Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Florida State WR Willie Haulstead enjoys career day

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State sophomore WR Willie Haulstead was all smiles after Saturday's game.

With good reason. He had five catches for 44 yards — career highs — and his first two collegiate touchdowns in the 31-0 win against Wake Forest. He had four catches for 112 yards in the first three games this season and five for 122 in his career.

"It felt good. The first time in my career scoring and I scored twice," he said. "It felt real good."

Not just for him but for the passing game that has been relying predominately on veterans Bert Reed and Taiwan Easterling and needs younger receivers to assert themselves.

"I was very happy to see him make some big plays, big blocks," coach Jimbo Fisher said, also mentioning the strong play of freshman Kenny Shaw (23-yard touchdown catch to cap the scoring) and redshirt sophomore A.J. Alexander (18-yard catch).

Opponents have been focusing on Reed and Easterling, and unless the other receivers earn the trust of QB Christian Ponder, it's going to be difficult for him to throw to them with the confidence he needs, Fisher said.

"Willie's a guy I was expecting to have a big year," Ponder said. "(Saturday) was probably a breakout game for him. He's a guy who has a lot of potential."

"I got the offense down pat now," Haulstead said. "It builds up my confidence a lot. I feel like if I try to do everything I did this game from now on, it'll look good for me. … So I'm just going to try to do the same thing every day."

Armed and ready: Ponder, limited most of the week in practice by a bruised triceps in his right (throwing) arm, seemed to be fine Saturday. He completed 24 of 37 passes for a season-high 243 yards and two touchdowns.

"It felt a little tight, but I was able to play, and it feels fine now," he said, adding that he wanted to play no matter what because, "it's my senior year, and I've got limited games in a FSU uniform."

Fisher gave him high marks.

"I thought he played very well, I really did," he said. "His arm strength was good. He ran (11 times for 11 yards and one touchdown). He was much better this week, as far as physically by letting him sit as much as we did, than he was last week."

Getting after the QB: FSU's defense knocked a starting quarterback out for the second straight game when LB Mister Alexander collided with Tanner Price up the middle in the waning moments of the third quarter. Last week, BYU QB Riley Nelson suffered a season-ending shoulder injury against FSU.

Weather delay: Lightning was within 8 miles of the stadium, so officials stopped play with 12:34 left in the third quarter. The game resumed 42 minutes later. Last year, lightning forced a 79-minute delay during the Georgia Tech game.

OL change: FSU was without LT Andrew Datko (left shoulder) for a second straight game, but unlike last week, his replacement, redshirt freshman Henry Orelus, struggled a bit. Sophomore Garrett Faircloth took over after the weather delay. "He was just having a tough day," Fisher said of Orelus, adding there was no sense to leave him in when he could benefit from collecting himself on the bench. "And the other guy started doing pretty good, and we left him there, but he'll be fine."

Remember when: FSU celebrated the 50th anniversary of former coach Bill Peterson's first season. Peterson was 62-42-11 from 1960 to 1970.

Familiar face: Redshirt sophomore WR Lovell Jackson (Plant High) is one of 27 Floridians on the Wake Forest roster.

Florida State WR Willie Haulstead enjoys career day 09/25/10 [Last modified: Saturday, September 25, 2010 10:48pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. In Twitter rant, Bucs' Gerald McCoy says he's unappreciated


    Gerald McCoy is feeling underappreciated again. He says somebody has crossed the line this time. He's speaking out and suggesting he might be gone "soon enough" from Tampa Bay.

    Photo Illustration RON BORRESEN   |   Photo by LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times 
Gerald McCoy may be upset that Ronde Barber said a defensive leader “has to have a huge personality’’ like Warren Sapp’s. Monday, Barber walked that back.
  2. Rays' Evan Longoria: "We have all the belief in the world in here"


    The weekend sweep by Texas and four-game overall losing streak has some Rays fans - based on their tweets and emails - questioning the team's ability to make the playoffs and suggesting they might as well trade away their key parts.

  3. What are the odds the Rays trade for Brad Hand or Pat Neshek?


    In each of the last three seasons, the Rays have been sellers at the trade deadline. They shipped away David Price in 2014, got rid of David DeJesus and Kevin Jepsen in 2015 and flipped Matt Moore, Steve Pearce and Brandon Guyer in 2016.

    Padres left-hander Brad Hand has excelled in his two years with the team.
  4. Gerald McCoy cares too much about what you think of him

    The Heater

    Gerald McCoy is right. We are going to miss him when he's gone.

    Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is one of 16 players to record at least five sacks in each of the past five seasons. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  5. Ronde Barber says comments about McCoy 'sensationalized'


    If anyone thinks Ronde Barber was throwing shade at Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, think again.

    "That anyone would assume I would say the best player on the defense isn’t a bad dude is irresponsible and sensationalizing a quote to serve their own means,'' Ronde Barber said.