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)

FSU Seminoles freshman Greg Reid keys comeback with big punt return

FSU’s Bobby Bowden, left, greets his defensive coordinator, Mickey Andrews, who was coaching his final home game.

Associated Press

FSU’s Bobby Bowden, left, greets his defensive coordinator, Mickey Andrews, who was coaching his final home game.

TALLAHASSEE — For a moment, the Seminoles' coaches contemplated trying to block a Maryland punt near midfield in the waning minutes.

"I said, 'Nah, let's return it,' " coach Bobby Bowden said. "I was afraid if we tried to block it, we might rough him and then they'd run the clock out."

The staff agreed, and why wouldn't you want to give freshman Greg Reid a shot to make a play? A week earlier, he returned a punt 68 yards for a touchdown, and he was second nationally coming into Saturday's game with 16.38 yards per return.

"You've got to give that guy touches," offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher said. "He's going to make you mad every now and then, but Lord almighty, he makes so many good things happen."

This time, with his team down 26-22, he fielded the punt near the sideline at his own 8, played off his blocks and took off for a 48-yard return that ignited the winning drive.

"We practice angles at practice on punt returns so I knew once I saw Mister (Alexander) have a good angle on the dude, so I just kind of cut off him," Reid said. "I saw Bert (Reed), I know Bert's going to block for me. I just followed him through the hole."

"He gave you momentum," Bowden said. "In a game like that where it's dull and nothing's happening except they're taking the ball and won't give it up, all of a sudden you get an exciting play and it seems to rejuvenate the entire team. That's what his punt return did."

Bowl picture: The Seminoles are bowl eligible and will extend their NCAA-leading streak to 28 appearances.

"Well, that's good," Bowden said. "You start out the season, everybody's undefeated; you want to win the conference champion­ship. You want to go to a BCS bowl. You want to do this, you want to do that. All of a sudden, you can't do that one, you can't do this. What do you have left? Well, go to a bowl. … It's significant."

Now it's just a matter of where they'll end up. It seems likely they'll head to the Music City Bowl against an SEC team (perhaps South Carolina for one last Bowden-Steve Spurrier showdown) on Dec. 27 in Nashville; or the Emerald Bowl on Dec. 26 in San Francisco against a Pac-10 team.

All-star tribute: Almost three dozen former FSU star defensive players came out to help honor retiring defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews, who came to FSU in 1984. The players included Peter Boulware, Paul McGowan, Corey Sawyer, Corey Simon and Terry Warren. Before the game, Bowden, president T.K. Wetherell and athletic director Randy Spetman greeted Andrews and his family at midfield. Wetherell gave Andrews, 68, scholarship letters for his five grandchildren to attend FSU. Andrews also received a garnet-colored Ford truck from his former players. After the coin toss, Andrews plunged the flaming spear into the ground.

New uniforms: FSU wore the Nike Pro-Combat uniform — one of 10 schools selected to test drive the new, lightweight design — as well as a new black helmet with a spear. The Seminoles have worn a helmet with a base color other than gold only once, at the 1968 Peach Bowl when they had a garnet-based helmet with a white stripe and FS in white, block letters on the side. FSU plans to keep the uniforms and may use them again.

FSU Seminoles freshman Greg Reid keys comeback with big punt return 11/21/09 [Last modified: Saturday, November 21, 2009 9:28pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays pitchers rave about Twins pitching coach, ex-mentor Neil Allen

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — There have been a lot of coaches who have had a hand in helping Chris Archer get to the big leagues and to the front of the Rays rotation, and as he took the mound Friday night at Target Field, he had reason to nod appreciatively toward the home dugout.

    Minnesota Twins pitching coach Neil Allen jogs back to the dugout after paying starting pitcher Tyler Duffey a visit on the mound in the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Thursday, July 7, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
  2. State baseball: Bishop McLaughlin bows out in Class 3A semifinals


    FORT MYERS — One inning into Bishop McLaughlin's Class 3A state semifinal against Fort Myers Canterbury, things could not have gone much better for the Hurricanes. They grabbed a quick one-run lead and Canterbury ace Sam Keating was forced out of the game with a nagging neck injury.

     Chris Berglund (18) of Bishop McLaughlin, at bat during second inning of the FHSAA class 3A semi-final on Friday May 26, 2017 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla. Canterbury, Fort Myers, defeated Bishop 7 to 4. Canterbury will play in the 3A championship tomorrow.
  3. Bucs WR DeSean Jackson knows only one direction: full speed ahead


    TAMPA — DeSean Jackson is the "1."

    Actually, Jackson, the Bucs' latest weapon for quarterback Jameis Winston, with his blazing speed and game-changing splash plays, wears No. 11 in games.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson participates in an "open OTA practice" at One Buc Place, the team's training facility, in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.
  4. Video preview: Rays open tough road trip facing Twins tonight


    After splitting a four-game series against the Angels to wrap up a winning homestand, the Rays tonight open a nine-game, 10-day roadtrip with the first game of the weekend series with the Twins:

  5. For starters: Rays, Archer take on surprising Twins to open road trip


    UPDATE, 6:37: Cash said it was a combination of wanting to keep Dickerson, who is a team-best . 358 against lefties, in the lineup and Santiago's splits. ... Cash said there was nothing new on the injured players back at the Trop, with Brad Boxberger still slated to throw live BP on Monday in Port Charlotte, …