Werner picks up ACC, national honors for opening week performance.
By Florida State Sports Information
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State football team, up one spot to No. 6 in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches poll, returned to full pads for Tuesday’s workout at the Al Dunlap Practice Fields. It also marked the first time the Seminoles practiced knowing that they would be without senior All-American defensive end Brandon Jenkins for the rest of the season.
FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said Jenkins was clearly shaken by the injury.
“That’s one of the things in this world that’s not fair, because he is everything that’s right about college football,” said Fisher. “He wanted to come back and be a first-round draft pick, lead the team to a national championship, finish his degree and do all the right things.”
Cornellius Carradine, who led the Seminoles with nine tackles in Saturday’s win over Murray State, will step into Jenkins’ starting spot at the right defensive end position. Bjoern Werner will stay at his left end starting spot. Redshirt freshman Giorgio Newberry and senior Toshmon Stevens will be the back-ups, but Fisher said that one or both true freshmen – Mario Edwards Jr. and Chris Casher – will move into the rotation.
Despite a somewhat somber practice mood as a result of Jenkins’ injury, Fisher gave the Seminoles high marks for their effort Tuesday as they prepare for Saturday’s home game against Savannah State, which is set for 6 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN3.