Florida State has the nearly impossible task of replacing Jalen Ramsey at the boundary cornerback position, but are in the fortunate position of having two viable candidates for the job. Sophomores Marcus Lewis and Tarvarus McFadden have stepped up to be the leading candidates for the job. The two have definitely been working hard this offseason, and that has continued over to the practice field.
"They definitely want to play, both of them," senior cornerback Marquez White said. "They come every day to work. They come to compete and that’s what I try to do. I try to set the tone, just for the corners, because for me that’s what I want to do."
Head coach Jimbo Fisher has taken notice of the work ethic that both White and McFadden have been displaying from the offseason to the start of spring practice.
"Tarvarus McFadden and Marcus Lewis were doing some really nice things in the offseason too," Fisher said. "Leading by example."
Ramsey rarely came off the field in 2015, but McFadden played in seven games last season and recorded four tackles. Lewis suffered injury setbacks in fall camp, and at the beginning of the season, but he managed to play in four games as a cornerback and on special teams.
Both players have ideal size for the position. McFadden is 6-foot-2, 201-pounds, and Lewis is 6-foot-1, 196-pounds. Both players have above average athleticism to go along with their size. Lewis is the faster of the two with a 4.38 forty time, but McFadden is the more physical player.
The Florida State coaching staff must feel great about the performance of the two so far after moving Ryan Green, the third player who was supposed to be competing for the boundary cornerback spot, to running back. While there is a depth issue at running back, without Lewis and McFadden stepping up the move wouldn't have been possible. There have been nothing but positive reports for both of the players during the offseason. If that continues it will be a tough, but rewarding situation for the coaching staff to be in.