Rising defensive back cleared to return against Miami

Florida State had multiple young players show their potential during fall camp. One of those players was redshirt freshman cornerback Jarvis Brownlee, who was a familiar face in the Mission Takeaway graphics that defensive coordinator Adam Fuller posted after each practice.

His hard work over the offseason and during camp paid off as Brownlee was listed as the backup to Asante Samuel Jr. at one of the cornerback spots. A year earlier, he appeared in just four games and recorded one total tackle in reserve duty.

However, when the Seminoles took to Doak Campbell Stadium for the first time in 2020 against Georgia Tech, the rangy defensive back was noticeably absent. Shortly before kickoff, Brownlee tweeted about his disappointment that he would miss the contest, not alluding to the reason he wasn’t suiting up.

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Head coach Mike Norvell announced last week that Brownlee was back at practice but he didn’t provide an update on his availability for the Miami game. A source told NoleGameday earlier this week that the Miami Gardens native is participating fully during practice and that Brownlee is set to make his season debut in a stadium less than half an hour from his hometown.

This is welcome news for a Florida State secondary that will be without grad-transfer cornerback Meiko Dotson for the next couple of weeks. The Seminoles will also be easing star safety Hamsah Nasirildeen back into game action following a knee injury that he suffered late in the 2019 season. Nasirildeen is also expected to make his debut against the Hurricanes after being listed as a co-starter with Jaiden Lars-Woodbey on the depth chart that was released on Monday.

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