Q&A With Kamerion and Leon

Seniors Leon Washington and Kamerion Wimbley are representing Florida State at the Atlantic Coast Conference Football Kickoff media event over the weekend in Hot Springs, Va. Before the interview sessions began, sports information got a few minutes of the players' time and asked them some questions.

Q & A with tailback Leon Washington:

What's the most fun thing you did this summer?

Memorial Day I went to the beach in Tampa, which was fun.

What's one thing you are looking forward to this season?

Just starting off on the right note, building camaraderie with the team and getting to know each other even better.

If you would change one thing about yourself, what would it be and why?

My height. I'd like to be a little taller. Instead of 5'7, I'd like to be like 5'9". I guess I do what I do well at this height, but I'd still like to be a little taller.

What goals did you set for yourself this summer?

This summer, I wanted to relax, to have fun. Most seniors tend to get complacent and content heading into their last year. I wanted to rest and have fun so when the season got here, I wanted to be here and not dragging it out. That was the main thing to relax and get focused so I could put all my energy into this last year and have the right frame of mind.

Who is the most versatile player on the team?

Me and (Antonio) Cromartie, we can do multiple things. I would probably say me. I could actually play defense, play cornerback, return kicks, tackle, I can catch, so either me or Cromartie.

Which player on the team would be just as good playing offense as defense?

Antonio Cromartie's name comes up again. He's a great cornerback but I think he would be really good at wide-out, playing wide receiver.

What player comes to mind when you hear the word...

Clown: Buster Davis Determined/Focused: Kamerion Wimbley Go-To Guy:Leon Washington Role Model:Kyler Hall Picky:Willie Jones Stubborn:B.J. Dean Meanest:Ernie Sims Hardest Hitter:Ernie Sims

What has been the highlight or greatest moment of your FSU career?

I've got several of them. Obviously, the NC State game when we won in overtime, that was big. Beating Chuck Amato my freshman year, beating Florida as a freshman and doing pretty well. I would say though, the Clemson game, when I returned that kick. I think that was a big momentum changer in that game. It was a Thursday night game, it was alive and it was the most fun game I've ever had.

What other sport do you wish you excelled at or pursued?

Baseball. I played baseball in high school and I did really well at it without any coaching. I didn't really start playing it until my junior and senior year. I didn't really know the rules to baseball and I wish I would have played it younger because I did pretty good even without any coaching.

Who have you tried to model yourself after?

My dad. My mom and dad broke up when I was like 12-years-old but he was still around to give me what I needed to be a successful man. I say my dad because he takes care of his family.

Who is the best player you have played against while at FSU?

I thought (former NC State QB) Phillip Rivers was awesome. He was extremely competitive. He does anything to win.

Who do you consider to be the "sleeper" on the team?

I really think it's Kamerion Wimbley. I've been telling my friends this all along. He's the type of guy that just hasn't had the chance to really play because of the older guys in front of him, but he's been working really hard in the off-season. I really think he's ready to step up and be an impact at defensive end and I'm looking forward to him having a great year.

Q & A with defensive end Kamerion Wimbley:

What's the most fun thing you did this summer?

The most fun thing I did this summer was going paintballing. That was something new. I didn't really go too many places out of town. I usually do, but I pretty much stayed in Tallahassee and worked out.

What's one thing you are looking forward to this season?

Winning a national championship. It's my last year so I think that would be a goal to accomplish since I haven't done it in the previous three years.

If you would change one thing about yourself, what would it be and why?

It would probably be to be 6'5", 290, solid muscle and five percent body fat.

What goals did you set for yourself this summer?

Goals I set for the summer were to break last year's maxes in my lifts, and to gain at least 10 pounds which I've done that to get faster, bigger and stronger.

Who is the most versatile player on the team?

I would have to say either Willie Reid or Leon Washington. They can both do punt returns. They can both play running back and catch. Willie Reid can do a lot of things. He actually plays wide receiver but he did play running back.

Which player on the team would be just as good playing offense as defense?

Antonio Cromartie. He would have made a good wide receiver this year. Before he got hurt, I think they were planning on doing some things with him this year.

What player comes to mind when you hear the word...

Clown: Buster Davis Determined/Focused: A.J. Nicholson Go-To Guy:Leon Washington Role Model:Kamerion Wimbley Picky:I can't think of anybody Stubborn:A.J. Nicholson Meanest:Ernie Sims Hardest Hitter:Between Kyler Hall and Ernie Sims

What has been the highlight or greatest moment of your FSU career?

The Colorado game a couple of years ago because I had a great game. I think I showed flashes of what I think I can do. Eric Moore got hurt and then I came in and played and started the next game after that.

What other sport do you wish you excelled at or pursued?

Probably track because you wouldn't have to take as many hits and your body wouldn't be as beat up and I like running. I could do that all day.

Who have you tried to model yourself after?

(Former FSU defensive end) Andre Wadsworth. He was great on and off the field. Now he's a great business man. He didn't go on to do as great in the professional football arena as everyone thought he would because he got injured but he's still successful off of the field.

Who is the best player you have played against while at FSU?

On our team, I'd say (former offensive lineman) Todd Williams. On another team, I would say D'Brickashaw Ferguson (Virginia). He's not very big but he's real rangey, real long and hard to get around.

Who do you consider to be the "sleeper" on the team?

This year, I would say there is a number of people. I would say Kyler Hall could come in and do some things and also myself.


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