Florida State's first depth chart of the young season was released shortly after the team took the practice fields today, just before 4 o'clock. If you haven't had a chance to check out the Seminoles' two-deep depth chart, you can click here to take a look.
There were some surprises in the listed starters and reserves, most notably Eddie Goldman will be one of the starting defensive ends while Dan Hicks is listed as the starting strong-side linebacker (or the SAM).
This marks the third position in as many years for Hicks. The 6-4 260-pounder from Oxford, Mississippi was a defensive end at the start of his Seminole career before switching to tight end last season. He missed the year with a knee injury though and switched sides again during Spring. He was a presumptive starter at defensive end entering August, but will start September standing up at linebacker against the Pitt Panthers.
“Guys, Dan can run," said Jimbo Fisher after practice. "Dan’s a 110 [meter] high hurdle champion in Mississippi. You guys forget that Dan can cover."
Aside from Goldman at defensive end and Hicks at linebacker, the defense looked about like you would expect it to. Karlos Williams is listed as the backup free safety but figures to see the field plenty (just as all the DB's do).
Meanwhile, Jalen Ramsey has played well enough to be listed alongside Nick Waisome– last year's starter– as a second string corner. While Waisome has been working back from injury, Fisher was quick to assert that it wasn't Waisome slipping that has the two even, Ramsey has just been "that good."
Two other true freshman, EJ Levenberry and Matthew Thomas, are also listed on the two-deep depth chart on defense. Both are listed as back-up linebackers.
"All three of those guys are very high on the depth chart. They did a really good job, they came in, they’re smart. What the three of them all have in common: they don’t make mistakes, they’re very intelligent, they learn very well plus the athletic ability and size and speed," said Fisher.
"They learned and picked up the system, played hard, competed well and they earned a great job.”
Offensively, expect to see a heavy dose of freshmen in the receiving rotation. Jesus "Bobo" Wilson and Isaiah Jones are both listed on the depth chart and Levonte "Kermit" Whitfield should factor in offensively some during the 2013 season as well.
The rest of the offense looks like expected, the lone potential trouble spot being at right tackle where redshirt senior walk-on Jonathan Wallace backs up Bobby Hart.
Fisher was quick to remind reporters on Tuesday that this is just one game though and things will change week to week. He also added that the team is relatively healthy right now heading into week one.
“We’ve been very pleased, typical sore and banged but everybody should be ready by gametime," said Fisher. "The little bumps and bruises are healing up from camp.”
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