Florida State defensive coordinator Adam Fuller has been with the program since the 2020 season when he came over with head coach Mike Norvell from Memphis. During his time at Florida State, Fuller has seen a ton of talent enter and exit the program. And some of that talent is still on the roster as of today. In the midst of the Seminoles’ spring practice, Fuller took some time to recall his first interactions with defensive lineman Joshua Farmer. But it didn’t stop there as he raved about Farmer’s progression in the spring.
“It’s funny; I’m having some of those guys over the house tomorrow. And on my phone, it popped up when Josh and Pat (Patrick Payton) and Shyheim (Brown) got here for the first time; they came over (to) the house,” said Fuller. “I have this picture of those three guys, (and) I guess that was three years ago. And just the difference (in how) they look like now; you see it in Josh. I mean his shoulders, and you know you guys see it too. But now to see that catch up with him playing football.”
While Fuller has loved what he saw out of Farmer in the spring, it doesn’t appear as if the Seminoles’ defensive lineman was on the same page as the program. Farmer would hop into the NCAA transfer portal in April before deciding to return back to the program less than a week later. Still, his back and forth was not the topic on hand for fuller. As he continued, he highlighted Farmer’s most significant areas of growth.
“So he’s got bigger, stronger, more powerful, but the technique is now coming along. Which allows him to use all that, and his confidence levels getting better. From that first Louisville game this year to the end of the year, he’s made strides. I would say he’s made as many strides from the end of the bowl game to now; so he’s kind of doubled up on his improvement… We’re seeing the fundamentals and the trusted in Odell, and I just like the direction he’s headed.”
It is unclear the reason why Farmer opted to head into the transfer portal only to return to the program. Nonetheless, Fuller and the rest of the Seminoles’ defensive unit will be glad to have his talent on the roster as they head into the 2023 season. Florida State has big plans to expand on the success it enjoyed in 2022, and it looks like Farmer could play a big role in achieving that goal.
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