Florida State Football: 3 thoughts on Seminoles after spring ball

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Freshmen turning heads too

The passing game wasn’t a strength last season for Florida State as the Seminoles averaged only 196 yards per game.

Lackluster play from the quarterbacks was one thing, but the wide receivers weren’t great either, which is why seeing freshman Malik McClain have a breakout performance Saturday was huge.

McClain caught three passes for 84 yards and a touchdown. Another freshmen receiver Joshua Burrell hauled in a 39-yard pass down the field from Travis and the pair, who happened to be the Noles top recruits in 2021, could give FSU some exciting options in the passing game next season.

Defensively, Florida State got some solid contributions from Kevin Knowles II, the top-ranked recruit signed on defense in 2021.

He’s 5-foot-10, 168 pounds and he showed a knack for making plays on the ball during the spring, including on Saturday when he intercepted a pass, in addition to four tackles.

Like with the additions in the portal, Florida State saw some really good things from some of its top recruits, which is always a good sign.

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At the very least, it looks like the top recruits and transfers were as good as advertised and for a 3-6 team needing an influx of talent, that’s something positive heading into the fall.