The Florida State Seminoles held their Pro Day Tuesday, showcasing a slew of their talent from the 2012 ACC Championship team in front of NFL scouts and personnel executives. QB EJ Manuel, DE Bjoern Werner, and DE Brandon Jenkins are just a few names that were among the showcased talent.
One of the players that might have had the heaviest focus on him today, actually had nothing to do with FSU’s championship at all last season. He was supposed to. However, off the field troubles prevented him from being a part of the 2012 season in Tallahassee. Today though, he looked to his former school for help getting his career path back on track.
Former Seminoles CB Greg Reid was supposed to be one of the most important, if not the most important, pieces in leading FSU on a championship run. But after an arrest for marijuana possession last summer, his third run-in with the law during his Florida State tenure, coach Jimbo Fisher had to exercise the three-strike rule and dismiss Reid from the team.
It was a major blow to a program that relied a lot on the skills of the versatile athlete. Aside from being a talented cornerback, Reid probably made his biggest impact on special teams, earning a reputation as one of the most dangerous return men in the nation.
As it turned out, Reid did not even play a down of collegiate football last season. Upon his dismissal, he enrolled at Division II Valdosta State where he had planned to spend the 2012 season in preparation for the next step in his career.
During a late-August scrimmage, Reid tore his ACL and, in a blink of an eye, there would be no 2012 season for the senior whatsoever.
Taking the field today in Doak Campbell Stadium to prove his athletic worth to the pro level was one of the major steps in getting back on the career path he was originally building for himself at Florida State.
Unfortunately, as it turned out, Mother Nature didn’t exactly cooperate with the efforts. A rain filled day in Tallahassee limited Reid in some of the drills he could participate in, so as not to risk further damage to the currently repairing knee.
Still, one constant that Jimbo Fisher has preached since taking over the ‘Noles is the family aspect of a team. Some coaches would suspend a player as Fisher had to do with Reid and bid them nothing but good riddance as they walked out the door. Jimbo allowing Reid to have the platform to show himself off on the field he’s most comfortable with, show’s how committed Fisher is to the family atmosphere being built at Florida State.