After three games, Florida State has outscored its opponents 176-3, so there are plenty of platitudes to go around. Nevertheless, we'll try to narrow it down to the top 10.
Previous week’s ranking in parenthesis.
1. Bjoern Werner, DE (2): The Florida State defense has been absolutely dominant through three games, and Werner has been the most dominant player on the field. He's already racked up 6.5 sacks and nine tackles-for-loss through three games, both tops in the nation.
2. Lamarcus Joyner, S (4): Joyner's stats don't speak particularly loudly thus far -- just nine tackles and one pass break-up -- but he's had the attention of opposing offenses. Joyner was exceptional against Wake Forest, helping to hold the Deacons to just 83 yards passing and delivering some big hits along the way.
3. Xavier Rhodes, CB (5): Rhodes still has the lone interception of the season for Florida State, but the secondary really hasn't had too many chances. He was superb against Wake, breaking up two passes including a big play on a deep ball on third down of the opening drive. Until Wake's final third-down of the game, Rhodes and the FSU secondary had helped thwart 15 straight third down tries.
4. Rashad Greene, PR (NR): It's been a quiet start offensively for Greene, who has just seven catches and no touchdowns as a receiver. As a punt returner though, Greene has quickly painted over any lingering images of Greg Reid. Greene tallied his second punt-return TD of the year against Wake, and in just three games, he's already more than halfway to Reid's total from all of last season.
5. Chris Thompson, RB (NR): In fairness, 61 percent of Thompson's rushing yards have come on two plays -- but they were two really impressive plays. Thompson had touchdown runs of 74 and 80 yards against Wake Forest, and he finished with 220 yards of total offense despite not touching the ball in the second half.
6. Cornellius Carradine, DE (NR): Through three games, Carradine is Florida State's leading tackler with 12, including 4.5 behind the line of scrimmage. Brandon Jenkins' replacement had 2.5 sacks against Wake Forest, and he looks to be well suited for his new role as a starter.
7. Christian Jones, WLB (8): Jones has made a quick transition to his new role on the weak side, finishing with a team-high six tackles against Wake Forest. He has three TFLs and a pass breakup this year, too, doing a little of everything for the FSU defense.
8. Timmy Jernigan, DT (NR): Anthony McCloud and Everett Dawkins had impressive games against Wake Forest, too, but Jernigan was dominant. He recorded six tackles in the game and helped the FSU defense hold Wake to just 1.2 yards per rush.
9. EJ Manuel, QB (1): It wasn't the finest game of Manuel's career as he missed a few throws and the line had trouble protecting him in the pocket. But when the protection wasn't there, Manuel made plays with his legs, and he managed to make the big throws when he had to.
10. James Wilder Jr., RB (3): Wilder was just six yards away from having one of the quietest 100-yard game in a long time. He didn't get a ton of touches in the first half, and he was upstaged by Thompson's big day, but the sophomore continues to show he's a physical force with the ball in his hands. He's averaging 7 yards a carry with four touchdowns so far this year.