It’s good to be king of college football.
“National champion number 1,” said Florida State linebacker Telvin Smith. “Nobody can say that. Go Noles.”
FSU capped off a perfect 14-0 season with a 34-31 victory over Auburn in the BCS National Championship on January 6th in Pasadena.
“It’s definitely crazy,” said defensive back Terrence Brooks. “I mean it probably really won’t hit me until I get the ring but I do find myself looking at the national championship hat every day. It’s definitely a blessing.”
But two weeks later, four Seminoles find themselves in Mobile, Alabama preparing for the next stage of their career: the NFL.
“I enjoyed it for those last two or three hours that night but now it’s time to keep going,” said Smith. “I let those younger guys enjoy it. I knew I was coming here. I got the combine coming up. There’s a lot of stuff…that’s just a step to get me to where I am today. Getting better is our motto this week.”
The Senior Bowl is described as a weeklong job interview. Players practice with their respective teams during the day and meet with NFL coaches and scouts at night. The game itself is set for Saturday at 4 PM eastern at Ladd Peebles Stadium.
Gus Bradley and his Jaguars staff will coach the south squad. And while some of the players did not know much about the first-year head coach, they were quick to warm up to him.
“I like his style of coaching,” said FSU linebacker Christian Jones. “He gets us all pumped and excited to come out here and work.”
Bradley is famous for his motto about eating the crumbs, a message based on humility. But the FSU players learned the same lesson from their head coach, Jimbo Fisher, in Tallahassee.
“That was our motto, get a crumb” said Smith. “And it was crazy when he said get a crumb because that’s what we did all season and that’s what Coach Jimbo told us. We’re following in his footsteps and I’m ready to let him (Bradley) coach me.”