Florida State sophomore defensive back Jalen Ramsey learned the hard way recently that you don’t hit the quarterback in practice — especially when he is a Heisman Trophy winner. Ramsey reportedly got into it with several teammates on Sunday and was sent home from practice after knocking Jameis Winston to the ground.
Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher ripped Ramsey when speaking to reporters after practice.
“It ain’t typical. It’s not what we’re going to do,” Fisher said, per Natalie Pierre of the Tallahassee Democrat. “He was told not to do something and he defied me. So we’ll judge from there. And I’m very upset with him. It’s lack of leadership. It’s lack of character.
“He’ll decide if he wants to play at Florida State.”
Fisher has kicked other players out of practice in the past for excessive contact, so Ramsey wasn’t necessarily given the boot just for hitting Winston.
“They’re gonna do things my way or they ain’t gonna play here,” Fisher added.
Ramsey is said to have gotten into a “series of physical altercations” before putting Winston down. Ramsey started 14 games for Florida State last year and is one of the Seminoles’ best defensive players. He recorded 49 tackles, a sack, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He was one of the anchors of the No. 1-ranked pass defense in the nation.
We know this type of stuff happens at the NFL level all the time, as evidenced by the fight that took place between Martellus Bennett and a rookie last week at Chicago Bears training camp. Bennett was fined and suspended for that. Fisher obviously isn’t going to tolerate it, either.
H/T Dr. Saturday