Tallahassee, FL - Gone is Bert Reed. But that is all that is gone from a talented group of wide receivers at FSU. They've actually gained more than they lost. They bring in freshman speedster Marvin Bracy and Willie Haulstead makes his long-anticipated return to the field.
Senior quarterback EJ Manuel has counted on this group to make him look good. He threw for 2,666 yards last season. He expects much of the same this season.
"Guys make great catches for me," Manuel said. "My completion percentage was pretty good, too. I can't catch the ball. Those guys have to catch it. I have to throw it into a spot where they can catch it and make a play, so I do my job and they do theirs."
The receivers accounted for more than 3,000 yards last season. With 6'6" freshman Kelvin Benjamin in the mix and 6'6" senior Rodney Smith lined up with him, the 'Noles will clearly have size on their side.
"We also have guys like Kenny, Rashad and all those boys," Smith said. "They make plays, too, jump balls and all of that. So I think we're gonna show that we're one of the top wide receiving cores in the nation this year."
Rashad Greene was the MVP of Champs Sports Bowl and the sophomore led the team in every receiving category.
"It was surprising," he said, "I didn't expect to do that well. But, this year I'm focusing on getting better."
Manuel's seen that focus from the wide receivers throughout the entire offseason.
"You know I think that's the whole mentality of our wide receivers and tight ends has changed as far as when the ball's in the air it's theirs and I think that's how they look at it now," he said.