1. Sports
  2. /
  3. Florida State Seminoles

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)
Florida State Seminoles wide receiver D'Marcus Adams talks to reporters before practice at IMG. (OCTAVIO JONES | Times)
Published Aug. 14, 2019
Updated Aug. 15, 2019

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.

MORE FSU FOOTBALL: Three’s a crowd in the Florida State quarterback room

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.

MORE FSU FOOTBALL: State’s 50 greatest single-game college football performances

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 Follow @RyanKolakowski


  1. Former USF quarterback Quinton Flowers is on the opening-day 52-man roster for the XFL's Tampa Bay Vipers. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
    Plant High’s Aaron Murray and Wharton High’s Chase Litton join USF’s career total yardage leader in the quarterback room.
  2. Jan. 22• Florida State Seminoles
    We'll know a lot about the 2020 Florida State team after their first five games of the season. [MONICA HERNDON  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    FSU could be in for a rocky start to the Mike Norvell era, and why Nov. 7 could be a big day in the state.
  3. Jan. 22• Florida State Seminoles
    The Miami Hurricanes mascot Sebastian the Ibis cheers during last season's opener against Florida at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. [MONICA HERNDON  |  Times]
    Manny Diaz’s Hurricanes will host Florida State and potential top-25 North Carolina.
  4. Jan. 22• Florida State Seminoles
    Florida State head football coach Mike Norvell speaks at a news conference Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Tallahassee, Fla. Norvell is Florida State’s new coach, taking over a Seminoles program that has struggled while he was helping to build Memphis into a Group of Five power. [PHIL SEARS  |  AP]
    The Mike Norvell era opens in Atlanta against West Virginia and includes trips to Louisville and Miami.
  5. Houston Cougars quarterback D'Eriq King (4) starts his touchdown running play during the fourth quarter of a 2017 game between USF and Houston at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. The score put the Cougars into the lead and eventually won the game. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    The U added a lot of transfers last year and still went 6-7. Manny Diaz can’t afford a repeat.
  6. Florida State guard M.J. Walker tries to block the shot of Miami guard Dejan Vasiljevic during the second half of their game Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in Coral Gables. [BRYNN ANDERSON  |  AP]
    FSU forces 24 turnovers and storms back from a nine-point deficit for its ninth consecutive victory.
  7. Florida State forward Malik Osborne dances with his teammates during player introductions before their game against Virginia on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Tallahassee. [MARK WALLHEISER  |  AP]
    Florida State, in a three-way tie atop the ACC standings, goes on the road Saturday in search of its ninth straight victory.
  8. Miami LB Shaquille Quarterman (55) during drills for the East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field on Monday. [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    “They don’t yet have the mentality of a Miami Hurricane,” the linebacker says during the days leading up to the East-West Shrine Game.
  9. Former Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops was considered the front-runner for the Florida State job after Willie Taggart was fired. Instead, Stoops stayed with the XFL. [TONY GUTIERREZ  |  AP]
    “The’s amazing," Seminoles AD David Coburn said of fan reactions. We read the emails. They are amazing.
  10. Florida State guard Anthony Polite and Virginia guard Braxton Key react to Polite's 3-point shot during the second half of their game Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Tallahassee. [MARK WALLHEISER  |  AP]
    FSU forces 18 turnovers in a stellar defensive effort to take down the defending national champion.