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Kaindoh poised for breakout season

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One of Florida State’s biggest defensive concerns going into 2020 is finding pass-rush help off the edge. Joshua Kaindoh says he feels good. And he’s certainly showing coaches.

“Joshua Kaindoh is a pro,” defensive coordinator Adam Fuller said. “The way he goes about his business. Maturity. His intelligence. His skillset. I’m really excited about him and the way he’s going about his business.”

Kaindoh played in just three games, starting one, before an ankle injury cut short his 2019 season. He had nine tackles and a sack and FSU’s pass rush missed his quickness.

But instead Kaindoh spent the offseason rehabilitating and working his way back to the field. Kaindoh said he would wake up at 5 a.m. in the spring for 6 a.m. workouts. “I guess that’s what I have to do,” Kaindoh said in March.

All of that work has led him to this point, now just under four weeks to the start of FSU’s season against Georgia Tech on Sept. 12.

“Right now I’m feeling pretty good,” Kaindoh said. “I’m just really happy to be able to work out with the team. Not have to keep my mind on this is hurting, that is hurting.”

Kaindoh is now the one inflicting some hurting on FSU’s offensive line. The return of interior linemen like Marvin Wilson, Cory Durden and Robert Cooper also helps Kaindoh, who is a miserable one-on-one matchup given his size (6-foot-7, 265 pounds) and wingspan.

“I’ve really enjoyed building the relationship with Josh,” coach Mike Norvell said. “From when I first got here, I remember our first meeting there in December. Josh is very, very intelligent. To see the maturity he has, he doesn’t always say a whole lot, but he’s always watching. I think that’s an area we’ve built a great relationship throughout that time. He’s got a lot of respect for his coaches, he’s got a lot of respect for his teammates, he understands the importance of work. … He’s a guy that’s played some good football here, but he wants to be better. This is a year that we’re counting on him.”

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