Florida State vs. Maryland: Players Who Will Build off Great Performances

Justin Welton@JustinWeltonAnalyst IINovember 17, 2012

COLLEGE PARK, MD - NOVEMBER 17:  Running back Devonta Freeman #8 of the Florida State Seminoles eludes the tackle of defensive back Matt Robinson #40 of the Maryland Terrapins during the first half at Byrd Stadium on November 17, 2012 in College Park, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Florida State and Maryland are two teams heading in different directions. Judging by Saturday's 41-14 victory by the Seminoles, those directions couldn't be further apart.

There were several performances that stood out from Saturday's game, but here are three who will build off of their great performances.  

Devonta Freeman, RB, Florida State

Sophomore running back Devonta Freeman devoured Maryland's defense all game long, rushing for 148 yards and two touchdowns. It was the best and most explosive performance he has had this season, and it's a performance that will only give the sophomore more confidence going forward.

Every time Freeman receives the opportunity on the ground, he produces at a high rate. He has averaged more than six yards per rush this season on only 60 carries.

Freeman will benefit from this performance for the rest of the season and the next two seasons at Florida State, as it showed the coaching staff what kind of production it will receive when he is given the ball. 

Rashad Greene, WR, Florida State

Rashad Greene has been inconsistent in his sophomore season. He's recorded 38 receptions and five touchdowns, but has failed to produce consistent numbers following great games.  He recorded at least four receptions in five games this season (prior to Saturday), but failed to deliver with that number in the following game. 

Last game against Virginia Tech, Greene caught six passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns.

Finally, as the season steers towards its ending, he caught four passes in consecutive games, as he caught four for 50 yards and a touchdown against Maryland. 

The one thing that was really missing from Greene's game in his sophomore season was consistency, and he may have found it on Saturday.  

Shawn Petty, QB, Maryland

You can argue whether or not Shawn Petty's performance was "great," but considering that he is a freshman playing against one of the best defenses in college football in a weird sequence that has him playing the QB position, I would consider it great. 

Petty recorded two touchdowns and no interceptions while going 8-of-19 for 136 yards. It marked the second straight game he didn't throw an interception in his limited attempts.

He's not Johnny Manziel, but it was a great performance that he will build from in one way or another.