Jalen Ramsey may be the only true freshman that has started both games to start the 2013 season, but that doesn’t mean that the rest of this year’s crop of rookies aren’t already paying dividends up and down the roster.
In big victories over Pittsburgh and Nevada to start the season, Fisher and his staff have had the added benefit of providing the young players with valuable playing time.
“You can explain it to them a thousand ways,” Fisher said, “but until they go out and make a mistake or make a play, it doesn’t matter.”
Ramsey has led led the charge amongst FSU’s first-year players, becoming the first true freshman cornerbackat FSU to start since the great Deion Sanders. Ramsey, of course, has a long way to go before he’s mentioned in the same breath for anything else with Sanders, but so far one can tell that the Smyrna, Tenn. native has a bright future.
“He came in saying [how good he is],” Fisher said. “We all said, ‘OK,’ but when you’re around him, you see a different guy. He’s a mature guy.”
In addition to Ramsey, Levenberry and Thomas have already logged extensive minutes on defense and special teams and Nate Andrews has earned playing time in the defensive secondary and Walker is on the verge of starting his second game in a Seminole uniform.
On offense, Levonte Whitfield and Jesus Wilson have all logged snaps at wide receiver and Freddie Stevenson and Ryan Green have scored touchdowns from the backfield.
Of the 20 true freshman on the roster, FSU has been able to play 13 of them — and perhaps that number will grow once tight end Jeremy Kerr returns to full health. If all goes well against Bethune-Cookman, the ‘Noles will get the opportunity to give each of them more valuable repititions with the most important part of the 2013 schedule on the horizon.
“All those freshmen are playing good,” FSU redshirt senior defensive tackle Jacobbi McDaniel said. “You can tell they are going to be great players here.”