Alex Atkins is the fourth O-line coach in as many seasons for FSU’s embattled position group, but he’s made arguably the biggest impact in a short window. The Seminoles (2-4) are struggling to find an identity as a program in transition under Mike Norvell, but his ability to unlock the run game has been a bright spot…and Atkins’ line is helping pave the way.

The Seminoles have committed to a full-on spread-option scheme under mobile QB Jordan Travis in recent weeks, finding success on the ground in the process. FSU is currently 25th nationally in rushing yards per game (197.00) and has averaged more than 6.6 yards per carry in its past two contests.

For a ground attack that ranked 93rd and 127th the previous two seasons, this improvement is drastic.

“I think fundamentally, Coach Atkins has done a really nice job with them, their understanding of the run scheme,” HC Mike Norvell said. “We’re trying to put them in the best position we can with the different run schemes that we’re presenting to create angles and create movement. These guys buy into that. …They want to be pushed, they want to be challenged.

“I think that you’re seeing that confidence emerge that they can run the football.”

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