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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State has suspended starting linebacker Christian Jones and defensive tackle Eddie Goldman for Saturday night's game against Bethune-Cookman, coach Jimbo Fisher announced Thursday.
Fisher said both players are suspended for a violation of team rules, but he declined to provide additional details about the incidents.
"It is [disappointing], but it's all correctable, and it's all done," Fisher said. "But we have to go abide by a certain set of guidelines."
Jones, a three-year starter for Florida State, led the team in tackles last season. The senior worked as a hybrid linebacker and an edge rusher in Jeremy Pruitt's new defensive scheme so far this season, racking up 13 tackles and two quarterback hurries in two games.
Goldman, a sophomore and a former five-star recruit, is in his first year as a starter. He's recorded two tackles this season.
Fisher said sophomore Terrance Smith will start in pace of Jones, and Demonte McAllister and Nile Lawrence-Stample will handle Goldman's snaps.
While Bethune-Cookman, an FCS team, isn't likely to provide a significant test for the Florida State defense, the absence of Jones, Goldman and defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. (hand injury) could further hinder the unit's development under Pruitt.
Florida State has allowed just 20 points this season, but the defense has struggled early in games -- a problem players have attributed to a lack of comfort with the new scheme.
"We know the defense, but we've got to execute it better," cornerback P.J. Williams said. "It's different going against them in practice than when you go into the game."
On offense, Florida State will get right guard Tre' Jackson back after he sat out last week's win against Nevada with an ankle injury.