Following his latest run-in with the law — and afoul of team rules — FSU kicks star punt returner and DB Greg Reid off the team Wednesday.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Senior cornerback Greg Reid, one of the nation’s top punt returners, was dismissed from Florida State’s football team Wednesday for a violation of team rules weeks after his marijuana arrest in Georgia.
Coach Jimbo Fisher had no further comment after announcing that Reid was done at Florida State, where he had emerged as the school’s best punt returner since Deion Sanders in the late 1980s. Reid needed 313 yards to surpass Sanders’ school record of 1,429 yards on punt returns.
The 5-8, 180-pound Reid led the nation in punt returns as a freshman in 2009. He had two interceptions and 32 tackles last season in his second year as a starting cornerback. He finishes his Florida State career with seven interceptions and 120 tackles.
Reid has one year of eligibility remaining if he chooses to transfer to another school, although he would retain his scholarship at Florida State if he decides to remain at the university as a student.
Fisher will likely have to turn to an untested returner in Reid’s absence.
Running back Chris Thompson, who is coming off a serious back injury, and receiver Rashad Greene of Albany are the only two returning players who have returned punts other than Reid the past two seasons. The coaching staff will probably be reluctant to expose Greene, who is expected to be the Seminoles’ top playmaker, to the rigors of the return game.
Reid expressed disappointment — in himself — following Wednesday’s announcement.
“I appreciate everything the FSU community has done for me, and I wish the best for the program,” Reid said during an interview with a radio station Wednesday afternoon. “I’m a good person, but I’ve made some dumb mistakes.”
Finding a replacement in the secondary won’t be as difficult since Reid was often victimized by taller receivers.
Reid’s departure comes three weeks after his latest run-in with authorities when he was charged with marijuana possession after being stopped by a Georgia state trooper near his home in Valdosta.
Reid, 21, was arrested last year on charges of resisting arrest and perjury charges. Prosecutors eventually dropped the charges. He was also suspended for a game last season for an unspecified violation of team rules.
It’s the second time in as many years that Fisher has had to dismiss one of his top players. Wide receiver Jarmon Fortson was kicked off the team in August of 2010. He had caught 45 passes for a career high 610 yards and four touchdowns.
Badgers star RB Ball — last year’s leading rusher in the nation — attacked by five men days before camp opens
MADISON, Wis. — Five men roughed up star Wisconsin running back Montee Ball near campus early Wednesday, inflicting head injuries serious enough to send him to the hospital, authorities said.
Ball was walking down a street around 2:15 a.m. after “socializing” with friends, police spokesman Joel DeSpain said. Two friends walking ahead of him turned around and saw Ball on the ground. The men had surrounded him and were kicking him in the head and chest, DeSpain said.
One of his friends and a man across the street moved to help Ball and the attackers fled, DeSpain said.
Witnesses said Ball may have exchanged words with the men before they attacked him, DeSpain said. The motive for the attack remains a mystery. Ball told investigators his cellphone is missing, but it’s unclear whether the attackers stole it or someone just happened to pick it up.
“We’re going to take a look at whether the victim was targeted for who he is,” DeSpain said.
Ball, a Heisman Trophy finalist last season who led the nation in rushing as a junior, was taken to a hospital with head injuries, police said. Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said Ball was released and under the care of the school’s sports medicine staff.
The Badgers open practice Monday. The season opener is Sept. 1 at home against Northern Iowa. Bielema said his staff will evaluate Ball in the coming days, but he expects the senior will make a full recovery. Wisconsin spokesman Brian Lucas said Ball was resting at home Wednesday.
Ball, a 21-year-old native of Wentzville, Mo., posted Twitter entries reassuring his fans he’ll be all right.
“I appreciate the support and thank you for the concerns,” Ball wrote. “I will be okay! See you guys in September!”
Ball had a stellar season last year, scoring 39 touchdowns to tie Barry Sanders’ NCAA record. He finished the year with 1,923 yards rushing .
The area where Ball was attacked is on the edge of the Wisconsin campus and features multiple bars. Police have been dealing with what they say are combative crowds in the vicinity all summer.