Player Perspective

Florida State receiver Anquan Boldin turned in a solid effort Saturday night at Maryland. Boldin finished with a team-high five catches for 91 yards, including an acrobatic touchdown reception. The Territory caught up with Boldin Sunday, and he talked about the 'Noles' effort. "I don't think we've even scratched the surface. This offense has the potential to be so explosive. If we just put it all together it's going to be unbelievable," Boldin said.

"We played the first half and dominated. We picked up the passing game a little bit. They gave us a lot of one-on-one coverage on the outside, which gave us a chance to make plays and we came up with a couple.

"I think he (Chris Rix) kind of settled down (after first quarter). The offensive line was blocking great, which gave him time to throw. I don't know what was going on the first couple of times, but he finally settled down and got the ball off and allowed the receivers to make play.

"Even though they said they were going to give their corners a little more help outside, I didn't see it. They blitzed people and brought the safeties up for run support and left the corners go one-on-one.

"I think we could have blown the game open with a couple of plays, like the one Chris missed me on early. We missed some opportunities, but we capitalized on some others. If we get it all going, it's going to be wild.

"There is a confidence that I have. It comes from working hard in practice and watching a lot of film. My year off, not being able to do anything on the field, I watched a lot of film of other teams. I think that's paying off right now.

"They played a lot of one-on-one. They brought those safeties up in run support and we were able to go deep a couple of times. They didn't give them much help at all.

"It was something I really didn't expect after hearing their coach talk about giving them some help as compared to last year. But they did the same thing, basically. I don't think we've even scratched the surface. This offense has the potential to be so explosive. If we just put it all together it's going to be unbelievable.

"Too many weapons. I don't think there's enough balls to go around. You've got me, Robert, Talman with Craphonso and P.K. backing us up. Then you have the backfield, which is real deep. You've got a couple of good quarterbacks and an offensive line that's probably the best in the country. It's just a matter of us gelling together.

"I think everybody's pretty grounded. I don't see any selfish play on the field. Everybody's just happy with winning. I don't think anybody is griping about getting the ball or not getting enough balls. I think the egos are pretty good right now.

"I think he (Fabian Walker) played pretty good, being his first action at Florida State. It's been a long time coming for him. I'm just happy for him.

"We're right up there (in national picture). We just haven't put a 60-minute ballgame together. I don't know if we get bored after dominating the first half or what, but if we ever put a 60-minute ballgame together it's going to be scary.

"It's very important (to keep momentum). That's one thing as a leader I'm trying to avoid -- you know, that slip up. It's easy to go in one game and overlooking a team and having them give you a close scare or even beat you. As one of leaders on the team, I'm trying to avoid that.

"I'm trying to have fun. I've been out for a year. It makes you appreciate a lot of things, even being out there blocking. I'm grateful to be on the field.


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Chris Rix #16 of the Florida State Seminoles gets a signal from the sideline in the rain against the Maryland Terrapins on September 14, 2002 at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Maryland. (Photo By Scott Halleran/Getty Images) Chris Rix #16 of the Florida State Seminoles drops back to pass against the Maryland Terrapins on September 14, 2002 at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Maryland. (Photo By Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Greg Jones #6 of the Florida State Seminoles rushes upfield against the Maryland Terrapins on September 14, 2002 at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Maryland. (Photo By Scott Halleran/Getty Images) Anquan Boldin #4 of the Florida State Seminoles leaps for a 44-yard catch in the first half against the Maryland Terrapins on September 14, 2002 at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Maryland. (Photo By Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Chris Rix #16 of the Florida State Seminoles watches from the sideline after being knocked out of the game in the fourth quarter against the Maryland Terrapins on September 14, 2002 at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Maryland. (Photo By Scott Halleran/Getty Images) Chris Rix #16 of the Florida State Seminoles watches from the sideline after being knocked out of the game in the fourth quarter against the Maryland Terrapins on September 14, 2002 at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Maryland. (Photo By Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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