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July 31, 2003

Summer Player Awards

The effort and determination shown by the Seminole football team over the past couple months during voluntary workouts has been outstanding. The players turned out in record numbers for both the weight lifting sessions and the afternoon drills on the practice fields.

Warchant.com has been present at most of the voluntary workouts and recognizes the following players for their achievements:

Top Newcomer (TIE) - Ernie Sims
Ernie Sims From day one of the voluntary workouts Ernie Sims caught the attention of the strength and conditioning staff and his teammates. Not only because he physically looks like a senior starter, but because of his performances in every aspect of the summer program. He tied for the team's second fastest 40-time (4.44) and almost unseated Michael Boulware as the team's top athlete with his 37-inch vertical, 4.11 pro agility (team best) and 10'3" broad jump.
Top Newcomer (TIE) - Antonio Cromartie
Cromartie Right up there with Sims has to be Tallahassee Lincoln standout Antonio Cromartie. The incoming freshman showed that he was in tremendous shape - he was consistently out in front of his group during conditioning runs. He also displayed outstanding athleticism during passing drills and he showed that he could play cornerback despite his 6-foot-3 and 200-pound frame.

Top Leader on Offense - Ray Willis
Willis Although several players are emerging as leaders, this pick was a no-brainer. Offensive tackle Ray Willis really took the bull by the horns this summer and motivated and sometimes demanded that his teammates make sacrifices above and beyond what was required. Willis is slated to start at tight tackle this season.
Top Leader on Defense - Michael Boulware
Boulware One of the most consistent players this summer was Michael Boulware. The senior linebacker generally leads the team with his actions and effort but was much more vocal this summer. With Alonzo Jackson now playing on Sundays, Boulware will need to take on a more active leadership role this season. FSU's strong-side linebacker was second on the team in tackles last season and has started every game since his sophomore season.

Top Conditioned Player on Offense - Matt Henshaw
Henshaw One of the most pleasant surprises this summer has been Matt Henshaw. The former quarterback turned tight end not only added on 20 pound of muscle and ran an impressive 4.51 40-yard dash, he is in tremendous shape. He consistently led the pack when his group ran conditioning drills. Henshaw should finally give FSU a legitimate offensive weapon at tight end this season.
Top Conditioned Player on Defense - B.J. Ward
Ward Nobody has done more the past 12 months to improve his status with the team than B.J. Ward. The junior free safety has gone from (Mickey Andrews') doghouse to the penthouse. He showed his tremendous improvement this summer by leading his unit during conditioning runs. He also recorded the team's top 40-time (4.42). Ward enters practice as the team's starting free safety.

Most improved Player on Offense - Eric Broe
Broe If you last saw Eric Broe a year ago you probably wouldn't recognize him today. The sophomore guard knocked off nearly 50 pounds from his 6-foot-6 frame. He also dramatically improved his strength finishing third in the team's strength testing results. His efforts have been rewarded by the coaches as he is listed as the starter at tight guard entering August practices.
Most Improved Player on Defense - Buster Davis
Buster If you have any doubts about about Buster Davis winning this award look no further than the strength testing results. The former USA Today first team All-American improved his squat by 200 pounds (535), and a hundred pounds each in the bench (385) and clean (350). He also dramatically improved his conditioning during the summer months. Davis redshirted last season but should see significant playing time in 2003.

Toughest Player on Offense - Leon Washington
Leon Leon Washington is a gamer. The sophomore tailback has totally changed his body through hard work and determination during the summer months. Even when he is experiencing pain or discomfort you will never hear Florida's 2001 Mr. Football complain. Washington should see plenty of playing time behind senior Greg Jones this season.
Toughest Player on Defense - Jerome Carter
JC When you talk about "toughness" Jerome Carter has to be mentioned. The hard-hitting rover persevered through several nagging injuries and personal issues this summer. Despite all the distractions he was one of the team's top performers over the past couple months. Going into two-a-day practices Carter is listed as the starter at strong safety (rover).

Summer's Most Valuable Player Award
Booker This isn't the type of honor you would expect a rookie to win but Lorenzo Booker is hardly your typical freshman. The former high school All-American hasn't taken the field yet for the Tribe yet but when he does fans are in for a treat. Booker shocked teammates and coaches when he won the strength index title (pound-for-pound the team's strongest player). He also did extremely well in the performance testing. His attendance at the voluntary workouts was near perfect and he was always one of the most conditioned athletes on the field.

Miscellaneous Awards

Best Sunglasses
Eric Broe & Craphonso Thorpe
Best Hair
Dominic Robinson & Jhermaine McAroy
Broe Thorpe Robinson McAroy

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