Carr = Defensive Nightmare

In just two games, freshman receiver Greg Carr has become a defensive nightmare and an offensive coach's dream.

While senior linebacker A.J. Nicholson was the star of the defense with 19 tackles, two interceptions and one touchdown against Boston College, freshman wide receiver Greg Carr stood out on the other side of the ball for the visiting Seminoles.

After Florida State's 28-17 'welcome to the ACC' beating of the Eagles Saturday, the 6-foot-6 receiver — who has only seen action in two of the Tribe's first three games this season — now has four receiving touchdowns on the year. His impressive statistics in just two games of action are made even more special by the fact that his four scores ties him for most ever by an FSU freshman receiver — a mark that was set by former standout Peter Warrick in 1996.

"With each play you start to realize that all of the hard work in two-a-days in the spring and all that is paying off," Carr said. "It just feels real good."

Following Nicholson's second interception off Eagle quarterback Quinton Porter early in the first quarter, Seminole quarterback Drew Weatherford found Carr from 20-yards out for his first score of the evening on a play that has already become his calling card; a jump ball in the back of the endzone.

"I just have to go up and get that one whenever they throw it to me," Carr said. "Sometimes I feel that may be my only offensive opportunity to get the ball so I just feel like I have to make that play if anything else."

But using his uncanny height to out-leap defenders is not the only thing that the Reddick native showed in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Instead, Carr proved that he can be counted on in pressure situations as is evident from a key third down reception in the third quarter and on his second score of the evening.

On the five-yard toss-and-catch for a touchdown — a play that came in the fourth quarter and gave the 'Noles the lead for the first time since the first quarter — Carr got himself open in the middle of the endzone as Weatherford was under heavy pressure.

"I was just thinking once the play was called I just figured if Drew stepped up in the pocket I had to get somewhere where he could see me. With me being 6-6 it wouldn't be hard for him to see me so I just stepped up and he gave it to me."

So as Carr has become a favorite target for Weatherford and a big-time threat against defenses, fellow freshmen receivers Rod Owens, Fred Rouse and Richard Goodman have seen significant minutes as well. With so much young talent contributing early, the FSU offense just may return to its pass-first mentality that became so famous in the dynasty years.

"Now the coaches are starting to get a feel for who can do what and are starting to have confidence in us like, 'With this guy, okay I can do this with him and I know he will make a play when I do that with him I know he will make a play,' so I almost feel like now that coach really knows who can do what in whatever situation," Carr said. "It's all about getting us in the right spot"


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