Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FSU's Boldin Runs Fast, Thinks Faster

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FSU's Boldin Runs Fast, Thinks Faster

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Byline: Bob Thomas, Times-Union sports writer

TALLAHASSEE -- Quantifying Anquan Boldin's contributions to Saturday's 38-31 victory over Iowa State is easy. The junior wide receiver caught Florida State's first pass and last pass, a 31-yard fourth quarter touchdown grab from Chris Rix that stood as the game-winner.

But matching his career highs with seven receptions (for 89 yards) and two touchdowns in his first game since the 2000 season, following ACL reconstruction surgery, tells only a small part of the story.

"The biggest lift Anquan brings, besides making plays, I'm sure, is probably in the huddle," FSU offensive coordinator and receivers coach Jeff Bowden said. "He just exudes confidence. He's going to make the guys around him play hard because he's going to play hard."

It's one of many intangibles Boldin brings to the fifth-ranked Seminoles, who entertain Virginia in Saturday's ACC and home opener.

Late in the first quarter, with the 'Noles facing third-and-12 at the Iowa State 23, Rix was trying to beat the play clock after the coaching staff was late signalling a play into the huddle. Instinctively, Boldin called a timeout.

"I just thought we would have been rushed if we did manage to get the play off," Boldin said. "It probably would have been a lost down, so I thought it was better to call a timeout and run the right play."

It proved to be a wise decision. Tailback Greg Jones picked up 6 yards and set up kicker Xavier Beitia in the middle of the field for a 35-yard field goal that pushed the Seminoles' lead to 17-0.

"When you get in panic-type situations, that's where leadership really comes in," FSU coach Bobby Bowden said. "You never realize how much you miss a guy like [Boldin] until you don't have him."

Jeff Bowden added that Boldin, a former quarterback, is used to taking charge.

"Nobody else would have done that. . . . That's just Anquan," Jeff Bowden said. "He's very football savvy. Some guys will do what you tell them, but some guys completely understand. That's Anquan."

Boldin appreciates the opportunity to play again after suffering a preseason knee injury last August. …

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