John Frady Q&A: 'I've lost 30 pounds'

FSU center John Frady took time Wednesday afternoon to speak with Renegade Report's Brandon Mellor and the Tallahassee Democrat's Steve Ellis. In the first part of a multiple-set series, the Jacksonville native talks about his weight loss, mat drills and new offensive line coach Rick Trickett.

Q: How much have you lost?

A: "I've lost 30 pounds."

Q: What is the secret?

A: "There is no secret. Like Coach (Rick) Trickett said, he's not a miracle worker, he's a hard worker. We are trying to take on a little bit of his mindset. We are doing a lot of running (and) a lot of being smart and eating the right things. It's amazing what a little motivation can do."

Q: How different is it being coached by him?

A: "He's a great coach. His track speaks for itself. You just can't help but be excited about the possibilities. This is as excited as I have ever been going into a season. I wish we could play Clemson this coming Monday. I am ready to strap it up and go."

Q: What did he specifically tell you that he wanted you to do? He keeps talking about conditioning it seems.

A: "That's the big thing. He favors smaller offensive linemen. You look at his linemen at West Virginia and I don't even know if they had one guy over 300 (pounds). It's just a different style of football and it's something that is going to really benefit us as we try to shed some pounds as a group."

A: What was your first impression of him?

A: "Different. He's good. I like him."

Q: Do you ever talk to the older guys and hear (former FSU offensive line coach in the 1980s) Coach (Wayne) Duffee's name come up?

A: "I have spoken with Randy Oravetz about him. He said there's some similarities there. I never knew Coach McDuffee."

Q: How different are the mat drills?

A: "Well, it's mostly the same. Coach (Chuck) Amato, he has been doing mats since before I was born. He was one of the guys that brought it around up here. Not too much has changed. It's very minor changes – more logistical than anything."

Q: Is it more of a, "If you mess up, go to the back of the line and do it again" kind of mentality?

A: "It's mat drills. What goes on up there we try to keep in the family. As far as our fans are concerned and the people that keep up with us, all they need to know is that we are up there working hard and getting ready to make a run at things."

Q: Are you working harder?

A: "We are working hard. It's kind of hard for me to put in perspective because of how much weight I have lost. It's a lot easier carrying 285 around up there than it is 315."

Q: Coach Amato has said that he hopes you guys think it's harder?

A: "Coach Amato, I like the way he does it. He's very demanding but he seems to really reward it."

Q: A lot of the mat drills is fundamentals and details.

A: "The biggest thing to me about mats is you learn that you still have to think when you are tired. That's the single biggest thing other than (to) finish. That's probably the number one. Other than finish, it's just learning that even though you are tired you can't forget what you've got to do. You've got to do the little things right the whole time. That translates into football and the fourth quarter. You can't be tired in the huddle and forget what you are doing on a play. So many times last year we were one or two plays away from putting the game away and we don't. This is the kind of stuff that I think is really going to help."

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