The Seminoles have a new punt returner

Florida State has lacked much production from its punt return game this season. Now, the coaches have made a decision to infuse a young sparkplug in hopes of opening up that facet of the game.

Despite a night that will be forever remembered for the big plays he gave up, true freshman Patrick Robinson left enough of an impression on Florida State coaches to warrant some added playing time throughout the rest of the season.

As the starting punt returner.

The Miami native, who played the most significant amount of minutes of his young career against NC State, spelled senior Chris Davis on one return. He promptly made the most of his opportunity and dashed 16 yards only to be stopped by accidentally colliding with a blocker from his own team.

"He probably should have scored if our own guy wouldn't have tackled him," said graduate assistant James Colzie, who helps coach the defensive backs and punt returners.

So far this season the Seminoles have struggled mightily in that facet of the game with Davis fielding the majority of the kicks. The team currently ranks 11 th in the conference at just 6.4 yards per return. Ahead of just Duke.

On Davis' 12 returns this season he gained just 59 total yards for a 4.9-yard average. He had a long of 19. Colzie said that Davis will still be used in "sure-handed" situations but is excited about the prospect of having the speedy freshman back there.

Robinson shares that sentinement.

"I think I earned it with the punt return," Robinson said. "Hopefully when I get back there I can make some things happen. When I came here I was expecting to play special teams so it's not really a surprise."

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