Expect to see Jalen Ramsey in the defensive backfield Monday night.
The incredible level of talent that FSU has secured under Fisher’s regime will certianly be on display Monday night as the 2010, 2011 and 2012 classes are the driving forces of a program that has national-title hopes despite the loss of a school-record 11 NFL Draft selections. Several members of the 2013 signing class also figure to make their own marks this season, with a few players in particular in line for meaningful opportunities right out of the gate.
“There’s going to be a lot of [freshman in the game] at different times,” Fisher said. “Some of them will have to mix in more than others, but I’m looking forward to it. I hope they all make (an impact). The more guys you get out there, the more experience you get them earlier in their career.”
Cornerback Jalen Ramsey has been turning heads since the moment he stepped on campus in June and has pushed himself up the depth chart with the Pitt game looming. Ramsey has earned first-team repetitions during camp and is listed as Joyner’s backup. With the amount of rotation that figures to be utilized in the defensive secondary, Ramsey has the poteintal to make an immediate impact and early returns on the Smyrna, Tenn. native are that he has superstar potential.
Joining Ramsey on defense are fellow second-team rookies E.J. Levenberry and Matthew Thomas, who are the backups to senior starters Christian Jones and Telvin Smith at linebacker. Safety Nate Andrews and Keith Bryant are also wildcards that could potentially see some snaps early in their careers.
On the offensive side the ball, Kermit Whitfield a unique opportunity to receive early playing time and the young trio is definitely part of the ‘Noles’ gameplan against the Panthers.
At tailback, Ryan Green has impressed with his speed and vision and Fisher’s Thursday announcement that redshirt freshman Mario Pender failed to academically qualify for the 2013 season means Green will be given his fair share of at-bats in the backfield behind co-starters Freeman and Wilder, Jr.
“[Green] is making plays, learning the offense, catching the ball [and] doing things,” Fisher said. “Now he’s picking up blitzes and blocks. Very proud of the way he’s progressing.”