It’s Mid June, So It’s Basically Fall Right?
Continuing our series from 10 days ago, we are counting down the days until Florida State Football is back!
This week, we’re looking at players who wore 80-89.
#80- Rashad Greene
Since I began following Florida State football, the player I’ve associated with the pinnacle at the receiver position is, without question, number 80 Rashad Greene. While other Noles have garnered the picture-perfect moments in recent history, Rashad was the receiver I saw putting together the work on the field. He leads in catches and receiving yards at FSU and opened the offensive playbook at the position for FSU to remain dynamic against stout defenses. Always a threat, Rashad remained humble throughout his career, and maintained the poise of a leader in the locker room. In short: he’s the unsung hero the Noles needed in the early-to-mid 2010s.
#81- Kenny Shaw
This may be one of the easiest choices for me in this series. Not only is Kenny Shaw Raw, he’s from my hometown of Orlando, Florida and represented the 407 with pride during his time in Tallahassee. I mean, who doesn’t respect a dude who gets nearly decapitated and carted off the field one week against Oklahoma, only to come back and not only play against Clemson one week later, but find the end zone while doing so. I can’t remember another receiver who would take the hits he did while hanging onto the ball and getting right back up instantly the way Shaw did in the Garnet and Gold.
#83- Bert Reed
My player to highlight in the 80s isn’t the most popular, but he’s one that I’ll never forget. Bert Reed. Bert was there at the end of Bobby’s tenure, and for the beginning of Jimbo’s. He provided a reliable target at receiver for Christian Ponder and EJ Manuel. Sadly, his three best games as far as receiving yards were all losses, but Bert scored 10 TDs in his career and hauled in over 2,000 yards. Another reason I’ll never forget Bert, is that he was always my go to receiver on the NCAA Football video games, and he won me a lot of games virtually. Tip of the cap to underrated wide receiver Bert Reed.
#80- Rashad Greene
I’m sure I won’t be the only one to have this pick but as FSU’s most explosive weapon during the peak of my fandom, it’s hard to not choose RG80. I was there in person in 2014 when Clemson’s defensive back fell and Rashad scored a touchdown. The Clemson fan next to us was so angry he screamed “I can’t wait until the *bleep* graduates.” That tells me all I need to know. From Virginia Tech in 2012, to every game in 2013 and those big plays when they had to have them in 2014 it was always Greene there to make them. Not to mention, how he carried himself off the field. No one represented the Garnet and Gold better than RG80!
#89- Greg Carr
I remember being 8 years old sitting in the stands at Doak with my dad watching the huge #89 “Moss” defensive backs. At 6’6 220lbs as a freshman he was an absolute unit at WR. The era he was at FSU was not the best offensively (2004-2008) but he still managed to produce all 4 years at FSU.
#85- Jeremy Kerr
I’ll go with a wildcard for this one. In 2015, UF opened up as a slight favorite against FSU. That would change by kickoff. Both teams struggled offensively to start the game, but Redshirt Sophomore Jeremy Kerr would get the Noles into the end zone.
On a 4th down and goal, Sean Maguire rolled to the right and threw back across his body to Kerr. Jeremy caught the TD and his catch was 3x what the Gators would score that evening. The play is one all Seminole fans will remember and it’s one we’re forever grateful for.