Turf Success

Florida State quarterback Wyatt Sexton talks about the pros and cons of playing on an artificial surface for the upcoming game against Syracuse, Saturday. Sexton has performed well in the past on turf, winning MVP honors in the Florida-Georgia all-star game, held at the Georgia Dome, in his senior year of high school.

It's tough to make Florida State quarterback Wyatt Sexton worry about anything. So when he was asked about having to play on an artificial surface against Syracuse, Saturday, naturally he responded that it didn't bother him.

But much of his relaxed approach comes from confidence in the fact that he's performed well in the past on turf.

Before his enrollment at FSU Sexton played in the Florida-Georgia high school all-star game held at the Georgia Dome. Sexton completed 12 of 19 passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns, a performance that earned him MVP honors.

On the receiving end of one touchdown pass was teammate WR Chris Davis.

"At least I've had success on Astroturf before," Sexton said.

He said he also used to mess around on the turf at the Superdome in Louisiana, where Florida State played Georgia in the Sugar Bowl during Sexton's redshirt freshmen year.

Besides his level of comfort coming from past performances, there are other positives that come to Sexton's mind which will benefit the entire team.

Sexton said that he expects the speed of the Seminoles to be magnified by playing on the artificial surface at Syracuse. It bodes well for running backs Leon Washington and Lorenzo Booker, who will continue to play an important role in the success of the offense.

One of the only negatives Sexton could think of is the synthetic ambiance created by playing on turf inside a dome.

"I dislike the non-real atmosphere feeling it has," Sexton said.

"It kind of feels like practice out there because you don't have the grass feel underneath you, but you can snap out of that real quickly."


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