The Territory Talks to 6-foot-6 Freshman

<br>Greg Carr made some very big catches Saturday afternoon.<br> <br>Sure it was only a walk-through – in shorts – but Florida State's first spring football practice provided a very meaningful end to a grueling waiting game for Carr, who became the odd man out when the Seminoles faced an unexpected scholarship crunch last fall.<br>

"This has been a long time coming," Carr smiled as he walked off the practice field. "I kind of knew everybody ahead of time, but getting out here and actually practicing and being part of the team felt real good."

An all-state selection in football and basketball as a senior at Citra North Marion, Carr signed a letter of intent in February of 2004 with hopes of contributing starting last season.

But when more signees than expected qualified academically, FSU found itself in a wrench. Carr was asked to "gray-shirt", meaning he'd have to wait to enroll when there was an available scholarship.

The 6-6' Carr kept tabs on FSU's 9-3 season in the fall and registered for classes in January. He is now one of several young pass catchers vying for reserve reps behind projected starters Chris Davis and Willie Reid.

"It was a relief today," Carr said. "I can start learning and getting things under my belt now that I don't have to worry about what's going on."

Carr's size is his advantage over fellow underclassmen and provides a contrast to Davis and Reid, both of whom stand under six-feet tall. His lack of experience, if anything, could keep him on the scout team. His potential hasn't gone unnoticed.

"I want to see how quick he can learn what we're doing," offensive coordinator Jeff Bowden said. "There's no question he's going to be a little raw all spring but I want to see how much he improves from Day 1 to Day 15."

Added Reid: "I see a willingness to work hard in him. He's coachable and that goes a long way."

Carr, who averaged 22 points and 10 rebounds per contest on the hardwood as a North Marion senior, has decided to concentrate on football after initially expressing a desire to play both sports. On the gridiron, he caught 22 touchdown passes in his final two seasons for the Colts.

He'll be competing with junior Lorne Sam, sophomore DeCody Fagg and fellow freshmen Kenny O'Neal and Joslin Shaw for playing time. Each possesses his own trademark style.

"We have quick guys who can beat you on a hitch or a screen and take it 30 or 40 yards," Carr said. "Then we also have possession guys who can find the first down marker on third-and-6 and third-and-8. Then we have guys like myself and Lorne Sam that can beat you deep.

"Just about anybody has a chance to start. Everybody's just trying to compete and keep their spot on the depth chart."

FSU fans can get the first look at Carr April 16 in the Garnet and Gold game.

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