remembered by a variety of Seminole fans. Hopefully, some of the younger players can step up in 2024.

 

DE JARED VERSE

 

This final selection was a bit difficult to make given that the Seminoles will have to replace so many pivotal pieces. However, I decided to pick defensive end Jared Verse.

 

I understand that the coaching staff has secured talented pass rushers via the transfer portal with options such as Marvin Jones Jr., Tomiwa Durojaiye, and Sione Lolohea. Then you also have to consider that they are bringing back a rising star in Patrick Payton, who had 44 total tackles (14.5 for loss) and 7 sacks last season.

 

However, the former Albany transfer has made the most of his opportunity at Florida State where he accumulated 89 total tackles (29.5 for loss) and 18 sacks during his two-year playing career in Tallahassee.

 

As we navigate to the 2024 NFL Draft, Verse looks like he is set up to be a first-round draft pick. That level of talent is difficult to replace. However, there is hope that defensive ends coach John Papuchis can get the most out of what they have in the position room. I am not suggesting that they can replace Verse’s production with one singular player, but maybe it can bea collective effort.

 

 

 

Gideon Canice

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