April 12, 2007
Last month Seminole freshman Caz Piurowski sat down with Seminoles.com to discuss his move from tight end to offensive line. Just a few weeks later, the tackle is not only adjusting to life in the trenches but sharing time at first team. Caz sat down with Seminoles.com to catch us up with the line, his progress and what it is like to play for coach Trickett.
Q: What has been the hardest thing for you in moving from tight end to the offensive line?
A: A lot of things have been tough for me. Some of the plays have been tough for me and the assignments. I missed a few assignments in the last scrimmage. I am trying to stay mentally focused. It is hard to stay aggressive because I am trying so hard to think about what I have to do on the play but I catch myself being kind of passive at times. That is probably the hardest thing – knowing what I have to do on every play and going out and executing it.
Q: What has been the easiest thing for you?
A: Nothing has been easy. I have probably been surprised how quickly I moved up the depth chart and I am now battling (Shannon) Boatman for first team. I knew I had it in me and I knew I could do it but I was kind of surprised how quick it came.
Q: Has the fact that there is a new offensive staff and new line coach helped since this is all new for you as well?
A: Everybody is learning totally new things and learning a lot more than we have in the past, more than they (the offensive linemen) have in the past from what I can see. I had to learn also so it put us all on an even playing field.
Q: What is coach Trickett like from a player’s perspective?
A: He definitely knows what he is talking about. From what I have seen of other coaches, he is one of the best, if not the best, offensive line coaches in the nation. Every fan of Seminole football has gotten an idea of how hard-nosed he is. You are going to do it his way or you are not going to be able to do it.
Q: How much improvement has there been on the line through the spring?
A:We have made some great strides from the beginning to the end. There are some days we came out and didn’t do as well but as a whole we have learned a lot. I really think we are starting to come together. We still have a lot to work on but we have made progress.
Q: There are so many position battles going on this spring. Are you guys on the line helping each other at the same time you are battling to start?
A: Boatman and I are competing for the starting job at right tackle but we both help each other if one of us is doing something wrong. We explain things to one another or show each other things. It is all friendly competition. I want the best man to win the job because I want what is best for the team.
Q: How satisfying is it to see guys like Antone Smith, Jamaal Edwards and Marcus Sims have success running the ball behind you guys?
A: It has been exciting. We expect to go out there and make big plays this season. You can already see that happening in practices and scrimmages. If you look at the scrimmages, we have had numerous long runs and long passes. It is real exciting when you have that type of success.
Q: What is the excitement level of the team concerning the spring game?
A: I am excited about it. We have had some other scrimmages but this is the final big one where everything is going to be set in place. Hopefully we will come in and show the fans a glimpse of what we will be doing next year.
Q: What will you do to keep improving over the summer?
A: There is no mandatory film sessions so that is going to be up to us to get in there and get better. I watch a lot of film and I will keep doing that. As far as the weight room, coach Trickett and the coach Jost have told us that this summer will be a lot different than year’s passed. It will be tougher and we will need to push ourselves harder. Strength and conditioning will be the two biggest things for us on the offensive line.