June 29, 2007

Paul and Reed hoping to amp up FSU's speed

Florida State has one of the fastest teams in college football but the gap that was so wide in the 90's has narrowed to practically nothing these days. During the dynasty years, Seminole running backs and receivers would often just glide past defenders and churn out big gain after big gain. Nowadays, most linebackers and defensive backs are just as fast as FSU's skill players so those long gains that came from a speed advantage are few and far between.

The recent downturn in offensive speed has resulted in a lack of big play production. Without the breakaway speed that defined the Seminole wide receivers in the past, only two pass plays all last season went for 50 or more yards.

When Jimbo Fisher was first hired as Florida State's offensive coordinator he made it clear that he wanted to upgrade the team's speed on offense. Being hired just a month before national signing day didn't give the 41-year old coach much time to amp up the 'Noles' speed shortage. Nevertheless, he was able to bring in two of the fastest players in the state. Those two players - Bert Reed and Brandon Paul - are now on campus taking part in the summer workout program.

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