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The Big Board: FSU's deep threats

The route was bad, and the throw never came close to the receiver, and Jimbo Fisher got mad.

"It's a good thing we've got all these great receivers," Fisher yelled during Thursday morning's practice session. "I haven't seen anyone make a play in four days."

That's not entirely true, of course.

After practice, Fisher raved about the big plays made by junior Greg Dent, and he lauded the potential of Kelvin Benjamin, who has spent a good portion of this week taking reps with the first-team offense.

Fisher's frustration isn't about potential though. He knows his receiving corps is loaded with talent -- from the 6-foot-6 Benjamin to standout sophomore Rashad Greene to veteran Rodney Smith. ESPN's Travis Haney has FSU ranked as the seventh-best receiving corps in the country.

But with an offensive line that's still a work in progress and a running game littered with question marks, Fisher knows that talented receiving corps might need to carry the offense at times, so he's asking the group to make big plays that can change the game.

"I want to look for some guys that can change the game," Fisher said. "If you don't change the game from an outside point today -- those guys out there changing numbers on the scoreboard, making big plays -- you really suffer. I think we have those guys and we've got to give them chances to do it. Those guys out there have to make big plays."

Fisher's expectations may be high, but there's no reason to assume his receivers won't deliver.

Last season, nearly 20 percent of all of Florida State's completions went for 20 yards or more -- the third-highest total in the ACC behind only Georgia Tech and North Carolina, according to ESPN's stats and research dept.

Keep in mind, Georgia Tech's triple-option offense tends to skew all of its numbers -- the Yellow Jackets actually had 14 fewer passing plays of 20 or more yards than the Seminoles in 2011.

Similarly, 56 percent of Florida State's passing touchdowns came on plays of at least 20 yards. That also ranked as the third-highest percentage in the conference, behind Georgia Tech and Virginia.

Given the likely contributors this season, those numbers could increase.

Six of Greene's seven touchdowns last season, and more than a quarter of his catches, came on plays of 20 yards or more.

Similarly, all four of Smith's touchdowns, and a fifth of his catches, came on passing plays of 20 yards or more.

Add Benjamin's big-play ability to the mix and consider that, while Christian Green failed to find the end zone in 2011, he led all FSU receivers with 256 yards after catch and the Seminoles go at least four deep with big-play threats.

All of that has Fisher pushing to get the most out of his talent.

"We have guys that are capable," he said. "We just have to push it out. If you don't demand it, you're not going to get it."

And if Florida State gets it, the Seminoles could easily become one of the most prolific passing attacks in the country.