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Wimbley experienced but on unfamiliar ground
Entering his final season donning the garnet and gold, senior defensive end Kamerion Wimbley is poised to take a leadership role. While stepping into such a prominent role on one of the nation's top defenses would seem to be a daunting task, the soft-spoken and determined pass rusher has filled that role perfectly.
Still, despite playing in 39 consecutive games over the course of his career and earning three starts in the process, a leadership role
is something that he has never had to do. Instead, the task was upon the long line of veterans before him such as Chauncey Davis, Travis Johnson, Darnell Dockett and Eric Moore.
"My biggest thing for my senior year is the leadership factor that wasn't necessarily there in the years past," Wimbley said. "Coach Bowden always puts it on the senior's shoulders to carry the team when we are down. When something needs to be said, seniors step up and say it. I feel like that is my biggest position."
Making matters even more challenging for Wimbley is that the Seminoles still have several question marks dotting the line-up with the depth chart expected to be set only a few days prior to the season opener Sept. 5.
According to Wimbley, however, the uncertainty only makes the players work that much harder.
"It gives the younger guys the opportunity to compete for a starting job when maybe in the past there wasn't necessarily a chance for freshmen to maybe come on a lot of those positions and play," Wimbley said. "I think it's good for those guys because it pushes them to strive to get better everyday."
No cause for concern
Lost in Drew Weatherford's offensive spectacle in Tuesday's practice was that the Seminole defense gave up a lot of yards through the air. While everyone including coaches, fans and media alike were pleased with the showing by the offensive side, questions quietly arose about the poor play of the secondary – namely the young cornerbacks.
According to the anchor of the defense, middle linebacker Buster Davis, there is no cause for concern.
"That is no big deal at all," Davis told RenegadeReport.com. "The offensive guys did a great job and there was great catches and great throws from the quarterback. The guys are young and still learning but they will be ready to go."
The team will hold a 9:45 a.m. special teams scrimmage tomorrow morning followed by a 6:45 p.m. game scrimmage Friday night. Saturday, the players will have a kicking scrimmage at 9:00 a.m.
Classes begin Monday Aug. 29 and therefore the players will have that day before hitting the fields Tuesday through Sunday in preparation for Miami.
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