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Jammie Robinson talks final FSU football year, lessons from Norvell ahead of Senior Bowl, NFL Draft -- “I didn’t want to come back just to come back"
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Jammie Robinson talks final FSU football year, lessons from Norvell ahead of Senior Bowl, NFL Draft -- “I didn’t want to come back just to come back"
The path to the NFL for many prospects runs through Mobile, Alabama, where college football veterans get a chance to compete directly against their fellow draft prospects at the annual Senior Bowl. Florida State star defensive back Jammie Robinson’s journey is no different. The two-time first-team All-ACC safety will likely hear his name called at April’s NFL Draft — not a question of if but when. The Seminoles star currently ranks out in the top 10 at his position in many rankings, but he’s getting plenty of buzz from Senior Bowl practices and his FSU film as scouts to turn their full focus from the postseason to draft prospects. He told the Seminole Wrap crew — Brian Pellerin, Max Escarpio and Jon Marchant — that while he’s happy to start to get the process going and encouraged by scouts telling him he’s capable of playing multiple positions at the next level, he’s focused on making sure when it comes to the masses, people stop sleeping on his talents. As the Noles defensive leader, it wasn’t clear if Robinson was even going to return to Tallahassee. He was draft-eligible a year ago and certainly had the opportunity to hear his name called on draft day. But he decided on another year in Tallahassee and another year to grow into more into a tone-setting role as an experienced player. “I didn’t want to come back just to come back — I wanted to be a vocal leader. I’ve always been a guy that leads by example but I felt like I needed to step up my role and be that for my brothers.” He credits a lot of that growth to the main leading The Climb at Florida State, Mike Norvell. Norvell has faced a decent amount of criticism for two underwhelming seasons to start, but that changed in 2022 as the program rebounded to a 10-win season. Robinson compared that 10th win to feeling like a Super Bowl victory compared to the tough seasons the team had the years before — “we had a lot of moments that we went through, and then just knowing that the blood, sweat, and tears were all worth it.” One of the key pieces in that turnaround per Robinson was Norvell’s consistent approach. They knew the head man coming through the doors every day was going to give them his best and hold himself accountable while also truly caring for the men in his locker room — something that Robinson experienced first-hand as his mom struggled to bounce back from a house fire. “He loves everybody the same, treats everybody the same, holds everybody accountable the same — he holds himself accountable. There have been plenty of times where he’s told the team, “that’s on me,” he always took accountability for everything, and I looked up to that and I try to take that and use that.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
"Go chase it:" Former Seminoles defensive back Javien Elliott talks walk-on journey, FSU, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carolina Panthers
Jan 23 2023
"Go chase it:" Former Seminoles defensive back Javien Elliott talks walk-on journey, FSU, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carolina Panthers
Before his hard work came to full fruition in 2015, Javien Elliott had every opportunity to give up on his hopes of playing football. Only having taken one recruiting visit in high school (an unofficial to South Alabama), Elliott pitched himself to Florida State as a walk-on prospect, getting some mild interest but no tangible opportunity when graduating from Rutherford High School in 2011. “Coming out of high school, I didn’t have any scholarship offers,” Elliott said, speaking on this week’s Seminole Wrap. “And because of that, I didn’t think that I would ever play football again.” “I never really knew that I will be able to even go and play at Florida State. Like, obviously, it was an idea and it was a plan. But there’s imposter syndrome, you know, where you just feel like you’re not enough and you feel like you can’t do what you see other people do. Where I’m from, people don’t go D1 or to the NFL, so it was like a pipe dream.” After earning his AA from Tallahassee Community College, he once again reached out to FSU — and this time, an opportunity was given, placing him on the Seminoles scout team. “Once football was kind of taken away from me, after high school, I kind of went into a depressive state, not really knowing what was next. And then once that opportunity came again, it was like. “I have to take full advantage of this opportunity man” because, you know, everyone doesn’t have the opportunity to go and play college football.” “Day one, we started with fourth quarter drills. They try to see who’s mentally tough enough to survive. It’s like, man, if you can get through this, you can do anything. So that built my confidence up before even planning to step on a practice field — it’s like, wait a minute, I’m just as fast as him, I’m just as strong as this guy, and he’s a five-star. That doesn’t mean he’s not good, but it’s like, wow, like, we’re the same. You know, and once I kind of got that mindset, I just continued to grow that confidence.” By 2015, Elliott was on scholarship and earning starting snaps for the Seminoles, logging 37 tackles, four tackles for loss, a sack, an interception and two forced fumbles. He parlayed that senior season emergence into a free agent signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, earning a contract and kicking off a professional career that now includes stops with the Carolina Panthers and currently, the Calgary Stampeders in the CFL. Elliott joined Brian Pellerin and Max Escarpio on the Seminole Wrap, where he detailed his journey to Florida State and beyond, talking about the work behind the work in hopes of letting another kid from a small town without access to big camps that there is a shot for them as well. “Everything that I’m doing now is to get people to believe that no matter how big or how grand their dreams are, you know, no, don’t sell themselves short. Put yourself out there and go chase it.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
FSU Basketball mid-season review: Florida State Seminoles hoops schedule breakdown, analysis
Jan 20 2023
FSU Basketball mid-season review: Florida State Seminoles hoops schedule breakdown, analysis
Matt and Michael are back to discuss the very real path for the Florida State Seminoles hoops team to the make the dance and do some damage in March! Annnnnnndddddd...........back to reality. FSU stinks. But the boys are back to bring the good news. Is the FSU basketball team terrible? Absolutely. But, not as terrible as they were in November, and it's all about peaking in March, right? Right? Hello? Okay, so the season is pretty much over, and it has been for a while, but if you've read this far you're obviously a basketball junkie or a glutton for punishment (is there a difference?). So some great stuff is discussed here. First of all, Matthew Cleveland is a beast. He grabbed a gear over a month ago and hasn't looked back. Last year he was 6th man of the year, and this year, if FSU were better, he'd be on the short list for conference player of the year. Suddenly, he's that good. And it's not a lock that he'll leave after the season. Some shout outs to Jalen Warley, Cam Corhen, and Darin Green are also in order. In short, we're seeing the nucleus of what could be a solid team next year. And next year is a must-win year for the coaching staff (and the fans), and so we talk roster construction. Matt recently asked Virginia's head coach Tony Bennett his thoughts on how building rosters is changing, and we dive into that as Bennett is one of the few coaches who will actually say what he thinks in press conferences. We wrap it up leaving some hope for next year, and maybe even a little for this one. Let us know where we're horribly wrong. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
FSU basketball's Matthew Cleveland’s hot streak helping Seminoles bounce back: Interview with Florida State sophomore
Jan 9 2023
FSU basketball's Matthew Cleveland’s hot streak helping Seminoles bounce back: Interview with Florida State sophomore
After the Florida State Seminoles started the 2022-23 season with a 1-9 record head coach Leonard Hamilton and his staff had to adjust and reconfigure, adapting from regularly having a roster of experienced players and trying to build cohesion behind FSU’s newcomers amid a flurry of availability issues. In the month of December the Noles had a 4-3 record, which isn’t incredibly eye-opening, but it shows that development within the roster is improving. The Seminoles currently stand at 5-11, ranked as the No. 4 team in the ACC. A tremendous part of their recent success has been the play of sophomore Matthew Cleveland. He came into the Seminoles program as a highly touted prospect, but there were technical issues to be dealt with before Cleveland took a step forward in his game. The biggest red flag was Cleveland’s shooting ability, finishing the 2021-22 season with a 17.9% three-point percentage and a 55.5% free-throw percentage. Those numbers have massively improved after Cleveland spent a large portion of the offseason working on his shooting form. With a smoother jump shot in his arsenal, Cleveland is now shooting 42.9% (highest percentage on the roster) from distance and 74.3% from the free throw line. He also leads the Seminoles in scoring and rebounding, averaging 14.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Cleveland’s constant effort on the glass has led to five-straight double-doubles, becoming the first Seminole to do so since Doug Edwards in the 1991-92 season. Florida State has a hefty plate on their schedule with ACC opponents scattered throughout the next few months; with the addition of Baba Miller in their next game, the Noles can make some noise in the conference. Following the Seminoles win against Georgia Tech, Tomahawk Nation spoke with Cleveland on his newfound leadership role, thoughts on the Noles season, and the potential the current truly has. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
FSU gets QB commit -- Instant reaction analysis after blue-chip quarterback Brock Glenn commits to Florida State Seminoles
Nov 21 2022
FSU gets QB commit -- Instant reaction analysis after blue-chip quarterback Brock Glenn commits to Florida State Seminoles
The Florida State Seminoles football team has shown vast improvement on the field, and it’s being noticed by recruits, including their latest commitment, four-star quarterback Brock Glenn, a flip from Ohio State. The 6’2, 195 pound Glenn attends Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, and has a four-star rating from the 247 Sports Composite List. The sites consider him the 378th best player in his class (22nd best QB and 12th best player in Tennessee). Norvell leaned hard on his Memphis connections when recruiting Glenn and his family, and the Seminole staff kept in contact with the gunslinger despite his verbal commitment to OSU. That persistence paid off in a big way today, as the ‘Noles finally have their QB for #Tribe23. Glenn, who officially visited Florida State in June, also checked out the Auburn Tigers and TCU Horned Frogs, before eventually choosing Ohio State. He holds 30+ offers from teams such as the Cincinnati Bearcats, Duke Blue Devils, Illinois Fighting Illini, Indiana Hoosiers, Kansas Jayhawks, Kentucky Wildcats, LSU Tigers, Michigan State Spartans, Minnesota Gophers, Mississippi State Bulldogs, Missouri Tigers, Oklahoma State Cowboys, Pittsburgh Panthers, Virginia Cavaliers, and Virginia Tech Hokies. The Three Stars got together for another instant reaction edition of the Florida State of Recruiting podcast to discuss the 2022 quarterback commitment. On this episode, we break down FSU’s newest addition to #Tribe23 and what he can bring to the Seminole QB room. But the fun does not stop there, as we give our thoughts on how the class could finish, while discussing future recruiting ramifications, as well, with a strong finish to the season. The Florida State of Recruiting (FSoR) Podcast features the Three Stars: Josh Pick, Tim Alumbaugh, and David Stout. And if you can’t get enough Florida State in your life, check out our “Tomahawk Nation” podcast family. As always, check out all the latest recruiting updates in the official Tomahawk Nation recruiting thread. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices