March 18, 2013
The Florida State football team starts spring practice March 20 and Seminoles.com has you covered with daily looks at each position on the roster. WIth practice just a few days away, we now look at the wide receivers.
Florida State's wide receivers are in an interesting position when spring practices officially kick off Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. on the old intramural fields.
Other than the loss of Rodney Smith, FSU returns a stocked cupboard of talented pass catchers so the competition will be a lot of fun to watch as a host of veterans vie for playing time atop the depth chart. But who is going to be throwing them passes?
As the Seminoles' four quarterbacks battle it out for the starting gig, the receivers will be there every step of the way building off the rapport they have already established at practices in the past and their own 7-on-7 voluntary work this off-season.
Leading the way for the wide receivers is junior Rashad Greene, who could see his already impressive numbers skyrocket this year. After breaking out as a freshman in 2011, Greene led the Seminoles in receptions, yards and touchdowns for the second year in a row last season. With a new quarterback under center, Greene may add even more to his totals in 2013 as FSU's new signal caller could potentially target him more often than EJ Manuel did as a reliable outlet in pressure situations.
Clint Trickett, the presumed starter at the onset of practices, came to Florida State with the 'Noles' bevy of true senior receivers -- Kenny Shaw, Jarred Haggins and Greg Dent -- so his longstanding relationship with them can't hurt on the field. The Seminoles also boast the return of Willie Haulstead, who caught three passes last year after coming back from a concussion that sidelined him for all of the 2011 season.
Together, Shaw, Haggins, Dent and Haulstead have combined for 171 catches for 1,860 yards and 18 touchdowns in their respective careers.
Redshirt junior Christian Green is another veteran on the roster but he hasn't generated a great deal of production through the first few years of his career. The talent is there for the former four-star recruit and a big spring could help catapult him into an increased role this season and make FSU's wide receiver corps even more dangerous.
In that regard, Kelvin Benjamin enters the spring after a productive freshman year. Benjamin's 30 catches for 495 yards and four touchdowns in 2012 could be a catalyst for what many think can be an all-star career in the garnet and gold. Consistency will be key for Benjamin, though, as he uses this spring to better use his immense frame to make plays and gets more steady in his route running.
The wild card among all receivers is Marvin Bracy, the redshirt freshman speedster that just tore up in the indoor track season and will continue to do the same thing during outdoors this spring. How much Bracy competes with the football team as a slot receiver and return man will depend on his track schedule but everyone is anxious to see what college football's fastest player can do on the gridiron.