TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) — Mike Norvell has not been in Tallahassee long, and yet fans and former players are excited to have him as the new Florida State head football coach. Several FSU alum were on hand for Norvell's welcome to Florida State. One of those players was one of Bobby Bowden's first captains in 1976, Dr. Joe Camps. He said, "I think he's going to be a great asset for Florida State. I think he's got the passion and he understands what the Seminoles mean and just unbelievable."
Corey Simon, also a former football player for FSU added, "For me, it's allowing him to go about his daily business, do what he has to do to coach and then build a program. We'll show up and we'll watch and we'll support. It's not much of what you say, it's what you do, and we're going to give him that opportunity to go out there and prove that we've got the right guy."
Leroy Smith, a former cornerback at FSU was not at the press conference Sunday but said he's happy to have someone back in the head coaching position. "I wanted the Florida State family to make a good, smart decision," Smith said. "I've been waiting to have a coach that can lead the troops back to dominance. I'm excited for the players, I'm excited for the whole program. Now, we can have someone who we can rally behind and help get Florida State back to where we know Florida State is supposed to be."
The overall reaction from former players was excitement and optimistic.