- Heather Dinich, ESPN Staff Writer
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Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said there won’t be any schematic changes to the defense, despite the season-ending injury to defensive end Brandon Jenkins, and that Tank Carradine will replace Jenkins in the starting lineup.
“Tank is very good,” Fisher said. “He’s a great college player, and we think he’ll be a very good NFL player, too. Schematically we’ll stay with what we do and how we do things.”
Fisher said Jenkins’ injury “messes you up depth wise,” but that there is plenty of talent waiting in the wings. Fisher said he won’t redshirt heralded freshman signee Mario Edwards Jr. or Chris Casher.
“This creates a lot more opportunity, more sense to play them and get more quality snaps with Brandon out,” Fisher said. “I think they can have a chance to contribute very quickly to what we’re doing.”
Carradine had an impressive season a year ago, even as Jenkins’ backup. Carradine, the former JUCO National Defensive Player of the Year, had 38 tackles, 5.5 sacks and eight tackles for loss.
“Tank is extremely powerful,” Fisher said. “I mean Tank is strong. He’s got a great burst, good athleticism … he’s just a very athletic, strong guy. They’ll all be NFL players and very highly drafted, in my opinion.”
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