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<b>Chris Rix </b> was sharp and more aware of secondary receivers in Florida State's first preseason scrimmage on Monday. Rix was 19 of 27 for 230 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. It was the kind of performance the Seminoles were hoping from a fourth-year starter. Rix has repeatedly said his goal this season is to get the football in the hands of his playmakers.

Chris Rix says he gets it. Finally.

He's no longer worried about individual accolades or glory. He wants to win a national championship for Florida State and coach Bobby Bowden.

Rix says he has changed and matured. He understands the Seminoles offense, knows its strengths and weaknesses, realizes there's 10 other players lined up with him.

By all accounts, Rix appeared in full control in the team's first preseason scrimmage.

"I will be the first to admit that I've tried to force things, especially against Miami last year in the rain," Rix said

"I tried to make some throws that, maybe in those conditions - furthermore against that kind of secondary, that kind of team -- those are things you can't do."

In an offseason conversation with former FSU star Terrell Buckley, Rix heard an oft-repeated message.

"The great piece of advice he gave me was 'Take what the defense gives you.' I asked him what makes Tom Brady so good, and he said he takes what the defense gives him," Rix said.

"That's the thing I've been working on so far this summer. I can still improve on that, but just taking what the defense gives me. Not forcing things and not being greedy. Just being needy in what the team needs.

"That's something coach (Daryl) Dickey (FSU quarterbacks coach) always speaks of. Be needy, don't be greedy. I feel if I can do a better job of that this year, limit the turnovers. We will get our shots to make big plays, whether it's on the ground or through the air."


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