As perhaps the fastest player on the team, junior receiver Kermit Whitfield is an important piece of the offense.
But after a promising freshman season, Whitfield slipped off the radar as a sophomore.
He didn’t record a catch in seven of FSU’s last eight games, while FSU’s kick return unit, the nation’s best in 2013, tumbled to 88th in average return yardage a year ago.
So it’s encouraging for FSU that Whitfield has earned praise from coach Jimbo Fisher.
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“Much, much, much better,” Fisher said. “I’ve been very pleasantly surprised.”