Say Hello to Darrell Burston

Florida State Redshirt freshman Darrell Burston is one of seven players competing for playing time at defensive end this spring. Known for his quickness and athleticism, Burston also is making positive strides in the weight room as well as on the field. "I am getting a lot better," Burston said. "I am liking it. (Need to) stay lower. I tend to get high at times. I've been working on staying lower."

Darrell Burston has a quick smile and easy laugh. Not even a difficult scrimmage could dampen Burston's enthusiasm.

"I am really enjoying this – it's everything I thought it would be," Burston said.

Burston, a 6-2, 225-pounder from Fayetteville, Ga., is one of seven players competing for playing time at defensive end for the Seminoles this spring. While Burston is the least experienced in the group as a redshirt freshman, he is still making a positive impression on defensive end coach Jody Allen.

Burston has improved in two key areas – weight and strength. He's up to around 225 pounds (Burston wants to get to 235) and his numbers are increasing in the weight room (309-pound power clean).

Due to injuries along the interior defensive line, ends Kevin Emanuel and Charles Howard have turned in double-duty, opening the door for more playing time for Burston.

"He's running good and moving good and I think he's going to develop into what we thought he was going to be when we signed him," Allen said of Burston. "Last year the (young) guys like Darrell and Kamerion (Wimbley) would run into that offensive tackle and they would kind of bounce off. We are still not knocking ‘em back like we need to be but they are not bouncing off anymore."

Burston, who is known for his outstanding quickness, athleticism and vertical jump (44 inches at a summer camp), selected FSU over Georgia Tech, Duke, Auburn, Wake Forest and Maryland. He says he's feeling comfortable in the Seminoles' system.

"I am getting a lot better," Burston said. "I am liking it. (Need to) stay lower. I tend to get high at times. I've been working on staying lower. I am feeling good about the plays, the scheme. We have a lot of speed. We have the speed to get the (pressure). It's just a matter of working on our technique and pass moves."

Burston admits this is an important summer for him if he wants to make a dent in the Seminoles' rotation. He played both linebacker and defensive end in high school, finishing with 98 tackles and 14 sacks. Burston also ran a 4.45 40 at the summer camps.

"I am between 220 and 230 now," Burston said. "I weighed 215 when I signed here. I want to get to 235 but I don't want to lose any of my quickness. I am just working on getting stronger. I am getting stronger in the weight room as well. I am working on my bench and my squat. I feel like I am getting there – I just need to keep working."

"Overall, I don't think we (defense) have any weaknesses right now. But we still have to keep working. We just have to continue to be disciplined.."

Allen believes his unit – Burston included -- is making progress.

"The offense is throwing a lot this spring so we are getting a lot of chances to rush the passer, which is good for us," Allen said.


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