November 12, 2011

Notebook: The adventures of Greg Reid

Warchant TV: Greg Reid on the Miami win

When Florida State punt returner Greg Reid drops back it's always an adventure. During Saturday's 23-19 win over Miami, Reid's adventure was of epic proportions.

In the second corner Reid fielded a punt on his own goaline. He made a few Hurricanes miss as he made it out the 11-yard line, but a personal foul pushed FSU back to its own six.

On his next punt return attempt Reid fielded the ball on a hop, made one move and sprinted 83 yards to the house for a touchdown just before halftime.

"Greg thinks every play is a touchdown," head coach Jimbo Fisher said after the game. "That's what makes him great, but also he has to be smart in some situations and he almost had another one … Greg's mentality is like that and I'd rather say whoa than giddy up any day of the week."

Reid finished the game with 106 yards on three punt returns, an average of 35.3 yards per return.

The 83-yard score was the longest of Reid's career and the fourth longest in school history. It Reid's his first score since taking a punt back against Samford in the 2010 season opener.

Reid looked like he might have had one earlier in the year against Maryland, but was called for an illegal fair catch signal and the play was whistled dead. Saturday Reid said he felt a sense of relief as he turned around after the score and didn't see any flags down, but the return opened up for him once the kick bounced.

"I think he kind of shanked the kick a little bit and it gave me the one-hop and I took it," Reid said. "I looked up and I was just looking for somebody to give a move to and it was just there."

The 5-foot-8, 186-pound junior said he tries to attack every punt, so he didn't dwell on his mistake earlier in the quarter. He did recognize it was a mistake after the game though.

"I had my heels on the 11 yard line, I just kept going back," he said of the miscue. "I actually thought he had out-kicked his coverage, but then again we were playing against Miami, all those guys run about a 4.3. That was just a dumb decision by me, but I made up for it so in the film room I won't get it that bad."

While Reid's up and down performance may be agonizing for fans to watch at times, it is also one the most electric parts of each FSU game. Even his teammates can't take their eyes of the field when he's deep to return.

"It definitely is fun to sit back and watch him make plays," receiver Christian Green said of Reid. "He's an explosive returner. I feel like he's one the best in the country so you feel like a fan in the stands watching when we see him return kicks."

Powell pins the 'Canes

After not being named a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award on Friday afternoon, senior punter Shawn Powell turned in one the best performances of his career.

Powell punted four times, all four punts were over 50 yards and had a net average of 47.4 yards. Twice he pinned Miami inside it's own 10-yard line. His first punt of the game went 51 yards and was marked out of bounds at the Hurricane one-yard line.

"I think it was," Powell said when asked if it was the best punt of his career. "For a regular punt that was probably the best punt I've hit."

The two punts inside the Miami 10-yard line gave Powell and ACC-best nine punts inside the 10 this season.

"He had a breakout game, his first punt inside the one," kicker Dustin Hopkins saif after the game. "It kind of beats down the spirits of the team when you're inside your own endzone. He's up for player of the game and rightfully so, because it is such hidden yardage and momentum that a lot of people overlook."

While Powell admitted being left off the Ray Guy list was disappointing, a solid performance in his final game against rival Miami helped erase the disappointment.

"It was great," Powell said of his career day. "I had some setbacks this week, but I let those things go past me with the Ray Guy thing. I just have to do what's best for my team and if I can continue to contribute for my team then that's all that matters."

Bradham ejected

With less than two minutes left in the game and Miami driving to get back into the game, linebacker Nigel Bradham was ejected from the game for launching himself into Hurricanes' receiver LaRon Byrd at the FSU 21-yard line.

Bradham appeared to hit Bryd with his shoulder, not his helmet, but was still ejected for launching himself at a defenseless receiver.

"It looked like he hit him with a shoulder and he hit him in the ribs or chest in my opinion," Fisher said after the game. "And I can't see it-but they said he launched, I don't know. I guess that's the rule, then that's the rule. I'll have to clarify it tomorrow and look at it on film."

Because he was ejected from the game, Bradham and Fisher both feared that the senior linebacker would be suspend for part of or all of next week's final home against Virginia.

Atlantic Coast Conference Associate Commissioner Michael Kelly told after the game that a player can only be suspended mandatory if he is ejected for fighting, which obviously Bradham was not.


  • Florida State receiver Rashad Greene took the field in the second quarter, his first game action since the Wake Forest game on Oct. 8. Greene had collected more than 450 receiving yards in the Seminoles' first five games.

  • With field goals of 21 and 38 yard Dustin Hopkins moved into fifth-place all-time for career points with 310. He passed Gary Cismesia (308 points) on Saturday. Next up is Sebastian Janikowski who ranks fourth with 323 career points.

  • It was star-studded event along the sidelines of Doak Campbell Stadium Saturday night. Former Seminoles Drew Weatherford, Dexter Carter, Craphonso Thorpe, and Matt Henshaw were among the former players in attendance.

    Members of the Tampa Bay Rays were also in attendance Saturday including ace pitcher David Price and outfielder B.J. Upton.

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