Jan. 30, 2007
In 2006, Caz Piurowski was second on the team in catches by a freshman but as the Seminoles prepare to open their off-season conditioning program the Land O’ Lakes, FL native will have a new position. Caz has asked to be moved to the offensive line and as you will see below his coaches granted his request enthusiastically. The 6’7″, 285 pound freshman will enter the spring as FSU’s newest left tackle. Caz took a few minutes to sit down with Seminoles.com and talk about his position switch.
Seminoles.com: Take us through the process you went through in making the switch.
Caz: I started off thinking about it towards the end of the season, right before the bowl game. After the season is when I really started to think about it. I talked to people about it. I came to the conclusion after talking to lots of people and thinking about it that it would be the best move. I went and talked to Coach Lilly and then I went and talked to Coach Bowden. Coach Bowden loved the idea. He thought it was a great move for me. We kind of finalized it that day during our meeting.
Seminoles.com: What are you most excited about?
Caz: I am excited for the opportunity. We have a great coach in Coach Trickett. A lot of people think he is probably the best (offensive line) coach in the nation. I think this is a great opportunity.
Seminoles.com: What will you miss the most about playing tight end?
Caz: Catching passes. Definitely!
Seminoles.com: So do you feel you are getting a fresh start on the line now that there is a new coach in Rick Trickett?
Caz: That’s how I feel. I feel everyone is on an even playing field. There are no starters right now. There are no back-ups. Everyone is going to have to earn their position. I think that will help me out a lot as I have never played line before. I will be learning a lot of new things.
Seminoles.com: What will be the biggest challenges for you? Will it be terminology or something else?
Caz: I have always been around the terminology. The technique will be one of the biggest challenges. Of course it is different than tight end. That will be the biggest thing. Mentally it is a totally different game. It is a lot tougher down there than it is at tight end or other positions so mentally it will be a change as well.
Seminoles.com: How will you approach this off-season now? How different will the spring be for you now that you are on the line?
Caz: Mentally I am going to train like I am a tight end as far as quickness and speed are concerned. I don’t want to lose any of the quickness I have right now. I am going to have to bulk up and get a lot stronger. I need to be a lot more physical as well.
Seminoles.com: Has Coach Trickett talked to you about playing time this fall?
Caz: We haven’t really talked about playing time right now. The way I look at it is that everyone is starting on the same foot. I could go in and have a chance to contribute or even compete for a starting job during the spring.