New Faces

When Florida State opens mat drills this morning, two new faces will be participating in the action -- receiver <b>DeCody Fagg</b> and linebacker <b>Barry Wright</b> Both attended Wednesday's news conference as coach Bobby Bowden and staff talked about the Seminoles' 2004 recruiting class.

While Florida State receiver DeCody Fagg continues his rehabilitation from a broken leg suffered in preseason drills last summer at Hargrave Military Academy, he has been cleared to participate in running drills.

FSU's offseason conditioning program, known as mat drills, begins today.

"I am feeling great," Fagg said.

"They are going to let me do the running drills but not the cutting drills. They are not going to let me participate in those. Right now I would say my leg is about 85 percent.

"I have physical therapy every day, and it feels like it's getting stronger and stronger every week. I am really excited."

Fagg, who signed with FSU from Quincy Shanks last year and will be counted towards that class, remains hopeful he will be cleared to partcipate in spring drills next month.

Barry Wright, meanwhile, arrived at FSU from Coffeyville Community College. The former Pensacola Woodham standout is looking forward to making a favorable impression in the team's offseason conditioning drills.

"This gives me a jumpstart on what I want to do," Wright said.

"Coming into a new place, you want to learn the system early. If I watch film and do the stuff that's required, I won't be out there guessing, I will be playing. That's what I like to do -- not thinking about anything, just playing."

Wright admitted he was surprised to be pursued by the Seminoles during the recruiting process. Wright said he also had offers from LSU, West Virginia, South Carolina, and East Carolina.

"They were kind of holding out on me for a minute -- it was like a card game," Wright said and laughed.

"They were holding out on me. But it has worked out. They knew about me in high school but nobody really knew where I went after high school (smiling)."

Wright says he's looking forward to the start of mat drills.

"I am looking forward to them -- I've heard a lot about them," Wright said.

"It's just a mind thing I guess. I heard they are looking for you to finish hard and they know you are out there busting your tail and do what you need to do. It's going to be alright. I am not really sweating it."

Wright is taller and thicker than his listed weight of 5-foot-11 and 215 pounds.

"I am 6-1 and around 220 right now," Wright said.


Enrolled at FSU in the spring of 2004..a native of Pensacola, Fla. (Woodham High School)...had an outstanding senior season as he totaled 156 tackles and 14 2003 at Coffeyville CC, he tallied 89 tackles and four sacks in leading his team to a 9-2 record...earned all-conference and JUCO all-american honors...extremely fast linebacker with the speed to cover the field side to side...has been timed at a 4.40/40...picked Florida State over South Carolina and West Virginia.

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