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<b>Tony Carter,</b> a speedy freshman cornerback from Jacksonville, was pleased with his marks in Florida State's performance testing on Tuesday. But that wasn't the best part. Carter also thoroughly enjoyed watching the Seminole veterans test. Senior receiver <b>Craphonso Thorpe</b> clocked a 4.25 40 to lead the effort.

Tony Carter slipped on his backpack and was ready to head home following Florida State's performance testing on Tuesday.

The day ended with the highly anticipated 40-yard dash at Mike Long Track. The conditions were nearly perfect -- for July, that is.

Hot, sunny and 90-plus degrees.

Known for his quick feet and athleticism, many were eager to see how Carter fared in the 40-yard dash. He clocked a 4.55 despite running in tennis shoes and slipping slightly at the start.

"I know I can run," Carter said and grinned. "I gave it my all but I know I can do better."

Carter, who also registered a 35-inch vertical jump and 4.0 second shuttle time (agility drills), also enjoyed watching the competition.

Receiver Craphonso Thorpe led the cheers when he clocked a 4.25 40, showing everyone his recovery from a broken leg is on schedule. Linebacker Ernie Sims had a 4.39 40 to go with a 39.5 inch vertical jump, a 3.95 shuttle and 10-8 broad jump.

Barring an upset when the final numbers are calculated, Sims should be named the new performance index champion following Michael Boulware's reign.

"I am learning a lot from these guys," said Carter, whose father played basketball at FSU during the 1980s.

"I wish we could race each other. I like to compete. I can't just run by myself but. ... no excuses. I didn't run my best time. Still, this is everything I expected. It's all good."

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