FSU

Dan Hicks listed as one of Noles’ starting linebackers

 
 
Florida State defender Dan Hicks, right, breaks up a pass intended for Georgia Tech's B.J. Bostic during the first quarter of the ACC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. on Dec. 1, 2012.
Florida State defender Dan Hicks, right, breaks up a pass intended for Georgia Tech's B.J. Bostic during the first quarter of the ACC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. on Dec. 1, 2012.
TODD SUMLIN / tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com

Miami Herald Writer

Florida State released its first depth chart of the season Tuesday, and the most notable assignment is Dan Hicks being listed as the starting strong-side linebacker.

The 6-4, 240-pound redshirt senior was a defensive end until last season, when he switched to tight end before missing the season with a knee injury.

Hicks was back working with the ends on defense last spring and entered preseason camp as one of the presumptive starters at that position.

Instead, he is now listed at his third position in three years.

Jimbo Fisher

Freshman Impact

Three true freshmen are on the two-deep depth chart. Cornerback Jalen Ramsey and linebackers EJ Levenberry and Matthew Thomas (Miami Booker T. Washington) are listed as the first reserve at their respective positions.

“All three of those guys are very high on the depth chart. They did a really good job, they came in, they’re smart,” coach Jimbo Fisher said. “What the three of them all have in common: they don’t make mistakes, they’re very intelligent, they learn very well plus the athletic ability and size and speed.

“They learned and picked up the system, played hard, competed well and they earned a great job.”

Patrik Nohe

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