No place like home

Florida State will try to get back on track this weekend when the ‘Noles' travel to Jacksonville to play a Colorado team who is coming off of an impressive win over then ranked West Virginia. To two freshmen, this game will hold extra importance as they will likely see playing time on the field in front of their home town.

This past weekend when Florida State played host to Wake Forest, it looked like the offense wasn't even on the field. For Jermaine Thomas, he never did see the field. Although he didn't get in the game, Thomas understands why and is looking forward to getting on the field this weekend.

"Oh man. That was the first time I think that ever happened to me since I played flag football," Thomas said. "It was an experience to go through. I understand the situation and I still got a lot to learn and what not. And Jimbo went with who he felt was comfortable. I just got to keep working hard and try to get on the field this Saturday."

It's no secret that Thomas takes the right approach to everything as far as his attitude goes and his coaches take note of that. Both Bobby Bowden and Jimbo Fisher have said they need to make sure he gets in the game this weekend and Thomas's position coach Dexter Carter sung even high praises of the true freshman.

"If there is a constant professional, it's Jermaine," Florida State running backs coach Dexter Carter said. "He kept saying ‘hey coach, I'm here if you need me. You're the coach. You do what you have to do.' He is very professional with that. He is the player every coach loves and the player I hope I was when I played."

This weekend holds extra importance for Thomas as he will be playing in front of his home town of Jacksonville.

"That will be an exciting feeling for me. I'd love that. That's why I'm out here trying to give 100 percent," the Jacksonville native said. "I'm gonna have a section full or family and friends. My dad is getting like 25 tickets for that side of the family. My mom is getting some tickets too so I'm looking forward to playing in front of my family."

In addition to Thomas returning home, his high school teammate, Nigel Carr is also excited about playing in the city where he grew up.

"That's big for me to get to go back and play in front of my high school coach and all of my friends. I'm really excited about it," Carr said. "A lot of my family already got tickets so I can't wait for it."

Avis Commack is the final member of the First Coast Trio, but he will likely not see the field this weekend. Florida State beat Colorado last season 16-6 and will look to continue the streak. This will be Florida State's final game before their annual rivalry with Miami next weekend.


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