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Receivers Looking to Pick Up Quarterbacks For Once

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The questions for Florida State in 2013 is not whether they have any receivers.

No that's never been a question. Whether or not someone can get them the ball consistently could be an issue, but the Seminoles enter the season with considerable depth at the receiver position.

Rashad Greene, Greg Dent, Kenny Shaw, Kelvin Benjamin and Christian Green have all had solid Springs for the Seminoles and that's important because the Florida State quarterbacks are going to need all the help they can get as they fight to replace EJ Manuel.

“I think Dent and Greene are playing the best, by far playing the best," said Jimbo Fisher recently. "I think Christian Green is making progress too.”

Greene has been the Seminoles best receiver the past two seasons. The junior receiver from Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas broke on to the scene as a freshman before injuries derailed his season. Last year he lead the team in receiving again. 

Greene isn't getting complacent. His goal is to lead the team in receiving for a third year in a row.

“I'm just always trying to chase perfection, you’re never too good to get better," said Greene. "I can always work on the little stuff as far as things I’d done last year as far as not going deep enough on a certain route, you know analyzing those things and getting those things down pat because you know that can take you a long way, just having those fundamentals.”

“Greg Dent’s been having a blowout Spring too," added CB Nick Waisome. "He’s just been making catches out of no where, you know amazing catches.”

Dent is heading into he senior year and most players will tell you he has been the most transformed of any player in camp. He's been making big plays all over the field and really making a case for significant playing time come next season.

“He’s stepping outside of his role of what he was when we were coming in as freshmen," said Kenny Shaw. "He’s just a different guy.”

Kenny Shaw continues to be consistent as well. He lead the team in receptions during the last scrimmage. Of all of Florida State's receivers he may be the most workmanlike. Despite not getting some of the same hype as the other receivers Shaw makes the right reads at the line on a consistent basis and is usually open. 

Kelvin Benjamin continues to try to live up to his potential, Fisher says he needs to see more consistency from the 6-5 receiver, but has also been encouraged by some of the plays he's made on the field.

All of the receivers have been working to try and build a rapport with quarterbacks to ensure that whoever wins the starting job is on the same page with them. It sounds like it would be difficult to keep switching in and out, constantly trying to catch balls from different guys, but they insist it hasn't been.

"It’s all about making that QB feel confident," said Greene. "When he throws you the ball he knows you’re going to try your best to get the ball and you’re going to catch it, and that’s my job to go out there every day, I try to get reps with all the quarterbacks and just make them feel comfortable.”

It's a bit of a role reversal from when they were all young players but the lessons are largely the same.

“We were the inexperienced ones when EJ was here so it’s our job to take that role now," said Greene. "We have to pick them up when things aren’t going good and make those plays when the ball is not so perfect for you.

"Just make them look good.”

 

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