Spring Preview: WR

NoleDigest continues its preview of spring practice for Florida State with a look at what fans can expect to see at wide receiver. While there is talent there, can the Seminoles find replacements for Greg Carr and Preston Parker?

In NoleDigest first spring position preview we looked at the defensive backs. In this position preview NoleDigest looks at the wide receivers for FSU, which is a position full of inexperienced talent. Finding replacements for Greg Carr and Preston Parker is high on the coaches list of priorities this spring.




Wide Receivers


Key Returnees: Redshirt Senior Richard Goodman, Senior Rod Owens, Junior Louis Givens, Redshirt Sophomores Bert Reed and Taiwan Easterling and sophomores Jarmon Fortson and Avis Commack.

Key Losses: Greg Carr to graduation and Preston Parker to being kicked off of the team.

What to look for: Florida State enters spring with an interesting situation at wide receiver. On paper there is talent there, but most of it is unproven. Here is a bunch that faced dilemma after dilemma in 2008; from suspensions to arrests, this group just couldn't get it together enough to be the force it potentially can be.

Entering spring 2009 the Seminoles must replace Greg Carr, who was the prime red zone threat for the Noles in 2008, as well as Preston Parker, who couldn't stay out of legal trouble. Preston was a player the coaches were going to depend on in 2009. Now they have to find another playmaker to fill that role.

Richard Goodman will be returning after missing the 2nd half of 2007 and all of 2008 with a leg injury. Last year he could've played if pressed, but the coaches sat him out. He's the most experienced of the group, and may be the best route runner coming into spring. Before he was injured in 2007 Goodman was coming on after an 11 reception game versus Duke. FSU needs him to be the leader of the group throughout spring.

Bert Reed is the key here for the Noles. Can this talented playmaker stay focused on and off the field enough to be the threat he can potentially be. With the loss of Preston Parker, Reed needs this spring to show the coaches that he can be a dependable threat.

Consistency is the word for Bert this spring.

Also, don't count out the young guys in Fortson and Commack. Both are bigger receivers that can run with the best of them. Fortson is primed for a breakout season, so he needs to use the spring to show he's ready to be a force in 2009. In Commack the coaches have a talented route runner who just needs experience. In 2008 he played very little, so this spring he will need to use the time to learn the plays and continue to build strength.

Other key contributors: Corey Surrency. What's going on with this kid? Corey and FSU are still awaiting word on the NCAA ruling for another year. Frankly FSU needs Surrency to come back because he's a guy who could be a major factor for FSU in 2009. If he can participate in spring Corey needs to work on the mental side of the game as the raw talent is there. Those close to the program compare Corey to former Nole Javon Walker, and they expect a similar senior year from Smurf if he's granted the extra year.

Questions to be answered: Who's going to be the go-to guy for this team? Who's going to take advantage to of Easterling's injury and earn more playing time in the fall? Is Rod Owens ready for a bigger role in the offense? Can this group get it together and forget about an overall disastrous 2008 season and realize the talent they have as a group?


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