Jordan Travis’ time in Florida isn’t over yet.
On Monday, the redshirt junior Signal Caller announced his intention to return to the Seminoles for the 2023 season.
Speculation has been rife for most of the season after Travis finished his fifth year in college and fourth year at FSU.
After Saturday’s practice, Travis finally explained why he decided to come back.
“Honestly, I felt like I needed another year,” Travis said.
“We came to Florida to win every game we played, and ultimately to win a championship.”
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Travis helped lead the Seminoles to a 9-3 season, leading Oklahoma (6-6) at the Cheez-It Bowl (5:30 p.m. on ESPN) on December 29 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. lose).
The Seminoles are aiming for their first 10-win season since 2016.
Travis threw for 2,796 yards, 22 touchdowns, and four interceptions in the first season of being an unquestionable starter in his career. He also added 75 rushes for 367 yards and 7 touchdowns.
As a bonus, Travis also had a 2-yard receiving touchdown.
“I think he’s one of the best players in college football,” Novell said after practice Friday. “It’s going to take his game to the next level with continuous progress, continuous confidence, every detail. It’s not just that there are certain areas where you say, ‘This is where we need to improve.’ That’s why we’ve reached the point where
“Because he adopts an inclusive approach, ownership of everything he does, what he is a leader and what he brings to his programme. That is what makes him special. We focus on all areas and continue to grow.”
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Travis said at the ACC Media Day in Charlotte in July that he knew he would be back midway through this season, despite initially commenting that this would be his last season.
For Travis, his key was the timing to announce it.
“It’s a weight off my shoulders,” Travis said. “I thought about it a lot. I couldn’t wait to get it out there. I’m glad it came out. I’m glad it’s back.”
While many fans wondered about Travis’ decision before and after the season finale against rival Florida Gators, several of his teammates revealed they knew of Travis’ intentions ahead of time. Did.
“I definitely knew he was coming back before many people knew,” said FSU WR Mycah Pittman. We know what we can do, we trust Novell coaches to lead us, we trust J-Trav to lead us. … I’m proud of him, I’m proud of the way he played, I’m proud of this team.”
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One of the reasons Travis wanted to announce his return so quickly was to move on before recruiting potential players for both High School and Portal.
“That’s why I wanted to make it public. I wanted everyone to see me coming back so that I could reach out to men.”
FSU has been active on the transfer portal going into this season, with Travis himself a Louisville transfer.
The Seminoles added Pittman, top receiver Jonny Wilson, running back Trey Benson, linebacker Tatum Bethune and defensive end Jared Barth through the portal ahead of last season.
Travis added that he helped add a few transfers to the team last season.
His pitch to new recruits was Novell, and the culture the third-year coach built led many players not to opt out of bowl games, despite graduating, transferring, or turning pro.
“That’s what I was talking to the recruits about,” Travis said. It shows how much we respect him.
“This is a special place. He’s a special person. Everyone looks up to him. He helped us grow a lot. He told us how I think that’s what people admire most about him.
With all of these players aside from Verse and Wilson announcing their return, Travis said he’s looking a bit further into the 2023 season.
“We’re going to be special,” Travis said.
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Travis is one of several FSU players signed to the new NIL collective “The Battle’s End”.
While he’s part of a new wave of college players who get paid for their name, image, and likeness, Travis said he gives back to the community when he can with new opportunities.
“They’ve been trying to get around this for a while, and we’re lucky to be a part of it now,” he said. “But honestly, I see it as an opportunity to give back to the community. When you’re doing this stuff, you’re getting money, but you have to give back to the community.” .
“Helping children, going to school, reading to children is the most important thing for me. To go out and help people. I feel that’s important. We have a lot of influence on people, our platform is great and we have to keep using it.”
Who: No. 13 Florida v. Oklahoma
when and where: December 29, 5:30 p.m.Camping World Stadium in Orlando
tv set: ESPN
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