Telvin Smith is going to be the vocal leader of the 2013 Seminoles defense. Make no mistake about it.
“I wouldn’t say my role has shifted, I feel like I’ve always been the talkative guy on the team or the spirit of the team a little bit," said Smith. "So I wouldn’t say it’s shifted I’d just say more people are depending on me to do bigger things.”
In the past Smith has been a reserve and key special-teamer. With Vince Williams ahead of him the last few years opportunities to play have been limited. But with Williams now departed, Smith has a chance to run the defense himself and become the leader of the unit.
“Last year it was great with Vince, don’t get me wrong," said Smith. "But there’s nothing like filling your own shoes, living up to the expectations that people have been talking about all these years that I’ve been here. I’m just ready to play.”
Telvin Smith came from Lowndes High School in Valdosta. The same high school that also produced Greg Reid and Tyler Hunter.
There must be something up in the water in Valdosta because all of those guys bring a lot of energy and noise to the football field. Even before this season you could hear the 6-3 215-pound LB out on the practice field chirping at teammates and getting excited.
Now as the vocal leader of the defense, the team will look to him even more for that example.
And that's just how Smith wants it, he has big things planned for 2013.
“I love the team and the guys that we got running this defense and I feel like we can really put something together," said Smith.
"Everybody’s got the work mentality, everybody’s on the same page wanting to learn the defense. I feel like there’s no selfish guys, everybody’s putting in time, so when you’ve got that attitude out there, there’s always great things that’s going to happen.”
Smith has great instincts and athleticism and so far he has had an excellent camp, leading the Seminoles in tackles during scrimmages and providing good leadership to younger players as they try and get acclimated to the Florida State defense.
As the Seminoles' starting middle linebacker this will be the year for Telvin Smith to prove that his vocal leadership style actually resonates with his teammates.
If it does, Florida State could have an extremely good defense come 2013.
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