FSU Receiving Corps Takes a Hit as Jarmon Fortson Is Dismissed
Junior receiver Jarmon Fortson has been dismissed from the football team for violating team policies, head coach Jimbo Fisher announced. Fisher declined to give any details, but did say Fortson likely won't be allowed to stay in school either.
"He has been dismissed for a violation of team rules," Fisher said. "We wish him the best in everything he does. We love him."
Considered the Seminoles' most talented receiver, many believed Fortson was earmarked to emerge as one of the ACC's best this season and a go-to target for quarterback Christian Ponder. Fortson averaged a team-best 13.6 yards per catch last year and finished with 45 receptions for 610 yards and four scores.
Fortson was held out of practice on Saturday with a sore knee, according to Fisher. He was not included in the team photograph on Sunday during media day before Fisher's announcement.
Fisher said sophomore Rodney Smith will likely slide into Fortson's spot on the depth chart with the first team. FSU's depth chart features all underclassmen -- three juniors, two sophomores and a freshman.
Smith had just one catch for seven yards last season. However, he had three catches for 124 yards in the spring game, including a 14-yard touchdown reception from Ponder.
Junior Bert Reed is the team's top returning receiver. Reed, a junior, had 60 receptions for 710 yards last year but did not have a touchdown catch.
Fellow junior Taiwan Easterling, who skipped spring practice to concentrate on baseball and was a 31st-round selection of the Florida Marlins in the June MLB Draft, had 35 catches in 2009.
Including Smith, the other five players listed on FSU's depth chart at receiver combined for two receptions last season.
The move comes a few weeks after linebacker Nigel Carr of Jacksonville was suspended following his arrest on burglary charges. Carr has not practiced.