Off and Running

D.J. Norris has been impressed by the intensity of Florida State's summer workouts, especially in the Seminoles' weight room. Norris enjoys the accelerated pace and says the veterans have made a lasting impression.

D.J. Norris has been impressed by the intensity of Florida State's summer workouts, especially in the Seminoles' weight room. Norris enjoys the accelerated pace and says the veterans have made a lasting impression.

"Everything is great," Norris said.

"I am having a blast. It's pretty tough but I am enjoy it. It's really fast-paced in the weight room and you get stuff done. You get a lot of lifts in an hour, a lot of different lifts as well. Everyone is pretty intense in there and you realize you have to be prepared to work.

"Chauncey Davis is amazing. Kevin Emanuel, (Darnell) Dockett, Travis Johnson, they are all amazing athletes for how big they are. Right now I am just working on my speed and conditioning and trying get ready (for two-a-days)."

Norris is a prized member of the Seminoles' incoming freshman class. The 6-foot-3, 253-pound defensive end/tight end from Pace HS has been participating in summer workouts in preparation for two-a-days next month.

Norris, who selected the Seminoles after verbally committed to Florida, says he's entering practice with an open mind concerning a redshirt season.

"If they want me to redshirt, then I will gladly redshirt," Norris said.

"It's four more years of getting experience. If I can contribute, then I will gladly contribute also."

Norris is certainly known for his contributions at Pace, where he was selected the Defensive Player of the Year for his region. He split duty between linebacker/defensive end and tight end, totaling 74 tackles (28 for a loss) and seven sacks on the year.

Norris attended FSU's summer camp, feeling right at home in Tallahassee. He credited Seminole defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews for his change of heart from UF to FSU. Arriving for workouts, Norris wants to make the most of his time.

"Coach Andrews really sold me on FSU. He recruited me" Norris said.

"He was a great recruiter and a great guy. It's fun being around the guys (workouts) and I am looking forward to getting started."


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