Jimbo Fisher says Florida State receiver Travis Rudolph maturing



Travis Rudolph led Florida State's receivers in catches, yards and TDs last season, but he was not satisfied.

Travis Rudolph led Florida State’s receivers in catches, yards and TDs last season, but he was not satisfied.

Travis Rudolph led Florida State with 59 catches, 916 yards and seven receiving TDs last season.

Yet, the Cardinal Newman product was not happy and is doing something about it during the offseason.

“I feel like I got something to prove to myself as well as others,” Rudolph said on the first day of spring practice.

When asked what held him back last season, one in which he had games of 191 receiving yards against Syracuse and 201 yards against Houston but was hardly noticeable in a few others, he said: “Just being inconsistent. Less drops. That’s the main thing. Less drops.”

Rudolph blamed a “lack of concentration. Trying to run before the catch.”

Rudolph’s actions have been noticed by Jimbo Fisher. The Seminoles coach has praised the 6-1, 189-pound rising junior several times this winter.

“He’s not had one poor day in the offseason,” Fisher said. “He was up front in every drill, busting his tail and playing as hard as I’ve seen him play since he’s been here. And I think that was a maturity step.

“He’s always had talent and he’s played well and had some really good games. But consistency is what makes great players.”

I wrote much more about Rudolph in today’s Palm Beach Post, including his thoughts on just how good this crop of receivers can be.

Read it here.

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