FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Who are these guys in Florida State attire, and why are they following around Florida State’s players with lots of heavy camera equipment?
During Orange Bowl player availability Tuesday morning, a crew from Showtime made its way through the ballrooms at the Renaissance Cruise Port Hotel, hanging behind many of the print and digital reporters who interviewed the Seminoles.
Showtime’s crew is getting footage for the Showtime miniseries “A Season With Florida State Football,” which the network labels as an all-access documentary series.
The cable network is digitally chronicling Florida State’s 2016 season, from the start of fall practices to the Orange Bowl. The No. 11 Seminoles (9-3) will face No. 6 Michigan (10-2) in the New Year’s Six bowl game at 8 p.m. ET Friday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.
Showtime’s cameras, however, were not in Michigan’s availability Tuesday morning. However, Michigan will play a major part of next week’s episode, which will include the Orange Bowl. The series continues at 10 p.m. ET Jan. 3 with the series’ 13th episode.
In a way, the Seminoles are part of a reality show. So what was the first reaction that Florida State safety Trey Marshall had to being on a reality show?
“I was curious,” Marshall said. “They did one on Notre Dame last year, so I tried to watch how theirs was and I thought about how ours was going to be.”
Marshall said watching the show has been an unusual experience.
“But it’s no biggie,” Marshall said. “ After a while, you get used to it. It’s another camera.”
Florida State defensive back Trey McFadden said he and his teammates had to condition themselves to being trailed by cameras.
“At first it was like, ‘What’s going on? What’s happening?’ ” McFadden said. “We had an idea that the cameras were going to be here. But you pretty much get used to it, and we’re used to it by now.”
Florida State games are on national TV all the time, so Seminoles players are used to having cameras around. But the documentary takes it a big step further. Many programs nowadays restrict media access, but to have a crew go behind the scenes with the program is different for some of Florida State’s players.
“We pretty much have an idea of what goes on and what goes down around us,” McFadden said. “But it was a cool experience, watching ourselves on TV and being a part of, I guess you could say, a type of reality show.”