Bay alum Bert Reed is poised to help Florida State live up to lofty expectations

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla- The Florida State coaching staff and players are expecting a big year from 5th year senior, and Panama City Native, Bert Reed.

Over the last couple of years Bert Reed's teammates have said some nice things about him.

"He's a cool guy too. On and off the field. But fast, he's so fast you can't put a hand on him in practice," Defensive end Brandon Jenkins said.

After 4 years of development as a player and person, there's a lot more to say about him now.

"Bert is a huge personality and I love him for that, said FSU Quarterback EJ Manuel. "People look at him and follow him. He's a great leader for our team."

The team is expecting Reed to produce big numbers, and be the leader for a talented group of wide receivers as the only senior out of 12 players at the position.

"He's been consistent everyday, but that happens when your a fifth years senior," added head coach Jimbo Fisher. "He understands the timing of it, he's done a tremendous job in practice and hopefully he'll be that leader on the field."

Offensive Coordinator James Coley added, "We want him to be the threat he is. He's a fast player, a smart player. He has the ability to change the scoreboard. That's what he is. He's a weapon, and that's what we expect him to be is that weapon."

"I expect a huge year from Bert, and I think Bert expects huge year for himself. I don't expect anything less," said Manuel.

Expectations are high for Reed to help this team live up to the pre season hype, and he knows it's now or never.

"We'll never be together again. That's what our shirt says is right now, Reed said. "That's what our poster says, right now. Because it's about right now. Because that's what it's about, not two months from now. It's about right now, and doing what we can right now."

Reed and the Noles will get their first chance to make plays against Louisiana Monroe in their season opener Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium at 2:30 central.

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