FSU-Maryland Notebook

Though he caught a pair of passes in FSU's 35-27 victory over Maryland, FSU receiver Joslin Shaw got more kudos from teammates for doing some dirty work.


The sophomore from Plant City - buried in the depth chart to begin the season - threw the block that paved quarterback Drew Weatherford's path to a go-ahead 15-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

"He deserves some dinner for that one," joked Weatherford.

Shaw - a converted tailback - has feasted on the opportunity created by some instability in FSU's receiving corps. A shoulder injury sustained by De'Cody Fagg and Fred Rouse's descent into FSU coach Bobby Bowden's doghouse has elevated Shaw to first team status when the Seminoles go four-wide.

Rouse was padded out Saturday after serving a one-game suspension but coaches chose to rely upon Shaw, who now has six receptions on the season, instead of the temperamental freshman.

"I'm just thankful for the opportunity to contribute out there," Shaw said.

BACK IN THE FOLD

FSU's starting quarterback a season ago, Wyatt Sexton returned to the sidelines for the first time this season. The junior, who has been sporadically attending meetings and practices this fall while recovering from Lyme disease, donned khakis and his No. 19 jersey as he took in the action. The team announced that Sexton could return to practice as early as next week.

THE CLOSER

Senior fullback James Coleman has scored seven touchdowns in his FSU career, all from one yard out. The Tallahassee native has reaped the benefits from FSU's short yardage package with runs on "Wham" plays throughout his career, and is second on the team with three rushing touchdowns this fall.

CARR CLOSING IN

Greg Carr needs just one more touchdown to tie Warrick Dunn's freshman record of ten, set in 1993. Carr's nine touchdown catches are the most by any true freshman in the nation. He's six short of Andre Cooper's school record of 15.

KING ME

A spectator dressed as the plastic-faced, robe-donning King character from Burger King's current ad campaign sprinted the length of the gridiron during a fourth-quarter timeout while, ironically, pressbox televisions showed on of the ads. No royal pardons were granted - the King was handcuffed by police and likely traded his postgame value meal for an inmate square.

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