Man of Steel

Junior Paul Irons arrived at Florida State as a fullback but was switched to tight end. Irons feels comfortable on the line and is looking forward to contributing this season for the Seminoles. "They've told us that they'll throw to the tight ends more. Coach Bowden's sixth thing on his list of things to do this spring is to get the ball to us more. I have faith in my coaching staff," Irons said.

Q: You're the most experienced guy at the tight end position, thanks to one year at the position. Is that a little strange for you?

A: Well, I came in my freshman year, expecting to play fullback, but I moved to tight end, and I've been there ever since. This is my second spring, going into my third fall. Q: Are you surprised that you've been here that long?

A: Time flies by so quickly. You think you're going to be here for a while, you think you'll have a chance to develop, mature, and catch up with everybody. It's like – since I came in, I was a year younger than everybody – I'm only 18 right now.

Q: You're 18? When's your birthday?

A: December 23, 1983. I'm young, but I feel like, with the level I'm competing at is a pretty high level. This is a great opportunity for me to be here.

Q: With a year of experience at the position, do the new guys, Matt Henshaw and Donnie Carter, ask you for any advice?

A: Sometimes they may not ask me, and I'll tell them anyway. I'm asking them things also. This will be just my second spring. You learn different things from different people, because they have different styles. Henshaw's more of a speed guy. He's quick, and he's a great athlete. Donnie's a lot stronger than I am, or than Henshaw is. When you watch these guys, you see different things that may help you and your game.

Q: You described Matt and Donnie pretty well. What kind of a player is Paul Irons?

A: I like to consider myself the in-between guy. I'm an all-around tight end.

Q: Have the coaches spoken to you guys about what's going to be expected of you, what the tight ends' role will be in the offense.

A: Yes, they have. They've told us that they'll throw to the tight ends more. Coach Bowden's sixth thing on his list of things to do this spring is to get the ball to us more. I have faith in my coaching staff. I trust them. We have a great group of men who have been in this business for a while. I have faith in them, that they'll give me the ball.


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