Redshirt sophomore linebacker Ro'Derrick Hoskins hadn't made much of an impact at Florida State through his first two seasons, but this season has been a completely different story. Hoskins has already tied his career tackle mark coming into the season with 9 tackles through his first two games. Hoskins tied for the team lead in tackles against South Florida with 7 and also added 2.5 tackles for loss.
Hoskins got the bulk of the playing time on Saturday ahead of Reggie Northrup, who is still working to get back to 100-percent after tearing his ACL in January. Hoskins knew he was going to play early in the week and was able to get the reps he needed to make an impact.
"I was preparing myself the whole practice," Hoskins said. "The whole practice I kept getting reps with the ones because Reggie [Northrup] is still kind of banged up a little bit so I had to play and get some reps in."
While Hoskin's can play outside he's had to move into the Mike linebacker position with Northrup being injured.
"I play Sam and Mike as well," Hoskins said. "Outside and inside. I’ve been playing that since I’ve been here. I like them both."
He felt that he played fairly well for his first game as a starter, and credits some of that to linebacker Terrance Smith.
"He was very helpful," Hoskins said. "Just communicating with me. I know what to do, but just reminding me. It was good having him out there. Like a big brother."
Head coach Jimbo Fisher noted in his press conference on Monday that Hoskins played so well he was the runner up for the defensive player of the week.
"Probably our runner-up for player of the week," Fisher said. "If I didn't give it to Giorgio, would have probably given it to him. He was a close second in his production points and what he did. No knock on anybody else, he just played well. Starting to really come on."
When asked about Hoskins' ability, Fisher had a number of good things to say about him.
"Athleticism, size, lift, coverage skills, pass game, tackles in space real well, good size, 233, 234 pounds," Fisher said. "And then more depth to help Reggie and those guys."
Hoskins wasn't the most highly rated recruit coming out of high school, but he's made the most of his time at Florida State. He's put himself in position to continue to play quite a bit this season, and is one of the leading candidates to take over one of the starting linebacker jobs in 2016.