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Ever since August a year ago, we have heard the cry of "Release the Beast!" With the Beast being Greg Jones. Well, the Beast was released Saturday against Virginia. But, much to our surprise it was not the Beast we were expecting. It was much more devastating than "just" a 250-pound tailback slashing and crashing, bruising and cruising his way down the field.

Ever since August a year ago, we have heard the cry of "Release the Beast!" With the Beast being Greg Jones. Well, the Beast was released Saturday against Virginia. But, much to our surprise it was not the Beast we were expecting. It was much more devastating than "just" a 250-pound tailback slashing and crashing, bruising and cruising his way down the field.

This beast wasn't content to rush 21 times for 172 yards and 2 touchdowns. No, this beast managed to rush 36 times for 285 yards and three touchdowns. But, that wasn't all this beast did. It also caught 8 passes for 69 yards.

Forty-four touches for 351 yards and three TD's.

Greg Jones
Greg Jones
Putting that into perspective. FSU had 83 plays from scrimmage. The Beast was involved in 53-percent of them. The offense amassed 554 yards. The Beast got 63-percent of them. The offense managed 5 TD's. The Beast scored 60-percent of them.

Of course, you have figured out that "the Beast" is the combination of Greg Jones, Nick Maddox and Willie Reid. It's a three-headed beast. And, it's far more dangerous than any single headed beast. It stays fresher, runs harder, plays longer than any beast with only one head.

The question is what to call it? A beast this devastating needs a name. Does anybody remember those Japanese horror movies that were popular in the sixties? Gorgo was my favorite. Godzilla was the most famous. Who can ever forget that classic, Godzilla meets Mothra? But, there was another beast that was created back then. It was a three-headed beast. The name was Ghidrah! So, the obvious name for our beast is Ghidrah.

But, I don't think that has quite the ring that it should. First of all, I'm probably one of the few who has any idea who Ghidrah is. Second, the name doesn't sound that devastating if you don't know who Ghidrah is. Sounds too much like Gidget, and Sally Fields ain't gonna intimidate any linebacker.

So, what do we name our beast? What is appropriate? What name gives the essence of just how scary and powerful this beast is?

Answer: Triceratops!


Willie Reid
Everybody has seen pictures of Triceratops. That three-horned dinosaur that would scare the wool off a sheep just by looking at him. A powerful beast of devastation. An intimidating beast of unquestionable power and strength. Three horns. All three are capable of delivering a fatal blow. Three horns. All three must be avoided. All three must be accounted for.

Any defensive coordinator must now look at FSU and know he has to deal with a deadly beast. And, as he studies the beast he sees three horns, not just one. How do you stop the power, the strength, the speed, the shiftiness, the perseverance, the persistence, devastation of this animal?

Greg Jones, Nick Maddox, and Willie Reid - I dub thee TRICERATOPS!


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