ACC: Jarmon Forston
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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.
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This is a significant loss for the Seminoles, and it comes at a rather inopportune time, considering the importance of the game. Reed is the team's third-leading receiver (34.7 yards per game) and is tied with Corey Surrency for the team lead in receiving touchdowns with three.
He was behind Taiwan Easterling at the slot receiver position. Now, expect to see Jarmon Forston get a little more playing time there. Rod Owens could also figure into the mix, as his style is a little more similar to Reed's.
Michael Ray Garvin is the main kick return guy, so not a huge loss there, and Tony Carter been returning punts. Still, Reed is a more explosive receiver than Easterling, who is a tough, over-the-middle type guy.
Bowden didn't say why Reed was suspended, but don't forget that in the wake of their academic scandal last year, players can be suspended for missing class under the new student-athlete attendance policy, which was implemented in the spring semester of 2008.
There was no confirmation from FSU officials that this was the reason, just a reminder not to assume the worst. According to the policy:
- Three unexecused absences in any one class will cost a student-athlete one game.
- A fourth unexcused absence will force the athlete to miss 30 percent of his or her games that season.
- A fifth knocks the athlete out for the year.
Also possibly out for the Virginia Tech game is linebacker Dekoda Watson, who didn't practice yesterday because of a hamstring injury. That's a big loss, especially when trying to defend Tyrod Taylor.
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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Sorry for the delay, but Spanky's on Franklin Street was calling my name for dinner.
Here's what happened throughout the league today, per the latest available report from each team:
- The defense stole the show in the Eagles' second scrimmage, and that's not a surprise. But eight sacks and four interceptions?
- The offense had 64 net rushing yards. Yikes.
- Chris Crane completed 14-of-25 passes for 178 yards and a touchdown.
- Junior Rich Gunnell led all receivers with three catches for 83 yards and a touchdown.
- Sophomore Billy Bennett connected on field goals of 26 and 38 yards while senior Steve Aponavicius nailed a 29-yarder.
- True freshman Ryan Quigley punted the ball three times for 104 yards (34.3 average) with a long of 36 yards while sophomore Billy Flutie punted once, a 33-yarder.
"The defense brought a whole lot of blitzes today," Crane said. "It's comforting to know this defense will be playing on our side of the ball this fall. It's a benefit to play against them every day."
- Rodney Gallon confirmed today that he is no longer a part of the Seminole football team. He told the FSU sports information office he will be enrolled in school this fall and is excited to complete the final nine hours toward his degree. Football is just not part of his future right now but completing his college degree is a priority.
- Preston Parker was held out of practice due to a cervical sprain. Tony Carter also suffered a cervical sprain and did not finish practice. Freshman Terrance Parks suffered a right knee contusion at the end of the session as well.
- One-on-one was run in the red zone and Corey Surrency caught four TD passes. Three came from E.J. Manuel and one from Drew Weatherford.
- Weatherford also had TD passes to Bert Reed, Avis Commack, Jarmon Fortson, Rod Owens and Chase Walker.
- Manuel not only had the three TDs to Surrency, but he also completed touchdown passes to Owens and Fortson. Christian Ponder, who was working mostly with the inside group, came over and completed a touchdown to Commack.
- In the 11-on-11 drill, Weatherford squeezed a pass between two defenders and it was deflected but Bo Reliford kept his concentration and hauled in the touchdown pass.
- Quarterback Josh Nesbitt didn't practice this afternoon with a shoulder injury and neither did Andrew Gardner, Sr., OT (also a shoulder). Both are day-to-day and neither is in jeopardy of missing the opener. Nesbitt got a "stinger" when a teammate fell on his shoulder.
- Practices will be closed beginning Monday. It was good while it lasted.
- The Yellow Jackets spent two periods this morning working on 3rd-and-5 situations. Back-up safety Troy Garside intercepted a Bryce Dykes passas.
- Senior quarterback Calvin Booker connected with sophomore Demaryius Thomas on a 35-yard touchdown completion.
- The Terps worked on clock management and ended with two-minute drills.
- There is still a battle at strongside linebacker where incumbent Moise Fokou is trying to hold off Adrian Moten for the starting nod. Regardless of who starts, both are likely to play extensively, including on special teams.
- During the full-team drill, wide receivers LaQuan Williams and Torrey Smith caught touchdown passes.
"We came out today and they were tired and sore," coach Ralph Friedgen said. "This was a character practice. We had a pretty good practice. I had to push them, but that's my job. I told them I'm going to get every ounce of energy and every ounce of talent out of them."
- The Hurricanes continued to stress special teams, and the defense focused on run blitzing drills with specific emphasis on red zone and run formations.
- After five practices in the past three days, coach Randy Shannon is giving his guys Thursday off.
- They'll scrimmage on Friday.
"The other day I didn't like the way we were practicing, but we came out this morning and this afternoon and finished up strong," Shannon said. "We had a lot of enthusiasm and we made a lot of plays on both sides of the football so we're excited about that. It was a big improvement from the other day."
- The Demon Deacons had their second two-a-day practice in preparation for tomorrow's scrimmage, which I will attend.
- In the first practice, during 7-on-7 drills, quarterback Riley Skinner hit running back Josh Adams on a long pass down the left sideline on the first play of the drill.
- Cornerbacks Chip Vaughn and Brandon Ghee each made a couple of nice pass breakups.
"I would like to see some improvement from the younger classes," said coach Jim Grobe. "We have older guys that are doing pretty much what we thought they would be doing at this point -- having good camps and making minimal mistakes. I think the key to a season is to have the younger guys step up. No matter how good your upperclassmen are, you are going to have to play young guys at some point, whether you are comfortable or not. So I would like to come back to the office after the scrimmage tomorrow and feel like our young guys made pretty good strides."