Florida State Football Update
Florida State football update: The Seminoles have struggled to find their way this season. Despite having a strong defense, they haven't gotten off to a good start. Jordan Travis has been out with a left leg injury. The team is also missing two key offensive players, Hykeem Williams and Jordan Willis.
Florida State's defense is the No. 42 defense in the country
Despite the lackluster start to the season, Florida State's defense has been a consistent strength. This past week, the Seminoles shut out No. 14 Virginia Tech. In their first two games, Florida State's defense has allowed just six total points. With that record, they're well positioned to win their first three games.
The Noles' defense is led by two players who were once five-star recruits. One of them is Akeem Dent, who has moved from cornerback to safety. Dent has been a great fit for the Noles' defense and has helped them with their speed and coverage. The talent of the Florida State defense also impacts their ability to push the ball down the field against opponents.
The Seminoles have struggled to find their way early in the season
While Florida State has struggled to find its way early in its season, the Sun Belt Conference champion Seminoles have shown signs of improvement. Florida State is led by a veteran group of players, with 15 players having played at least 20 games. But the team did lose two of its best players in Keir Thomas and Jermaine Johnson, who are now playing in the NFL. Combined, they recorded 18 sacks and 29.5 tackles for loss.
The offense has been a major problem for the Seminoles. It has struggled to develop playmakers and find consistency in the passing game. The offensive line has also struggled. The team has blown several coverages and committed too many penalties. At quarterback, it has been hard to find a playmaker. Injuries have led to three different starting lineups in the last three games, which is not ideal.
Hykeem Williams committed to Florida State
The commitment of five-star wide receiver Hykeem Williams to Florida State is a good sign for the Seminoles. The senior has been courted by multiple schools for nearly a year. He narrowed his list to six schools and visited four of them personally within the past couple of weeks. During that time, he saw Florida State beat LSU in New Orleans, watch Pittsburgh lose to Tennessee, and watch Texas A&M beat Miami.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound wide receiver is one of the nation's top prospects and the No. 4 wide receiver prospect in the class of 2023. Williams is also a star basketball player, averaging a double-double as a junior. The prospect has the potential to become a college or NFL star, but he chose to stay close to home. Florida State has a strong recruiting class for the class of 2023, which ranks No. 15.
Blake Nichelson commits to Florida State
In the spring of 2015, Florida State offered a scholarship to top-ranked inside linebacker Blake Nichelson, who had not made a decision yet. Nichelson, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound versatile 'backer, was one of the few uncommitted players in the top-100. While he was not a unanimous choice for the Seminoles, he did spend some time with current FSU commitments. While visiting Florida State, Nichelson also met with linebackers coach Randy Shannon and general manager Darrick Yray. He liked what he saw, and he decided to make the commitment.
Nichelson had a number of offers, including the Oregon Ducks, the UCLA Bruins, and the Wisconsin Badgers. He had a late visit to Oregon, but ultimately chose FSU. He also held offers from the Arizona Wildcats, Arizona State Sun Devils, Boston College Eagles, California Golden Bears, and the Utah Utes. FSU reportedly focused its recruiting resources on Nichelson, who fits well with the Seminoles' coaching staff.