Learning Experience

Florida State signed two quality tailbacks in <b>Lamar Lewis</b> of Jacksonville Trinity Christian and <b>Jamaal Edwards</b> of Greensboro, N.C. The duo is in a good position this season, learning behind veterans <b>Leon Washington</b> and <b>Lorenzo Booker.</b> In this interview with Edwards, the personable freshman talks about the opportunity to play for the Seminoles.

Florida State's tailback position appears to be in good hands for the next few years.

Of course, the Seminoles' offense this season features the dynamic tailback duo of Leon Washington and Lorenzo Booker.

The pair has been especially impressive during FSU's first week of practice.

The future also looks bright, as FSU signed a pair of quality runners in Lamar Lewis and Jamaal Edwards of Greensboro, N.C.

This duo also has made nice strides during practice, and coach Bobby Bowden praised their efforts following Saturday's morning practice. Neither has been intimidated when running between the tackles nor when fending off blockers.

Edwards, who finished his prep career with more than 4,500 rushing yards and 53 touchdowns, 31 as a junior, feels at home with the Seminoles.

"It has been great. You can tell this team knows what it takes to win," Edwards said. "Everyone is flying around making plays."

The 6-foot, 200-pound Edwards is especially grateful to be learning behind Washington and Booker.

"Man, they are very talented," Edwards said. "They are like the two best backs in the nation. So, it's good for me and Lamar (Lewis) and all the other running backs because they can show us the plays and show us what needs to be done. They are two of the best."

Edwards, who earned his first recognition at age 13 when he became the National Junior Champion in the 100-yard dash, considers himself a complete runner. Edwards, who has been timed at 4.40 in the 40, had 88 yards on 11 carries to lead North Carolina over South Carolina in the Shrine Bowl following his senior season.

He selected the Seminoles over North Carolina, Tennessee and Clemson.

"I don't have a particular style. I just take what the defense gives me and run with it," Edwards said. "That makes it easy because I have a great line out here. They are blocking great."

Edwards would like to play this season but is not against a redshirt season.

"Whatever the coaches want me to do," Edwards said. "My goal is to contribute to the team. This is everything I envisioned. I am enjoying myself."


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