Lack of Concentration

Florida State receiver <b>Dominic Robinson</b> held onto the pass that counted most last Saturday at Wake Forest, hauling in a 46-yard touchdown reception from quarterback <b>Wyatt Sexton.</b> Surprisingly, however, FSU was plagued by dropped passes -- not good for a receiving unit that touts itself as one of the nation's best. FSU realizes it will need a better pass-catching performance Saturday at Maryland.

Dominic Robinson made the most of his opportunities last Saturday at Wake Forest.

Robinson, Florida State's senior receiver who has had a quiet season, returned with a bang against the Demon Deacons.

His 46-yard touchdown pass from Wyatt Sexton helped the Seminoles escape with a 20-17 victory over Wake Forest.

FSU coach Bobby Bowden, however, was not happy with the play of his receivers overall.

Surprisingly, the group dropped a number of passes, haulting drives and causing concern.

Bowden also felt the group could have helped a struggling Sexton by making some key receptions.

"He (Sexton) was not as accurate as he has been," Bowden said.

"But he did throw good enough for us to drop quite a few passes. All we needed was one or two great catches and we're in great shape Saturday. But we weren't getting any great catches. Dominic made one when a guy was all over him one time.

"But the passes we usually catch for touchdowns we would not bring down. And I talked to the boys all week: "Men, this is going to be a rebound game. You're going to be man-to-man on some defensive backs who are about 5-foot-9 and (5-10) … you've got to go up and get the ball. And we didn't go up and get anything."

Making matters worse, Bowden and FSU have injury concerns at receiver heading into Saturday's ACC game at Maryland.

Chauncey Stovall has a hamstring strain, Lorne Sam has been playing with a stress fracture in his foot, Willie Reid has been slowed by an ankle and hamstring injury this season and Craphonso Thorpe suffered bruised ribs against the Demon Deacons.

And while Thorpe ranks first on the team and fourth in the ACC with 27 receptions for 305 yards and one touchdown, Bowden believes the senior remains concerned about his leg.

Thorpe has recovered from a broken leg suffered against North Carolina State last season.

"They (opponents) are paying a lot of attention to him, but I think he's still a little bit concerned about his leg," Bowden said.

"That's what he's playing like. He's still making some good plays at times, but he's not making half the aggressive plays that he made last year – where he just goes and gets the ball. But I think that could turn around at any time. It's a mental thing."


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