Florida State's linebacking corps has been a point of contention for many fans and members of the media, but Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher vehemently disagrees with that notion. During his opening spring press conference Fisher made it very clear that he was a fan of the players that he has there.
"Everybody's worried about Linebacker," Fisher said. "I'm not. I like our linebacking group. I think Ro'Derrick [Hoskins] played excellent football last year. He's doing really well. Played as well as anybody we had. I think getting Matthew Thomas back in the rotation will be huge. Sh'mar Kilby-Lane really showed flashes last year. He's a really, really good player. And what we're getting out of Josh Brown so far. Coming in as an early freshman, I know that, but man this guy has stood out to us as far as drills. Now he has to take it to the field and learn. Purifoy getting the chance to get back out there. Tyrell Lyons will be limited to drills."
Fisher is not the only one to notice early enrollee Josh Brown. Star Florida State safety Derwin James has been very impressed with what he's seen from Brown so far.
"Josh Brown," James said. "He comes out here and works every day... I think Josh is the one that's giving giving all he got."
Matthew Thomas is arguably the most talented player at the position, but he's struggled to stay out of trouble. Over the past two seasons Thomas has been suspended for all but 6 games. Fisher believes that missing the entire season in 2015 made Thomas appreciate what he has.
"It was very tough on him,"Fisher said. "Frustrating at times. He understood it. It's just part of it. It's part of what he had to do. It made him appreciate how much he really loves the game. I'm anxious to see how he comes out this spring."
If Brown can continue to impress, and Thomas stays out of trouble, Fisher may just be right about this position group.