Friday, April 5, 2013
FSU Notes: Green hopes for bounceback
By David M. Hale
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- It was a lost year, and Christian Green isn't particularly interested in debating the reasons why he rarely saw the field in 2012. He's simply turning the page.
After being a focal point of the offense in 2011, Christian Green virtually disappeared from the Seminoles attack last season.
"I don't really get into that. It just happened," said Green, who followed up on his 450-yard freshman campaign by making just three catches as a sophomore. "They're the coaches, so they decide who plays and who doesn't. All I have to do is work hard and do what I've been doing and look forward to what's going to happen now."
Still, the questions linger. How could a player with obvious talent and a solid season under his belt simply disappear from the offense?
Jimbo Fisher insisted it was largely a numbers game last season. Florida State had a bevy of quality pass catchers, and Green simply didn't perform well enough in practice to see regular action on game day. Green ranked 12th among FSU players in targets last season, and no one on the team caught a lower percentage of the balls thrown his way.
"It was frustrating, but everything happens for a reason, so I just keep working and do what I have to do to get better," Green said. That's the coaches decision who plays and who doesn't. I just have to focus on myself and get better."
If both parties remain vague on what negated Green's 2012 season, however, both also seem optimistic about what could be in store for 2013.
While Fisher hasn't pegged Green as Florida State's top receiver this spring, the junior has at least been in the conversation, with the Seminoles' coach routinely offering positive reviews of his practice performance. That's a major improvement after Green's name was rarely mentioned at all last season.
And Green sees room to grow, too. Rodney Smith is gone, which opens up playing time, and after spending 2012 working with the reserves, he's got as good a rapport as anyone with FSU's new group of quarterbacks contending for the starting job.
Whether all of that coalesces into regular playing time in the fall remains, like so many others surrounding Green, an unanswered question. The difference is, Green's focused on finding answers.
"I always put high expectations on myself," Green said. "I continue to work. I can't control what goes on with playing time, so I'll do what I've always done and just work hard and do the little things they preach to us and we'll see what it leads."
Tight end out: Third-string tight end Christo Kourtzidis will miss the remainder of spring practice following shoulder surgery, Fisher confirmed Friday.
The sophomore has been dealing with the injury since last season and knew surgery was inevitable, but he'd hoped to make it through spring practice. After early workouts, however, it was clear the pain was a problem, and Fisher said they decided to get the surgery now in order to maximize Kourtzidis' recovery time.
"He knew he'd probably have to have it at the end of the season but thought he could get through spring to get some extra reps," Fisher said. "It started bothering him so we went halfway through and it'll give him two more weeks of rehab."
Fisher said Kourtzidis should be recovered when fall camp begins in August.
Extra points:Devonta Freeman missed his second day of practice with an ankle injury. Fisher said he was not sure whether Freeman would be able to participate in Monday's scrimmage ... Quarterback Jameis Winston plans to practice with the team Saturday morning before flying to Miami to join the baseball team for its final two games against the Hurricanes ... Tailback Mario Pender missed Friday's practice due to a conflict with a class.