EJ Manuel forging his own legacy

September, 23, 2012
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TALLAHASSEE -- With No. 4 Florida State trailing No. 10 Clemson by a touchdown at halftime of Saturday night's game at Doak Campbell Stadium, Seminoles quarterback EJ Manuel finally decided to speak up.

Manuel, a soft-spoken senior from Virginia Beach, Va., delivered a stirring speech to his teammates, telling them they couldn't afford to squander another opportunity to return to college football's elite programs.

"He spoke up and the locker room was quiet," FSU running back James Wilder Jr. said. "He looked everybody in the eyes. He was looking at the offense and the defense. Everybody respects him because he's such a great leader. Then he went out and held his ground and picked everybody up."

Manuel did more than hold his ground, leading the Seminoles to a come-from-behind 49-37 victory over the Tigers in front of a sold-out crowd of 83,231 fans.

For Mark Schlabach's full story, click here.

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