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FSU defensive end Josh Sweat has learned his lesson for Seminoles

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For Josh Sweat, there wasn’t enough sweat.

Sweat, the defensive end of the FSU Seminoles, looks back at a year ago and remembers being called out for loafing in a loss to North Carolina. He seems determined that it will not happen again.

“Everyone knows I had that one bad game,” Sweat told the Tallahassee Democrat. “I’m not going to let it bother me anymore. I felt like my last six games after that, I definitely turned it around. I’m not worried about that anymore, and nobody is going to get me down from that.”

Sweat has turned himself into an example for his teammates.

“I came out here the first day (of spring practice) and started to run to the ball,” Sweat said. “Everyone just followed.”

Last season finished like that for Sweat. His last three games included 4 1/2 sacks.

“We lost by a little bit,” Sweat said, “and sometimes a lot. But when it really mattered, we didn’t pull through. Some of the bad habits started in practice. It’s easier to say it, but we need to work on those things.”

The work will have to come quickly. FSU opens its season against Alabama. Sweat will be counted upon to help replace Demarcus Walker, who was second in the nation with 16.5 sacks.


Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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