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Florida State Seminoles' Greg Reid hopes father released from prison, sees him play

Florida State sophomore CB Greg Reid is hopeful Saturday's home game against Brigham Young will be the one.

The one he needs, finally, to set aside a ticket for his father.

Greg Reid Sr. is in a halfway house, finishing a six-year prison sentence for drug trafficking and waiting for his release papers to be okayed.

If that happens before Saturday, he will be able to see his son play football in person for the first time since Reid, 20, was a freshman at Lowdnes High in Valdosta, Ga.

"It's been a while," the son said.

Reid, a dynamic talent as a defensive back and return specialist — last week's disappointing and humbling performance at Oklahoma notwithstanding — can't describe what it will mean to him to have his father in the stands again. But he tried.

"It's going to mean the world to me," he said. "But it's not about me. It's about him. I'm just a son living my dream. It's about my family."

Inside the numbers: The Seminoles had 26 first-and-10 snaps during their 47-17 loss against Oklahoma. But of those, five mustered no more than 3 yards and another 13 netted either no gain or a loss, including a pair of false start penalties.

That means FSU's veteran offense faced second and long 69 percent of the time. Not so good.

"Our biggest goal is being efficient on first down and creating second and short and third and short," senior QB Christian Ponder said. "We didn't execute on first down."

Perhaps it shouldn't be surprising that he and the offense struggled to convert third downs against the Sooners (5-of-16 for 31 percent).

Last season, FSU converted 46 percent of its third downs, 13th among 120 Division I-A teams.

"We lost first down," coach Jimbo Fisher said. "We weren't being as efficient on first down, so our third downs were more third and 7s. And they were able to lay their ears back and come at us a little bit."

Making a statement: Fisher didn't see it live. But when he watched the tape of Saturday's game and saw freshman DT Cameron Irving shove an Oklahoma player after the whistle while both were out of bounds late in the game, he was not happy, to say the least.

"That's not the class we're going to exhibit. We're not going to tolerate that," said Fisher, adding the conduct was addressed at 7:30 a.m. Monday.

He said he wants his players to remain competitive and fiery but not lose their poise, and that youth is no excuse for coming up short.

"If you get beat, don't get broke," Fisher said. "You've got to be able to keep who you and what you are."

Tickets available: Just as it was for the opener against Division I-AA Samford, FSU has about 15,000 tickets available for Saturday.

It didn't help that BYU, which received 5,000 tickets, returned about 2,000 nearly two weeks ago. Nor did it help that FSU and BYU are coming off one-side losses (BYU's 35-14 at Air Force).

FSU drew an announced 68,438 for Samford, Fisher's debut, which is roughly 14,000 short of capacity and the smallest for a home opener since 1992.

The good news for FSU is the students remain supportive. They should use up their 16,000-ticket allotment. Then school officials will funnel tickets from the public section to fill additional student requests.

Brian Landman can be reached at landman@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3347. Check his blog at tampabay.com/blogs/seminoles.

Florida State Seminoles' Greg Reid hopes father released from prison, sees him play 09/15/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 7:41pm]
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