Familiar Face

Brett Williams showed to condition with his former Florida State teammates Wednesday as he continues his preparation for the start of Kansas City's training camp. Williams also shared his thoughts on a variety of subjects, from the role Chris Rix must play this year to the Seminoles' young offensive line to the chatter that last year's team lacked chemistry and leadership. "All the seniors tried to be leaders but it seemed like every time we turned around something bad was happening," he said.

Brett Williams considers Chris Rix a friend. Williams says he understands Rix's personality and believes the Florida State quarterback has an honest heart.

Still, Williams didn't mince words when talking about Rix's role with the Seminoles this season.

"Honestly, I think the whole success that rides on this year is on him," Williams said Wednesday.

"That's how I feel. From talking to the guys, he's maturing a lot and he's a lot better out here. It's up to him. Chris and I are good friends. I know what kind of person he is and I know his heart. But it's all up to him. If he comes ready to play, I think they will be back in the BCS bowl, maybe even the national title (game)."

Williams is back in Tallahassee working out in preparation for Kansas City's upcoming training camp, which starts in less than two weeks at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in River Falls, Wis.

Williams can work at either tackle position but is expected to compete for a reserve role at left tackle behind eight-time Pro Bowler Willie Roaf. The Chiefs open the season against Green Bay in the Hall of Fame game Aug. 4 in Canton, Ohio.

Williams also recently attended the seventh annual NFL rookie symposium in West Palm Beach. The symposium was mandatory for all 262 players selected in April's NFL draft and was created to help players prepare for the minefield that awaits them in the NFL.

Williams, of course, played in 40 games (35 starts) during his career with the Seminoles and coach Bobby Bowden said Williams was "as good as any offensive lineman that I've ever had." Williams also plans to continue the trend of former Seminoles who make Tally his home, and is currently planning to build a house.

The 318-pound Williams showed to work out with his former team Wednesday, but the conditioning session was cut short by thunder and lightning. Williams, however, did remain behind when the storm clouds passed to work on his technique and mechanics. He said he's also impressed by the Seminoles' focus and turnout for workouts, though the latter comes with a twist.

Williams smiled about the deal that FSU strength coach Jon Jost has worked with the team -- players can skip the varsity conditioning test during two-a-days based on their attendance during summer workouts.

"The turnout has been huge but they told me it because they had some deal," Williams said and smiled.

"Yeah, 80 to 90 percent of the guys have been out there and I was like, "Really?" Oh, that's why (deal). But you want them to work. A guy can skip out of workouts all summer and suck up the 110s (conditioning test) for one day and be done with it. That's not how it should be. It's good they do this. It gets everybody out here working together whether they want to be here or not."

When reflecting on last season‘s struggles, many current players pointed to the team's lack of chemistry as well as leadership. Williams said he's not offended by the comments but still defended his senior class. The group helped win a national title in Williams' freshman season and clinched three Atlantic Coast Conference titles.

"I think it was kind of hard last year to be a leader," Williams said.

"All the seniors tried to be leaders but it seemed like every time we turned around something bad was happening. It's kind of discouraging. You say, ‘Jeez, what's the point?' Trying to be a leader when (guys) are going off the field and do stupid stuff.

"I don't think the chemistry has been the same since 2000 when (Chris) Weinke and those guys were here. It's hard to point a finger. It's almost seems like it was just our time to go into a little slump. It almost seems that way. These guys out there can get out of it. Really, our slump is good for most teams. I am up there (Kansas City) and the guys in the NFL are saying, "Oh, Florida State is slipping" and stuff like that. I am like, "You have a (national championship) ring? I have a ring." It's funny."

Williams also realizes that FSU fans are not laughing about the upcoming season, one they hope can help erase the frustration from nine defeats the past two years. One of the team's biggest question marks, however, is the Seminoles' offensive line. Alex Barron, Ray Willis and David Castillo have a combined 21 career starts.

"It just comes down to experience," Williams said.

"They just have to get game experience. They are all great athletes. They have the strength, size and the speed. They did get a lot more playing time than a lot of guys did. I think they need somebody to step up and be a leader. Ray and Alex, if they step up and try to lead the O-line I think they will be fine. They just have to have the guys step up at guard. I played next to (Matt) Heinz and (Bobby) Meeks in the Florida game and they did fine. The pressure didn't get to them. It's going to come down to reps."

And, of course, Rix.


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