First Impressions

Florida State freshman <b>Kenny Ingram</b> has made nice strides this preseason. At 6-foot-6 and 200 pounds, Ingram is the tallest player in the Seminoles' defensive backfield. While he played well in Saturday's scrimmage in Doak Campbell Stadium, the personable Ingram quickly stressed he still has plenty to learn. Click here for an update on the talented freshman from Orlando Edgewater.

Florida State freshman free safety Kenny Ingram feels good about his progress this preseason.

"The transition has been going good. I am learning the plays and getting with the system," Ingram said.

"The plays are coming at you so fast that you have to get adjusted. The speed and tempo of the game are so much different from high school."

Ingram, a 6-foot-6, 200-pounder, was a two-sport star at Orlando Edgewater High School. He's also difficult to miss in the Seminoles' secondary and is the tallest player in that unit.

When Ingram arrived in Tallahassee this summer for the start of classes and conditioning drills, he had a distinct first impression.

"It was how big everybody was -- they are big and they are coming fast at you," Ingram said and laughed. "You have to get your body ready for the impact.

The teaching process has been good. In high school, you learn pretty much everything on the field. But here, you learn everything in the classroom and on the practice fields. It helps you more here."

Ingram also said there's no room for casting at the collegiate level.

"No, you can't take a play off because if you do, you are going to be running," Ingram said and smiled.

Ingram also wants to contribute this season for the Seminoles, who open at Miami on Labor Day, Sept. 6. He also has gained 14 pounds since arriving at FSU and is up to 216.

"I am looking to play this year," Ingram said.

"I've been talking with coach (Mickey Andrews) and he wants met to get a feel for it so next year I will be able to play and step into the system, so I am going to try to play this year.

"Coach was rotating a lot more people at different positions today (Saturday) but once we got it going, we played alright."

Also a talented receiver, Ingram says his future home at FSU depends on the coaching staff.

"I am pretty much going to stay with DB, but I am going to talk to the coaches. If they want me to stay with DB, then I will stay at DB but if they want me to try receiver, I will try that too," Ingram said.

"It's whatever the coaches want. But I feel good. I am getting my feet under me and learning the system. It has been fun."

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