Thursday Workout Notebook

The Seminole football team held its first day of conditioning drills Thursday and will return to action Monday afternoon. Following practice caught up with veteran defender Roger Williams and young offensive talent Rod Owens.

While voluntary summer workouts lack much of the suspense that spring and fall practice sessions bring, many Seminole followers are anxious to hear how the wide receiver-defensive back drills plays out in one-on-ones.

Well, this year, FSU players are taking a different approach.

And despite the fact that it isn't nearly as fun to read about who got beat by who and who recorded an interception against who, the new approach could be just what the young units are in need of.

"We are trying a little something different this year," rising redshirt junior free safety Roger Williams told "We are working individually like DBs together and linebackers together so we can get that work done. Once we get that straight we can start doing scales and stuff."

"Starting the summer doing one-on-ones is okay but it all goes back to technique," he added. "If you don't have technique working then you aren't going to have you're A-game when it's time to do one-on-ones. We are trying to get to 100-percent perfection in all phases of the game."

As for Williams, the Georgia native must replace former Seminole and current Dallas Cowboy Pat Watkins at the free safety spot. With the departure of veterans Kyler Hall and Antonio Cromartie as well, he is one of the most experienced players in the unit.

His new leadership role is welcomed but he's not alone.

"I feel like I have been here forever. Basically I feel like I am the veteran back there in the secondary but we have a lot of young leaders," Williams said. "Tony Carter and J.R. Bryant are stepping up and trying to be leaders with me. I am just trying to bring us together so that we can be not only the best secondary in the ACC but in the nation."

A staple on special teams through the first two years of his career, Williams, now a valued starter for Mickey Andrews' defense, may see his time in that facet of the game limited this year.

"I like playing special teams but if it comes down to it and I don't get to do it that's fine," Williams said. "Special teams is a place to make big plays that can change a game and if I can I want to go out there and try to do that."


He doesn't get much press, but wide receiver Rod Owens has the chance to be a special player for the FSU football team. He just has to get healthy.

Nearing the conclusion of a freshman season that saw him steadily earn more playing time, he was forced to miss the 2006 FedEx Orange Bowl with an isolated ACL tear that occurred in the second practice following the Tribe's ACC Championship victory.

After being held out of any contact drills in the spring, No. 86 is now running with his fellow receivers and gradually getting back into a groove. Thursday he spoke with How does it feel to be out here working with your teammates?

Rod Owens: "I am just happy to be back on the field. My progress is going great and everything is good but I won't be able to determine if I need to take a redshirt or not until after two-a-days because I am not going to rush into things. I just have to take it slow."

RR: I see you out here running around catching balls but are you limiting your speed a bit?

RO: "Yeah, that and my cutting ability. It makes no sense to go out there if you are not comfortable and I have to think about the future too. I am only a freshman so I have plenty of time to help the team. I just don't want to mess up my whole career trying to get back out on the field before I am ready."

RR: What are the doctor's telling you about what you are not allowed to do?

RO: "I am not allowed to run full speed and not allowed to run without my brace."

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