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Florida State redshirt senior OL Derrick Kelly (leg) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against NIU.

Kelly (6'5/320) moved from guard to tackle in the preseason to help offset the loss of Landon Dickerson, who himself is currently dealing with an ankle injury. The former sustained his leg injury in this past weekend's loss to Syracuse. The FSU offensive line has been an outright mess this season, something which HC Willie Taggart addressed on Monday when he said that "everything is on the table right now to make sure we're finding answers and to make sure we find the right five guys to get us going." The real question here is whether they have the "right five guys" on their roster to begin with. Sutton Smith and the rest of NIU's strong front seven will be looking to greet Deondre Francois on repeat come the weekend.
Source: 247Sports
Sep 19 - 4:25 PM

Florida State redshirt freshman RB Khalan Laborn underwent season-ending surgery on his knee.

There were reports last week that Laborn was not expected to miss the rest of the season. Those reports were false, as there was more damage to his kneecap than originally diagnosed. He suffered the injury in the week two victory over Samford. The former four-star tailback showed upside in his limited time with the Seminoles, and should be ready to compete before the start of next season.
Sep 17 - 7:47 PM

Florida State senior WR Nyqwan Murray is listed as the starter in the slot for Saturday's game against Northern Illinois.

Murray was a surprising bump from the starting lineup in Saturday's blowout loss to Syracuse, but he's back in the starting lineup -- at least on paper -- for the game against the Huskies. Murray (5'11/192) is the best pass-catching option in the offense, and the Seminoles need to figure out ways to get him the ball more often if they're going to get back to relevance. That should start against Northern Illinois this week.
Sep 17 - 6:44 PM

Florida State sophomore RB Cam Akers rushed for 52 yards on 10 carries in Saturday's 30-7 loss to Syracuse.

The Seminoles finished with only 62 yards rushing total. It's almost unthinkable that a team with two NFL RBs in Akers and Jacques Patrick and a dual-threat like QB Deondre Francois could be held under 65 rushing yards by a defense as bad as Syracuse's. And yet here we are. FSU's offensive line is one of the very worst in the Power 5. And frankly, at this point, it probably needs to be considered one of the 20 worst in all of college football.
Sep 15 - 4:26 PM

Florida State redshirt junior QB Deondre Francois completed 18-of-36 passes for 178 yards and an interception in Saturday's 30-7 loss to Syracuse.

For a third straight week, Florida State did nothing well. The Seminoles offense generated a mere 240 yards while going against one of the Power 5's worst defenses of the past few years. FSU only avoided the shutout by Francois' 2-yard run with 6:16 to play. Defensively, FSU performed okay in the first half while Syracuse QB Eric Dungey looked compromised by injury. In the second half, FSU gave up 24 points to the Orange's backup QB. FSU is going to struggle to make a bowl game this fall.
Sep 15 - 4:16 PM

Florida State four-star 2019 verbal LB commit Kalen DeLoach is taking an official visit to Auburn this weekend.

DeLoach (6'0/206) has been committed to the Seminoles since late July. While Rivals analyst Chad Simmons believes that at this juncture, Florida State remains in a good place to hold onto the linebacker's pledge through to his signing, we're curious to see if a few of these commitments ticketed to Tallahassee begin to budge due to the team's dreary start to the campaign. Speaking anecdotally, this actually happens less than you might think, especially with a program of FSU's pedigree. Rivals ranks DeLoach as the No. 34 prospect in the state of Georgia for the 2019 cycle.
Source: Rivals
Sep 14 - 1:48 PM

Florida State three-star 2019 verbal CB commit Renardo Green will take an official visit to Ohio State for The Game on Nov. 24.

Green (5'11/164) will have an opportunity to take in one of the premier rivalries in all of college football come Thanksgiving time. The Buckeyes initially offered to the Apopka, Florida, native in June. While the three-star corner prospect will continue to weigh his options into the winter, there's been no indication to this juncture that he's in danger of flipping from FSU. On the 247Sports composite board, Green ranks as the No. 40 cornerback prospect in the 2019 class.
Source: 247Sports
Sep 11 - 9:16 PM

Florida State sophomore WR D.J. Matthews is listed on the depth chart as the team's starting slot receiver for Week 3.

Matthews (6'1/175) takes over starting slot duties for Nyqwan Murray, who will work in a backup capacity against Syracuse this weekend. The sophomore wideout has been a non-factor for FSU during the early season, having caught just five passes for 32 yards through two games. Playing as a true freshman in 2017, Matthews posted a demure 6-72-1 receiving line.
Sep 11 - 8:14 PM

Florida State senior WR Nyqwan Murray was not listed as a starter on the Week 3 depth chart released in advanced of the team's upcoming game against Syracuse.

Murray (5'11/192) will relinquish his starting slot duties to D.J. Matthews. It's a somewhat curious move, as the wideout has led the lost-in-the-wilderness Seminoles with his 11 catches for 115 yards through two games played. While Murray did undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus back in the spring, there's no indication that this demotion on the depth chart is related to a health concern. FSU will roll with Matthews, Keith Gavin and Tamorrion Terry as starting wideouts versus the Orange on Saturday.
Sep 11 - 8:06 PM

Florida State redshirt freshman RB Khalan Laborn (knee) is not expected to miss the remainder of the season.

Laborn dislocated his knee in the near-upset loss to Samford, and is considered out indefinitely. The fact that they're not ruling the 5-foot-11, 205-pound tailback for the season, however, is good news for the long-term prognosis. With Laborn out, expect Cam Akers to up his carry total going forward, with Jacques Patrick operating as the backup going forward; starting with Saturday's contest against Syracuse.
Sep 10 - 2:53 PM

Florida State redshirt freshman RB Khalan Laborn suffered a dislocated knee in Saturday's game against Samford.

This is not good news, as dislocated knees can be very serious injuries. It is likely that Laborn will miss the entire season, but no official timetable has been confirmed. Laborn went down in the first quarter and the trainers immediately called for EMTs to assist the injured freshman. The Seminoles still have Cam Akers and Jacques Patrick to lead the way, but losing Laborn hurts Florida State's depth.
Sep 9 - 1:51 AM

Florida State redshirt freshman RB Khalan Laborn left Saturday's game against Samford in the first quarter due to a potentially serious leg injury.

Tashan Reed of The Athletic is speculating that this could be a broken leg, but nothing is official yet. The redshirt freshman went down in the first quarter, and trainers immediately called for EMTs to assist him. If it is as serious as initially appeared, an extended absence could be in play, but we'll have to wait until FSU passes along further information before the exact nature of his injury clarifies. The team still has Cam Akers and Jacques Patrick to lead the way on the ground, but the loss of Laborn -- for however long -- is a tough depth one.
Sep 8 - 9:10 PM

Florida State redshirt freshman WR Deonte' Sheffield will not play in Saturday's game against Charleston Southern.

Sheffield is one of three wide receivers who have not dressed for the Seminoles' home opener, with the others being true freshmen D'Marcus Adams and Jordan Young. All three have yet to make their debuts in a Florida State uniform.
Sep 8 - 6:18 PM

Florida State offensive coordinator Walt Bell told The Athletic's Tashan Reed that redshirt freshman RB Khalan Laborn should get more touches on Saturday against Samford.

"We definitely want him to get much more involved," Bell told Reed. "I think that’s pretty obvious to everybody, that he’s a really good football player with the ball in his hands, and we got to continue to do that moving forward." Laborn had only one touch, but he showed his electric speed on a 37-yard screen pass. A four-star commit who was the MVP of the Under Armour All-American game in 2017, Labourn is going to be behind Cam Akers all year, but it's pretty clear that the Seminoles are going to need a lot of help to score points in 2018. Laborn can provide some of that help.
Sep 7 - 7:15 PM

Florida State HC Willie Taggart accused Virginia Tech of faking injuries to slow down FSU's offensive tempo on Monday night.

He's not wrong. ESPN caught one flagrant example on a long FSU gain, where a VT defensive linemen who'd nary engaged in physical contact on the play looked over to his sideline while jogging upfield and then dropped to the turf after ostensibly receiving the "hit the ground" signal. Virginia Tech HC Justin Fuente, of course, blamed the heat and humidity in Florida. Our take is that college football should look into penalizing obvious examples of injury faking. And if that's too hard to police, then force players who require the game be stopped to get helped off the field to sit out a few series.
Source: ESPN
Sep 6 - 12:22 PM


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