Time To Shine
DeCody Fagg
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Posted Oct 27, 2004


De'Cody Fagg grew up in the shadows of Florida State in nearby Quincy. His dream was to play for the Seminoles one day, and that dream has come true. Now, Fagg may get the opportunity to make a serious contribution in FSU's important road game at Maryland on Saturday. Injuries have depleted the Seminoles' receiving unit, and the coaching staff is looking for another breakout player. Fagg, who enrolled in FSU last spring, is looking forward to his chance to help out.

Decody Fagg is polite and soft-spoken.

But one couldn't wipe the smile from his face on Wednesday when talking about the chance of playing in Florida State's road game at Maryland on Saturday.

Injuries are playing havoc with Seminole receivers.

Starting split end Chauncey Stovall continues to be slowed by a hamstring strain, while reserve Lorne Sam remained in a protective boot after aggravating a stress fracture a day earlier.

While Sam said he is hopeful of returning to practice on Thursday and playing against the Terrapins, the Seminoles are in need of healthy bodies and productive hands against Maryland.

Fagg, who has three receptions on the season but did not appear in the past two games against Virginia and Wake Forest, could get an opportunity to make a difference on Saturday.

"The coaches have been telling me to get ready to play," Fagg said.

"We don't know what Chauncey's percentages are in terms of playing. If he's feels better, he wants to play, so I will be focused on the sideline in case anything goes wrong and I have to go in."

Fagg says he feels comfortable in FSU's offensive scheme after early struggles.

Fagg attended Hargrave Military Academy last fall but did not play football after suffering a broken leg in the final week of practice.

Fagg, the former Tallahassee Democrat Offensive Big Bend Player of the Year from Quincy, had 41 catches for 808 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior.

Fagg is a big, physical receiver at 6-foot-3, 190 pounds.

"I feel comfortable in this offense," Fagg said. "I have Chauncey and the other older guys helping me out. I am following their lead.

"That's the thing here. We can show people we can go deep into the depth chart and show them we just don't have three receivers. That we have a whole lineup of receivers who are ready to go."

Fagg also plans to watch extra video on the Terrapins, who rely on press coverage from their cornerbacks.

Maryland ranks fifth in the Atlantic Coast Conference in pass defense, allowing 173.7 yards per game. The Terps also have held opposing quarterbacks under 15 completions in five of seven games.

"I know they like to press a lot and that's one thing we have to get ready for," Fagg said. "I love that (press coverage). I am looking forward to the opportunity to contribute."


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