After serving a three game suspension for his part in Florida State's academic scandal last year, junior tight end Caz Piurowski will make his return to the field this weekend when Florida State plays host to Colorado in Jacksonville Municipal Stadium.
Caz was forced to sit in the stands for the first three games of Florida State's season. He said he felt helpless and what hurt the most was the fact that he could not contribute in any way.
"It's been really though. The first one was tough because it was the home opener and all and the second one was tough too," Piurowski said. "But nothing compared to that Wake Forest game. To have to sit out against an ACC opponent in that atmosphere was brutal. This game should be a similar atmosphere playing a tough Colorado team and it's just good to be back."
The biggest concern for the offense heading into the season was the inexperience of the extremely young offensive line. Piurowski will be sure to give a boost in that category this weekend.
"I think the experience factor is going to be the biggest thing with me coming back. We have a lot of freshman out there," Caz said. "Not just on the line but all over the offense so it will be nice to bring some experience to the table. I can help the younger guys out in the huddle and just bring someone to the field who has been there before."
Coach Bowden said during practice that knocking off the rust will be a necessity early on in the game. Piurowski isn't expecting to have a coming out party this weekend, but rather wants to focus on the basics and he gets back into the swing of things.
"I just want to play a good solid game and keep focused. The main thing is to not let emotions of being back get to me. I need to make sure I stay focused, have no missed assignments and help out the younger guys every chance I get."
Piurowski was the lone starter on offense who was affected by the early season suspensions but Coach Bowden said he was possibly the most important to get back. A walk-on has been starting in his place being backed up by two freshmen. Piurowski said he has been working with the first team during practice this week and expects to take continue that role this Saturday.