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Young FSU secondary plays with confidence

FSU defensive back Nate Andrews (29) intercepts a pass during the victory against the Hurricanes. Because of another injury, Andrews will join fellow true freshman Jalen Ramsay as the Seminoles starting safeties this week.

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FSU defensive back Nate Andrews (29) intercepts a pass during the victory against the Hurricanes. Because of another injury, Andrews will join fellow true freshman Jalen Ramsay as the Seminoles starting safeties this week.

TALLAHASSEE — S Terrence Brooks will miss Saturday's game against Wake Forest with a concussion, likely putting freshman Nate Andrews in line to start.

A relatively lightly recruited prospect out of high school, Andrews has been a pleasant surprise for the Seminoles. Playing in all eight of games, Andrews has 14 tackles and two interceptions.

With Andrews in the lineup, the Seminoles will be starting two true freshmen at safety. Jalen Ramsey, who began the year at corner, has been a full-time starter at safety since Tyler Hunter suffered a season-ending neck injury in the third game.

"It's with the recruiting coach Jimbo Fisher has been doing out here," said CB Lamarcus Joyner, explaining Florida State's depth. "We recruit guys that are going to roll in and fill those shoes and we've been pretty successful with that.

"I think we're one of the best secondaries in the country," Joyner added.

The numbers back up the Joyner's claim. The Seminoles are No. 2 in Division I-A in yards passing allowed and No. 5 in pass efficiency defense.

UM: Key on the QB

CORAL GABLES — The Hurricanes have seen both sides of this week's challenge: stopping Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas.

Two years ago, he was 23-for-25 for 310 yards and two touchdowns in a victory against the Hurricanes. Last year, he was just 19-for-37 for 199 yards and scored on a 73-yard run, but Miami won.

"Last year we were fortunate to win, but he made some really big plays in the game," Miami coach Al Golden said. "Obviously the quarterback draw was a phenomenal play, so we know what type of talent that he and the offense brings."

"He's a run threat, he's hard to tackle," defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio said.

Times wires

UF: Easley hires agent

GAINESVILLE — Senior DT Dominique Easley, who suffered a season-ending knee injury earlier this year, has withdrawn from classes at UF and hired an agent, according to multiple media outlets.

Easley was a projected third-round NFL draft choice at the end of his junior season, but he chose to return to Florida, partly, he said, because his mother wanted him to complete his college degree.

He was on schedule to graduate in the spring.

Antonya English, Times staff writer

USF: No pressure

TAMPA — Bulls coach Willie Taggart offered a sound bite at practice earlier this week on the hot-button topic of football and hazing:

"We don't haze. A guy's not going to do anything they don't want to do around here. If they're going to do anything it's because they chose to do it. That's how we do it. We don't haze. We're going to have fun, and there are other ways to have fun without doing something against somebody's will. We're not doing that."

Jeff Odom, Times correspondent

Up next

FSU: at Wake Forest, noon Saturday. TV: Ch. 28

UF: vs. Vanderbilt, noon Saturday. TV: Sun Sports

UCF: vs. Houston, 7 Saturday.

TV: ESPN2

Miami: vs. Virginia Tech, 7 Saturday. TV: ESPN

USF: vs. Memphis, 7 Nov. 16.

TV: none

Young FSU secondary plays with confidence 11/07/13 [Last modified: Thursday, November 7, 2013 9:47pm]
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