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TE tackling a new challenge

A former Tampa Bay area recruit may help Florida State's offensive line. 

By BRIAN LANDMAN
Published February 1, 2007


Adding tough-minded, physically gifted offensive linemen is one of the biggest goals for the upcoming Florida State recruiting class.

But the Seminoles might have unearthed a promising prospect already in their midst - rising sophomore tight end Caz Piurowski, the former Land O'Lakes standout.

The 6-foot-7, 285-pound Piurowski has asked to move to offensive tackle.

"It's been in the back of my mind as a possibility," he said. "I talked to a lot of people and basically came to the conclusion that it would be the best move for me in the long run."

New offensive line coach Rick Trickett hadn't been hired when Piurowski contemplated the change. He broached the idea with his position coach, John Lilly, then went to coach Bobby Bowden a couple of weeks ago.

"He Bowden loved it," Piurowski said.

And why not? FSU needs manpower on the line and Piurowski has the size, agility and athletic ability to make the transition.

"It's a lot tougher down there than at tight end, but that's not a problem for me," he said. "Not a problem at all."

He expects to be competing for playing time, if not a starting spot (Mario Henderson, last year's left tackle, is gone) along with redshirt freshman Daron Rose (Jefferson High).

Baseball/football

D'Vontrey Richardson could be spending his spring in centerfield or under center.

Baseball coach Mike Martin likes Richardson's skills, but so does Bowden. Richardson, a speedy and strong-armed quarterback, sat out last season as a redshirt freshman. How much work he would see in the spring with Drew Weatherford and Xavier Lee ahead of him or how far behind he would fall with a new offensive staff if Martin put him in centerfield isn't clear. Bowden and his staff will let Martin know about Richardson's availability next week.

Lucky 13

Center/guard Rodney Hudson from B.C. Rain (Ala.), a onetime commitment to Trickett and West Virginia, is apparently going to stick with the coach. He has orally committed to FSU, its 13th, according to Warchant.com.

Brian Landman can be reached at landman@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3347. Check out his blog at blogs.tampabay.com/seminoles.

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2 Rank of FSU men in the first indoor poll of the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Defending champion Arkansas is No. 1.

 

29 FSU men's basketball RPI (by Collegiate Basketball News) entering this week, usually slam-dunk position for an at-large NCAA Tournament bid.

 

59 Women's basketball RPI entering this week, usually bubble territory for an at-large.