Florida State dismisses receiver Jarmon Fortson

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher dismissed junior wide receiver
Jarmon Fortson on Sunday for an undisclosed team policy
violation.

Fortson, of Hurtsboro, Ala., was one of Florida State’s top
returning receivers and was expected to start. He started six games
last year, catching 45 passes for a career high 610 yards and four
touchdowns.

”We wish him the best,” Fisher said. ”We’ll miss him.”

Fisher called an impromptu team meeting Sunday to notify the
other players. He said they were disappointed because they
respected Fortson.

Fisher declined to say what policy Fortson violated and said he
didn’t believe he could remain in school.

”He’s a very good player,” Fisher said. ”As he became more
consistent he became a good player.”

Fisher said Florida State has other capable receivers who could
step in for Fortson including junior Taiwan Easterling, who had 35
catches for 442 yards last year.

Sophomore Rodney Smith probably will take Fortson’s spot on the
depth chart although he had only one catch last season.

”I think he’s ready for it,” Fisher said. ”He’s had some good
practices.”