Paul poised to play

Redshirt freshmen Brandon Paul started out the spring at wide receiver, now nearing the completion of summer practice, Paul is looking for a big year at his new position.

When Brandon Paul pledged his allegiance to the Seminoles in February of 2007, it was uncertain what position he would eventually wind up playing. After redshirting last year behind a plethora of receivers, Paul has now found a cozy niche behind Antone Smith at running back. "Antone (Smith) has helped me out a lot," Paul told the NoleDigest. "He has been like a big brother for me. Whatever he says to do, I do. He knows the position, he has been here for four years now. He truly has helped me out a lot."

Other than Paul and Smith, Florida State has talent bursting from the seams in the backfield. Where there is plenty of depth there also is plenty of opportunity for the 5-foot-9, 179 pound Paul.

While there are eight scholarship players that could potentially line up at running back this year, three of the eight players do not have any FBS playing experience and all but Paul and Smith are either over six feet tall or over 200 pounds. Smith will take the workload, which leaves Paul free to use his shifty moves that caught the eyes of many top programs during his recruitment in 2007.

Also with Paul's receiving background from last year and high school, swing passes out of the backfield are definite possibilities to showcase his 4.3-second 40-yard dash time he exercised just over a month ago.

"I'm looking to play a good bit," Paul said. "Coach Fisher has talked to me a lot about getting me in the game during different situations."

FSU welcomes junior college transfer Tavares Pressley the end of this month and many early depth charts have slated him to jump into the number two running back spot. Though this may occur, don't count out Paul just yet. As Pressley stands at 6-foot-1, the other two tailbacks, Ty Jones and Jermaine Thomas, check in at 5-foot-11 217 pounds and 6-foot-1 195 pounds, respectfully.

Paul can be seen as the type of player former Seminole great Warrick Dunn was. With similar height and weight, Paul also has great lateral movement, which is what Dunn used to propel himself into the NFL.

"I've been hitting the weights and practice field very hard this year," Paul said. "I really want to help the team out."

With plenty of bigger tailbacks and three fullbacks, Paul can be the change-of-pace back to keep opposing defenses guessing. "I'm just looking forward to getting on the field," Paul said. "I really just want to get out there and win."

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