Training Hard

Titus Sports Academy opened for business in August 2001 with an objective to teach variations of speed, strength and agility techniques. Titus features an FSU flair as former 'Nole and Lions receiver <b>Kez McCorvey </b>teamed with former FSU baseball player <b>Adam Farout </b> and FSU strength coach <b>Dave Plettl.</b> The group teaches young and old, including current 'Noles <b>Lorenzo Booker, Eric Moore, Donnie Carter</b> and many others. In this opening segment, Booker talks about his goals.

One goal at Titus Sports Academy is to teach athletes the methods and exercises necessary to take their physical skills to the limits. Athletes everywhere, including Florida State, are searching for that competitive edge.

It shows.

Leon High School's weight-training facility and track were hopping with activity Monday evening. The group of athletes included Seminoles Lorenzo Booker, Eric Moore and Donnie Carter.

While around 15 FSU players are training with Titus in preparation for the start of summer drills next month, Booker, Moore and Carter were putting in extra time. The trio worked nearly three hours, combining sprints with weight training, stretching, and technique.

Titus features an FSU flair as former 'Nole and Lions receiver Kez McCorvey teamed with former FSU baseball player Adam Farout and FSU strength coach Dave Plettl to form this business venture.

"What we are trying to accomplish with the guys from Florida State is just building on what strengths they've developed at FSU," said Farout, the company's CEO.

"Our priority with them is speed. Add speed to the lifts, work on technique, really kind of dissect what they are doing running-wise so they can go back with an edge. Whatever level they came out with, whatever technique with, we just want to improve on. Put a magnify glass on what they're doing and add to the great foundation they already have."

In this first of three parts, Booker, who weighs nearly 200 pounds and looks superb, talks about his progress. Booker also plans to head home to Ventura, Calif., for a week to visit with family and friends.

"This is the biggest, fastest, strongest I've ever been -- ever," Booker smiled.

"I am at 196. Sometimes I am at 199, 200, it just depends what kind of day it is. I came out here in shoes after lifting and I ran a high 4.3 (40), so I am not worried about losing speed at all."

Booker, who rushed for 334 yards and three touchdowns last season, says he is concentrating on on his speed. He also welcomes the challenges that Titus offers.

"I just wanted to concentrate on speed. Running fast is what's going to get you drafted," Booker smiled.

"Anybody who watches the draft and knows football knows that your 40 time pretty much determines how much money you are going to make."

"I definitely haven't done any kind of training like this before. They want your heart rate up all the time. Once you get done with something you start another (station). While you are working out, not only are you working out, lifting weights, it's teaching you conditioning at the same time."

McCorvey knows firsthand how hard work and determination can pay off. McCorvey (1991-94) is widely recognized as one of the Seminoles' greatest route runners. He left FSU in 1994 with a national championship ring and ranked second all-time on the Seminoles' reception list with 189 for 2,660 yards, topped only by Ron Sellers at 212.

"This helps the transition for these guys into FSU's program," McCorvey said.

"This is based on speed improvement and explosiveness. We can really focus on one area in terms of preparing the athletes."

Faurot was part of one FSU ACC championship baseball team and played in two college world series. The Milwaukee Brewers drafted him from FSU in 1996. After spending four seasons with the Milwaukee Organization, he was traded to the Boston Red Sox.

Plettl has been a strength coach at the universities of FSU, Texas and Colorado. He has been a strength coach since 1987 and holds a Master of Sports Sciences certification from the International Sports Sciences Association. Plettl is also certified by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.

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