By Tim Linafelt
Seminoles.com Senior Writer
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Three years later, as Greene challenges Sellers’ place in the Florida State record books, Sellers’ affection for Greene has only grown.
“I’m really happy for him,” said Sellers, who served as an honorary captain before the Seminoles’ game against Virginia on Saturday.
“He’s a great example of what we want FSU players to be, but especially receivers.”
Greene’s climb up the record books has forged a link between him and Sellers in recent weeks. The two met again Saturday and shared a few words before the game.
“(He) said he respects me as a man, first of all,” Greene said. “ And if anyone’s going to beat his records, he wouldn’t mind it being me. So that was an honor for him to say that about me.”
Sellers has owned a host of FSU receiving records for more than 40 years, including receiving yards, yards per game, catches per game and most 100- and 200-yard games.
But Greene has been hot on his heels. He already set a new mark for career receptions (Greene currently has 242, Sellers had 212) and needs just 281 yards to set a new record for receiving yardage.
Sellers’ record stands at 3,598. Greene has 3,318 after a 13-catch, 136-yard performance on Saturday in which he flirted with Sellers’ record of 16 catches in a game.
“If someone is going to beat my records, he is the type of gentleman who I’m glad (is doing it),” Sellers said. “Because he’s not only a great player but he’s a wonderful teammate and a gentleman.”
Former FSU All-American Ron Sellers
Sellers, a two-time All-American (1967-68) who became the Boston Patriots’ first-round draft pick in 1969, said he’s still a passionate FSU fan.
He has 12 season tickets for himself, friends and family, and was watching on the sideline as the Seminoles rallied past Auburn to win the national title in January.
When Greene turned the tide with a 49-yard catch-and-run that led to the game-winning touchdown, Sellers saw glimpses of himself.
“I think Rashad Greene was the key to having us win the ballgame,” Sellers said. “As soon as he caught it, I knew what I would’ve done. He did exactly what I would have wanted to – turn it up as fast you can to split those guys.”
Greene said after Saturday’s game that he was honored to meet Sellers and that he had “much respect” for him.
But he also joked that, respect or not, he’s got his sights set on those numbers.
“I let him know that I’m after his records,” Greene said with a smile.
Jackson reconnects with former teammate
Florida State right guard Tre’ Jackson saw a friendly face on the Virginia sideline Saturday night.
Greyson Lambert, UVA’s starting quarterback, shared a huddle with Jackson at Wayne Co. High in Jesup, Ga.
“I blocked for him for three years,” Jackson said. “It’s great to be able to reunite with a guy that you played with. Me and him, we’ve always been very close.”
Lambert threw for 225 yards and three touchdowns in the losing effort. Jackson said that both he and Lambert had a big crowd of friends and family members in attendance Saturday.
The two spoke again after the Seminoles’ 34-20 victory.
“He just was like, ‘I love you. Keep playing. Go get another (championship) this season,’” Jackson said.
Beatty continues upward trend
Junior punter Cason Beatty continued on his recent upswing Saturday, punting four times for an average of 48.5 yards per kick.
Not only did Beatty set a new career high with a 67-yard punt – blowing away his previous best of 59 – but his punts often were precursors to big swings in FSU’s favor.
Just one play after Beatty’s first punt, Mario Edwards forced a fumble that quickly led to FSU’s first TD of the game.
Then, after his 67-yarder placed UVA at its 7-yard line, Terrance Smith grabbed an interception and returned it to the Cavaliers’ 3. Karlos Williams punched it in on the next play for a 14-13 FSU lead.
“It felt great just being there for the team and stepping up in that role,” Beatty said. “I’m not a specialty position. I’m a punter and they needed the punter to come up in that position so our defense could get them back.
“The seven-yard line is very difficult to work out of.”
Since FSU’s visit to Syracuse on Oct. 11, Beatty has posted averages of 45.2, 42.2 and 46.0 yards and he’s twice hit long of 54 yards.
“It is coming together,” Beatty said. “It’s just practice. The same thing that’s going on in practice is coming out in the game.
“The last four or five weeks, just being back-to-back-to-back, and trying to keep consistent and do what I can for the team.”
FSU became the 25th team in NCAA history to win 25 straight games and is the first to do it since Miami’s 34-game streak from 2000-03. … Greene’s 27th career TD pas moved him to fourth all-time in school history. He trails E.G. Green (29), Greg Carr (29) and Peter Warrick (31). … Quarterback Jameis Winston threw his 57th career touchdown pass, which is tied for third-most in school history with Danny Kanell. … An injury to starting center Ryan Hoefeld led senior left tackle Cam Erving to take his first career snap at center. Erving has taken some practice reps at the position throughout the season, but had yet to play there. FSU ran for a seven-yard gain on Erving’s one play before Hoefeld returned.