Redshirt freshman defensive end Quashon Fuller stood out during FSU’s pandemic shortened spring practice period this past March and that trend has continued, according to his head coach and at least one of his teammates. Fuller is enjoying being back on the edge of the defense in coordinator Adam Fuller’s 4-3 scheme and reported to camp almost 15 pounds heavier than he was last season.
“Quashon Fuller is having a really good start to camp,” said coach Mike Norvell. “He’s gained some really good weight. He’s about 280 pounds now but moving well.”
Fuller says he feels the additional weight and the new defensive scheme work to his advantage.
“I feel like me being able to play with this much weight makes it harder for offensive linemen to move me off the edge,” said Fuller. “I’m very comfortable with my weight and just ready to work.”
“I’m very excited with this defensive scheme. I’ve actually been in this scheme for a very long time, so I will be able to play a lot more comfortable. Can’t wait. I’m going to be working more on the edge. My job is basically go get sacks.”
He also feels his development has benefitted by the standards and expectations of Norvell and defensive ends coach John Papuchis in practice.
“The energy is there every day,” said Fuller. “My coach, they just always emphasize the little things. Being better every day. Every day that we go out to practice, they are always stressing ‘Let today be your best day.’ When you have your best day every day, you are climbing every day for that 1 percent. That is all they really care about.
“It has been very intense, being held to a high standard that you have to live by every day. I just feel like we are pushing every day for a greater cause, coming together as a team to win games.”
Fuller’s efforts on the practice field haven’t gone unnoticed by his teammates.
“There are some guys that are in the defensive room that are making big strides from when they got here,” said senior defensive end Janarious Robinson. “Quashon Fuller and (defensive end) Derrick McLendon, me and (Joshua) Kaindoh are trying to take those guys under our wings and show them the right way to go. We’re still learning so we’re learning together and trying to get everybody together on the court.”