Though he's no longer clawing his way up the ranks, the feeling isn't much different for kicker Gary Cismesia as he begins spring practice. He's listed at the top of the depth chart this time, but he knows the starting position is still open for competition in the fall.
"I still have to compete," Cismesia said. "We have a freshmen coming in and the
jobs open. We have to compete and I have to win it."
Cismesia is using spring practice to get back into a rhythm with his snap and
hold crew, the same group he worked with last season. It's the first time
they've put in any practice since the Gator Bowl and there was a little rust to
"Right now is just getting back in the grove with the snap and hold, because we
haven't really worked since the Gator Bowl," Cismesia said. "It's getting that
and getting our times down."
Cismesia added that the first day back was a little rough, but they've
progressed quickly and during Wednesday's practice their timing was perfect.
Over the next few weeks, Cismesia will have his kicks charted alongside the rest
of Florida State's place kickers. Cismesia went 8-for-10 Wednesday from lengths
of 30 and 35 yards at various angles.
Cismesia spent the time between the bowl game and the start of spring practice
hitting the weight room and working on conditioning.
"I did a lot of lifting weights," Cismesia said. "I hadn't done a lot of weight
lifting in high school or during the season. (The coaches) want me to get
stronger and more flexible. A lot of its speed movements to hopefully help me
Cismesia says he will continue to use his unorthodox approach to field goal
kicking, lining up at a comfortable position instead of the standard three steps
back, two steps over.
He tied the school record by going five-for-five in his first career start
against Duke last season. The experience gained against the Blue Devils, he
says, helped ease his nerves and prepare him for a starting role in the future.
"I'm not going to be afraid next year if I come in," Cismesia said. "If I win
the starting job it will come natural. The first few kicks I was a little
worried, but after that I was fine. And now I don't have to worry about that."
Cismesia Enters Spring Practice on Top
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