December 30, 2011

Notebook: Greene named Champs Sports Bowl MVP



ORLANDO-- For perhaps the first time since he injured his ankle late in the game against Wake Forest on Oct. 8, freshman wide receiver Rashad Greene looked to be back to full speed on Thursday evening.


His five catches for 99 yards and a touchdown helped propel Florida State to a comeback 18-14 victory over Notre Dame in the Champs Sports Bowl. He was named the game's MVP.



"I was focused to help the team win the game for the seniors, for their last game to be a victory," Greene said. "I was going to leave it out there on the line regardless of whether my injuries were hacking me or not. I would give it all for the seniors and the coaches and for this family."


All five of Greene's receptions came in the second half. His second catch of the night was really what sparked the FSU comeback.


His 33-yard reception on 3rd and 5 was the first third down conversion of the game for FSU and set up its first touchdown of the game.


He then hauled in an 18-yard touchdown on the next possession, and later in the fourth quarter made a spectacular 42-yard reception to set up a field goal.


"Just like Coach Fisher said, when the line got settled and realized they could play there was a lot more we could do (offensively)," Greene said. "EJ (Manuel) gave me a chance and I made a play for the team."


After the game Manuel was asked if that was the first time Greene had been fully healthy since early in the year. He said that was a question better suited for Greene himself but that "He looked full speed to me. He looked good to me."


Brooks steps up


Injuries have plagued FSU all season long. Thursday was no exception.


During the same series in the third quarter, the Seminoles lost both starting cornerbacks Greg Reid (concussion) and Xavier Rhodes (knee) to injury.


The injuries Terrence Brooks into action, and the sophomore defensive back ended up coming away with the game-sealing interception.


"You have a guy like Terrence Brooks who is a great player," Lamarcus Joyner said. "Like Coach Fisher said we have depth on this defense and you have to know when the team is depending on you have to step up and make a play."


Brooks was lined up at safety when he came up with FSU's third interception of the night and Joyner slid over to corner opposite of Mike Harris.
While on the sidelines before ND got the ball back, Brooks told his teammates he was going to come away with a clutch interception on the next series.


"I told Nigel Bradham before, when the offense had the ball, I was going to go out and get the game-winning interception," Brooks said. "I went out there and just read my keys like coach (Mark) Stoops always talks about and just got the job done."




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