Mike Norvell reacts to FSU DB Jammie Robinson’s 2023 NFL Draft declaration

FSU football defensive back Jammie Robinson declared for the 2023 NFL Draft late Saturday night, after a terrific season in leading the Seminoles to a 10-win campaign. Florida State head coach Mike Norvell reacted to the news on Twitter and thanked one of his top defenders for his services in Tallahassee, Florida.

“Grateful for the opportunity to coach you, it has been a great joy to see you achieve success and continue to get better. Excited for your future and thank you for how you finished here,” Norvell tweeted. “#KeepCLIMBing Always here for you, once a Nole ALWAYS a Nole! #NoleFamily.”

The South Carolina transfer distinguished himself as one of FSU’s most productive and versatile defenders in 2021, recording a team-high 99 tackles and an ACC-high four interceptions in addition to eight tackles for loss and 2 forced fumbles. This included a stand-out performance in FSU’s 35-32 Cheez-It Bowl win over Oklahoma in which he amassed 13 tackles.

“I always felt like coach put me in the best position and I just trust in him,” Robinson said after the bowl game. “I just be committed to whatever they tell me to do, you know what I’m saying. I’m a team player and I just try to be here for my teammates and try to give it my all and give 110% every time I step on the field.

“That’s how I feel about my performance. I just do whatever coach call. I run a play — whatever play coach calls, I’m running it, you feel me. That’s how I am. I’m a team guy, honestly.”

He was named to the All-ACC First Team for his efforts, and followed that up with another first-team distinction this past season. Robinson didn’t stuff the stat sheet to quite the same extent — he recorded more tackles (86) but had four tackles for loss and one interception — but he might have been more impactful. The Seminoles unleashed Robinson as a blitzer late in the season, and his work near the line of scrimmage helped out a remarkable defensive turnaround to close the year out on a 6-0 run.

Robinson’s versatility was on display in that stretch as he put together an iconic play in the FSU-Miami rivalry, dismissively tossing Hurricanes quarterback Jacurri Brown to the ground in a 45-3 blowout on the road.

“Obviously that was kind of an iconic play that he made around the goal line,” defensive line coach John Papuchis said. “Every time they do either advertisements or little video clips of big Miami-Florida State games and you see that like Marvin Jones hit and that was kind of like a defining moment in that game.

“To me, in this modern time, that play is going to be one of those clips because it spoke more than just what the play was.”

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Those close to the program expect FSU to go after a safety in the transfer portal following Robinson’s exit, according to Noles247.

Brendan Sonnone contributed to this report.

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