Terry laments drops, plays that let wins slip away

Tamorrion Terry has made some big plays for Florida State the last two seasons.

But he’s also had a few drops, including a pair in Saturday’s 22-20 loss at Wake Forest. The hit-and-miss aspect of Terry’s production was underscored by the Seminoles being in position to extend drives, and potentially score, but falling short.

“We got to make plays,” Terry said. “I feel like we didn’t make a lot of plays out there last weekend. I had a couple dropped balls. We just played bad as a group. Everybody just has to make plays and stay bought in.”

Terry is easily FSU’s top receiver, a dangerous threat downfield who caught a 36-yard touchdown pass from James Blackman in the fourth quarter on Saturday. He leads FSU in receptions (27), receiving yards (522) and touchdown receptions (six). But he also had a few drops prior to that on crossing routes. Making those relatively easy catches would have put the Seminoles in a better position to defeat the Demon Deacons.

If there is a theme for the Seminoles of late it’s that they are close, a few plays away, from being much better than the 3-4 record suggests. You are what your record says you are but the game film also shows just how close FSU may be.

Outside of FSU’s loss to Clemson, the Seminoles have suffered defeats by a score or less to Boise State (36-31), Virginia (31-24) and Wake (22-20).

“You got to appreciate the wins and you got to learn from the losses,” left guard Cole Minshew said. “Even when you lose, you can’t be too down. And when you win, you can’t just get too high and think you’re untouchable. The main thing is this: Treat everything about the same, come back to work and prepare for the next game.”

Heavy heart for Wilson

Terry and Ontaria Wilson grew up together and played at Ashburn (Ga.) Turner County. When Wilson went down with a shoulder injury on Saturday, the moment hit Terry hard.

“When I first saw it, I felt bad,” Terry said. “I just want to make a play for him, just go out there and play hard for him. He looked at me and told me, ‘Don’t give up.’ And I didn’t give up on him.”

FSU now moves on without Wilson and Keyshawn Helton, two of its most productive young receivers. The Seminoles now have just three receivers – Terry, D.J. Matthews and Tre’Shaun Harrison – who are able to play and have 10 or more catches.

It could mean that the Seminoles will need to play Keith Gavin or Warren Thompson more in the next five games.

“We just got to step up and make plays,” Harrison said. “That’s it.”

Minshew logs heavy playing time

Minshew said he played 58 snaps against Wake, far more than the six he played at Clemson a week earlier.

“I feel pretty good,” Minshew said. “I feel like I can play however long they need me to.”

Praise for Boselli

Andrew Boselli was pressed into the lineup when center Baveon Johnson went down with an injury Saturday. In what has been a roller-coaster last few years, Boselli was able to contribute and hold his own after giving up football, returning as a walk-on and then earning a scholarship in August.

“He’s one of those guys that I’m pretty sure he scored almost a perfect score on the SAT,” Minshew said. “He’s really, really smart. All the way through Jimbo (Fisher) and here, we’ve learned a lot of football. It seems like he’s retained it really well. He’s grown. Going through the different offenses and he’s learned more complex schemes. He sees everything and communicates everything really quick with no hesitation. He’s always on top of it.”


  1. Jason Franza Reply

    Great work Bob. I’m very excited about Minshew’s return and also encouraged from what I saw from Boselli on Saturday. We seemed to get more push up front than we had in prior contests this season. Hopefully it will continue Saturday versus Syracuse.

    And yes, Terry has to fix the drop issue and we have got to stop turning it over in the red zone. Both doomed us on Saturday at Wake.

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