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A Natural Switch



Oct. 25, 2013

By: Jonathan Schillace

It's hard to use one word to describe Lamarcus Joyner...

"Leadership, playmaker, first round ability."

He's proving that ability this year after not only deciding to come back for his senior year, but to switch positions in his last season, which has paid dividend thus far in 2013.

"Lamarcus is natural where he is at," said head coach Jimbo Fisher. "He is a natural corner, he can be a safety which is great, but him as a nickel...is everything. It's a safety, it's a linebacker, it's a corner. He's a naturally instinctive football player and only certain guys can play in those certain roles."

Lamarcus is showing that he certainly can. It seems that playing safety last year may have limited his abilities on the field.

"By him switching to defensive back, it opened up more opportunities for him," said Jacobbi McDaniel. "Whatever the coaches want him to do, he does it to the best of his abilities."

Which brings the best out in the players he practices against.

"Lamarcus is one of the best defensive athletes on the team," said Rashad Greene. "He's a competitor. That guy gets us all prepared for Saturday and it becomes easy."

"Whoever Lamarcus goes up against he pushes them to their max," said McDaniel. "It's either you are going to respond or you are going to get embarrassed."

Lamarcus was a fan favorite playing safety, he started 27 consecutive games at the position and recorded multiple tackles in 12 of 14 games last year.

"You never hear him talk about or brag about what he did in the past," said McDaniel. "It's always week by week he wants to get better. I think for someone to be a leader like that, his performance speaks for itself."

"I was just able to embrace the leadership role," said Lamarcus Joyner. "That's why I returned for my senior year."

Lamarcus's teammates say he is a natural leader, possessing 2 different personalities. Off the field he is a quiet guy but on the field he is anything but...

"Fortunately I was given that ability," said Joyner. "It all comes from the heart. I try my best to be a genuine person. I signed up for this game of football because I had that side of me. When it's time to play football that switch in the heart turns on and I'm able to be that competitor."

"He is short, not little," said Fisher. "There is a difference. He packs that big punch now, and his heart is as big as the world."

Which may by why he is arguably having his best year yet, leading the team in sacks, forced fumbles and has 33 tackles. But his success is not the reason why he'll always remember this season.

"This has been the best year I've had since I have been at Florida State as far as an emotional standpoint," said Joyner. "the love and the brotherhood we are building around here is something special."

And we are only half way through with the season.

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