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The Mike Norvell era at Florida State got off to a less than promising start on Saturday.

FSU was unable to hold a 10-point lead in a 16-13 loss to Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets went just 3-9 last season, but got year No. 2 under Geoff Collins off on the right foot.

Despite the loss, there were some Seminoles who performed admirably. In a piece we call “Game Balls”, Fifth Quarter’s FSU staff of Mike Ferguson, Cory Thorpe and Jacob Bunting select which players were deserving of a game ball in each phase of the game.

Offense

Mike’s Game Ball: Camren McDonald, TE
As a whole, the Florida State offense left plenty to be desired, but tight end Camren McDonald did have a career day. McDonald caught four passes for 41 yards in Saturday’s loss. His leaping 27-yard reception of the team’s opening drive set up the Seminoles’ only touchdown of the day.

Cory’s and Jacob’s Game Ball: Jashuan Corbin, RB
A Texas A&M transfer, Jashuan Corbin led FSU in yards from scrimmage in his debut. In addition to 18 rushing yards, Corbin was FSU’s leading receiver with a game-high eight catches for 55 yards — both career-highs.

Defense

Unanimous Game Ball: Asante Samuel Jr., CB
For the early parts of the game, the FSU defense bent, but did not break. Asante Samuel Jr. was a big reason why. Samuel finished with two interceptions and 69 interception return yards. Samuel becomes the first FSU player to record multiple interceptions in a game since Levonta Taylor against Florida in 2017.

Special Teams

Unanimous Game Ball: Marvin Wilson, DT
One of the few bright spots for Florida State on Saturday was special teams. A big reason for that was the play of senior defensive tackle Marvin Wilson. Wilson blocked a pair of first-half field goal attempts to keep Georgia Tech off the scoreboard. Defensively, Wilson recorded three tackles.

Mike Ferguson is the managing editor for Fifth Quarter. Be sure to follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeWFerguson. Follow all of Mike’s work by liking his Facebook page.