Training Hard

Titus Sports Academy opened for business in August 2001 with an objective to teach variations of speed, strength and agility techniques. A number of Florida State football players are working with Titus in preparation for summer drills next month. That group includes defensive end <b>Eric Moore,</b> who is training four nights a week and is determined to help improve the Seminoles' pass rush. Click here for the second installment in this summer series.

Titus features a Florida State 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.

The group teaches young and old, including nearly 15 Seminole football players.

Defensive end Eric Moore, for example, is training four nights a week in preparation for summer drills next month.

Farout, the company's CEO, has been impressed by the players' drive and determination.

"We are talking about a Pro Bowl already with these guys simply because you shoot for the moon," Farout said.

"You never know the limit. And I don't think they do, either. They are good. They are driven. They are driven for another level. It makes it easier to coach that. If anything, you have to reel them back in a little bit because their effort level is always so high."

Moore, a senior defensive end from Pahokee, certainly falls into that category. An evening earlier this week, an exhausted Moore trained for nearly three hours, mixing conditioning on the track in with circuit training in the weight room at Leon High School.

"It's working your whole body -- getting your body ready for two-a-days," Moore said.

"It's conditioning all of your muscles. When your muscles are conditioned, you can think better because you are not getting tired. If I can go into next season weighing 255, and my muscles are conditioned, that will make me more explosive off the ball and give me a better chance of getting a better pass rush.

"That's what I am trying to get out of this program. I am trying to get more explosive."

Moore, who has emerged as one of the Seminoles' top pass rushers, also understands the importance of endurance during a long season. And with FSU looking to regain its status amongst the national elite, Moore is determined to make the most of his final season in Tallahassee.

"You are getting your mind and body conditioned to play through fatigue and pain," Moore said.

"The better you are coming into the season -- if your body is already used to being fatigued - the better off you are going to be. If you get tired, you know you still play at your best. I am just trying to get ahead because when I go into coach Jost's program (at FSU), I can get even better."

Moore plans to use summer drills as time to improve on his fundamentals and technique. Moore also wants to add to his 7.5-sack total from a year ago as well.

Fellow senior Chauncey Davis, who enjoyed a solid spring, will start on the other side. Kamerion Wimbley, a junior who has played extensively each of his first two seasons, was the top backup at both end positions in the spring.

Willie Jones Jr. is looking to make an impact after suffering an Achilles heel injury last season, while Alex Boston, Darrell Burston and D. J. Norris will provide depth.

"Going into two-a-days, I want to be even better," Moore said.

"I want to be in shape so all I have to do is concentrate on the little things, like my steps, position of my hands. I feel great right now."


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