Freshmen Make Statements

The way Greg Carr sees it, he helped make a point in an otherwise meaningless rout during FSU's 62-10 runaway victory over the Citadel Saturday night.

Carr – a 6-6 wide receiver from Citra – was responsible two of the five touchdowns that the freshman class produced on the night.

"Coach knows now that he can trust us as much as he can trust the older guys," Carr said. "I think we made enough plays to keep the ball coming our way."

Carr caught three passes for 103 yards. Included were touchdown catches from 10 and 40 yards out in which Carr hauled in the ball even though Citadel defenders were called for pass interference.

"Pass interference or no pass interference, my job is to come down with the ball," Carr said. "I just gave me a huge boost of confidence to see the ball being thrown my way."

A second-quarter touchdown from fellow freshman receiver Rod Owens finaly got things going for FSU after a slow start.

Tailback Antone Smith and quarterback Xavier Lee also reached the end zone on rushing scores.

On defense, true freshman Letroy Guion had five tackles as he made his first career start in place of Andre Fluellen.

On special teams, Fred Rouse produced 66 yards on punt returns to complement a 54-yard reception.

"It's just as exciting for me as it is for them," tailback Lorenzo Booker said. "To see these young guys get a shot to show what they can do and perform well is fun for us."

It was fun all right, but not in the early going. Clearly trying to tinker with its passing game and play away from proven tailbacks Leon Washington and Booker, the Seminoles turned the ball over four times in the first 28 minutes.

Execution was poor. Reads were missed. Lee called the wrong play that led to his second-quarter interception.

Carr, again, is an excellent illustration. After making an excellent move to get into the open field, Carr dropped a sure touchdown pass early in the second quarter.

"When I got over to the sideline, a lot of guys had words of advice for me," he said. "(Booker) took me aside and said, ‘there's nothing you can do about it now but watch it on film."

The Seminoles, who have another big game this Saturday at Boston College to turn their focus towards, know now the caliber of the reserves that they are working with.

"They showed me something," FSU coach Bobby Bowden said. "These young guys still have a lot to grasp but once we get it we're going to be ok."


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