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After long layoff, Florida State football ready for return

Florida State hosts Duke Saturday
Posted at 7:05 PM, Dec 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-07 19:05:40-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — If there was ever a team ready to play football, look no further than Florida State.

When the Seminoles take the field on Saturday, it'll mark nearly one month since the last guys faced an opponent.

Florida State closes out their home slate against Duke this weekend. Head coach Mike Norvell said he's been happy with where this team is numbers-wise, and the new CDC guidelines of reducing quarantine time from 14 to 10 days helped with that.

Of the time they've put in during this layoff, Norvell said he's been impressed with the way this team has come to work.

"I know I mentioned it last week, being such a young team, every rep is important to us," Norvell said. "Every opportunity, every situation that shows up, we have to show we've taken the things we've learned from past experience and the work we put in in practice. We need to see us execute that."

Norvell said he's thankful the Seminoles still have two more games to play. After Saturday's home date with Duke, they travel to Wake Forest on Dec. 19.

"To continue to grow, to continue to establish that identity to who we are and what we desire to be," he said of what he wants to see from his team over the next few weeks. "That was the thing I've been most pleased with over the last week is they're really come to work. We're ready to compete."

Kick-off for Saturday's match-up with Duke is set for 4 p.m. at Doak Campbell Stadium.