With Florida State less than a week away from officially beginning preparations for the 2012 season, head coach Jimbo Fisher sent a shockingly stern message to his team by dismissing star corner and return man Greg Reid for a violation of team rules, per FSU’s official web site Seminoles.com.
The issues for Fisher now begin with replacing a starting corner and potentially the best punt returner in the nation.
As my colleague Michael Felder pointed out, dealing with the latter element of Reid’s absence may be the biggest challenge for the Seminoles.
Defensive coordinator Mark Stoops has built a solid reputation for his work with defensive backs throughout his career, and plenty of talent—albeit young and lacking notable experience—abounds for the ‘Noles to work with.
Finding a game-changing return man of Reid’s caliber is highly unlikely, but there are several explosive athletes on the roster that will get a chance to show their abilities on special teams.
When FSU officially opens camp on Aug. 6, which players will be counted on to step up to fill the new vacancies?
Here are five players—three at corner and a pair of return men—that could be in line to replace Reid.