Different Approach

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Posted Jul 20, 2004


Six seniors are scattered among the listing of players available in Florida State's secondary this season. That group includes cornerback Leroy Smith, who has changed his eating habits and his body this offseason. Smith, from nearby Quincy, has added noticeable muscle to his upper body as the Seminoles continue their summer conditioning drills. The team has performance testing today, including the much-anticipated 40-yard dash at Mike Long Track.

A smiling Leroy Smith wanted to make sure he made the most of his senior season at Florida State.

The first change he made this offseason was at the dinner table.

Out: Fast foods.

In: Healthy foods.

Smith, from nearby Quincy, has changed his body for the good with his new approach. He has added noticeable muscle and bulk to his shoulders and arms.

"I am eating right finally," Smith said.

"Basically, I've been more disciplined. I've been trying to eat right and working out. I feel a lot better."

Smith has traded the take-out windows at McDonald's and Burger King for home-cooked meals. He also no longer munches late at night and wakes up early to run.

"I've jogging a mile-and-a-half every morning and then I am working out each afternoon," Smith said. "My body really responded and has shown improvement. And, like I said, I feel a lot better

FSU fans should also feel good about the Seminoles' secondary.

Smith and fellow senior Bryant McFadden return at the corners. Also returning on the edges is sophomore Antonio Cromartie and junior Gerard Ross, who can also play safety.

The Seminoles, however, lost a cornerback last week when Jhermaine McAroy was ruled academically ineligible.

Smith, meanwhile, played in all 13 games last season and made three starts against Wake Forest, Notre Dame and Clemson.

He tied for first along with safety Pat Watkins with three interceptions, including one for a 90-yard touchdown (fifth longest in FSU history) against Notre Dame.

Smith also ranked fourth on team with seven pass break-ups and fifth among defensive backs with 32 tackles (25 solo, seven assisted. He chipped in two fumble recoveries as well.

"The secondary has shown a lot of improvement," Smith said.

"We've been working out here every day, working together. We are going to have that good chemistry out on the field. I think we might have one of the best secondarys in the nation. We are looking for a great season."


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