When it comes to Jalen Ramsey and Jimbo Fisher, it’s all good.
Sunday, the Florida State head coach very publicly gave the starting defensive back the boot from practice for several hard hits on his offensive teammates — including reigning Heisman winner Jameis Winston. Afterwards, Fisher verbally eviscerated Ramsey.
“I’m very upset with him,” said Fisher. “It’s lack of leadership. It’s lack of character. He’ll decide if he wants to play at Florida State.”
“I told him not to do something and he defied me,” Fisher added.
The next day, Ramsey was back at practice. And Fisher had significantly softened his comments on the kerfuffle.
“We had a great talk,” said Fisher. “He’s a leader. When you lose him, you change the team. I want him to understand that too. I love his competitiveness, (but) sometimes you just have to harness it.”
To his credit, Fisher also acknowledged that it might not have been the best idea to address the issue with the media while he was still upset over the situation. “Maybe I shouldn’t have walked over and said anything to y’all,” Fisher told the media following Monday’s practice.
Ramsey started all 14 games for the Seminoles as a true freshman during FSU’s run to the BCS title in 2013. He started the first three games at cornerback — the first true freshman at FSU to start at corner since Deion Sanders in 1985 — before moving to safety due to a season-ending neck injury to starter Tyler Hunter.
The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.
Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.
And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.
That group breaks down as follows:
- Ohio State
- Michigan State
An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:
- Ohio State
- Boise State
Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.
None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.
After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.
Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.
The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.
Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.