Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Florida State Oozing with Outrageous Talent

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Florida State Oozing with Outrageous Talent

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TALLAHASSEE -- They may not be the smartest team in the country. Or the most poised. Or the most disciplined. But we saw yesterday why the Florida State Seminoles are everybody's pick to win the national championship.

They are, without question, the most talented.

The Seminoles have talent oozing from every cranny, crease and crevasse of their roster. Which is why they are so good. But also why coach Bobby Bowden must be masterful in handling the egos on a team with so many gifted athletes.

Take yesterday. In the Seminoles' 41-7 season-opening victory over Louisiana Tech, Anquan Boldin caught more touchdown passes than any other Florida State player. And Nick Maddox ran for more yards. And both are true freshmen.

The Seminoles are talent gluttons. They have players on their bench most programs would die for. Which means they have players on their bench who think they should be on the field.

"If you come to Florida State, you have to realize you're going to get pushed," said wide receiver Peter Warrick.

Easy for Warrick to say. He's the most talented player on the most talented team in the country. Without him on the field yesterday, the Seminoles might have only won by three touchdowns. For much of the first half, the Seminoles seemed content experimenting with personnel instead of putting their best players on the field and making Cajun gumbo out of the visitors from Louisiana.

Periodically throughout the first half, the Seminoles even shuffled in their entire second-team offense as if this was some sort of preseason scrimmage. Talented Louisiana Tech quarterback Tim Rattay actually had his team in a 7-7 tie with the Seminoles late in the second quarter. That's when Warrick took off on one of his incredible highlight-reel runs, taking a handoff on a reverse, breaking three tackles, cutting back twice, nearly dropping the ball and pinballing off defenders for a 20-yard TD. …

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