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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
The loss of FSU receiver Rod Owens -- for however long it may be -- will obviously hurt the Seminoles' depth at the position, but before some get too excited about his potential absence (that means you, Miami fans), it's not like there isn't talent still on FSU's roster.
Even without Owens and Corey Surrency, who on Monday was denied an extra year of eligibility, Florida State still has enough pass-catching threats to contend for the Atlantic Division. Critical to that goal, though, is the healthy return of Taiwan Easterling, who has missed this spring with a torn Achilles. That's often a tough injury to recover from, and nobody knows for sure right now when he'll be able to return, let alone at 100 percent.
So who else can the Noles count on?
First, Bert Reed. He had 23 catches last year and earned a start in the bowl game against Wisconsin. In 10 games last year he racked up 551 yards of total offense with receptions, rushes, and punt and kick returns. He had three touchdowns.
Jarmon Forston might be the best of the group. He played in 10 games as a true freshman last year and had a catch in six of them. He made arguably one of the biggest impacts of any first-year player in Jimbo Fisher's offense. Forston's 42-yard catch against the Gators was the third-longest reception of the season.
Avis Commack, who played in five games as a true freshman and added 10 pounds in the weight room this winter, is also having a very good spring. And, of course, more is expected of senior Richard Goodman, who missed all of last season with a broken fibula.
So while the loss of Owens has an immediate impact, and the likely loss of Surrency won't help, Florida State's long-range potential will likely remain the same.