Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Young Guns Show FSU Has Big-Time Weapons; Bowden Excited about Potential of Four Freshmen Who Combined for Five TDs against the Citadel

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Young Guns Show FSU Has Big-Time Weapons; Bowden Excited about Potential of Four Freshmen Who Combined for Five TDs against the Citadel

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Byline: BOB THOMAS

TALLAHASSEE -- Cooped up throughout last week's win over Miami, Florida State's kids finally got the chance to go outside and play Saturday night against The Citadel.

Turning Doak Campbell Stadium into their own Romper Room, freshmen quarterbacks Drew Weatherford and Xavier Lee combined for 485 passing yards, with Lee among four first-year players contributing five touchdowns in a 62-10 rout of the I-AA Bulldogs.

"I was just trying to get a feel for the game and situations," said freshman receiver Greg Carr, who contributed touchdown receptions of 10 and 40 yards to the cause. "[Offensive coordinator Jeff Bowden] told us that the young guys had an opportunity to take a chance and he would see what he could do with us as far as the season goes."

It appears as if it was a chance worth taking.

Knocked down at the goal line on his route, wideout Rod Owens, got up and caught the game-tying touchdown pass -- a 5-yard strike from Weatherford -- to erase a 10-3 deficit with 1:08 to play in the first half.

Freshman tailback Antone Smith's 3-yard touchdown sprint around the right end preceded Carr's touchdown receptions -- one each from Weatherford and Lee -- as the Seminoles scored on nine consecutive possessions to turn the game into a rout. Lee closed the scoring with a 24-yard touchdown run.

Though FSU coach Bobby Bowden suggested that the Seminoles might be a "year away" from becoming a national title contender again, he admitted the decision to give the youngsters a longer look was productive.

"I'm so glad we played all those kids [Saturday night], because you see the potential of this football team; you see the potential of this offensive team," Bowden said.

It was virtually impossible to miss when scanning the stat sheet. In addition to the five touchdowns, freshmen contributed 229 rushing and receiving yards to the Seminoles' 629-yard total. That doesn't include Fred Rouse's four punt returns -- three of which he nearly broke for touchdowns -- for 66 yards. Couple that with the contributions of sophomore receivers De'Cody Fagg and Joslin Shaw, and second-year tailback Lamar Lewis, and you get 385 rushing/receiving yards from the team's youngest contributors. …

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