Rodney Smith must step up if FSU is to upset Clemson

Florida State has had some awful injury luck so far in this young season. Aside from the probable loss of quarterback E.J. Manuel for the Clemson game, the receiver position has taken the biggest hit. Florida State is really going to need junior Rodney Smith to step up. But how did receiver go from a position of strength to a major weakness for the 'Noles?

Receiver   Yr Note
Willie Haulstead WR JR Out indefinitely w/ concussions
Rodney Smith WR JR  
Bert Reed WR SR Likely out w/ ankle injury
Jarred Haggins WR SO Out min 1 month w/ broken hand
Kenny Shaw WR SO Likely out w/ concussion
Rashad Greene WR FR  
Greg Dent WR SO  
Christian Green WR RS FR  
Josh Gehres WR RS SO Done for year w/ knee injury
Kelvin Benjamin WR FR Redshirting

Florida State has ten receivers on scholarship. It went into the season with eight healthy, as Willie Haulstead was out indefinitely with concussion issues and Josh Gehres blew out his knee.

Kelvin Benjamin is redshirting and not ready to make any sort of contribution. 

But even without those three, FSU was still in good shape with seven guys it thought could play.

Then Bert Reed busted his ankle against Charleston Southern. The number was down to six. 

The Oklahoma happened and Kenny Shaw was knocked unconscious and Jarred Haggins broke his hand. The number sits at four.

Can FSU get the job done with four receivers, only one of which is an upperclassman? And with a backup QB? 

If it's going to happen, FSU will need junior Rodney Smith to step up. He's 6'6" and 220 pounds with good speed and good leaping ability. Clint Trickett will more than likely need Smith to bail him out a few times in this game. Oklahoma did a decent job of taking Smith away, and I imagine Clemson will attempt to do the same. But Clemson doesn't have Oklahoma's players, and Smith is good enough if he brings it to help FSU spring the upset.

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