Spring Preview

Florida State's running game appears to be in good hands. Greg Jones expects to be back better than ever following knee surgery. Leon Washington mde an excellent first impression last season and Lorenzo Booker has all the tools. "When we would scrimmage, you couldn't tackle him. I am excited. We are excited about having him. If you talk to Jon Jost (strength coach), he says pound-for-pound he's one of the strongest guys on the team," coach Billy Sexton said of Booker.

b>Here is a conversation with FSU running backs coach Billy Sexton.

How did your group fare in mat drills?

"They competed. They did real well – the tailbacks did well. Fullback-wise, B.J (Dean) had his knee injury, so he didn't get to do everything. Torrance (Washington) had his pelvis – hip and pelvis – so he didn't get to go through everything. I would have liked if he had gone through all of mats, but he didn't do that. James Coleman had some problems.... the fullbacks didn't go through everything. They worked. But the tailbacks did extremely well."

What's your plan for spring drills?

"Greg (Jones) is out for two-a-days. Leon (Washington). Leon started out a little slow but he finished up real good. Lorenzo (Booker). ... both of those guys (Washington and Booker) for the first time going through (mat drills) usually they are intimidated but they really picked the pace up. In fact, Lorenzo graded out a perfect 24 (one session) and that was pretty exciting Rian Reynolds will also be coming in there and working with these guys. Those are the main guys.

"If Willie (Reid) is there (at tailback), then he will work but if he goes to receiver we will see how that goes. I would start Leon if Willie is not there. It would be Leon, Booker and Rian Reynolds. And then we have two or three walk-ons who we will work in there and try to get some work."

Talk about Leon's year last season.

"Oustanding. The kid comes in and returns a kick for a touchdown, returns a punt for a touchdown. Anytime you break one for a touchdown, that's rare. Really rare for football. To do it as a freshman and to do it when he did it, it changed the momentum of those games. That was tough. Then to come in and play as hard as he did on special teams and make plays, tackling guys, covering punts, covering kickoffs and besides that, coming in at tailback and making things happen. What a game he had against the University of Florida. That has to endear him to you. Then Lorenzo, he wanted the redshirt. But we kept working with him, scrimmaging him. He learned and sat in every meeting. When we would scrimmage, you couldn't tackle him. I am excited. We are excited about having him. If you talk to Jon Jost (strength coach), he says pound-for-pound he's one of the strongest guys on the team. He's just so quick. He has great vision. He runs like someone poured turpentine down his britches. And Leon is so smooth, quick and can change direction so well. If you go back and look at those games that he played in, he's really got vision. He sees where the holes are – you can't teach that."


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