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Florida State Football: Jalen Ramsey Ejected From Practice

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Jalen RamseyDefensive back for the Florida State Seminoles, Jalen Ramsey, was ejected from practice on Sunday after the sophomore was involved in a series of overly physical plays in practice, ending with a play that resulted in Jameis Winston being knocked to the ground.

FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher told the media that he had warned Ramsey, and called the defiance a lack of character and leadership.

“He was told not to do something and he defied me,” Fisher said. “We’ll judge from there.”

Fisher continued, “He’ll decide if he wants to play at Florida State.”

Last year, Ramsey started all 14 games, becoming the first freshman to start at cornerback since the great Deion Sanders. Ramsey had was an asset for the Florida State defense last year, recording 49 tackles, a sack, an interception, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.

Ramsey had a series of issues at practice that started with a tussle with running back Karlos Williams. Ramsey’s problem continued when he shoved receiver Kermit Winfield in the back following a play, then when he tackled tight end Ryan Izzo during a non-tackling portion of practice. The final straw of the day was when Ramsey rushed off the edge and hit Williams, who was attempting to pass block, and knocked him into last years Heisman Trophy winner, Winston.

As soon as Winston hit the ground, Fisher ejected Ramsey and berated him all the way to the locker room in clear anger.

“You’re going to do things my way or they’re not going to play here,” Fisher said. “When I tell somebody to do something and they don’t do it, it’s serious. That’s how you have problems.”

Ramsey was slated to be an important part of Florida States top rated pass defense, but if this behavior continues, Fisher may be forced to take more severe measures than simply removing him from a practice.

 

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