Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher updated his teams position battles during his first fall camp press conference Tuesday afternoon. Most notably, Fisher named junior Jacques Patrick his starting in the backfield.
“Jacques Patrick is our starting back,” Fisher said according to The Orlando Sentinel. “He’s earned that.”
Patrick is the most experienced runner Florida State possesses heading into this season. He rushed for 350 yards and 4 touchdowns while averaging 5.7 yards per carry last season. On 124 rushing attempts, Patrick has 664 yards at Florida State.
But Patrick will hardly be the Seminoles only option in the backfield, as Fisher’s team will not be short on talent at running back. Florida State can also feature sophomore Amir Rasul, 5-star freshman Cam Akers, 4-star first-year back Khalan Laborn and 3-star freshman Zaquandre White.
Additionally, the Seminoles have redshirt senior Ryan Green and redshirt junior Johnathan Vickers, each of whom don’t have many carries in their college careers but have played for Fisher for a few seasons.
Fisher also announced that last year’s starting right tackle, senior Rick Leonard, would move to left tackle this year. Florida State has a competition at cornerback as well, but Fisher declined to name any starters.