Florida Gators: Greg Reid

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- It's rivalry week. And what in-state college football rivalry wouldn't have it's fair share of recruiting battles and spurns?

RecruitingNation takes a quick glance at some players at Florida and Florida State who turned down one school or the other during the recruiting process to sign with a rival.

WR Percy Harvin (2006): Harvin would go on to be one of the most electric college football players during his time in Gainesville. But, at one point, he was leaning to Florida State. Growing up, he liked the Seminoles mainly for their tradition and success. But coach Urban Meyer came in and did a great job recruiting him to the Gators and got a couple of national titles out of the deal.


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The One Who Got Away: Greg Reid 

January, 31, 2013
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- No matter how much work a coach puts into recruiting a player, sometimes things just don’t work out.

Relationships change. Situations change. Feelings get hurt. There can be outside interference, maybe a family member exerting pressure to pick another school.

All those things can lead to a recruit changing his mind and decommitting.

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ESPN’s GatorNation brings you the 30 things you need to know about Florida’s upcoming 2012 season. For 30 weekdays we’ll preview games, talk about trends, spotlight players and positions, and give you pretty much everything you need to know to be ready for the season before the Sept. 1 opener against Bowling Green.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- GatorNation is previewing each of Florida’s 2012 opponents. Today is Florida State (Nov. 24 in Tallahassee, Fla.).

FLORIDA STATE

2011 record: 9-4 (5-3 ACC), beat Notre Dame 18-14 in Champs Sports Bowl.

Bjoern Werner
Phil Sears/US PresswireDefensive end Bjoern Werner is one of the Florida State Seminoles' top pass-rushers.
Coach: Jimbo Fisher, third season (19-8).

Series record: Florida leads 33-21-2.

Top returners: QB E.J. Manuel (203-311-8, 2,666 yards, 18 TDs); RB Devonta Freeman (579 yards, 8 TDs); DE Bjoern Werner (37 tackles, 7 sacks); CB Greg Reid (32 tackles, 2 INTs).

Did you know? FSU has not had a running back surpass 1,000 yards since Warrick Dunn in 1996. Only three backs since then have rushed for 900 yards.

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Florida-Florida State quotables

November, 27, 2011
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Players and coaches react to Florida State’s 21-7 victory over Florida on Saturday night. Here are a few key quotes from post-game interviews:

Florida head coach Will Muschamp
"We are a soft football team. That’s the bottom line. I told our guys we are not a physically tough football team and a mentally tough team. Self-evaluation is hard sometimes, but that's the fact. I’ve been called a lot of things in my life but soft is not one of them."

Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher
"We come in here to win and it hasn’t happened very often. We have won the state championship two years in a row, and that feels very good. I thought our defense played well. It was probably one of the best defensive performances we have had all year."

Muschamp on his team lacking physical toughness
"That’s not the first time they’ve heard it all season. It starts with me, falls on my shoulders -- and and I’m the one that is responsible. At the end of the day you are what you are."

Fisher on FSU's play-calling
"I didn’t call that game as an offensive coordinator. You had to call it the way the game was flowing. We were controlling it and they were having a hard time scoring."

Muschamp on Florida's offense
"We’re doing all we can do. We have to find some better answers. We’ve gone wildcat, we’ve gone to Trey Burton’s package, we've gotten in the 'I', we’ve gotten in the pistol. A lot of different stuff. We're trying. Obviously, it falls on my shoulders and it’s not getting done."

Florida defensive tackle Omar Hunter on the defense
"I felt like we played really well on defense. A lot of guys stepped up. They had to step up and make plays, and those guys that did, did a really good job. On defense we just go out there and do our thing. We don’t worry about offense, special teams -- we just do our job."

FSU defensive back Greg Reid on the win
"I came here my freshman year and it was kind of rough. Just to come here and win period means a lot. We just kept fighting and that’s what it takes to win."

FSU defensive lineman Everett Dawkins on allowing Florida to score a touchdown
"We were just trying to make history and shut Florida out. But, you know, we still got the win, so it’s all good."

Stars of the game

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- It was Senior Day for the Florida Gators on Saturday, but a few underclassmen played key roles in Florida State's 21-7 victory over Florida.

CB Greg Reid
The junior from Valdosta (Ga.) had two momentum-changing interceptions. The two interceptions were his first and second of the year. In addition to his play on defense, Reid had a 39-yard punt return in the third quarter that helped flip the field position for FSU.

S Matt Elam
Florida safety Matt Elam led a defense that surrendered 95 yards of total offense. Elam totaled eight tackles, a tackle for a loss, a forced fumble and two pass breakups. FSU’s two touchdown drives totaled 24 yards.

RB Devonta Freeman
With 44 yards rushing, the true freshman running back didn’t necessarily light up the stat sheet, but Freeman had two tough touchdown runs that Florida could never recover from. They were Freeman's seventh and eighth rushing touchdowns of the year.

TE A.C. Leonard
If there was a bright spot for the Florida offense, it was the true freshman tight end. The 6-foot-4, 245-pounder matched career highs with three receptions for 65 yards. Leonard received a majority of the work at tight end because starter Jordan Reed was out with an ankle injury.

Florida State secondary
The FSU secondary limited Florida to 12-of-26 passing for 121 yards and four interceptions. Reid accounted for two picks, Mike Harris intercepted an underthrown John Brantley pass and returned it 89 yards to set up FSU’s second touchdown, and Terrance Parks intercepted Jacoby Brissett and returned the ball 29 yards for the game-clinching touchdown with 12:48 to go in the fourth quarter.

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