Florida State Football: Will A Freshman Win The WR Battle?

By Isaiah Clark
Rashad Greene
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The Florida State Seminoles are still trying to figure out who is going to slot in as their No. 2 receiver since losing Kelvin Benajmin and Kenny Shaw. There may be a few veterans left on the roster, but it’s still an inexperienced unit. Head coach Jimbo Fisher has given few hints on who will be the lucky candidate.

At one point, Fisher was expecting Bobo Wilson to step up and take that spot, but since his little run in with the law, they have been searching for someone to step up. Isaiah Jones was thought to be a potential and viable replacement for Benjamin, but now he has been declared academically ineligible, leaving fewer options than before.

In comes a trio of freshman with star-studded talent written all over them. Both Ermon Lane and Travis Rudolph are former 5-stars, while Ja’Vonn Harrison was a 4-star. All three are looked to have an ample amount of opportunity to showcase their talents in the early stages of practice. The one who has looked the strongest out of the pack has been Rudolph.

He is looking like the potential odds on favorite to step in as the No. 2 receiver. He has impressed coaches this past week after sitting out for roughly a week due to a minor injury. So much so, that he has been getting quite a few reps with the first team offense.

His route running is arguably better than the veterans on the roster (besides Rashad Greene), he has solid speed, great hands, and he has a strong understanding of the game; these are all key components to becoming a starter.

While most of us won’t know until probably the week before who is going to win the starting job, it wouldn’t shock me if Rudolph gets the nod. You should expect to see a lot of him this season regardless of the outcome in the receiving battle.

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