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Young Florida State receivers ready to shed role-player status

Three redshirt freshmen are eager find more significant playing time in the Seminoles’ offense, much like Tamorrion Terry did a year ago.
Florida State Seminoles wide receiver D'Marcus Adams talks to reporters before practice at IMG. (OCTAVIO JONES | Times)
Published Aug. 14
Updated Aug. 15

BRADENTON — A trio of young wideouts are ready to take on more significant roles for Florida State.

D’Marcus Adams argued that he and his fellow redshirt freshmen receivers are being slept on by people outside the program.

“Tell them to wake up,” Adams said before practice recently at IMG Academy. “We’re all competing for the No. 1 spot.”

Adams and Jordan Young spent last season contributing to the practice squad. Armwood High alumnus Warren Thompson appeared in four games, the maximum number while still retaining redshirt eligibility, but did not have a catch.

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A season ago, Tamorrion Terry made the leap from practice squad to starting lineup. After redshirting in 2017, the receiver stepped into a playmaking role, finishing with 35 receptions for a team-high-tying 744 yards and a team-best eight touchdowns.

The Seminoles averaged 361.2 yards a game last season, including 5.12 per play, to rank 102nd out of 130 in Division I-A; their 21.9 points per game ranked 112th. Despite the offensive struggles, Terry’s average of 21.3 yards per reception ranked fifth in the country.

Tamorrion Terry's ascension to top receiver last season is one FSU's current crop of redshirt freshmen will emulate. (MONICA HERNDON | Times)

Now the troika of Adams, Thompson and Young are looking to follow Terry and make similar progress.

“They’re making very huge strides,” quarterback James Blackman said. “Those guys are doing a great job executing, knowing what they’re doing on their assignments. I feel like they’ll be a great addition to the offense.”

Adams hauled in 26 catches for 592 yards during his senior year at Daytona Beach Mainland, good for 22.8 yards per reception. He struggled to transition from high school to college, noting that practice at FSU was difficult for him.

“I feel a lot different,” Adams said of the adjustments from his freshman year. “I feel more like a veteran.”

The Ormond Beach native is confident his speed can translate on the field, adding he spent the offseason refining his route-running.

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Blackman said he expects Adams and the other young wideouts to step into leadership roles. He said the growing bonds among the receivers are contributing to a more cohesive offense in camp.

“You have young guys who become a leader in the receivers room, and that’s great,” Blackman said. “They follow from the older guys.”

Adams said he hopes to push his peers for playing time. He said that spirited rivalry has strengthened their relationships.

“It’s endless competitiveness,” Adams said, “but we’re all brothers, and we all love each other.”

Contact Ryan Kolakowski at rkolakowski@tampabay.com. Follow @RyanKolakowski

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