Impact Performer

Florida State practiced in pads for the first time on Friday. While the defense dominated the offense in drills, receiver <b>Willie Reid</b> turned in a solid performance. Reid made a diving 25-yard reception during 11-on-11 drills and also caught a touchdown pass on goal line drills. Click here for an update as the Seminoles' passing game looks to help set the preseason tone.

Florida State offensive coordinator Jeff Bowden has promised to try to find ways to get Willie Reid more involved in the Seminoles' offense.

Reid showed off his playmaking skills on Friday.

The versatile Reid, who has seen time at both wide receiver and tailback during his career with the Seminoles, was one of a few bright spots for the offense.

The unit was dominated by the defense as FSU practiced in pads for the first time.

During 11-on-11, however, Reid made a diving catch of about 25 yards from quarterback Chris Rix. The offense's lone score in eight attempts on goal line drills was a nice fade pass from Rix to Reid in the end-zone corner, beating incoming freshman J.R. Bryant.

"I feel real good. I feel confident," Reid said.

"It seems like all of our hard work is going to pay off and we all worked hard this summer. There are a lot of things I have to sharpen up on and a lot of things the offense has to do better. Chris (Rix) threw some good balls today and it's my job to catch them. I have to get better at route running - technique wise and coverage reading."

Reid is also eager for the start of two-a-day practices on Saturday. FSU's first scrimmage is scheduled for Monday.

"I am very excited about the start of two-a-days," Reid said. "Any day I can get out here, work hard and try to shape up my routes and things of that nature, I am willing to do it."

FSU coach Bobby Bowden also noticed Reid's effort.

"Willie Reid had some nice catches," Bowden said.

"I don't think I've ever seen him have a bad practice. Willie shows up every time at practice."


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