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Rashad Greene Returns First Punt of the Season for TD

Really, if you're honest Florida State's game against the Racers was essentially over within a minute and a half. After forcing a three-and-out, the Seminoles sent former St. Thomas Aquinas star Rashad Greene back deep for the punt and he immediately housed it. As of 13:31, just 89 seconds in, the Seminoles had all the points they would need.

"I give my credit to my teammates," said Greene. "They set it up for me and I just ran."

Greene made an impact as a true freshman last season, lighting it up in reserve duty in the first two games before establishing himself in the regular receiving rotation by week three. Even despite battling injuries that cost him several games, he finished with 38 receptions for 596 yards and 7 touchdowns.

He also spelled Greg Reid as a punt returner, even having one kick against Charleston Southern called back after a holding penalty.

On Saturday night, he didn't have to look around for any flags, he was in the clear.

Greene takes after Reid a little bit, the now-departed corner had a knack for fielding punts off the bounce and splitting the gunners for big yardage. Greene showed the same aggressiveness later in the game against Murray State, but ended up muffing the kick.

"I just wasn't being smart, taking my eyes off the ball I should have fair-caught it but I was trying to take a chance," said Greene. "That's something I'll learn from."

But don't expect him to be any less aggressive.

"If the opportunity presents itself, I will [field one off a bounce]," said Greene. "But going out and just trying to make bonehead plays, that's not what I'll do. I want to put my team in the best position I [can] to help us win and put the offense in great field position. That's my job as a punt returner.

"But when I get the chance to make big plays. Of course I will."

One thing that indicates maturity on Greene's part is his even-kiel take on his performance. He doesn't get too excited over a touchdown return or too down over a muff. He just moves on to the next play.

"I don't linger on it after the game," Greene said. "Right then [on the muff] I knew what I did wrong, processed it and moved on, because I don't want to dwell on it and let it affect me the next play. That's how coach Fisher told us to do, if you make a bad play, process it and let it go.

"If you make a good play, process it and let it go."

The way Greene is trending look for him to be processing a lot more good plays than bad ones.




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