Lonnie Pryor is a character. Few players on the Florida State roster bring the sort of electric personality and genuine sense of humor to an interview that Pryor provides. On Sunday morning the senior fullback completed his last practice ever at Florida State, but in his typical fashion, he wasn't waxing nostalgic about what has been a great FSU career.
He was finding ways to make his own fun.
After practice as reporters swarmed around Jimbo Fisher, recorders and cameras in hand, Pryor snuck up to the back of the pack and did his best Edwin Pope impersonation.
"What are you going to do get the fullback the ball?" came a voice from the back of the gaggle.
As reporters turned to see who had asked such a strangely specific question, Pryor ducked out of the sight of Jimbo Fisher, but evidently not fast enough of as Fisher zinged him back:
"I'm going to have to recruit one that's real fast and athletic, that's a good player and does all those good things, [one that] can catch and not drop balls. We've got no recruiting for that."
As Pryor walked off laughing, Fisher reminded him, "Hey, you know I always get the last word. You should know better than that!"
Then Fisher turned back to reporters and said in earnest, "No, that guy right there, we can get him the ball and he does thing. He's one heck of a football player."
That will be the legacy Pryor leaves behind at Florida State, a tweener-type running back who was willing to do anything and everything to help his team, Pryor has been a weapon at fullback for Florida State the past few seasons. Whether he's asked to carry the ball, catch it or block, Pryor handles his business with a workman-like quality that has rubbed off on his teammates and made him beloved by Florida State fans.
"This is a great way [to finish out my career]," said Pryor later when I asked him about playing in the Orange Bowl. "[I'm enjoying] some of the events and just being on South Beach. We're in Miami, there's always something to do, the wind, the sun's always out, the wind's always blowing. It's a nice area, we're in a great hotel, so it's a great place to be here in Miami."
Next up for Pryor after the bowl game will be looking for a place to train and get ready for the pro's. Already Pryor has drawn comparisons to current Denver Bronco fullback Jacob Hester. Hester had a similar career at LSU and was selected by the San Diego Chargers in the third round of the 2008 NFL draft.
"Hopefully I'm going to find a place to train and go from there," said Pryor. "I don't have any invitations to any of the [senior] bowl games. I'm going to just keep [doing] me and hopefully everything works out. [Maybe] I need to [start lobbying some people]."
I don't know how Pryor hasn't received an invitation to play in either the Shrine Game or the Senior Bowl, but once he shows up at the combine his draft stock should get a nice boost.
For now though, Pryor is just focused on leaving Florida State with a win.
"We're just going to go out there and play football," said Pryor. "We're not worried about what anyone's saying or anything , we're just going to go play football like we always do."