Florida State got some bad news on Sunday with the loss of defensive back Trey Marshall for the season. Marshall has a torn bicep after leaving the Louisville game in the first quarter. With Marshall out for the season, and Tyler Hunter struggling at the star position Florida State will need someone to step up.
That could be one of the two highly touted freshman defensive backs that the Seminoles brought in last cycle. Former 5-star Tarvarus McFadden and 4-star Marcus Lewis came into the season with high expectations, but injuries sidelined both for most of camp. Now both are back to practice and Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher has been pleased with how far along they are.
"Well, it was a matter of the injury and falling behind," Fisher said. "But now they have gotten caught -- the last two or three weeks, we felt really good about playing them in the game. They are ready. You can see they are big, they are long, they are athletic, you know what I mean, and they can play multiple positions."
Lewis, 6-foot-1, 192-pounds, is a more natural fit for the star position, but coach Fisher didn't rule out McFadden playing there some.
"Lewis is probably more natural at the star but he could, but McFadden, those guys are very talented," Fisher said.
Fisher isn't only considering the true freshmen. There's a chance that All-American Jalen Ramsey could move back to star from cornerback, which would likely open up a cornerback spot for one of the freshmen.
"You've still got the ability to move Jalen in," Fisher said. "They are playing outside. There's a multitude of things in which we can do and we will do at that position."
Florida State's next two opponents, Georgia Tech and Syracuse, likely won't be able to challenge the Florida State cornerbacks much on the outside, but with the showdown at Clemson just three weeks away the Seminoles need to have the secondary issues figured out.