Chatting With Pat

Former Lincoln High standout <b>Pat Watkins</b> has been running with Florida State's first team defense in <b>B.J. Ward's </b> absence and has made the most of the chance. Watkins returned an interception for a touchdown earlier this week.

Florida State's Pat Watkins is enjoying a productive spring practice. An interception earlier this week brought a smile to the face of Seminole defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews. "Felt real good," Watkins laughed.

"It made coach Andrews happy, too. I was sitting back in cover two and was trying to play the tight end and the receiver. They tried to push me deep and the slip it in but I really didn't bite. I saw the ball was going to be overthrown so I responded."

He was at it again Tuesday, making a couple tackles in the backfield. His lick on a walk-on running back generated the loudest response from teammates.

His keys to a strong spring:

"Waiting for the whistle to blow, finishing the play and going 110 percent whatever I do. Whether it's flying to the ball, breaking to the ball, hitting receivers or running through blocks. (Everyone in the secondary) has had pretty good reviews but of course everyone can get better."

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