Florida State came into the 2014 season without an established leader on defense, but as the year has progressed, defensive back Jalen Ramsey has stepped into that role. Ramsey has seemingly been everywhere on the field this season and is one of the main reasons Florida State is still undefeated.
The numbers are eye-popping. He is fourth on the team in tackles (75), second in tackles for loss (9.5) and sacks (3.), tied for the lead in interceptions (2) and forced fumbles (2), and leads in pass breakups (11) and passes defensed (13). As good as those numbers are, they don’t even begin to approximate Ramsey’s impact in key moments. The blocked extra point against Miami when the Hurricanes were about to go up 14-0 proved crucial at the end when Miami had to play for the touchdown rather than a field goal.
His performance on the field speaks for itself, but another area in which that Ramsey has excelled is trash talking. While many may see that as immature, He sees it as a means to an end.
“Most receivers are soft,” Ramsey said. “Once you get in their mind they can’t think like they normally would.”
In this, just like every other phase of the game, Ramsey is relentless and ruthless.
“It’s going to start at the beginning,” Ramsey said. “I definitely do some research on the guys prior to the game.”
Ramsey has continued his trash talking leading up to the Rose Bowl, this time aimed at Oregon’s Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Marcus Mariota. When asked about whether he was looking forward to playing against the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner, Ramsey did not mince words.
“It really doesn’t matter to me,” Ramsey said. “Jameis is the best player in America and I go up against him everyday in practice.”
Ramsey was also very candid when asked his opinion on Florida State being a 10-point underdog against Oregon.
“I don’t feel like the underdog,” Ramsey said. “I don’t think this team feels like the underdog. We shouldn’t feel like the underdog. We’re the ones who have won 29 in a row. What are we scared of? Why are we the underdog? I don’t understand that.”
Ramsey will have to be a key player if the Florida State defense is going to shut down the high powered Oregon offense. No matter what happens in the game, however, Ramsey will continue to do what he does best: make plays and talk trash.