Grading the Wide Receivers

The wide receiver position may have been the surprise of the spring this year for Florida State. Coming in, there were questions about depth and who would step up and fill the void left by Stovall and Thorpe. Those questions were laid to rest by a combination of youngsters and a veteran.

Josh Newberg- The veteran is Chris Davis, a former Mr. Football from St. Petersburg. After two mediocre seasons and a torn ACL, it looks like Davis is ready to deliver. He has always shown signs of greatness, but this spring he also demonstrated consistency and reliability. With Willie Reid injured most of the spring, it was Davis who filled in and became the "go-to-guy".

Along side Davis there was a mixture of newcomers and second year players that really stepped it up. Decody Fagg, Kenny O'Neal, and Gregg Carr all look like they will contribute this year. Fagg is the guy that will go over the middle and catch everything, while O'Neal is the deep threat. However, Gregg Carr is the X-factor. He's still raw but he can do it all. Carr can chase down the deep ball, but also with his size he is unstoppable in the redzone. His development will be key to how much he will contribute this coming year.

Grade: A- Even without seeing Willie Reid in action, there is a ton of promise at wide receiver. The position may be as deep as it has ever been. The only player who didn't have a great spring was Lorne Sam. He made a few nice catches but there was no consistency, plus he was hurt. Besides Carr another guy that really looked good was Chase Walker. I know he is a walk-on but this guy made at least one great catch every practice. Put it this way; if we need a first down catch on third and seven, I would have 100% confidence in throwing the ball to him. With this lineup and the well-anticipated arrival of Fred Rouse, there will be a fierce competition this summer for a starting spot. This could get just as interesting as the quarterback battle.

Dave Peters-Like Josh said the wide receivers showed that as a unit, they will be much stronger than last year. Several young guys, showed glimpses of greatness

Senior Willie Reid didn't play much this spring due to an ankle injury. His first three years at Florida State has been filled with injuries. Also, he was a victim of being buried on the depth chart. He also bounced back an fourth between running back and wide receiver. If the former Warner Robins (Ga) standout can stay healthy, I see him having a big year, especially with his soft hands and excllent route running ability.

Junior Chris Davis was penciled in at the beginning of spring as the left starting wide receiver and he didn't do any thing this spring to give up the starting role. Like Reid, the former five-star high school prospect, has been set back by injuries. This has been the first spring that he has been able to fully participate. Davis has shown the ability to get open and make defenders miss. However, he still needs to work catching the ball a little better.

Redshirt Sophomore DeCody Fagg turned a lot of heads this spring before leaving mid way through with a high ankle spring. In fact, the former Quincy Shanks standout looked like the go to guy. The 6-foot-2 and 200 pounder is hard to jam off of the line of scrimmage. He also runs greats routes, has good hands and can make defenders miss. In every scrimmage, he made a big play.

Redshirt freshman Kenny O'Neal showed this spring why several schools were fighting for his services, including Florida and Georgia. Everyone knows that the 5-fooot-11 and 205 pound standout is one of the fastest players in the country. But, he also is very physical and hard to jam off of the line of scrimmage. He will probably be the Seminoles top vertical threat. Like Davis, he needs to be more consistent with hanging onto more ball.

True Freshman Greg Carr was the surprise of the spring. Most people felt that the 6-foot-6 and 198 pound former North Marion standout would need time to get stronger and to get more polished before making an impact. Well, he proved those people wrong by making an immediate impact this spring. Carr is blessed with height, great body control, excellent hands and good speed. I expect to see him used a lot in the upcoming year, especially in redzone situations where he was unstoppable this spring.

Redshirt junior Lorne Sam struggled this spring with his hands and he also reinjuried his fractured foot. I'm not sure if he'll be much of a factor in the fall.

True Freshman Fred Rouse, who was a five-star prospect out of Tallahassee Lincoln, will most likely contribute right away. The 6-foot-3 and 190 pound standout reminds a lot of people of Tampa Bay wide receiver Michael Clayton. Rouse runs silky smooth routes and has the will to win every battle.

Grade- B+ If Reid and Fagg didn't get injured; the grade could have been higher. The unit looks to be stronger this year but I saw more dropped ball than I liked.

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