Bright Outlook

There‘s no denying <b>Travis Johnson‘s</b> engaging personality. Forever talking and grinning, Johnson usually is in the middle of any conversation that involves his Florida State teammates. Johnson, however, turns serious when reflecting on the Seminoles' recent struggles. "Nobody wants to lose anymore," Johnson said. "In the 90s, we lost 13 games and we've lost nine games in the last two years -- nobody wants to be a part of that." Click here for an update on Travis and the 'Noles workouts.

There‘s no denying Travis Johnson‘s engaging personality. Forever talking and grinning, Johnson usually is in the middle of any conversation that involves his Florida State teammates.

Johnson, however, turns serious when reflecting on the Seminoles' recent struggles.

"Nobody wants to lose anymore," Johnson said.

"In the 90s, we lost 13 games and we've lost nine games in the last two years -- nobody wants to be a part of that. I would like to say I was here at the peak of the program. I was in the downfall, when we slid a little bit… And I want to say I was here when we started the dynasty over again. We will be alright."

Johnson, a redshirt junior from Sherman Oak, Calif., says he will be alright though his legal woes remain unresolved at the moment -- he was arrested in April on sexual assault. Unless the case is resolved, Johnson will go on trail next month (Aug. 8) on charges of sexual battery and false imprisonment.

Johnson also says he's recovering just fine from offseason shoulder surgery. Johnson saw action in all 14 games last season, starting eight at nose guard. He finished with a flurry, recording a career-high two sacks against Florida and ranked ninth on the team with 50 tackles.

FSU's interior defensive line is expected to be a team strength.

Johnson, and seniors Darnell Dockett and Jeff Womble combined for 144 tackles, 31 tackles for loss and 30 hurries. Toss sophomore Broderick Bunkley into the mix as well, the Seminoles feature an impressive quartet.

Johnson returned to conditioning drills Wednesday for the first time in two weeks after being plagued by a stomach virus. He dropped nearly 20 pounds, falling to 275.

"I don't think I've been that light since I came here," Johnson said and laughed. "But I've gained 10 pounds back already and want to gain another five. But I feel good. Everybody is working hard. Everybody came back in shape."

Johnson says it's time for FSU's interior line to help set the tone when practice begins Aug. 5. Dockett has been reinstated after being suspended for the Sugar Bowl. Coach Bobby Bowden said Dockett is healthy for the first time in two years and should be "one of the best defensive tackles in the nation." Also, Womble continues to recover from offseason surgery (Achilles tendon).

"Me, Darnell, and Pig (Womble), you have three of the top 15 defensive tackles in the country," Johnson said. "We are trying to put together great seasons for each other. The better we all play as individuals, the better we are going to play as a whole.

"When I come out, Pig can make his plays, Darnell can make his plays, and Broderick is setting himself up for the future. We are trying to look out for each other.. Once I get past my other (legal) situation, we are back together as a family. It‘s going to be fun."

FSU's summer workouts continue to draw rave reviews from players and the Seminoles' strength staff. Even so, Bowden said during the ACC Kickoff Meeting that it's up to the team to "go out and do it. This time of year you hear all those good reports about how hard they are working, and how we're different from last year's team. Really, I've heard that all my life in coaching. They've got to go out and show it."

Johnson agrees.

"I know everything is going to work out," he said.

"The last couple of year, I can't say the leadership has been bad. It was a different attitude. A lot of people were down on us. But I feel very confident that everything is going to be great again this year. We just have to go out and get the job done."


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