Much of the talk surrounding the struggling Florida State football team lately has been centered around whether some players on the team are “quitting” with the Seminoles sitting at 4-5 with three regular-season games left against three Top 25 teams.
One player who hasn’t been associated with anything resembling quitting is freshman wide receiver and Pensacola native Keyshawn Helton, who has been a surprise contributor in his first season.
The 2017 PNJ All-Area selection and West Florida High grad was one of the last additions to the Seminoles’ 2018 recruiting class, but has seen the field consistently all season and his production leap up in the last two games.
Keyshawn and Keyon Helton celebrate college football futures at signing event
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Helton scored his first collegiate touchdown on a 73-yard reception in a loss to Clemson on Oct. 27, which was also his first 100-yard receiving game with three catches for 100 yards. Helton also has 89 yards on four kickoff returns – a 22.2 average – and had a 35-yard return in a loss to North Carolina State on Saturday.
Helton, 5-foot-9 and 165 pounds, helped lead West Florida to the state semifinals for the first time in program history last season. He had a handful of offers from mid-major schools before new FSU coach Willie Taggart offered.
Helton’s twin brother, Keyon, is a freshman defensive back at the University of South Florida who could still redshirt this season.
Florida State plays at No. 3 Notre Dame on Saturday before back-to-back home games against No. 17 Boston College and No. 19 Florida to close out the regular season.
Tony Adame can be reached at [email protected] or 850-470-4429