Running First Team
DeCody Fagg
The Territory Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2004

Coach Bobby Bowden announced Wednesday that freshmen receiver De'Cody Fagg is currently listed at the starter at split end this Saturday. Offensive Coordinator Jeff Bowden said that Fagg, who is healthy, will be as effective if not more than injured receivers Chauncey Stovall and Willie Reid. It's the fifth offensive starting line-up change since this past weekend.

Florida State’s offensive shuffle continues. Freshmen receiver DeCody Fagg is currently listed as the starting split end, Saturday, ahead of injured WR Chauncey Stovall, coach Bobby Bowden said Wednesday.

Offensive Coordinator Jeff Bowden didn’t rule out the possibility of Stovall being able to regain his starting position, but said that he would need to see Stovall improve in Thursday's practice.

Bowden added that Stovall and WR Willie Reid looked inhibited by their hamstring injuries against Maryland, this past weekend.

"When you talk about putting 11 out there it needs to be 11 healthy ones. I think De’Cody 100 percent will be close to what Chauncey or Willie can give 75 percent," Bowden said.

If Fagg starts against the Blue Devils, the Seminoles will open the game with both its top receivers, Stovall and WR Craphonso Thorpe on the bench. It will also mark the fifth starting line-up change made to the offense since the loss to Maryland.

Fagg found out he would start when he saw his name penciled in at the top of a depth chart being circulated during a team meeting, he said.

Jeff Bowden indicated, last week, that he planned to get Fagg more involved during games, since injuries were taking a toll both on Stovall and Reid’s practice time.

"Rather than having Chauncey start if he can’t go 100 percent, we would rather start Fagg, who is healthy, and back him up with Chauncey," Bobby Bowden said.

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