Homecoming For South Florida Noles: @Tim_Linafelt
November 13, 2014 - Finding Carter
By Tim Linafelt
Seminoles.com Senior Writer
@Tim_Linafelt on Twitter
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Bobo Wilson has had long-lost family members come out of a woodwork, job in hunt of tickets.
Rashad Greene has been by this adequate times to get his family’s arrangements staid before a deteriorate begins.
Saturday’s Florida State-Miami diversion is a homecoming for a several South Florida locals on FSU’s roster. Which can make it an extremely tough sheet for friends and family members.
“It’s usually crazy,” Wilson pronounced with a smile. “We usually get 4 tickets. My mom, my small sister and my brother, they’re first.
“I’m perplexing to work on (getting more) now.”
That could be a high order. Florida State’s semi-annual revisit to Miami is always a prominence of a college football calendar. Even some-more so for a Seminoles from a area.
FSU depends 6 grant players from Miami on a stream register – Wilson, RB Dalvin Cook, LB Matthew Thomas, DE Desmond Hollin, OG Ruben Carter and DT Fredrick Jones.
That series grows significantly when including players from a surrounding region. Greene, WR Ermon Lane, QB John Franklin, DT Nile Lawrence-Stample, RT Bobby Hart, C Austin Barron, TE Nick O’Leary and WR Travis Rudolph all accost from South Florida as well.
There will be friends and family in a stands and, some-more mostly than not, friends and former teammates on a hostile sideline.
Wilson reeled off 6 friends on a UM roster, including defensive behind Deon Bush, who played with Wilson during Columbus High.
And Greene depends Miami receiver Philip Dorsett among his former teammates during St. Thomas Aquinas High in Fort Lauderdale.
“I’m conference from a lot of people behind home, floating adult my phone,” Wilson said. “Most of it is encouraging, though “there’s some people articulate (trash).”
So many additional attention, total with a healthy spotlight that comes with a Florida State-Miami rivalry, has led a Seminoles to place additional importance on gripping their emotions in check this week.
“Coach Fisher, that’s a initial thing he pronounced once we started prepping for this diversion – control your emotions,” Greene said. “Don’t get too hyped too early. Peak during a right time.
“And with a diversion like this, everybody is going to be emotionally ready.”
It’s been that approach for years. A list of former Seminoles from South Florida is a list of some of a program’s all-time greats.
Marvin Jones (1990-92) done his mark. So, too, did Samari Rolle (1994-97), Andre Wadsworth (1994-97) and Snoop Minnis (1996-2000), among several others.
Florida State has enjoyed a recruiting rebirth in South Florida during manager Jimbo Fisher’s tenure. Running behind Devonta Freeman (2011-13) and cornerback Lamarcus Joyner (2010-13) any played pivotal roles in FSU’s new resurgence.
And a beginner contingent of Cook, Rudolph and Lane has done an present impact for this year’s team.
“There are so many good players down there,” Fisher said. “That’s such a hotbed and a good area.
“It’s fun to partisan there… it’s good football.”
That’s what captivated Greene to a area. After personification dual years in his hometown of Albany, Ga., Greene changed in with family in Fort Lauderdale in hopes of anticipating a faster, some-more learned code of high propagandize football.
“South Florida and South Florida football is totally different,” Greene said. “There were improved ability guys for me to contest against.”
The pierce paid off. Greene won a state championship during St. Thomas Aquinas, played with a likes of destiny NFL stars Giovani Bernard and James White and, many importantly, held a courtesy of FSU’s coaching staff.
Greene still considers himself Georgia native, though his time in South Florida has supposing a singular viewpoint on a segment and a players.
“What all of them have in common is they speak too much,” he joked.
“But from a football perspective, all of them have that swag, that appearance — that certainty about themselves. They’re really good and they know it.”
Wilson pronounced that a holds shaped between Miami players, regardless of collegiate affiliation, emanate a brotherhood. But once a diversion begins, all bets are off.
“It’s all love,” Wilson pronounced with a smile. “But once we line adult and compete, it ain’t no brotherhood. we can tell we that right now.”