Smurf shines in his debut

Corey ‘Smurf' Surrency didn't put up lights out numbers in the box score against Western Carolina, but he showed glimpses of potential greatness. The JUCO transfer made his presence felt from the beginning and he says there is more to come.

Surrency is the one of the most mature players on Florida State's football team. But when he stepped on the field today, he couldn't help but to feel nervous; even though nobody watching the game could tell.

"When I first got out there, I lost my breath. The coaches just had to tell me to calm down," Surrency said. "My legs got woozy. After the first initial contact, I was alright."

Surrency, who lost his mother earlier this year, is happy that he could finally fulfill his dream of playing a game at Doak Campbell Stadium. And when he caught his first touchdown, it just made things even sweeter.

"I was just thinking about my mom (after catching the touchdown)," Surrency said. "I can't believe I ran through the Florida State tunnel. My dream came true and I scored my first touchdown in the ACC."

Although it sure looked easy to anyone watching the game, Smurf wants everyone to know that he has been working hard for that touchdown for quite some time now, and it's just nice to see the hard work pay off on the field.

"It wasn't easy, I worked hard for it. I was just happy to get in the endzone. That one went out to my mom."

For any good player, confidence plays a key role. Smurf has plenty of it. He knows he is capable of catching anything thrown his way and says whoever the one is throwing him the ball is just a technicality.

"We work with all of the quarterbacks every day," Smurf said. "It doesn't matter who they put in there. I'm gonna catch the ball regardless."

Following his first career touchdown catch, Smurf shared a moment with Coach Fisher that shows the great relationship between the head coach in waiting and his new start receiver.

"He just said that I'm in the big leagues now. I gave him a hug and he just told me I'm in the big leagues now. Hopefully you see plenty more of that."

Although Surrency only had two catches for 14 yards, he contributed in more ways helping the ‘Noles light up the new scoreboards at Doak. Surrency put a defender on the ground as he sprung Bert Reeds' touchdown off of a Christian Ponder screen pass. When asked if he takes pride in his blocking, Surrency had no problem admitting that he definitely does.

"I do. I got a big body and you got little Taiwan and Bert Reed so you gotta protect those dudes."

In his first career game, Surrency has already made his impact felt at Florida State. Look for him to be utilized more and more as the season progresses and competition stiffens. After all, we (the media) are not allowed to speak with newcomers until they make a significant contribution on the field. Following Saturday nights game, Surrency had about 20 reporters surrounding him waiting for their shot at an interview.


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