Carr Show

Carr Show

At this point last fall, Greg Carr was the odd man out. An athletic yet comparatively unknown recruit, Carr was asked by Florida State coaches to wait until January to enroll because they had received more commitments than expected. A dream was put on hold.

Using the lull to work out with former teammates at rural North Marion (just south of Gaineville) and spend time with family, Carr persevered and now says the hindrance actually might have helped him out.

"Regardless of what happened, I wanted to come here," he said. "It worked out for the best because I think I would have just redshirted last season anyway. It gave me more motivation to prove myself."

Carr is starting to do just that. Grabbing four touchdown catches in just two career games puts him into elite company. The only other Seminole to accomplish the same feat – a guy named Peter Warrick.

"I guess if I'm going to be in anyone's company, it might as well be his," laughed Carr. "I really am starting to get a better feel for things and the coaches a little bit more confidence in me. It's a good feeling for me right now but I know there's still a lot of work left to do."

Despite impressionable performances in spring and preseason scrimmages, coaches chose not to call upon Carr in the season opener against Miami.

A successful audition against The Citadel thrust Carr into a leading role last Saturday at Boston College. He may stay there – using his lengthy 6-6 frame and excellent leaping ability, Carr came down with a pair of highlight-reel scores that helped to push the Seminoles past the Eagles.

"If he doesn't make those plays, we don't win that game," quarterback Drew Weatherford said. "You knew once he got an opportunity, he was going to do something special."

Carr's size distinguishes him from any receiver Florida State has ever had; he's believed be the tallest threat in team history.

"He's was born with credentials that you can't coach," said FSU coach Bobby Bowden, who likened Carr's skills to Georgia Tech's Calvin Johnson. "He's a natural that will create a mismatch every game with his size."

But it's the work that Carr has done to polish his game that has thrust him into the spotlight.

Carr is bigger. Ten months of dedicated weight training has added 15 pounds that will allow his lanky frame to handle the abuse of the college game.

His route running has been refined. Carr is getting closer to mastering the intricacies of the FSU playbook and knows better than ever what the scheme demands from him.

"When I first got my playbook when I got here, I was like ‘man oh man'," Carr said shaking his head. "I've caught on now.

"In high school you really weren't worried as much about steps as you were about getting a certain amount of yardage or getting to a certain spot. Here there are a lot more things to worry about - steps, keeping my arms pumping, getting a downfield block for the other receivers - so I've been trying to get through all that."

"It makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck, to see what he's been able to do," said Craig Damon, Carr's coach at North Marion.

Since arriving in Tallahassee in January, respect for Carr has come rapidly from teammates and coaches after an initial impression.

"Everyone thought that he had a long way to go since he was so tall and skinny and he couldn't really run routes that well," Weatherford said. "Greg is so funny because he is quiet on the outside but inside he is one of the most competitive people and has a great work ethic."

Carr and fellow pass catchers De'Cody Fagg and Chris Davis are three big reasons why Weatherford and the aerial attack have been able to flourish in the past two contests.

True freshmen Fred Rouse, Richard Goodman and Rod Owens – all three more heralded high school pickups than Carr – have also helped to burn defenses that have dared FSU to pass by stacking against the run.

There is a possibility that Carr's role could be reduced once again when senior Willie Reid (knee injury) returns to action Oct. 1 when the Seminoles host Syracuse.

In his mind, a point has already been made.

"I always knew what I was capable of," Carr said. "I might have come in as the underdog but I worked hard and I'm thankful for the opportunity to show what I can do."

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