Special Effort

As Maryland's ace specialist <b>Steve Suter</b> positioned himself to field <b>Jesse Stein's</b> high, arcing punt last Saturday, <b>Kamerion Wimbley</b> raced down field. Wimbley is one of a handful of FSU's younger players who have earned valuable playing time on special team units this season. While kickoff and punt coverage has been adequate, there's still plenty of room for improvement as the Seminoles tangle with Georgia Tech tonight at Doak Campbell Stadium. Click here for the details.

As Maryland's ace specialist Steve Suter positioned himself to field Jesse Stein's high, arcing punt last Saturday, Kamerion Wimbley raced down field.

Wimbley is one of a handful of Florida State's younger players who have earned valuable playing time on special team units this season. While kickoff and punt coverage has been adequate, there's still plenty of room for improvement as the Seminoles tangle with Georgia Tech tonight at Doak Campbell Stadium.

The Seminoles, for instance, held Suter to 90 return yards overall -- 31 yards on four punt returns and 59 yards on three kickoff returns. His punt return late in the third quarter was snuffed out after six yards on a wonderful open-field tackle by Wimbley and A.J. Nicholson.

After two games, FSU opponents are averaging 19.4 yards per kickoff return and 8.2 per punt return. Both numbers are comparable to last season -- 19.7 and 8.9.

"Yeah, I had a tackle," said Wimbley, a wide smile spreading across his face.

"I always like getting a tackle in front of the home crowd. It keeps you hyped out there. It's nice to play in front of friends and my family was down here, so that was exciting, just to make a play in front of those people."

Wimbley, a sophomore from Wichita, Kan., gained valuable experience playing in all 14 games last season as a true freshman at defensive end. He also enjoyed an excellent spring, earning the Most Improved defensive end and Most Committed to Physical Development awards. He recorded four tackles and two sacks in the Garnet and Gold game.

Wimbley has played well thus far this season in his backup role at right end behind Eric Moore. The unit, coached by Jody Allen has benefited from a strong rotation that also features Kevin Emanuel, Chauncey Davis and Darrell Burston.

The quintet has combined for 15 tackles, two sacks and eight of the defensive unit's 20 quarterback hurries.

"We have a lot of depth compared to last year," Wimbley said.

"We only had three people at one point in the season -- Eric Moore had the appendix and I didn't have much experience. So, we had to roll three people last year, and they would get exhausted. We are much more refreshed this year."

And it shows. The group has played a key role on a defense that has not surrendered a touchdown.

Defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews is obviously pleased with his unit‘s effort.

"We're getting good pressure up front on the quarterback and we're getting people in position to cover and make plays," Andrews said. "It always starts up front. When that ball snaps, if you're getting penetration, getting people across the line of scrimmage, it sure makes it easier for you linebackers and secondary."

Wimbley nods in agreement, saying the Seminoles are looking to build on their play against the Yellow Jackets. And that also includes the play of FSU's special teams.

"We are working hard," Wimbley said.

"We have two victories and we are pretty excited about that. But we still need to keep working in all areas. It's still early (in the season.)."


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