August 29, 2007

ASI Insider Report: Something to prove

Something to prove (By Gene Williams,

When Florida State's wide receivers line up against Clemson in front of a national television audience on Monday night they will have something to prove.

In losses to the Tigers in 2005 and 2006, the Seminole wideouts failed to produce a single reception of 30 yards or more. Also, the unit averaged just 66.5 total yards in receiving in those two games. Throw in a few untimely drops and poor downfield blocking and it's no wonder that Clemson's defense was able to crowd the line of scrimmage and shut down the rest of FSU's offense.

Led by new position coach Lawrence Dawsey, the wide receivers have been one of the more pleasant surprises of preseason practices. In every scrimmage the unit has produced several big plays, there have been very few drops and blocking has dramatically improved.

A big reason for the turnaround has been the reemergence of De'Cody Fagg. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound senior from Quincy (Fla.) has been dominating in passing drills and scrimmages, and is poised to have a big final season.

"He's definitely been the leader of the group since I've been here," Dawsey told "He's been pushing himself, pushing the other guys to keep working hard and to try get better. When he came and talked to me when I first got here he said he wanted to go out on top and I told him the things it was going to take to go out on top. So far we've been pleased with his effort.

"He got quicker by losing the weight and he also got stronger. Anytime you can (get leaner) and add muscle it is going to help you out. Hopefully by doing that injuries won't affect him like they have in the past."

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