College Football

FSU Officially Names New QB Coach

Tony Tokarz walks between rows of players as they warm up Tuesday, Dec. 17th, 2019, during a practice at University of Memphis’ Billy J Murphy Athletic Complex. Max Gersh/ The Commercial Appeal

After the FSU offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham departed for Oregon this week, head coach Mike Norvell had two positions to fill- a new OC, filled by Alex Atkins, and a new quarterback coach. Norvell wasted little time rounding out his staff, as both positions were filled within 48 hours of being vacated. Officially announced by the university this afternoon, Tony Tokarz will take over as QB coach for the Florida State Seminoles. Now, he will be tasked with developing FSU’s current starter Jordan Travis, as well as newly-signed 4-star recruit A.J. Duffy.

Coach Norvell’s Statement:

In a press release announcing the change, head coach Mike Norvell said “[Tony] has been a valuable member of my staff for many years, and I am happy he will take on a larger role with our program,” On his qualifications, Norvell commented: “He is a relentless worker who is extremely smart. He has tremendous knowledge of our offense as well as the quarterback position as both a player and a coach. He will develop our quarterbacks on the field with attention to detail and continue to build on their individual skill sets. His teaching style will help them develop off the field with an importance on leadership in the classroom and in the community.”

Tokarz has coached under Norvell for the past five years in different capacities: QB coach, TE/WR coach, and a senior analyst for the team. As a player, he was a standout QB for the Division-III Worcester State. There, he holds the record for most rushing yards for a quarterback. He also ranks second most passing touchdowns and fourth most in passing yards for the team. In his senior season, he led Worcester State to an 8-3 record and an appearance in the ECAC Northwest Bowl.

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