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Out of nowhere, 'Noles dismiss star WR Fortson

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher dismissed junior 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."

Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com that Fortson was dismissed for multiple failed drug tests.

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

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

"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."