Focus 2005

As TheTerritory reported last week, Florida State extended an offer to local tailback <b>Roy Upchurch</b> of Godby High School. Upchurch is off to a furious start for the Cougars (1-0), who opened the regular-season last Friday with a convincing victory at Pace. Upchurch had 276 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the win. Click here for an update on Upchurch, who also has received offers from Florida, Alabama, Auburn and North Carolina.

When the telephone rang at the home of Roy Upchurch last Wednesday night, Upchurch had nearly fallen asleep.

He was wide awake following the news -- Florida State had extended a scholarship to the talented tailback from nearby Godby High School.

The Cougars' practice field is less than three miles from Doak Campbell Stadium.

"It was a shock," Upchurch said of the telephone call from FSU offensive coordinator Jeff Bowden, who recruits locally for the Seminoles.

"My mom was shocked, too. She was already asleep and then got up. I was laying in bed myself when the call came."

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Upchurch is off to a wonderful start for the Cougars, coached by Shelton Crews. Upchurch had 276 yards and two touchdowns in Godby's season-opening victory at Pace.

In a four-quarter jamboree two weeks earlier, Upchurch ran for 267 yards and four touchdowns.

Upchurch told TheTerritory he has also been offered by Florida, North Carolina, Central Florida, Alabama, Auburn and Syracuse. Although Upchurch grew up a fan of the Miami Hurricanes, he was excited about receiving an offer from the hometown Seminoles.

When asked about playing at FSU, Upchurch chuckled the thought "has crossed my mind." While Upchurch lists the Seminoles amongst his favorites, he said he's not concentrating on the recruiting process just yet.

"I am focusing on this season and what we need to do," Upchurch said.

Last year Godby relied heavily on the arm of record-setting quarterback Jarvis Myers and receiver Del Roberts, who signed with North Carolina.

Upchurch says he scored a 16 on his first ACT test and has a 2.5 grade-point average.

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