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Florida State linebacker E.J. Levenberry ready to assume starting role

The official stat book says that E.J. Levenberry made his first career start last season at Boston College.

Levenberry, though, doesn't quite see it that way.

“I went in for one play,” Levenberry said with a smile. “I don't count that as a start.”

Levenberry, a 6-3, 225-pound linebacker from the Washington, D.C., area, is hoping that his sophomore year brings some starts he can be proud of.

Early in fall camp, Levenberry and junior Reggie Northrup have rotated into a starting lineup that must find replacements for senior leaders Christian Jones and Telvin Smith.

Levenberry, who had 39 tackles as a freshman, believes that his mental acumen can give him an edge.

“That’s a big advantage for me this year – the mental part of the game,” he said. “The physical part, anybody can do the physical part. But the mental part is really important in this game.”

•  Florida State had its first day off on Wednesday and will hold a two-a-day on Thursday.

• FSU quarterback

Jameis Winston

is one of five players on regional covers of Sports Illustrated's college football preview issue. Alabama's

Amari Cooper

, UCLA's

Brett Hundley

, Oklahoma's

Trevor Knight

and Ohio State's

Braxton Miller

are the others.

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