Even heading into the ninth game of the 2016 season, alterations continue on the Florida State depth chart, if only on one side of the ball, as the offensive depth remains unchanged once again. The specialists are still the same, too.
But just like last week, the secondary has seen some shuffling, including the addition of a little more ambiguity. Trey Marshall, previously listed as the lone starter at strong safety, now shares the first line with the Seminoles’ newest DB, as the top spot lists Marshall “or” Ermon Lane. Lane got the start in FSU’s 3-4, nickel, and dime packages against Clemson. At the star position, there’s been a flip at the top spot, which had been allocated to Marcus Lewis. Of course, Lewis has played quite sparingly of late, recording just one tackle in FSU’s last two games. He’s now listed as the No. 2 star, behind Marshall but still ahead of Kyle Meyers and Levonta Taylor. Marshall played the star spot in nickel against the Tigers, and Meyers took over in dime, when Marshall slid back to safety.
Of course, the defensive backfield will be well worth keeping an eye on against NC State, as Marshall’s second-half ejection against Clemson means he’ll be suspended for the first half in Raleigh. After that disqualification for targeting, Meyers played star in nickel and dime, and Calvin Brewton came on to take Marshall’s safety spot in dime.