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The Big Board: Distributing the ball

12/11/2012

Among the myriad talking points entering the season that offered heaps of optimism for the 2012 Seminoles was the deep and diverse group of receivers and the potential damage Florida State's aerial assault might inflict on opposing defenses.

The case for FSU's receivers was air tight: Rashad Greene would be a year older and healthy for a full season after missing four games in 2012; Kelvin Benjamin would be on the field and his size would make him a huge weapon; Willie Haulstead would finally return from a concussion that kept him out all of 2011 after being the team's leading receiver in 2010; juniors Kenny Shaw, Jarred Haggins and Greg Dent were ready to come into their own.

Really, the only question was how EJ Manuel would manage to find enough footballs to ensure all these weapons were given sufficient opportunities to make plays.

Now that it's over -- well, except for the Orange Bowl -- that question wasn't exactly answered quite so emphatically, but the explanation has more of a chicken-or-the-egg quality than anyone might have thought.

Here's how Florida State's wide receiver production broke down this season compared to 2011: