July 22, 2013
There was no shortage of attention given the Seminoles on the first full day of the 42nd annual Atlantic Coast Conference Kickoff at the Grandover Resort. As key members of the defending ACC champions, Joyner and Greene faced a battery of questions about the 2013 season, which opens at conference newcomer Pittsburgh in just six weeks.
An event-record 410 media credentials were issued for by the league office for the ACC Kickoff, which was highlighted by the first appearances for newcomers Syracuse and Pittsburgh.
There were very few surprise questions thrown in the direction of the Florida State representatives.
"The question I got the most today was about the quarterback situation," said Greene, one of the ACC's top returning receivers entering his junior season. "It was not a surprise at all."
Joyner, a senior, fielded numerous questions about the budding rivalry with ACC Atlantic Division rival Clemson.
"It has been a modern-day rivalry since I've been at Florida State," said Joyner, who will lead the `Noles into Death Valley for a highly-anticipated showdown with the Tigers on Oct. 19. "There's a lot of stuff at stake when we play. It's a good question. They asked it a lot."
Members of the media received their ballots to cast their preseason order of finish predictions Sunday, which will be released Monday. Not surprisingly, FSU and Clemson are expected to be the top two choices in the Atlantic Division.
Repetitive questions tend to be the norm annually at the ACC Kickoff.
Of course, there are almost always random questions thrown in the direction of the players. While Greene said he didn't receive any that he considered unusual, Joyner didn't have any trouble recounting the oddest one he fielded - "What does football smell like?"
As first-time participants at the event - former quarterback EJ Manuel and defensive end Brandon Jenkins represented FSU each of the last two seasons - both Joyner and Greene said one of the highlights of the day was the opportunity to visit with players from the other 14 teams in attendance.
Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd spent quite a bit of time joking with the `Noles early in the day, among others.
"You're coached, not to hate these guys, but they're the enemy," Joyner said. "When you play these guys you have no feelings for them as far as a friendship and you don't know what kind of guys they are. To see them outside of the pads, that was the most fun, to get them to know these guys outside the helmet and shoulder pads."
"Just getting to know the players from the different teams outside of being on the field with them; just seeing the type of personality they had outside of football - that was great," Greene said. "They turned out to be some pretty cool guys."
The players capped their long day with a bowling outing.
"It was a great experience," Greene said of the event. "I was up here with one of my closest teammates [Joyner] and we had fun. We did a video where we were just clowning."
"I've been to a lot of these as a younger player in high school," said Joyner, who opted to return for his senior season rather than enter the NFL Draft. "To do it at Florida State was a lot of fun to be around a lot of good players who have potential to get to the next level."
Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher, who joined his players for a photo shoot with ESPN on Sunday, will make the rounds with the media on Monday. Fans can listen and watch Fisher field questions from the media via a live stream at www.seminoles.com at 5 p.m.
You can also monitor all of the activities from the day at Florida State's ACC Kickoff Live link noles.co/1axUDwh.