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A Seminole Conversation – Patrick Hughes

Aug. 21, 2002

Patrick Hughes and his Florida State teammates began game-week practices Aug 19 for Saturday’s season-opener against Iowa State in the Eddie Robinson Kickoff Classic. Hughes, Florida State’s starting tight end in 2002, was a member of the Seminoles’ 1999 national championship team. The native Texan sat down with and discussed game-week, preparing for Iowa State and what he hopes to do during his senior season as a member of the Florida State football team.

What Are You Most Excited About Now That Two-A-Day Practices Are Over And Game Week Has Begun?

I am really excited about the beginning of the season because I feel our team has a lot to prove to ourselves and to many people around the nation. We want to bring the tradition back to our program and show a lot of doubters that we are still Florida State.”

What Are Your Thoughts About The First Game of Your Senior Season At Florida State?

“I am pretty nervous about Saturday’s game because it is the last go around for me as a collegiate player. I want to make sure I go on the field each day and put myself into position to help this team on each and every play. I want to be able to make plays and contribute to us doing our best each and every game.”

Finish This Sentence: The One Thing Nobody Knows About Patrick Hughes Is…

“The one thing nobody knows about Patrick Hughes is that I’m a big momma’s boy. My mother is everything and she means a lot to me.”

Are You Pleased With Your Progress And Where Your Game Is Entering The Season?

“I am pleased with where my game is going into the game against Iowa State and entering the season as a whole. I’m at the ideal weight that I want to be and I feel like I’m in as good a shape as I ever have been entering a season. ”

How Well Will You Sleep On Friday Night – The Night Before The Game Against Iowa State?

“I’m sure that Friday night will be a very restless night for me. I will probably wake up 10 or 15 times during the night because I anticipate being very anxious for kickoff against Iowa State. I know that a lot is riding on this season — not only for me personally but also for our entire team. This is my last first game of my collegiate career, so I’m really looking forward to getting the season underway.”

What’s The Best Advice You Have Ever Received?

“The best advice I have ever received is that nobody besides myself can determine my destiny. My dad instilled in me that what I do in life is up to me and only me.”

Who Has Been The Biggest Influence On Your Life And Why?

“The biggest influence on my life is my mother. She worked very hard and always sacrificed for me while I was growing up. I would like to give something back to her someday.”

If You Could Have One Wish, What Would It Be And Why?

“My wish is for this team to have a successful season and go out with a national championship. We lost the national championship in the Fiesta Bowl my freshman season, so it would be a dream to end my career in the same place as the national champions.”

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