“He has been dismissed for a violation of team rules,” Fisher said. “We wish him the best in everything he does. We love him."
Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com that Fortson was dismissed for multiple failed drug tests.
This is a significant loss to FSU's passing game, as Fortson started six games last year and caught 45 passes for 610 yards and four touchdowns. It's still a deep group, though, as Bert Reed is the most productive returning receiver, Taiwan Easterling is back after spending the spring with the baseball team, and this recruiting class included five receivers.
The recent suspension of Nigel Carr, coupled with the news of Fortson, isn't something Fisher needs heading into his first full season as head coach. He'll be judged not only for wins and losses, but also for off-field incidents and disciplinary issues. So far, Fisher doesn't appear to be tolerating either.