August 24, 2011

Despite postion battle Parks and Moody are close

Despite playing the same position and being listed as co-starters on the depth chart, Florida State safeties Terrance Parks and Nick Moody don't see themselves as in a position battle for the starting job.

Instead they see themselves as just two good football players, and good friends for that matter, who happen to line up at the same spot.

"It's been going good," Parks said of preseason camp with both playing the same position. "We push each other, we're both great athletes, we're friends, we push each other to the point where we're both going to get each other better."

With the exception of the season opener, which Moody missed with an injury, the duo started every game at safety for the Seminoles in 2010.

But after sophomore Lamarcus Joynermoved to strong safety in the spring and locked up the starting job, Moody and Parks have found themselves competing for the starting free safety job.

"It's not going to hurt our friendship at all," said Moody. " We're close, we've been close since freshmen year so it doesn't have any affect on it."

Moody and Parks will not only compete with each other for a starting job, but they're also competing with Joyner for playing time as well. Through the first few weeks of preseason practice, Joyner said the energy between the three has created an environment that only makes everyone better.

"You take it as competing or you take it as pressure," Joyner said of the safety situation. " You want to take it as competing to make everyone on the depth chart better, because when you look at as pressure that makes guys fear making mistakes and you don't get to progress as a player. To me it's a great thing to have those guys battling and pushing me too, because no one is safe. We have a great team."

Parks, a senior, who recorded 44 tackles, six pass breakups, and two fumble recoveries last year said he feels much more comfortable this preseason with defensive coordinator Mark Stoops's system.

"The second year in Coach Stoops' defense and I'm picking it up well," he said. "I'm getting to be more and more comfortable in it, and I feel like the more comfortable I get the better I play. So I'm just taking advantage of learning and soaking everything in."

While Parks is lining up at the same spot as last season, Moody is switching sides in 2011. After recording 79 tackles, two pass breakups, and one interception as the strong safety last season Moody is now learning free safety as well.

"Basically our safety positions they're kind of the same with a few different tweaks," Parks said. "(Moody's) doing great, as always. He's not having any troubles."

After Tuesday's scrimmage, Head coach Jimbo Fisher described both Parks and Moody's play as solid so far in camp.

No matter who ends up with the starting job, be it Parks or Moody, they both want to lead by example for the rest of the secondary since they've been on campus together for four years.

"We approach it as we need to get better as a team," Parks said. "With us being the older guys back there we have to lead the rest of the secondary and we approach it in that way. We're back there and we take care of business and we try to be there for the rest of our teammates because they are younger than us.

"We don't like to talk a lot. We like to go and show how we do things and let our actions speak for our words."

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