Athlete Update: Kez McCorvey

Want to be faster? A better athlete? Former FSU and Detroit Lions wide receiver Kez McCorvey is in business with former Seminole baseball player Adam Faurot. McCorvey also recently returned from a leadership conference with Seminoles Chris Rix and Paul Irons. And, yes, he's keeping a watchful eye on FSU's receivers. "I have a passion. ... I am just trying to pass on some of the things that I've learned through life," McCorvey said.

Kez McCorvey believes one of life's best gifts is the opportunity to reach out to young people. McCorvey remembers growing up as a teenager and thinking he had all the answers, too. One day, reality settled in.

"I was the same way," McCorvey said and laughed. "When you are young, you think you know everything and you have all the answers. But we all discover soon it doesn't work that way. You have to be patient. You mature. I am just trying to pass on some of the things that I've learned through life."

Since retiring from professional football six months ago following knee surgery, McCorvey. 30, is getting that chance to work with young people here in Tallahassee.

The former Florida State and Detroit Lions wide receiver has teamed up with former Seminole baseball player Adam Faurot, current FSU strength coach Dave Plettl and former FAMU track standout Corey Poole to form the Titus Sports Academy (

McCorvey says the goal at Titus Sports Academy is to teach athletes the methods and exercises necessary to take their physical skills to the limits. Athletes everywhere, including FSU, are searching for that competitive edge.

In fact, McCorvey plans to work with current Seminole receivers Craphonso Thorpe and P.K. Sam, among others, as well as wideouts from Alabama. Former FSU All-American Corey Simon, now with the Philadelphia Eagles, also works with McCorvey's group.

"This group (FSU receivers) has a lot of talent," McCorvey said. "They are a still a little raw in some regards. You want to polish their abilities. If you are polished, it makes it easier on your quarterback. I love my school (FSU) and have a passion for it and these kids. I want to push them and make them better."

McCorvey knows firsthand how hard work and determination can pay off. McCorvey (1991-94) is widely recognized as one of the Seminoles' greatest route runners. He left FSU in 1994 with a national championship ring and ranked second all-time on the Seminoles' reception list with 189 for 2,660 yards, topped only by Ron Sellers at 212.

During his four-year career with the Lions, McCorvey was known as "Liquid Metal" for his uncanny ability to find a seam and stop and accelerate on the field. His gift to cut on a dime was also used with the Carolina Panthers, Rhien Fire (World League), and Edmonton Eskimos (CFL). At Edmonton, McCorvey tied the record for most touchdowns in a game, tied the league's best in touchdown receptions, and was named to the CFL All-Star team in 2000.

McCorvey, his wife and their two young children have made Tally their home since 1997. Following knee surgery last year, McCorvey realized it was time to move on with his life outside of professional football. He spent this past year teaching at Florida High School, but now is devoting all of his energy and focus to The Sports Academy. It's a solid cast.

Faurot, meanwhile, played in two College World Series' and was drafted from FSU in 1996 by the Milwaukee Brewers. The infielder spent four seasons with the Milwaukee organization before being traded to the Boston Red Sox.

Plettl has been a strength coach at FSU, Texas and Colorado, while Poole has consulted for collegiate teams from Iowa State University, University of Miami, Kansas University, University of Florida, FSU and Florida International University to name a few.

McCorvey says the group's goal is simple, which also is explained on their web site: "In sports, speed is king. Whether it is sprint speed or agility, the greatness of an athlete is always judged by the ability to move fast. It is a simple solution, to be fast, you must train fast, using the right drills and techniques."

"You want all children, especially in athletes, to perform well and feel good about what they are doing," McCorvey said. "That's my biggest thrill, watching these kids work and compete and enjoy what they are doing. The goal is to help push them to the next level if that's what they are striving for. You must train with a purpose, and that's to get better. If you are going to practice at 45 percent, then you will play at 45 percent.

"Our goal is to get you to practice at 100 percent so you will play at 100 percent."

McCorvey also wants to give 100 percent off the field. He accepts his responsibility as a role model and is determined to help kids make right choices. McCorvey recently returned from a leadership conference in Reno, Nev., and was joined there by former FSU football players Ross Brannon and Clay Shiver, as well as current Seminoles Chris Rix and Paul Irons.

"If you show kids that you don't crack under pressure, then they will come back to you for answers," McCorvey said. "I just enjoy life, enjoy working with these young kids, helping out my school. I am grateful. I just want to give back some of the things that I've learned along the way. I am just trying to let the light in me shine out."

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