The Florida State wide receiving corps was supposed to be the most experienced unit returning to Tallahassee for 2013. With three veterans now out for the year, that’s no longer appears to be the case.
On Wednesday, head coach Jimbo Fisher announced that senior wide out Jarred “Scooter” Haggins would be out for the year due to a fractured kneecap. Although he only caught eight passes as a junior, he provided depth for a receiving corps that likes to rotate players in and out frequently.
Haggins joins Willie Haulstead and Greg Dent as experienced wide receivers who won’t be lining up for the Seminoles this fall. Last week, Haulstead was ruled academically ineligible, and although nothing official has been said, Dent is unlikely to rejoin the team after being charged with felony sexual assault earlier in the year.
The Noles still have a bevy of talented wide receivers, but now they’ll likely be relying on true freshman to become a part of the rotation. Levonte Whitfield and Jesus Wilson have drawn rave reviews early in fall camp, especially from others in the receiving corps.
Rashad Greene said to reporters, “What I’ve seen (from the freshmen) is a passion, a dedication, they want to learn, they want to be a part of this team, they want to help us and I think they can.”
But generally speaking, freshmen struggle to learn Fisher’s complicated offensive schemes in year one, and have a tough time earning significant reps.
That leaves the Seminoles with only four receivers who have played any collegiate snaps. Greene is perhaps the best of the bunch, but many expect Kelvin Benjamin to have the breakout season that Nole fans have been waiting for.