Making Strides

Florida State defensive end <b>Alex Boston</b> is nearing full strength -- and that should be a good thing for the Seminoles this season. Boston and teammates finished their second week of conditioning drills under the blazing sun Thursday. The team is off next week as the first summer semester ends on Friday. Boston is looking to make the Seminole defense stronger this season.

Alex Boston has one final exam on Friday before jumping into his vehicle and heading home to Bartow for a quick visit.

Boston, Florida State's talented redshirt freshman defensive end, was all smiles following the Seminoles' conditioning session on Thursday.

Conducted in 90-plus degree weather, around 40 players participated in the 30-minute sprint session.

Boston, who is nearing full strength following reconstructive knee surgery in February 2003, ran the sprints effortlessly and was one of the top finishers in his division.

"I am going to go home and spend a little time with the family," Boston said and grinned. "I took six hours this semester and I am probably going to take six more hours next semester."

Boston, of course, sat out last season following knee surgery. Boston, a two-sport standout from Bartow High School, tore his anterior cruciate ligament (right knee) playing high school soccer.

Boston has since rehabbed, participated in spring drills and played on the Seminole baseball team. Boston says his knee feels sound.

"I feel like I am 100 percent -- I squatted 405 today and it didn't bother me," Boston said. "I am going to keep working hard."

Boston recently underwent a strength test and graded out at 90 percent. Although he has gained noticeable muscle and bulk, his quickness continues to be a strength.

At the moment, he's concentrating on his conditioning.

"I can be better. I am making my times but it's like cruise control right now," Boston said. "But hopefully when they start testing us for conditioning and endurance, I will be alright."

Defensive end should be more than alright for the Seminoles this season.

Eric Moore blossomed into one of the Atlantic Coast Conference's top pass-rushers as a junior. Chauncey Davis is expected to build on a 2003 season that saw him finish with just two sacks. However, he finished fourth on the team in quarterback hurries (nine) and tackles for a loss (eight).

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., should be fine following last year's Achilles' injury, while Boston, Darrell Burstonand D. J. Norris will play vital roles as well.

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