MRG Working Towards More PT

While several storylines regarding the plethora of freshman that saw action against The Citadel have spawned in the past few days, one player has gone unmentioned. Cornerback Michael Ray Garvin – who happens to be the only player on the Seminole football team from the state of New Jersey – saw action in the fourth quarter and even recorded a pass break up against the Bulldogs.

Having not played against Miami in the Tribe's season opener, it was the first collegiate action seen by the 5-foot-8 speedster in his very young career.

"It was real fun it being my first time out there and I was very excited," Garvin said. "I was just trying to make sure that I do all of my assignments right. I wound up with no missed assignments. I just have to focus out there and keep focusing at practice. This is the college level and you have to be on your game. Unlike high school, you have to think so much rather than relying on just your ability."

While his time spent on the field was not very long, it was impressive in that he earned time in the first place at a position that boasts several talented redshirt freshmen and a true sophomore that need as much time on the field as possible. Coming in with fellow cornerbacks Jamie Robinson and Korey Mangum, Garvin has been the only one to thus far to earn playing time as well.

He hopes by continuing the hard work and dedication – a trait that he has shown a lot of since stepping on campus in late June – will translate into more opportunities on the playing field.

"I just have to stay focused and just keep getting my plays right and just keep my technique right," Garvin said. "That will translate to me getting on the field more."

Coming out of Don Bosco Prep High School in Ramsey, NJ, many thought Garvin would get a chance to see action on the offensive side of the ball at the wide receiver spot – a position that he excelled at in the prep ranks in addition to cornerback.

That won't be the case at FSU, however, as he wants to focus entirely on his first love: defense.

"Basically, there's just so much offensive talent on that side of the ball," Garvin said. "You got Chris Davis, De'Cody Fagg, Fred Rouse, Richard Goodman and Rod Owens that are just so good at catching the football. Then you got a guy like Antone Smith who is just so good at all phases of the game. Basically, I am just going to concentrate on defense because that is what I have always wanted to play."

And while his impressive speed (4.37 in the 40) will not be used offensively, expect the kick return team to get an MRG boost at some point.

"I am expecting to see some time at kick return," Garvin said. "I may get to see some this season but most likely it's going to be next season when I get lots of time back there."

As always, whenever a talented player doesn't see a whole lot of playing time, talk of transfer and disappointment seems to always occur. In Garvin's case, as a player who had to make quite the transition from the state of New Jersey all the way to Florida, that talk of unrest came much easier.

No need to fear, however, as you can put that talk of unrest – to rest - as Garvin is not going anywhere.

"I think that I made the right decision to come down here and go to Florida State," Garvin said. "Coach (Mickey) Andrews will get on you to make you a better player. I like his attitude on the game of football. He teaches you to play hard and fast every down and I really like it down here."


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