The Florida State Seminoles rolled through the regular season en route to a thrilling victory in the BCS National Championship over the Auburn Tigers. They finished the year a perfect 14-0 and are heavy favorites to be in the mix next season as college football transitions to a college football playoff. While the FSU roster will undoubtedly look different with seniors and early-entrants to the NFL Draft moving on, Jimbo Fisher can count on his receiving corps to have a familiar face with Rashad Greene announcing his return to school for his senior season.
Greene has been a huge piece of the FSU offensive attack over during his career as he has led the team in receiving in each of his three seasons on campus. This season, he set career marks with 76 catches for 1,128 yards and nine touchdowns as the Noles racked up offensive numbers in bunches all season long. He capped the season with his best game of the year in the title game, catching nine passes for 147 yards, providing a consistent presence in the passing game for Jameis Winston against the pressure of the Auburn defense.
His return is a huge boost for Florida State in 2014 as they face the unfortunate reality of turning over their roster, particularly at wide receiver. Senior Kenny Shaw will be gone and redshirt sophomore Kelvin Benjamin is projected as a potential first-round pick in the upcoming NFL draft. While Benjamin has not made his decision on whether to stay or go, having Greene back ensures a bit of stability at the receiver position no matter what the talented Benjamin decides to do. Having Greene back for one more year will give Winston a level of comfort in the passing game that will be vital to the Noles repeating their success in 2014.
Retaining senior leadership from their championship run is going to go a long way in keeping Florida State on top of the college football world next season. Greene will be a huge key in their run next fall, providing the poise and leadership only experience can offer.