Dekoda talks defense

Heading into his final season at Florida State, linebacker Dekoda Watson is looking to go out with a bang. The South Carolina native recently spoke with NoleDigest about numerous issues from his injury rehab to his goals set for himself. Find out what Watson had to say in this exclusive interview!

When it comes to the defense, linebacker Dekoda Watson will be one of the main leaders for the unit. He spent the spring sidelined from action due to an injured elbow, but has been working hard to rehab. With opening night against Miami just over two months away, he discussed his status.

"Right now I'm feeling pretty good," Watson said. "I would say I'm about 95% healthy, and will definitely be 100% when we play Miami. I'm doing all the workouts on the practice field and in the weight room so I'm good to go."

So far this summer, the team has been staying busy working together to get better. In the interviews, Watson explained a typical week for the team.

"Right now, we have been doing 7 on 7 drills every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday," Watson said. "Then on Thursday and Friday we lift weights. And we do a lot of conditioning all throughout."

In addition to getting better when it comes to the physical aspects of football, the team is also coming together as a family according to Watson.

"We are really working on team unity right now," he said. "We want to stick with each other not just through the good times, but through the bad as well. When we get closer as a team, its going to help us stick together and finish. We really have to finish this year."

As a senior and returning starter, Watson is looking to be the leader of the defense this season. He says he is doing his best to mimic a recent graduate and player Watson calls a ‘student of the game'.

"I really admire Derek Nicholson and how he approached the game while he was here at FSU," said Watson. "He was always watching film and helping everyone out. Before plays, he would tell me exactly what to expect and he was usually right. He helped me make a lot of plays just by putting me in the right place. That's what I want to be able to do for these younger guys I play with."

The younger guys that Watson speaks of who will see the bulk of playing time this season include junior Kendall Smith, sophomores Nigel Bradham, Vince Williams, Nigel Carr and hopefully freshman C.J. Mizell.

"All of those guys are young, but very talented," said the senior leader. "The sky really is the limit for that group. I just want to stay positive all the time and lead them along. I'm excited about this group and I've heard a lot about C.J. so I'm really looking forward to him getting here and showing what he's got."

As for the upcoming season, Watson has big plan for the defensive unit as a whole as well as for himself.

"I want us to be the number one defense in the nation," Watson said. "I want us to be dominant as a whole. As for myself, I want to challenge myself and become the best I can. I don't have numbers set, but as long as the defense is the best, I will be o.k."

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