Lorenzo Booker Q&A

The Florida State football team is now officially back in action as Monday marked the start of the voluntary summer workout session. After the organized drills, redshirt senior tailback Lorenzo Booker spoke with the media. The following is a transcript of that conversation.

On the atmosphere on the practice field:

"There was a lot of laughter going on but at the same time there was work. That was one of the things that we were not able to have on the field (last year) was laughter."

On the importance of summer workouts:

"It's very important. It all starts here. Two-a-days is not a time to play around. It's not like the spring where you are looking for talent or a guy to step up. That has to be done now. You want to make sure that guys know what they are doing and understand the importance of their job no matter how big or small it is."

On the turnout of so many guys on the first days:

"I can't think of anyone off the top of my head that's not here and that's very good. I know that Drew (Weatherford) was at home and I didn't even know that he was going to be back at this time. He proved to everybody that it was important to him. Greg Carr, Chris Davis, Buster Davis … a lot of guys that I haven't seen all summer are here for the first day so it was very good."

On his goals for the summer:

"I want to be in Arizona. That's where the National Championship is. And not only that, that's the closest I am going to get to my home state. It's about a 45-minute flight so I can probably get a lot of people to see me play that wouldn't normally get to see me in the Orange Bowl or Sugar Bowl or something like that. Obviously, it's the National Championship but you have to start small. You can't win the National (Championship) without winning the ACC (Championship). We have to focus on that and going undefeated and beating everybody that's on out schedule."

On his advice for the newer guys:

"Work. That's it. That's all I can say. Stay in the film room as much as possible. That's the most important thing for young guys. It's never talent. The older guys know exactly what they are doing and just like at the next level that's always what makes the difference.

On there being only seven scholarship seniors on the roster and whether or not he feels added pressure to be a leader because of that:

"I don't think so. That's the thing about this year's ball club; it's not just the seniors. It comes from the younger guys. Old School (Rod) Owens just broke the huddle. We have never had that before (with) young guys breaking the huddle – it switches off every time. And that's good because you don't want to just have guys that are seniors leading. You want guys that are in their class leading."

On who stuck out to him the most on day one as being either in better shape or looking different:

"Joe Suratt, easy. Joe Suratt was like 265-270 (pounds) in the spring and he's like 248 right now. I don't get 1,000 (yards) and Antone (Smith) don't get 1,000 without him. He's got to step up and he's done a good job."

On whether or not this year's team has an identity yet:

"I would say so. At Texas Vince Young said once the coaches started letting (the players) do it their way they started winning. And I think the coaches have a done a good job of giving us more of a responsibility to make sure that things go right. You don't want to feel like you are out here doing whatever they want you to do. You want to have a say in what's going on and they have done a good job of that and everybody likes it. We feel like we have input and that our opinion matters now. The more slack they give us the better things will turn out. (Last year) just when guys felt like it was our team (we did well) because it is. The coaches are not playing with us. They can teach us whatever they want but if we don't go out and do it or don't believe in it than it's irrelevant."

On the closeness of this year's team:

"Everybody understands how important it is. And not only that but the younger guys learn from us. We don't try to blow smoke. They believe what we say and that's one of the things that never happened before – the older guys letting the younger guys know this is how it is. Just letting them know that we want you to be successful so don't make the same mistakes that we did and they have taken our word for it."

On the return of Xavier Lee:

"Obviously, when a guy is hurt is morality is the same – he's not as going to be as outgoing as before. But you can tell he's doing a lot better than he used to. That's good just to have him out here and not only that you can't just have one quarterback. Xavier is the second guy. He has to be ready if something happens to Drew. It's definitely benefiting the team."

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