The Florida State Seminoles have gone to Miami for a weeklong holiday, and players have been getting a little emotional.
They’re hoping that they can still make a positive difference on the field in 2017.
In their first week of the holiday break, Florida State has had three players suspended, including wide receiver Deontay Burnett, who will miss the team’s first three games.
The team also suspended offensive lineman Zach Thomas for the remainder of the season, which will keep him out for the season opener.
The suspension does not affect Burnett’s eligibility.
Players and coaches have been sharing their thoughts on how they were affected by the season ending suspensions.
“This is what we’ve been working for this year, and we’re going to continue to do that,” offensive lineman David Williams said.
“I know we have to take the hits, but I think it’s going to be a good season and I think we’ll be able to continue this.
I think I’ve learned a lot this year.
We’ve worked on that and I just hope I can keep getting better and stay healthy.”
Burnett said he was relieved the suspension would end the team at its season opener, because it was hard to watch the team play and the team needed the break.
“I didn’t know how bad it was,” Burnett said.
“(I) didn’t really think about it, I just knew what was coming.
It was tough to watch them.
I just felt like I had to keep doing what I’m doing and hopefully I’ll be back next year.”
Burnetts was suspended for three games last season after he was charged with aggravated battery for an incident with a police officer, and he missed two games with a shoulder injury.
He has since been cleared by the police department.
Thomas said he felt like the suspension was unfair, but the punishment he received was harsh.
“The police officer was trying to help me, and I did nothing,” Thomas said.
“That was the worst thing.
I guess I was just trying to fight them, but it’s just like, you know what?
I guess you can fight with the police, but not to beat up on the police.”