Youth to Be Served

Though Florida State played nine true freshmen and 51 different players in its season opener against Miami, the Seminoles didn't dip quite as deep into the bench as they would normally.

That should change Saturday.

Facing its shortest turnaround in 14 seasons, fatigue will mandate more minutes from the reserves against Division I-AA opponent The Citadel.

Curiosity could contribute to the cause, as well.

"You might get to use more kids and you might to see more things that you wanted to look at," FSU coach Bobby Bowden said. "You'd maybe try some things that you were afraid to before.

"Monday wasn't a game that you could afford to try people out."

Bowden said numerous times that he plans to use the opportunity to get a glimpse of his young receiving corps, in particular, a unit that went virtually unnoticed against Miami due to quarterback inconsistency and conservative play.

FSU receivers caught just three passes for 27 yards in the contest.

With senior Willie Reid out with a knee injury for at least two weeks, youth will be called upon to replace him. Redshirt freshman De'Cody Fagg will get the start and he will be backed up by heralded freshman Fred Rouse. Both played high school ball in the Tallahassee area.

"It's going to be a big day for me," Fagg said. "I've wanted to start for FSU since age eight. All of my family will be there."

Rouse, one of the nation's top prep talents last fall, announced his presence with outstanding special teams play Monday. Working as the ‘gunner' on punt coverage, the speedster harried Devin Hester into several poor decisions and recovered a fumble that replay officials overruled.

"I came here to play in games like that and to make plays like that," Rouse said. "I'll contribute in any way that I can. I'll get in there any way that they will let me."

Fans and coaches will also get to see more of backup quarterback Xavier Lee. Florida's Mr. Football as a high school senior in 2003, Lee only played one series against the Hurricanes.

Drew Weatherford will make his second consecutive start but Bowden promised that Lee would get into the game before halftime though a specific situation or rotation hasn't been planned.

Weatherford completed just 7-of-24 passes against the Hurricanes.

"I just want to go out there and get used to the game," Lee said. "I'm looking forward to getting acclimated to game situations. When the coaches call on me to get into the game I will be ready."


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