Florida State football will be without senior safety Trey Marshall when it kicks off its much-anticipated game against Alabama on Sept. 2.
It isn’t because of anything Marshall did in preseason camp or over the summer. It doesn’t even relate to spring football.
Marshall will miss the first half of Florida State’s clash with Alabama because of a targeting ejection in the second half of FSU’s Orange Bowl win against Michigan … last season.
“I think it’s ridiculous,” FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said per the Tallahassee Democrat. “I think it’s absolutely ridiculous. What if it was a senior that had gotten that penalty? The team’s not punished next year. It’s a different year, different game, different everything. Years are different. They should not carry over.
“I think that’s one of the most ridiculous rules we have.”
Marshall was ejected with 7:58 left in the fourth quarter of Florida State’s 33-32 win over Michigan in the Orange Bowl. By rule, a player ejected in the second half of a game for targeting has to miss the first half of the next game. Apparently, that means the rule carries over to next season.
Marshall made 58 tackles in 12 games last season as a junior.