Nov. 5, 2006
Despite many of the obstacles De’Cody Fagg has had to overcome, he has found himself in a position as one of the go-to targets in the Florida State offense.
Fagg has had the challenge of overcoming not only one but two serious injuries for a football player. His injuries included a left knee injury that required arthroscopic surgery and a broken right leg early in his freshman year.
“I use them (his injuries) as motivation and try to prevent them from happening again,” Fagg said. As Fagg approaches the field during the remainder of the 2006 season, he knows that he has become a better physical player.
“I think I am more physical in my play and I know I put in a lot of work in the weight room and in treatment,” he said. “I feel that it makes me a tougher player and more physical. Now I’m attacking the defense and not letting them attack me.”
His improvement of becoming more physical is a key component to the Florida State offense. As the season has progressed, Florida State has found itself relying on a more aggressive offensive unit. Fagg has become one of the essential players in this more physical play.
“De’Cody has always been one of my favorite receivers,” Seminole quarterback Drew Weatherford said. He has come a long way in the last couple of games, but he’s always been a strong, sure-handed guy. I really like throwing to him over the middle because he does a good job of protecting himself. He’s not afraid of getting hit and that’s one of the reasons for his success.”
In the eyes of fellow wide receiver Chris Davis, Fagg’s athletic ability and physical play stand above the rest.
“He’s a big, aggressive receiver on the field, he can jump, he has height, and he can run through the middle,” Davis said.
It is the physical and aggressive play Weatherford speaks about that is the reason why you can find guys comparing Fagg to one of the best wide receivers in the game: Terrell Owens.
Fagg sees Owens as one of the best players in the game. This comparison is a definite compliment.
As Fagg’s game has developed on the field, you will see an improving receiver out to make big plays.
“De’Cody is probably one of the most well rounded wideouts we have,” Weatherford said. “He is a really strong guy but at the same time he’s fast, runs good routes and uses his strength to break tackles and make people miss. He has attributes needed to be a big playmaker.”
With Fagg’s ability being used in every game, it is no surprise that he has caught 25 passes and scored one touchdown to help his team’s offensive consistency.
“The pressure hasn’t been that bad,” Fagg said as the Seminoles continue to work hard to win games. “We just had to get together as a team and an offense, and not forget that we still have a lot of games to play. All that has to be done is to play like winners, like we did in the Miami game.”
Fagg handles the pressure of big-time college football well. He is grateful to be able to contribute to a team he has watched since high school.
“It feels really great just to be on this team. It is a real privilege,” Fagg said. From the small town of Quincy, Fla., Fagg grew up watching the Seminoles from only 30 minutes away. Fagg’s eyes were always on the players and head coach Bobby Bowden.
“I always wanted to come here and be a starter,” Fagg said. “Now I have my chance. It’s a dream come true to be here and to play for Coach Bowden. I am very appreciative of this opportunity because a lot of student-athletes don’t get this chance. I’m just one of the one’s who happened to be in this spot.”
Because of his gratefulness Fagg has set a goal for himself to help his team in the best way he can by making the tough catches, leading through his actions and ultimately gain a win at the end of the day.
By Lindsey Crutcher FSU Sports Information