October 9, 2013

Insider Report: McDaniel's hit ruled clean

Florida State's leading receiver so far this season isn't wily veteran Rashad Greene or athletic superfreak Kelvin Benjamin: It's shifty, speedy slot receiver Kenny Shaw/.

Shaw has 23 catches for 466 yards this season and has been the most consistent target for Jameis Winston so far this season. He's the only one of the starting wideouts to not have a 100-yard receiving game yet this season, but his average holds steady at 93 yards per game. Jimbo Fisher has praised Shaw's consistency multiple times this season and did so again after Shaw hauled in five catches for 96 yards and his third touchdown of the season against Maryland on Saturday.


Shaw said he doesn't mind not reaching the triple digits yet - and it's easy to see why. He's still pulling in more than his fair share of big plays. His 20.3 yards per catch average leads FSU and he's got 11 catches of 20 yards or more this season. FSU as a whole is averaging 8.8 plays of 20 or more yards per game.

Shaw said the offense takes special pride in its big-play potential this year, saying it's nice to have the spotlight after a young offense last season took a backseat to a smashmouth, dominating defense.

"Over there years we weren't getting the hype like our defense was," Shaw said. We take a lot of pride in that in practice, working on situational stuff and big-time plays."

Many of Shaw's deep catches have come over the middle, something he attributed to Winston's ability to handle pressure in the pocket and still find receivers.

"Under pressure, he's calm with it and he looks for the big play too," Shaw said. "Usually quarterbacks get pressure like that and just want to take off running. Receivers, we're going to block for him but we don't really like that. We like getting the ball too."

McDaniel's hit clean, says ACC

Jacobbi McDaniel electrified both the crowd and the FSU defense on Saturday with a thunderous hit on Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown. The hit was so vicious that Brown left the game with a concussion - and after the replays, some thought the hit should have been ruled a penalty.

Maryland coach Randy Edsall declined to comment on the play after the game, saying that Maryland would likely ask for a conference review of the play.

But Tuesday, ACC Officiating Coordinator Doug Rhoads told the Baltimore Sun that after reviewing the play, McDaniel's hit was not targeting.

That's good news for McDaniel, who could have been suspended for FSU's next game if a penalty had been enforced after the fact.


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