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Cornerback/punt returner Greg Reid dismissed from Florida State Seminoles

TALLAHASSEE — Greg Reid, among the nation's top punt retur­ners, was dismissed from Florida State's football team Wednesday for a violation of team rules.

Coach Jimbo Fisher did not disclose details of the violation, and the senior, also a starting cornerback, was unavailable for comment.

Reid, 21, was named to the All-ACC preseason team and needed 313 punt return yards to break the school record of 1,429 held by Deion Sanders.

The dismissal comes after his July 10 arrest near his home of Valdosta, Ga., on charges of possession of marijuana, driving without a valid license and not wearing a seat belt. An arraignment is scheduled for Sept. 5.

Reid also was arrested Sept. 26, 2011, in Tallahassee. Police said he lied during an investigation over a stolen scooter registered in his name. Those charges were later dropped.

Reid also missed a game last season for an undisclosed violation.

Fisher praised Reid during spring practice.

"He's playing tremendous football for us and showing tremendous leadership," Fisher said.

Soon after, Reid told the Orlando Sentinel he had matured.

"I'm about to be 22 years old," he said. "There's no way around it. It's just being mature. That's growing up and just being a man.

"I just want to build a successful life for my family back home. I'm the only person in my life who can … make that happen. I'm so close to it. I've got my foot in the door, and I'm trying to make dreams come true."

Reid has one season of eligibility left. He can play right away if he transfers to a I-AA school. He also can keep his scholarship if he wants to stay at the school as a student.

When he signed in February 2009, Reid was the consensus No. 2 cornerback in the nation.

As a freshman, he led Division I-A with 18.4 yards per punt return. Reid became a starter at cornerback the next season. He had three interceptions and was named the defensive MVP of the Chick-fil-A Bowl after recording five tackles, two forced fumbles and four pass breakups. Last season, both of his interceptions came against Florida. He had seven interceptions for his career.

Possible replacements at cornerback include sophomores Tyler Hunter and Nick Waisome, both of whom played primarily on special teams last season.

Possible replacements on punts include kickoff returner Lamarcus Joyner and sophomore Rashad Greene, who last season led the team in catches, receiving yards and touchdown catches.

Nittany Lion coming: Tight end Kevin Haplea is set to transfer from Penn State to Florida State, reported. Haplea, primarily a blocker, won't have to sit out a season because of the sanctions levied against Penn State by the NCAA over the sexual abuse scandal.

Greg Reid's transgressions

Sept. 10, 2011

Suspended for the game against Charleston Southern for an undisclosed violation

Sept. 26, 2011

Arrested on charges of resisting arrest and perjury; both charges later dropped

July 10, 2012

Arrested on charges of possession of marijuana, driving without a valid license and a seat belt violation; arraignment set for Sept. 5


Dismissed from the team for an undisclosed violation

Cornerback/punt returner Greg Reid dismissed from Florida State Seminoles 08/01/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 10:31pm]
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