Carr Stands Tall
After enrolling at FSU in January and consequently turning some heads with his play during spring practice, the 6-foot-6 pass catcher didn't play in the Tribe's nail-biter against Miami Monday.
That changed against The Citadel, however, as Carr's first and second career receptions came by way of jump balls resulting in touchdowns. The first from Drew Weatherford from 40 yards out and the second from Xavier Lee from 10. He wound up finishing the day with three receptions for 104 yards.
"Coach told me right now I am going to be a jump ball man and a deep ball man so I've just got to be able to make plays," Carr said. "The (defensive backs) know what's coming but I've still got to make the plays and just be the best player that I can be."
Ironically enough, two of the Reddick native's receptions occurred despite defensive pass interference as called by the referee.
"Coach always tells me that whether it's pass interference or not if you catch the ball it doesn't matter," Carr said. "I've got to just focus on catching the ball regardless of whether they are in my face or not."
So how special was it to achieve a touchdown on his first collegiate reception?
"It's real special, nothing compares to it," Carr said. "You realize that all the work in two-a-days, all the work in the spring and in mat drills has paid off and you are out on the field on Saturdays making big plays."
Primetime second coming?
While highly touted freshman wide receiver Fred Rouse saw primarily punt coverage action against Miami, the Tallahassee native nabbed his first catch in the garnet and gold Saturday on a 54 yard toss-and-catch from Xavier Lee in the third quarter.
But that wasn't the key area that the charismatic speedster left his mark. Instead, it was as a punt returner in relief for Leon Washington, where he gained 66 yards on four attempts – good enough for an average of 16.5 yards per return.
"(I had) a lot of fun out there, very enthusiastic," Rouse said. "I just wanted to let my guys know that I am there for them and I know that they are there for me. We had each other's backs and we came out with a victory."
And while gaining 66 yards on returns was interesting enough for a freshman seeing his first action at the punt return spot, Rouse made it even more memorable as he proceeded to mix in some high-stepping along with his speed bursts and ankle-breaking movements — reminiscent of former Seminole great Deion Sanders.
"I'm a special player, baby, and special players do special things," Rouse said. "I just came out, looked the ball in and got me a couple (yards after catch)."
And the shades of Sanders, with his legs up and ball displayed for everyone to see?
"Hey man, one thing I got to do is tuck that ball in," Rouse said with a laugh. "I know I am going to have to run some gassers for that but I am just trying to have fun baby, that's it."
Heading into the locker room at the end of the second quarter with a minimal 13-10 lead over a I-AA opponent, it was resoundingly clear that the Seminoles needed an emotional jump start.
Head coach Bobby Bowden – the winningest coach in Div. I history – provided an initial spark.
"Coach Bowden got in our faces at halftime, explaining to us that we weren't playing up to our potential,'' senior fullback B.J. Dean said. "He was real adamant that we start playing that way."
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