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Catching Up With Cro And A.J.

July 24, 2004


Senior wide receiver Craphonso Thorpe and junior linebacker A.J. Nicholson are representing the Seminoles at the 2004 ACC Football Kickoff, being held this weekend at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C. Sports Information took the opportunity on Saturday to catch up with these talented athletes before the players participate in a series of interviews about the upcoming season with ACC media on Sunday.


A.J. Nicholson

What goals did you set for yourself this summer?
I set high goals to be the best player not only in the state of Florida, but in America. I set high goals education-wise to make A’s and B’s in all my classes which I’m doing now. My No. 1 goal is to do my part to help us win a national championship.

Name one player on defense who has really impressed you this summer.
Ray Piquion. He does everything he’s supposed to do. He has a great work ethic and is a blessing for our team and has a whole lot to do with our progress so far.

Who is the most versatile player on defense?
A.J. Nicholson because he can do everything. He is an old school player like Dick Butkus and a new school player like Ray Lewis. The Nicholson tradition must go on.

Which player on the team would be just as good playing offense or defense?
Antonio Cromartie. He could play corner or wide receiver. He’s just a good athlete.

What player comes to mind when you hear the word …
Clown: Buster Davis
Determined/Focused: Jerome Carter
Go-To Guy: Craphonso Thorpe
Role Model: David Castillo
Picky: Buster Davis
Stubborn: Pat Watkins
Meanest: I don’t really look at anyone that way.
Hardest Hitter: Ernie Sims

In your opinion, who are your top three Heisman candidates heading into the season?
Jason White (Oklahoma), Carnell Williams (Auburn), A.J. Nicholson

What has been the highlight/favorite moment of your FSU career?
When Coach Bowden won the Wake Forest game and became the winningest coach in major college football. Witnessing that game and being a part of it was such an honor.

What other sport do you wish you excelled at?
I wish I would have kept on playing basketball and I should have played baseball. If someone would have told me how much money there was in baseball, I would have signed up for little league.

Who have you tried to model yourself after?
My dad. I’m a Nicholson. There are a lot of great players, but you have to have your own identity.

Who is the best player you have gone up against since playing at FSU?
(NC State’s) Phillip Rivers. He was poised, calm and knew exactly what he was dong at all times and that’s so important.

Who do you consider to be the “sleeper” on the team?
Pat Watkins. He’s just a real good player who people don’t give enough credit to.

Craphonso Thorpe

What goals did you set for yourself this summer?
To get bigger, stronger and faster. I know to prepare myself for the next level, those are things I needed to improve. I’ve got my weight up to 200, my bench to 360 and I ran a 4.30 electronic.

Name one player on offense who has really impressed you this summer.
Lorenzo Booker. We worked out together over the summer and I was impressed with his dedication and work ethic.

Who is the most versatile player on offense?
It’s a toss up between Chris Davis and Leon Washingon. By the time Chris leaves FSU, everyone will know his name.


Which player on the team would be just as good playing offense or defense?
I think I would be a pretty good cornerback. I played corner in high school and had eight picks my senior year. We had a good secondary at Lincoln. I was at corner, Larry Williams (Clemson) was at the other corner, Pat Watkins at safety and Greg Threat was the other safety.


What player comes to mind when you hear the word …
Clown:
Chris Davis
Determined/Focused: Ray Willis
Go-To Guy: Chris Davis
Role Model: David Castillo
Picky: Chris Rix
Stubborn: Chris Rix
Meanest: Alex Barron on offense and any of the linebackers on defense.
Hardest Hitter: Ernie Sims and A.J. Nicholson

In your opinion, who are your top three Heisman candidates heading into the season?
No idea. I really don’t watch many other teams.

What has been the highlight/favorite moment of your FSU career?
The Notre Dame game last year.

What other sport do you wish you excelled at?
Baseball. I played a little shortstop in high school.

Who have you tried to model yourself after?
I thought Michael Irvin was pretty good.

Who is the best player you have gone up against since playing at FSU?
I would have to say (FSU’s) Bryant McFadden, and (Miami’s) Antrel Rolle, but he wasn’t on my side when we played Miami.

Who do you consider to be the “sleeper” on the team?
That has to be Chris Davis. He’s an untapped resource, a diamond in the rough.

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