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Florida State's freshman class is drawing rave reviews for its work ethic during the team's summer conditioning drills. One player who is trying to make the most of his time is linebacker <b>Jae Thaxton.</b> Thaxton, a Hartwell, Ga., native who had more than 450 tackles during his four-year varstiy career, wants to be prepared for the start of two-a-days next month.

Jae Thaxton had already been timed in the 40-yard dash during Florida State's performance testing earlier this week. Thaxton, however, remained behind at Mike Long Track to watch his teammates. "This feels like a big group of brothers. Everyone is so close and pushing each other to be better," Thaxton said. The 6-foot-2, 22...

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