Name Game

Yes, <b> Kevin Emanuel</b> has heard all the comparisons. All the stories. All the chatter about how Florida State's defensive ends in the day could disrupt an opponent's game plan. The names are well-known -- <b>Peter Boulware, Reinard Wilson, Andre Wadsworth.</b> Well, Emanuel and Co. are trying to make a name this season as well. "The main thing is we have to get back to the quarterback the way those guys did. The effort is there," Emanuel said Sunday.

Yes, Kevin Emanuel has heard all the comparisons.

All the stories.

All the chatter about how Florida State's defensive ends in the day could disrupt an opponent's game plan by combining strength with a lightning-quick first step.

The names are well-known -- Peter Boulware, Reinard Wilson, Andre Wadsworth.

While Emanuel might not be a household name on a national level, there's no denying his worth to the Seminoles. He's a solid citizen who has made a positive impact on and off the field since arriving at FSU from Waco, Texas, in 1999.

Emanuel has made 23 career starts, 13 last season. When the Seminoles were in dire need of healthy bodies at defensive tackle during spring drills, guess who made the move without a complaint? Yes, Emanuel.

He speaks in measured tones, smiles easily and has a polite word for everyone. He played the organ in his father's church. Emanuel's even working on his second degree -- first was Information Systems.

Still, Emanuel realizes the urgency as FSU looks to regain its balance on the national scene. Time is ticking. And Emanuel quickly admits that Seminole defensive ends must do their part to help accomplish that goal. It's time for Emanuel and Co. to step up and be heard.

To make a name for itself beyond state lines.

"I think we can be just as good as the guys in the past," Emanuel said Sunday during the Seminoles' media day.

"But I tell everybody that you have to understand, we can't be Peter Boulware, we can't be Reinard Wilson, David Warren, Roland Seymour. We have to be ourselves. God blessed us with talent and we have to go out there and use that talent and play.

"The main thing is we have to get back to the quarterback the way those guys did. The effort is there. We just have to find a way to get back to the quarterback the way the teams in the past did."

Emanuel, who had jsut four sacks last season but recorded a career-high 15 tackles for loss, anchors a unit that must replace last season's sack leader in Alonzo Jackson. While Jackson was a one-man show at times, the strength of this year's segment just might be its depth.

Eric Moore gives FSU the quickness on the edge it lacked at times last season. Chauncey Davis, Kamerion Wimbley, Darrell Burston and Willie Jones give defensive ends coach Jody Allen plenty of choices.

"We have depth all-around," Emanuel said. "Eric Moore, Chauncey Davis, Kamerion Wimbley, all these guys, Willie Jones. They bring a different things to the table, different styles."

Emanuel also credits Allen for motivation, saying this year's group will earn its reputation -- and a name for itself -- through hard work.

"Coach (Allen) has taught us more ways to get back to the quarterback -- pass moves, spins, snatches," Emanuel said.

"He has emphasized (hard work and pressure) since he took over (from Jim Gladden). I know he improved my game last season from where I started. I think he's rubbing off on everybody. He's going to work you hard. Sometimes you get mad at him because you think he's working you too hard, but he's just trying to get you better."


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