By now, you’ve seen Florida State receiver Rashad Greene’s gaudy opening night numbers. 11 catches. 203 yards. A crucial touchdown. Frankly, the whole country’s seen them, as only one other WR in the nation registered more yards than Greene last weekend.
Greene’s stellar performance was necessary, too, as the ‘Noles leaned on their stars to pull out a 37-31 win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys. And while quarterbacks are often rightfully credited for leading an offense — and Jameis Winston certainly contributed highlight reel plays of his own — Greene can lay claim to playing just as many offensive snaps as Winston. Asked after the game if he played every play, the senior paused, thought, and answered: “yeah, I did.”
His ability to contribute continually has Greene on the precipice of becoming a legend at Florida State. He could finish his FSU career as the all-time leader in catches, yards, and receiving touchdowns.
His performance Saturday brought him even closer to each milestone. He’s now just 30 receptions behind Ron Sellers, a record that will be broken by the middle of the season. He’s 930 yards behind Sellers, and, as far as TDs go, Greene is presently only eight scoring grabs behind Peter Warrick. With 11 regular season games, a possible ACC championship game, and a bowl game (or two) left, those totals are entirely reachable.
And don’t think for a second that the amount of snaps Greene played on Saturday wore him out. He spoke about not realizing he’d done so until being asked: “It didn’t feel like it, man. You just don’t understand how hard we train for these, just in general. It didn’t feel like I played every snap. But my body is prepared for it, in shape for it.”
Greene won’t be needed to play every down against The Citadel on Saturday, as the Seminoles should have the game in hand relatively quickly. But don’t be surprised to see him fighting to stay on the field as long as he can. Not so much for the records, but, per Greene: “I want to play. It’s what I love to do.”
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