FSU to Have Two New Starters Against NC State

A starting lineup is an ever-changing thing - especially on the Florida State defense. The Tribe will have its fourth different set of starters when it hits the field next week against the Wolfpack. One is due to injury, the other is to cause a shake up.

When taking the field against N.C. State in Raeigh next Thursday ngiht, it's likely that the Florida State football team will be without one of its top defensive performers in starting cornerback Tony Carter.

FSU coach Bobby Bowden said Tuesday that the standout coverage man's left knee is a little worse than was originally suspected. The knee, which is said to be sprained, will more than likely keep Carter out of the game against the Wolfpack and because of the opponent, possibly the Duke Blue Devils the week after.

Carter, however, isn't ready to rule out a possible return.

"Nothing is definite right now …only I know how I feel, nobody can tell me how I feel so we will see," said Carter, who injured the knee in Saturday's game against Rice and missed the second half of play.

If Carter's optimism is incorrect, FSU will be missing arguably its best pure cover corner. Sophomore Michael Ray Garvin, who saw action in 11 games as a true freshman a season ago and has played in every contest so far this year, has replaced him on the depth chart and would get the start if Carter's status remains unchanged.

"I am just working on my technique and just working on my job, which is staying focused," Garvin said. "I have a starting job now so I have to keep doing well."

In addition to Garvin, FSU will also boast another first-time starter at the other cornerback spot.

Redshirt freshman Jamie Robinson has been promoted to the first team in place of junior J.R. Bryant, who, because of a succession of lackluster performances this season, has been demoted to the second team.

Robinson's move to the starter's role is especially interesting because he missed nearly all of two-a-days and most of the voluntary summer workouts with a severely sprained ankle. He was not scheduled to be back in action until a few weeks into the season but has played in all four of FSU's game this season and spelled Bryant early in Saturday's contest against the Owls.

"They've played significant snaps for us," said graduate assistant James Colzie, who coaches the defensive backs. "Jamie's played well. He fought through his ankle injury. Those are two guys that are ready to play and ready to start."

In terms of Bryant, Colzie says that the Miami native is taking the move positively and is working towards making his way back into the starting lineup. If one remembers, Garvin was in a similar situation in two-a-days when he was moved from second team to third team.

Colzie hopes Bryant responds the same way Garvin did.

"We haven't forgotten about him. He helped us win an ACC Championship," Colzie said. "He's going to see reps, he's going to see snaps. We just need to see a little more fight."

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