According to some recruiting services, Florida State signed two of the nation's top three defensive ends when they landed Mario Edwards Jr. and Chris Casher this past February.
But Casher didn't play Saturday against Murray State, and Edwards was not even present on the Seminoles' sideline.
After the game, FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said both players are expected to redshirt unless the Seminoles see a rash of injuries along the defensive line.
Eddie Goldman, who was rated the nation's top defensive tackle coming out of high school, entered the game in the second half and recorded an assist on one tackle.
Even though the Seminoles cruised to a 66-point margin of victory, Fisher and his staff will have plenty to say to their players this week about ball security.
FSU not only turned the ball over two times against the Racers, but it also nearly had a third, and the miscues came in a variety of ways.
First, QB EJ Manuel was credited with an interception, although it was hardly his fault. He threw a perfect pass over the middle to WR Kenny Shaw, but Shaw bobbled the ball and it eventually landed in the arms of Murray State DB Darian Yahyavi.
That ended Manuel's streak of passes without an interception at 128; his previous pick came in the third quarter against N.C. State last October.
Rashad Greene later fumbled on a punt return, giving the Racers possession deep in Florida State territory.
And senior TB Chris Thompson originally was ruled to have fumbled on one first-half run, but the instant replay official later determined that Thompson's knee had hit the ground before the ball came loose.
"That was my first fumble in a while," said Thompson, who is normally sure-handed and missed the second half of last season with a back injury. "I was frustrated because I felt like I could have let the team down. Even though I knew I was down, I can't leave it in the referees' hands."
Jenkins OK after scare
Florida State fans had to feel a little queasy when team trainers handed star DE Brandon Jenkins a pair of crutches during the second quarter Saturday.
Jenkins, who has led the Seminoles in sacks each of the past two seasons, appeared to be favoring his left leg and started using the crutches to head back to the locker room. But the senior eventually ditched the crutches and walked back under his own power.
FSU later announced that Jenkins had merely sustained a bruised left foot. Fisher confirmed that X-rays were negative on Jenkins' foot, but added the senior will be evaluated again today.
FSU's senior captains Saturday were K Dustin Hopkins (special teams), FB Lonnie Pryor (offense) and Jenkins (defense). … Pryor established a career high with three rushing touchdowns. … Junior DE Bjoern Werner tied a school record with five tackles for a loss; he had a career-high four sacks.
Ira Schoffel, Tallahassee Democrat