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FSU player opts out of football season amid ongoing coronavirus pandemic

Posted at 6:40 PM, Aug 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-07 18:40:14-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The Florida State football team opened fall camp on Friday and the big news coming out of day one is redshirt sophomore defensive end Jamarcus Chatman becomes the first Seminole to opt-out of the upcoming season.

Head football coach Mike Norvell said he respect's Chatman's decision and he will remain on scholarship.

Norvell also said day one of practice went well. They're working on fundamentals and continuing to introduce concepts and schemes.

For the next two days, the Seminoles will stay on a split practice schedule, it's something Norvell has always done. But with COVID precautions in place it makes even more sense.

"For me, it's all about the individual attention, the repetition that can get a little more challenging with a full squad," said Norvell. "If we would have had all spring together and probably a greater foundation for work, there could have been some changes to what we could have done. Especially with missing all that time, I wanted to have an individualized focus on the fundamentals."

Florida State opens up the season on September 12 at home against Georgia Tech.