Attracting Interest

Former Florida State receiver Talman Gardner, who watched the Seminoles' half-scrimmage Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium, is scheduled to work out for the Jacksonville Jaguars Tuesday in Tallahassee. Gardner's stock is on the rise following his impressive performance at FSU's NFL workout last week. Click here to read Gardner's thoughts on the upcoming draft and his former team.

Several former Florida State players seemed to enhance their draft status by improving their times in the 40-yard dash and other exercises during the Seminoles' NFL workout last week.

However, receiver Talman Gardner may have had the most impressive workout, running a session-best 4.32 40, according to coaches. Gardner, who ranked 10th all-time on FSU's career touchdown reception list with 19, also caught the ball consistently.

Gardner will work out for the Jacksonville Jaguars Tuesday in Tallahassee.

"It seems when I ran that 40, it's like my stock is going up," smiled Gardner, who showed to watch FSU's half-scrimmage Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium.

"They (Jags) will probably put me through some receiver drills to see how I run my routes and catch the football. Stuff like that. It's an opportunity for me to show them what I can do."

Gardner says teams showing the most interest at the moment include Jacksonville, Tennessee, Miami, Atlanta and the New York Jets. The Seminoles have had 31 players drafted the past five seasons, highlighted by seven first rounders. While FSU could very well extend its streak of first-round selections to 12 since 1989 in next month's NFL draft, Gardner won't let himself get caught up in any draft hype.

"I am not going to sit around the house and worry myself about where I am going to be at and wreck my mind about it (draft)," Gardner said. "I am just going to keep working and where God is going to put me at, that's where I will be. I will be where I need to be. That's my approach."

Gardner is also taking a cautious approach about his former team, though the believes the Seminoles have the talent and desire to rejoin the nation's elite this season. Of course, all eyes are on starting quarterback Chris Rix, who looks to rally his teammates around him as well as improve on the field following a subpar sophomore season.

"(Chris) simply has got to do what he's got to do, and that's work hard and be disciplined," Gardner said. "It's really simple - do what he has to do. Some guys on the team feel like he's not being a leader like a quarterback should, but he has to work hard to earn back the respect of the team. Be disciplined."

Gardner also has similar advice to FSU receivers, who are long on talent but short on experience. Craphonso Thorpe is the Seminoles' leading returning receiver with 31 career catches for 623 yards and four touchdowns. Junior-college transfer Chauncey Stovall, who redshirted last season, caught a pair of touchdown passes from second-team quarterback Wyatt Sexton Saturday.

"I am going to stay in their heads -- they are like my little brothers," Gardner said of FSU's receives.

"I think they will be okay. When it's all said and done, I think they are going to do well. They are young, probably the youngest I have seen in a long, long time. But they have to keep working and it's time to grow up. It's your turn to shine and when it's your turn, you have to take advantage of it. They will be fine."

As Gardner prepares for his new life in the NFL, he smiled as he looked around Doak Campbell Stadium.

"Man, it has gone quick," Gardner said and laughed. "I was here five years and it flew by. Just thinking about it, I feel old now (laughing)."


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