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Casher prepares for draft after getting fresh start at Faulkner

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Chris Casher was a star defensive end at Florida State. His name was linked multiple times to off-the-field incidents involving Jameis Winston during his time as a Seminole.

Marred by a checkered past in his early collegiate years, he found a new beginning playing football for Faulkner University. 

"I was always bigger, stronger, faster than everybody and when I got to Florida State, I probably faced adversity for the first time. At first I didn't know how to handle it and for a while it kind of got to me," Casher said.

The defensive end was a part of a National Championship with Florida State. However with struggles in the classroom, he was asked to leave the program in summer of 2016.

"Because of my academic situation, they told me my best bet was NAIA, and if I was going to play that level of football, I didn't want to be that far from home. So I said you know, I'm gonna try to go to Faulkner," Casher said.

From the NCAA FBS level to NAIA Faulkner, he took a chance in order to focus on a shot at an NFL future. 

"A lot of guys on the team were saying 'we know it's not Florida State,' and I was telling them I didn't expect Florida State. I wasn't looking for that. I was looking for a home you know I was looking for somewhere to play and I found that here," Casher said.

He wasn't looking for special treatment, nor did he ask for it. Casher knew it was all or nothing no matter where he played his final collegiate year.

"I try to go out at practice 20 minutes early if I can and just hit the bags you know, practice running the hoops. Flipping my hips. In between periods like if we were working on special teams and I wasn't on special teams, I still go over there and work on get off," Casher said.

So did Casher think Montgomery was the right decision?

"Yea, I really do. The city itself is a little bit slower than Tallahassee. There's not as much going on. So I got time to really just focus on me and what I came here to do," Casher said.

At the end of the day, his name is still linked to Jameis Winston in his troubled early years, but he wants people to know so much has changed since then especially his maturity.

"I made mistakes, but I'm a guy that I feel like I learned from all of them. I don't know what people see me as if it's a good guy or a bad guy but to be honest the guy they probably thought I was. I'm not that guy," Casher said.

Casher has spent his off season training at Bommarito Performance Systems in Davie, FL as well as spending three weeks at B-Faast in Tallahassee ahead of the draft.

The 2017 NFL draft starts on Thursday.

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