Tag:Willie Haulstead
Posted on: July 1, 2011 3:53 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2011 7:19 pm

FSU's Easterling chooses baseball over 'Noles

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

This week saw one high-profile two-sport college athlete -- Russell Wilson -- forsake professional baseball (and a sizable chunk of money) to continue pursuing his career on the gridiron. But as if to prove that every action has an equal and opposite reaction, even in college football, Florida State has now seen that same decision go against them with wide receiver Taiwan Easterling.

Make that former wide receiver Taiwan Easterling, as a Florida State official confirmed to the Sun-Sentinel that Easterling (who already has his degree) will sign a professional contract with the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs took Easterling in the 27th round of last month's MLB draft.

Though hardly the kind of seismic baseball-or-football decision Wilson's was at N.C. State (and, eventually, Wisconsin), there's little question Easterling's absence will be felt to some degree in the Seminoles' pursuit of their first ACC championship since 2005. The 5'11" Mississippi product finished in FSU's top-four receivers all three years of his career, finishing second on the 2010 team with 43 receptions (and 551 yards). He finishes his FSU tenure as the 18th-leading receiver in school history.

But even for all that, the 'Noles receiving cupboard isn't exactly bare. Not only do top two receivers Bert Reed and Willie Haulstead return, but not one player who caught a ball for Jimbo Fisher's team last season was a senior.

Certainly, they'd have been better off if Easterling had turned the Cubs down for one last hurrah. But we doubt there's going to be many tears shed for the 'Noles in Blacksburg or Coral Gables, or even many sleepless nights in Tallahassee.

Posted on: November 19, 2010 10:43 am
Edited on: November 19, 2010 11:05 am

Seminoles limping into conference finale

Posted by Chip Patterson

Locked in a heated three-way race with Maryland and N.C. State, Florida State knows that a loss against the Terps on Saturday likely crushes their chances of an Atlantic Division title and a berth to the ACC Championship Game.  Florida State had a firm grasp on the division before losing back-to-back games to N.C. State and North Carolina.  Now, the Seminoles must defeat Maryland and hope for the Wolfpack to lose one of their two remaining conference games in order to avoid losing the division.  

They are going to have to get the job done in College Park far from full health.  Christian Ponder will be back on the field after sitting out against Clemson a week ago with soreness from a ruptured bursa sac in his elbow.  Ponder is not quite 100 percent, and it would not be surprising if E.J. Manuel saw some action, particularly after his performance on the ground against the Tigers.  But Ponder will missing two crucial pieces of the offense on Saturday.  Wide receiver Willie Haulstead and running back Jermaine Thomas are both will both sit out the conference finale with injuries.  Haulstead, who leads the team in receiving yards, has not been able to practice this week due to a head injury. Thomas, the team's leader in carries, was expected to miss action due to a sprained knee.  Maryland's defense has buckled against Top 25-caliber offenses this season, but with all the health issues it is not certain that the unit on Saturday is of that caliber.
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