3 YEARS OF STATS
Rashad Greene: 76-1128
Kelvin Benjamin: 54-1011
Kenny Shaw: 54-933
Nick O'Leary: 33-557
Rashad Greene: 57-741
Kenny Shaw: 33-532
Rodney Smith: 38-524
Kelvin Benjamin: 30-495
Rashad Greene: 38-596
Rodney Smith: 36-561
Christian Green: 26-450
Kenny Shaw: 34-418
Florida State Receivers
Rashad Greene (Sr): FSU's leading receiver each of the last three years, the 6-foot-0 Greene has the chance to leave his mark on the record book, particularly with another 1,000 season. Greene has flashed more big play ability each year in college and there is no doubt that he is one of the nation's best. It is a mistake to assume he will improve on last years terrific numbers, but with the return of Jameis Winston, he should be in that range.
Last Chance Saloon
Christian Green (RS Sr): Green was on track with his red-shirt freshmen season listed above (2011), but he has largely disappeared the past two seasons and it is tough to count on him, particularly as a starter at this point in time. His talent is not in question. It appears to be more likely that he finishes as FSU's 4th receiver rather than the no. 2. Snoop Minnis had seasons of 338 and 257 yards before busting out with a 1,340 yard season in 2000, could Green do the same?
Jarred Haggins (RS Sr): One of the players with the most on the line in August camp is Haggins because he has produced even less than Green in his four years at FSU. He has suffered some injury setbacks and buzz has always been positive with him, but this is year 5 (how time flies). Should enter camp with a legit shot to be firmly in the mix and we think he will be given every opportunity to produce.
Youngsters with a Year
Kermit Whitfield (Soph): Whitfield made THE play with a kickoff return for a TD in the national championship game. We would look for his role to increase as a sophomore, particularly as a receiver. In the Syracuse game he had a RUN where he knifed through the defense for a long TD----so we expect to see that again as well. How much can he contribute as a slot? Is there perhaps one more year where he is primarily a returner and a jack of all trades? His electric speed brings all sorts of possibilities.
Jesus Wilson (Soph): Wilson appears to be the most ready of this group to push Green/Haggins for playing time. All buzz has been extremely positive since he stepped foot on campus, so much so that he almost should be considered dependable. We say almost because he has not done it yet, but a season like Shaw's 2011 (34-418) might not be far off.
Isaiah Jones (Soph): Surprisingly Jones is the only receiver on the roster with legit height and length to be considered "big" (although only 1 that is "small"). There were definite signs of life shown in the Spring and because he presents some match-up problems it is a good bet that we see him at least in some packages. If he produces, he could easily be a "sleeper" for some serious production. On the flip side he may be a year away.
Ermon Lane: Lane immediately becomes FSU's most talented receiver, the Dade County star has the physical tools to be a legit no. 1. He has already added some college weight and appears to want to see the field early. He will need to know the playbook and develop some mojo with Winston. Another athlete that could be dangerous on special teams.
Travis Rudolph: Rudolph possesses many qualities that are similar to Greene. On paper, he would seem to be the freshmen with the best chance of early success. It would not surprise if he was among FSU's leaders at receiver, but likely would need an injury or two to fully open that door.
Javon Harrison: He was very under-rated as a recruit because there was some genuine debate as to his future position (WR or S). He is every bit the athlete that Rudolph is, but we expect him to need some time at WR before he is in the mix. Early reports from summer work-outs have Harrison being one of the stand-outs, if he translates that to the practice field, he could become another interesting option for the 'Noles.
Assuming that Winston is healthy, we expect a season similar to the last one statistically. There is no doubt that the losses of Benjamin and Shaw will be felt and that the unit will take a step back. The question is how big of step?
There is no reason production wise it has be anything other than a very small one. While it is unlikely that two receivers will be "so close" to Greene as the leading receiver, we feel the production will be quite similar. What does that mean? The combination of 4 receivers for that production rather than two.
The strength of this unit should be it's depth and options. If a player is not ready to step up, there is someone else waiting for the chance.