TALLAHASSEE — For months,
’s defense has been built upon expectations.
Hopes around the Sunshine State and abroad have been high for the unit that was ranked college football’s fourth-best a year ago. With so many key starters from 2011 coming back, most of the sport’s experts have had little reason to believe the group wouldn’t be right back in the same elite conversations this fall.
At least, that was before Wednesday morning.
In a short statement from coach Jimbo Fisher, the Seminoles announced that one of their best returning defensive pieces, cornerback Greg Reid, was being dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules. Coming just five days before the Seminoles take part in their first preseason practice, the dismissal leaves them scrambling to find a replacement for the senior.
“I appreciate everything the FSU community has done for me, and I wish the best for the program,” Reid said in an interview with Tallahassee radio station 97.9 FM in Tallahassee. ““I'm a good person, but I've made some dumb mistakes.”
Multiple calls by the Orlando Sentinel to numbers for Reid weren’t immediately returned.
His dismissal comes less than a month after he was arrested near his home of Valdosta, Ga., for misdemeanor traffic violations and misdemeanor marijuana possession. Reid later denied possessing the drug. According to a police report, however, the odor of marijuana was detected as soon as a Georgia patrol officer opened the car door to search the vehicle. A burnt cigar and less than an ounce of marijuana also was present in a brown paper bag on the front passenger seat.
Reid is due in court for arraignment Sept. 5.
The arrest was Reid's second in less than a year. Last fall, he was arrested for lying to Tallahassee police investigating a stolen scooter that was registered in his name. The charges were later dropped.
Reid also was suspended for a game last season for an unspecified violation of team rules.
During his radio interview, Reid said that combination of events led to his dismissal.
He now becomes the third player in less than a year that Fisher has booted from the program.
In January, after contemplating entering the
process, the former five-star high school recruit decided to come back to FSU for his final season. The decision appeared to have a real impact.
“He's playing tremendous football for us on the field right now and showing tremendous leadership,” Fisher said this spring.
Reid expanded upon that in April.
“If I sit down and really think about it, I'm about to be 22 years old. I'm not getting younger,” he told the Sentinel. “There's no way around it. It's just being mature.
“I'm so close to it. I've got my foot in the door and I'm trying to make dreams come true.”
Entering this season, he was just 313 yards shy of
' all-time school record for career punt return yards. He was expected to surpass Sanders this year. Reid was named to the preseason All-
team last week and deemed the conference's best preseason punt returner.
Possible defensive replacements for Reid include backup cornerbacks Tyler Hunter and
. A similarly small-in-stature defensive back, Waisome is a former South Lake standout who enjoyed a strong showing in April's “Garnet and Gold” spring game.
In the punt return game, FSU has several potential fill-ins, including former St. Thomas Aquinas standouts Lamarcus Joyner and Rashad Greene and Boone product Marvin Bracy.