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FSU tight end Ryan Izzo looking to take the next step in 2017

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The Seminole is embracing his newfound leadership role.

NCAA Football: Mississippi at Florida State Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Izzo has done a lot of things well during his two years as a starting tight end at Florida State.

That being said, he has not been called upon to be a major aspect of the Seminoles’ passing game, accumulating 437 receiving yards and three touchdowns across the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

With FSU’s wide receiver depth taking a hit in the 2016 offseason, though, that may be changing this offseason.

“I have to earn my stripes in camp right now,” Izzo said. “I'm just trying to take all the work I did in the offseason and translate it onto the field now so I can earn that trust and get the opportunities on the field.”

Izzo, who is additionally now one of FSU’s most tenured tight ends along with Mavin Saunders, has also been called upon to take a leadership role with the two new Seminole tight ends, Tre’ McKitty and Alexander Marshall.

“I just reinforce the details for them. It's a detail game,” Izzo said of how he has been showing the new guys the ropes. “Being a tight end, it's a lot of technique. You're always blocking bigger guys. And when you go out to the secondary, you have faster DBs on you. It's about the details and stuff like that.”

Florida State Seminoles Football tight end Ryan Izzo talks about the growth of the position group.

Posted by TomahawkNation.com on Thursday, August 3, 2017