Opposing defenses having Carr trouble

With his conference-high nine touchdowns on just 22 catches, freshman wide receiver Greg Carr is the primary reason why the Seminoles lead the Atlantic Coast Conference in plays of 20 yards or more, with 67. The Reddick native's impressive yards-per-catch average of 21.4 per grab is the league's best as the surprising youngster is slowly but surely generating more and more notoriety from the media and opposing defenses alike.

And while the press will continue to produce stories of the inspiring story of a raw, 6-foot-6 athlete that had his enrollment at FSU delayed a semester due to a larger-than-expected 2005 signing class, defenses will continue to scheme ways of stopping him.

The problem for the opposition, however, is that they have yet to figure out a successful game plan against him – but that doesn't mean they aren't trying.

"I feel like I've got to continue to work hard because now I realize I may see the (opposing) team's best corner out there," Carr said. "I may even see a lot more two-man coverage too. I just got to continue to work hard and get better at other things, not just the deep ball."

With his steady improvement over the course of the season, Carr has seen his number called for that deep ball threat more and more. Last weekend against the Maryland Terrapins, it was a pass interference call against No. 89 on fourth-down that kept a trailing-Seminole drive alive.

With a bid to the inaugural ACC Championship on the line Saturday against NC State, it's a safe bet that Carr will be an intricate part of a Garnet and Gold bid to punch that ticket to Jacksonville.

The added pressure, however, doesn't faze him at all.

"I really don't look at it as pressure," he said. "I just look at is I have to go out there and do what I know that I am capable of. I know that if I work hard than, as the coaches say, everything else will take care of itself. I know that I can't put pressure on myself but I have to just give my best effort and once that happens, it will work out."

And working out it has, as he trails only former Seminole standout Warrick Dunn for most touchdowns ever by an FSU freshman. The mark of 10 set by the shifty tailback in 1993 had seemed like an untouchable feat until the lanky Carr began making the jump ball a thing to be admired.

So what exactly is going through his head when that ball hangs up in the air.

"I've got to know what the DB is going to do and where the ball is going to be,' Carr said. "I just can't go out there and expect to out-jump him because he may be in a position where he can get the ball just as well as I can. I just got out there knowing that regardless of what happens, I have to get a feel of where the DB is and make a play."

The quiet kid from just south of Gainesville may surprise you with his soft-spoken words off the field. On the field it's his loud play that does his talking and his confidence, as scary as it may sound to defensive backs, is growing.

"I am not going to say that nobody can cover me but I've got to feel like in my mind that I can't be stopped," Carr said. "If I go out there thinking, 'Oh, this guy may stop me,' then I am half-way losing the battle with him. I just go out there thinking I am the better man and 99 percent of the time, I tell that to myself because in my mind, I am."

Nole Digest Top Stories