Nearing the Top
By: Jonathan Schillace
Senior wide receiver Rashad Greene led the Seminoles in nearly every receiving category last season. Number one in receptions, yards and yard per game, mixing in some big game catches. But you wouldn’t know it by watching his demeanor.
“I show it in a different way,” Greene said. “On the inside I’m jumping like a little kid, but on the outside it’s calm all the time. I expect that from myself. To me it’s no big deal, that’s what I’m supposed to do, that’s what I am trained to do. At the end of the day it is normal for me. That’s built with training so hard and doing things the right way.”
One word explains why Greene is so good.
“Consistency,” co-offensive coordinator Lawrence Dawsey said. “Showing up in the big games, making plays. Not only is he a good kid off the field, he’s a good kid on the field.”
1,128 yards on 76 catches with 9 touchdowns last year setting him up this year to break the all time touchdown, receiving and yards record at Florida State.
“It hit me when Coach [Jimbo] Fisher was on First Take and he was talking about it, so I understood that I had the opportunity,” Greene said. “I feel like, I do what I’m supposed to do, and just play team ball, [and] everything individually will come to me.”
This type of career was evident to Coach Dawsey four years ago.
“I realized this kid had a chance to be a good football player.” Dawsey said. “I didn’t know how good he was going to be, but I knew he had a chance to be real special if he continued to work real hard each and every day since he was a freshman. And that’s what shows up.”
It comes as no surprise that the return for a senior season for one of Florida State’s greatest wide receivers is critical for the team’s success.
“Real big,” redshirt sophomore quarterback Jameis Winston said. “He was our leading wide receiver last year and he’s a true brother for me. When adversity hit our team, I stayed over his house every night and we got that brotherhood together. That’s my brother, I love him.”
“It’s very fun,” Greene said. “To spend my last season with guys that I came in with and trying to accomplish the same goal and pave the way for younger guys to come behind me and show them to ropes to show them how to keep it going.”