"That front four. You are getting a lot better natural rush out of your defensive ends and your tackles," Bowden said following the team's half-scrimmage Thursday. "I sure hope we keep it up because that will be one of the big keys to our success."
One player who has helped make that difference is junior college transfer Chauncey Davis. Davis has made a favorable impression with his quickness and athletic ability.
After playing both linebacker and defensive end at Jones Community College, Davis has settled in nicely behind Kevin Emanuel at left end.
"It's about time we got in all together and it looks great when we all get it together," a smiling Davis said following Thursday's session.
"Hopefully it will continue and we continue to get better. I feel comfortable, especially compared to spring. I am learning the plays, learning something new every day. You can't get enough of learning and there's a lot of stuff I need to do better. But we are all working very hard."
Davis enrolled at FSU last January and participated in spring drills, immediately showing coaches his pass-rushing skills. His play really didn't come as a surprise to many. Considered a gifted athlete, Davis also was a 1,000-yard rusher and defensive standout at Auburndale High School.
He signed with FSU in 2001 but ended up at Jones CC after failing to qualify. As a freshman, he tallied 65 tackles and 12 tackles for loss at linebacker. He was moved back to his natural defensive end position as a sophomore. Davis, considered one of his unit's hardest workers, is thrilled to be part of the Seminoles' defensive unit.
"We have so much great talent you can't leave anyone out,‘ Davis said.
"That's the best part -- everybody is fresh. We are rotating real good and there doesn't seem to be a dropoff. It's coming so fast (at the offense). It's the best defense I've been part of. I am praying we are the best ever to come through here."
Davis says each day has been a learning experience. The unit's effort obviously has caught Bowden's eye.
"I want to get it to where it's clockwork," Davis said.
"You have to do it right. Footwork, eyes, reading the play, making the right move. That's what everyone here is trying to do. We are working hard to get it right."