October 13, 2009 - by
Fall Focus: Freshmen Trio

Oct. 13, 2009





by FSU Sports Information Student Assistant, Jon Lowell

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Seminole baseball team will conclude their fall schedule in less than two weeks with the Garnet and Gold game scheduled to take place on Friday, October 23 inside Dick Howser Stadium.

This week Seminoles.com continued its fall focus chatting with a trio of freshmen that are set to help Florida State make a return trip to Omaha in 2010.

Student assistant Jon Lowell sat down with Jayce Boyd, Justin Gonzalez and Devon Travis to find out a little more about these Seminoles student-athletes and how they are adjusting to college life.

Jayce Boyd – Cantonment, FL (Tate HS)
INF, R/R, 6-2, 180

Q: What made you choose FSU?
A: Close to home. My parents can come visit me. They can come watch practice when they want, and come to football games. It worked out pretty well.

Q: What’s it like to play for coach Martin?
A: Unbelievable. It’s awesome so far, especially being around some one who knows the game as well as coach Martin does; the experience he has is exciting to be around.

Q: How has your transition from high school to college gone so far?
A: Academically, it’s been easier than I thought it would be. We have study hall and tutors that we have to go to so it made the transition a lot easier, and not so hectic. I didn’t have to do it all on my own. On the field, I’m not where I want to be yet, but I still have a ways to go.

Q: Have you made any friends on the team?
A: I’ve made new friends on top of my old ones.

Q: Is there anyone at FSU that you’ve competed with, or against in the past?
A: I actually went to high school with our freshman first baseman Kevin Jackson. We’ve been friends since we were five years old.

Q: Who do you look up to in your first year here?
A: Definitely Stuart Tapley. He plays the same position. I learn from him where I need to be on bunt coverage’s. He’s already helped me a lot.

Q: How do you hope to contribute during your freshman year?
A: Being a team player more than an individual. Some players can get a big head when they come to a big program like this. I just want to have fun.

Justin Gonzalez – Miami, FL (Columbus HS)
INF, R/R, 6-2, 170

Q: What made you choose FSU?
A: It’s a great program, and they have a rich history. They have success in developing players. Also, academics and being in state. That was really important to me.

Justin Gonzalez was named a second team High School All-American by Louisville Slugger.

Q: What’s it like to play for coach Martin?
A: What an experience. I’ll probably remember this for the rest of my life. He has so much baseball knowledge that he can pass on to me.

Q: How has your transition from high school to college gone so far?
A: Academically, I thought it was going to be a struggle because time management is a big deal for me. Being a part of baseball, we have tutors and study hall that really help me out. Baseball is still the same game, only quicker. We have the right coaches to help me adjust.

Q: Have you made any friends on the team?
A: All the guys are great guys.

Q: Who do you look up to in your first year here?
A: I look up to Tyler Holt. The way he plays the game with intensity, and the way he wants to win. I want to be like that.

Q: Is there anyone at FSU that you’ve competed with, or against in the past?
A: I actually played on a summer team with Stephen McGee one year.

Q: How do you hope to contribute during your freshman year?
A: I just want to be a team guy. I don’t care if I don’t play or not. I just want to win and help this team in any way to go all the way.

Devon Travis – Wellington, FL (Palm Beach Central HS)
INF, R/R, 5-9, 183

Q: What made you choose FSU?
A: When I came for my first visit I loved it. I came up for an unofficial visit coming back from Georgia and fell in love I guess. The coaches are real compatible. Talking to them was easy. I felt like I built a relationship with them.
What’s not to like here?

Devon Travis was a first team All-State honoree as a senior at Palm Beach Central High School.

Q: What’s it like to play for coach Martin?
A: They are very hands on. Coach Martin has been here a long time and I didn’t know he, and his staff was so hands on. He’s at practice every day. It’s a lot of fun I feel like I’ve learned a lot.

Q: How has your transition from high school to college gone so far?
A: Academically it’s stressful. Being a student-athlete isn’t like everyone thinks. It’s pretty tough. School wise it’s not harder. It’s a lot more work and you cover more material in less time. As far as on the field, it’s faster. Everyone is really good. The guys next to you are as good if not better than you.

Q: Have you made any friends on the team?
A: Yeah everyone is pretty cool.

Q: Who do you look up to in your first year here?
A: Playing under Tyler Holt, Stuart Tapley and Stephen Cardullo is pretty cool. I used to watch them on TV now I get to play on the same field as them.

Q: How do you hope to contribute during your freshman year?
A: I’m just working hard (at second base). Sherman (Johnson) is a great ball player. Whatever happens happens. It doesn’t matter. I just want to win.

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