The Weed
Posted Nov 7, 2004

In his first career start, true freshman Gary Cismesia tied a school record with five field goals in Florida State's win over Duke on Saturday. The Seminoles returned to practice tonight in preparation for Thursday night's game at North Carolina State.

Yes, a smiling Gary Cismesia admitted he was nervous.

Well, it certainly didn't show in the end result on Saturday.

Cismesia, Florida State's true freshman kicker from Bradenton nicknamed "The Weed" for an early growing spurt, made quite a favorable impression in his debut.

Cismesia converted field goals of 23, 29, 27, 40 anhd 43 yards in the Seminoles' 29-7 homecoming victory over Duke at Doak Campbell Stadium.

Cismesia, taking over the placekicking duties for senior Xavier Beitia, also converted his only two extra-points to finish with 17 points.

Cismesia, who had hoped to to ease his nervousness with an early extra-point or two, nailed three first-quarter field goals, including one that skimmed the left upright and went through.

"I thought I would be kicking extra points all day," Cismesia said.

"After I hit that one (second), I said, 'Please come back.' I still have to prove myself for job secruity here. It hit the upright -- I could see it was going left. Once it went through, I felt the relief."

Cismesia's heroics came in front of family members and his girlfriend of one year.

"That meant a lot to me because my family has been behind me," Cismesia said.

"My dad and I would always go out to the field and practice. All of them have given me their full support. Without them, it wouldn't be happening."

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